We are often asked the question,”Do you want us to send you our booklet PDF files in signature format”?  We usually dislike saying no to a customer, however our answer to that question is always “NO”.  We want you to send your booklet PDF files to us 1-up, pages 1 to end.

Here at Booklet Printing, LLC we would rather set up the signatures for your booklets, event programs, newsletters or catalogs ourselves, using our software. We especially want to set them up in signature if your file has bleed.

If this is confusing, perhaps a definition of booklet signatures would help.

A booklet signature is a section of a booklet, folded ready for binding with other sections. Signatures usually range from 4-32 pages, however could be as high as 64 pages.  a folded sheet of printed-paper usually a section of a booklet, event program, newsletter, calendar or catalog, ordinarily obtained by the folding of a single sheet of paper into 4, 8, 16 or more pages (always in 4-page increments).  The term signature can also be applied to a printed flat sheet that is to be later folded into a booklet, calendar, newsletter, event program or catalog.

We don’t want you to provide your files in signature format.  However, if your printer does, and you do not have the software, you can figure out how the pages are positioned quite easily.  Let’s say you are printing  8.5″ x 5.5″ 8-page catalogs, booklets or newsletters. This would require (2) 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of paper with 2-pages printed on each side (two 4-page signatures).  First take an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of blank paper and fold it in half. Then, take another 8.5″ x 11″ blank sheet of paper and fold it in half also.  You now have two 4-page signatures, take one of them and insert it inside the other.

Booklet Graphic

Write page numbers on each page starting from the cover (page-1) to the last page (page-8).  When you have finished, it will look like this:

Signature Graphics

If you have more pages in your booklets, event programs, catalogs, or newsletters, merely add more 4-page signatures for a 12, 16, 20 24-page etc. booklet (always in 4-page increments).  Once you know the position of each page on each signature, it is fairly easy to position your page copy accordingly.

Please contact us today for information on our event program and booklet printing services.