Saddle-Stitch Booklets

Stuff You Should Know

A saddle-stitched bind is among the cheapest and most common methods of bookbinding. Folded sheets are nested by the printer, one inside the other, and stapled through the fold line.

The Imaging Center can print saddle-stitch booklets that are 100 pages or less. The more pages you have, the thicker the book will be. Ideally, this process is most effective with booklets of 64 pages or less. Books with more pages will become bulky once folded and will not lie flat.

A saddle-stitched booklet needs to have pages in multiples of four. This means that your book should have a number of 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 40, etc. pages.

If your book is not in multiples of four, the RIP software will add a blank page to the end of your document, causing your book to print incorrectly.

There are two ways to submit files for printing saddle-stitch booklets. If you don’t require a full bleed, jump to the section: Printing Saddle Stitch Booklets (the Easy Way). If you do require a  full bleed, this requires extra planning; jump to the section: Printing Saddle Stitch Booklets with Crops and Bleeds (also known as the more thought out way).

Remember, none of our printers can print to the edge of the paper. There will always be approximately a 1/8” white margin around the entire document.

The minimum height for a saddle-stitch booklet is 5.5”.

Students can designate a thicker stock for the cover and a thinner stock for the insides. If there is nothing specified, the booklet will be printed on the same media.

In addition to the per-page cost, the cost for each saddle-stitch booklet is $0.05. The IC also has a long-arm saddle stitch stapler available for students to use, free of charge.

Printing Saddle Stitch Booklets (the Easy Way)

The size of your document will depend on the size of your folded, final booklet.

Since saddle-stitch booklets are folded sheets of paper, you should determine your document size by using standard paper sizes.

There are two standard options when printing without a full bleed in the IC. 

  • 5.5” × 8.5” (letter/8.5” × 11” folded in half)
  • 8.5” × 11” (tabloid/11” × 17” folded in half)

Your booklet will have a thin white border.

To utilize this method, export your final document to PDF as single pages with no crop or bleed marks.

File > Export > Adobe PDF (Print)

Adobe PDF Preset > PDF/X-1a or PDF/X4 

Export As > Pages
Confirm that the Pages option is selected. You want single pages when exporting this way. 

Marks & Bleeds > Make sure all marks & bleed options are unchecked.

Export.

Open your file to make sure that all the pages are in the correct order

Printing Saddle Stitch Booklets with Crops and Bleeds 

There are a few different ways to properly prep your saddle-stitch booklet document to print with crop and bleed marks. This will help achieve a clean and accurate cut after printing.

You will need access to Adobe Acrobat Pro and Adobe Distiller. These programs are available in all computer labs on campus.

You will also need to export your document using InDesign’s Print Booklet feature. This process will help you create an imposed file.

Step One – Creating a PostScript file using InDesign

File > Print Booklet

Select Print Settings 

  • Printer > PostScript File
  • PPD > Device Independent
  • Print Blank Pages > Checked

Select the Marks and Bleeds tab in the Print Booklet dialog

  • Crop Marks > Checked On
  • Bleed Marks > Checked On
  • Offset > 0.0833”
  • Use Document Bleed Settings > Checked On

Click OK. This will return you to the Print Booklet dialog window.

Select the Setup tab in the Print Booklet dialog

  • Pages > All 
  • Booklet Type > 2-up Saddle Stitch
  • Margins > Auto
  • Print Blank Printer Spreads > Checked On

Select the Preview tab. Make sure your file looks correct.

Click Print.

Your file will now be saved as a .ps file (PostScript file)

Step Two – Creating a PDF file using Acrobat Distiller

Open Acrobat Distiller

Default Settings > PDF X-1a:2001

Settings Menu > Edit Adobe PDF Settings

You will have to know what your exact document size is. This example is for an 11” × 17” booklet exported with crop marks, using document bleed settings.

Enter the exact width and height of the document.  

Select Save As. 

Save the .joboptions file with the image size and brief description of the PDF settings.

