How do I print multiple pages on a sheet of paper?
If your digital print controller has an Imposition feature, then you can simply set up the DesignMerge document as a single-up or 1-up document (where the document page size is the size of one page that you wish to impose on the paper). Once the DesignMerge output is on the digital printer, then you can use the digital print controller's Imposition feature to impose the job (for further instructions, see your digital print controller's documentation).
If your digital print controller does not have an Imposition feature, or if you would prefer more control over the layout of the imposed content, then you can set up the DesignMerge document as a multiple-