Click Save.

With Acrobat Distiller Open, you should now see your newly saved setting.

File > Open

Select and open the .ps file.

The .ps file will process and then be replaced with a PDF file with the same name. If saved correctly, the progress bar should say Status: Ready.

Open the file in Acrobat to double-check that your file has saved properly, in the correct page order, and in the center of the page. 

For More Information

Copier & Scanner Functions

General Information

All copy and scan requests must be submitted in hard copy form. The Imaging Center will not copy from books, magazines, or other published materials due to copyright reasons.

Original copies should neatly be assembled in the correct order with no tears or damaged pages. Staples or tape should be removed prior to submitting copy/scan requests.

The IC can make high-quality scans up to 11” × 17” from an original document and send them directly to your CCS email. Scanning Request forms can be requested from an IC Tech.

The Canon 750/850 can attach your document as a PDF or JPG. If your scan is larger than 10mb, it will automatically break up the file into several attachments. The IC will scan your document at the standard resolution (300 × 300).

Standard turnaround time for the scanning process is between 1-2 hours. Please be aware during midterms and finals, turnaround times will increase up to 24 hours.

The Canon 750/850 has the ability to corner staple and double staple.

Scan-to-Email Pricing

The cost to scan documents to email is $0.05/sheet. Make sure that you know the actual page count prior to submitting the scan job. If interested, please see an IC technician for details.

Bringing Your Own Paper

General Information

The Imaging Center accepts student-supplied paper to be printed on our Canon 750/850 laser printer. All paper must be for LASER printers and not inkjet printers.

Students should still submit their files for print using our laser print forms, found HERE. You will be prompted to include important information about the paper that you plan to print on. If accepted, you will be sent an appointment link to drop off your paper at the IC.

All paper must be brought into the Imaging Center in its original packaging with the weight and g/m2 clearly marked. If the original packaging is not supplied, the IC will not print using the supplied media. The original packaging or a spec sheet must be brought in each and every time that a print job is submitted.

The paper must be cut to a specific standard size (8.5″ × 11″, 11″ × 17″, 12″ × 18″, 13″ × 19″, etc.). If you submit the paper that is sized 12.5” × 19”, the IC can cut it to size for you at a cost of $1.00/cut.

When submitting a print job, please supply between 5-15 sheets of the same paper type for testing purposes. For example, if you submit a textured sheet of paper, settings must be modified slightly so that the toner adheres properly on the page.

Turnaround Times & Proofing

The standard turnaround time for bringing in your own media to use on the Canon 750/850 is 24 hours (one business day). During midterms and finals, turnaround times may increase.

If you are running a large job and want to see a proof copy, turn in a print submission for only one or two pages of your document. This will be completed within 24-hours. Once you are satisfied and “approve” your print, you may then turn in the final order for the full amount of pages & copies that you want. 

A sample page or proof page is highly recommended because it allows you to see exactly what the final print will look like. Students will still be responsible for the price of any additional sample pages once changes are made.   

Accepted Paper Types

The Canon 750/850 can handle a variety of media weights and types up to 13” × 19” in size and 16# bond (60gsm) to 120# cover (298gsm) in weight.

Some 120# cover papers with a texture may not process through the printer.

The IC recommends the majority of digital printer paper from Neenah or French Paper. When ordering from Neenah, make sure you are purchasing a digital paper. They often sell similar papers in large sheets that must be cut. That paper is not meant to run through a digital press.

Unaccepted Paper Types

The Imaging Center will not accept the following media at this time: vellum, newsprint, Canson, metallic, transparency, or watercolor papers, in addition to most adhesive labels or stickers.

The Imaging Center does reserve the right to deny submitted paper types at any time.

Business Cards

The Imaging Center can “impose” or “gang up” certain files via our Canon’s Fiery Imposition software. The IC will impose business cards, take-aways, postcards, resumes, etc.

When submitting your files via the web form, please indicate how many total takeaways you would like in the Additional Comments section. For example 100 total postcards. The Imaging Center can then “impose” on the least amount of pages to save the student money. When printing 5” × 7” sized postcards, the IC can fit qty: 100 onto 25 sheets of 12” × 18” paper (4 postcards to a sheet).

For best results, please submit your business card or takeaway with a 1/8” (0.125”) bleed.

The Canon 750/850 has an overlap of between 1mm (0.04”) and 4mm (.16). This means that all double-sided prints will not line up perfectly; they will be off-center by up to 4mm (0.16”).

An example of how standard-sized business cards are laid out using our printer software. 

By default, the IC prints all take-aways with a 1/8” (0.125”) gutter (white space in between each card) and crop marks on the front side of the page only.

The Imaging Center can stack cut some “imposed” work but we cannot cut business cards at this time.

Rotary trimmers are provided in the Taubman 24-hour lab for students to trim business cards. Though, an exact-o knife, a ruler, and a steady hand are the best way to trim business cards.

Templates

If you prefer to download a template for your business cards, you can access our templates by clicking HERE.

Tiling

Tiled print requests must be submitted to the Imaging Center as a high-resolution .jpg file. 

By default, the IC will print all tile jobs using the following specifications:

  • 12” x 18” Card Stock
  • Tile Scale 100%
  • 0.125” Overlap
  • Cut marks & Labels
  • Auto Rotate (in the Page Setup menu)

When tiling, the laser printer does have a slight but noticeable color shift. The Canon Fiery RIP processes each page of the tiled job as a separate page. Since each page has a different color composition, the RIP processes it as such.

Extremely large file sizes may not process correctly. For example, a .psb file is not meant for digital output and does not work with our Canon Fiery RIP software. The .psb file must be converted to a .tiff and then to a .jpg file. 

The IC cannot print an individual page out of the tile job. For example, if the tiled print is 24 pages, there is no way to print pages 1-4 again. The entire print job must be submitted. The student would then be held responsible for the entire cost of the tile job.

Double-Sided Printing

Files must be submitted as a single PDF in order to print double-sided correctly. Separate files will not be accepted for double-sided printing. Make sure to have all pages in the order that they should be printed.

Short Edge means the pages are flipped or bound along the short edge of the page. Long Edge means the pages are flipped or bound along the long edge of the page. This could change depending on your page orientation.

Do not save your InDesign file with “spreads”, unless you have properly put your pages in the correct order. The IC is not responsible for pages that are out of order or misaligned. 

The IC regularly maintains the registration on our regularly stocked papers. Unfortunately, the laser printer is not able to provide 100% accurate double-sided printing.

The Canon 750/850 has an overlap of between 1mm (0.04”) and 4mm (.16). This means that all double-sided prints will not line up perfectly; they will be off-center by up to 4mm (0.16”).

Pricing & Turnaround Times

The imagePRESS 750/850 laser printer consistently reproduces clear, sharp images with lifelike skin tones, smooth gradients, and color accuracy.

Laser printing is ideal for flyers, business cards, postcards, process books, & final class projects.

Despite our best efforts and yours, due to the nature of color laser printing, colors will shift throughout the day and from day to day even with consistent calibration. This is a natural occurrence. 

Variations in the surface of specialty textured and cotton papers are beyond our control. The IC is not responsible for occasional natural flaws and will not reprint because of paper variations.  

Toner Type

Turnaround Times & Proofing

Your print job will be completed in the order it was received. The standard turnaround time for the laser printers is 24 hours (one business day). There are no “Rush” options for laser print jobs. Please be aware that during midterms and finals, turnaround times can increase up to 2-3 business days. 

There is not a free “proof” before running your print job. If you are running a large job and want to see a proof, turn in a print submission for only one or two pages of your document. This will be completed within 24-hours. Once you are satisfied and “approve” your print, you may then turn in the final order for the full amount of pages & copies that you want. 

You will be notified via your CCS email when your job has been completed.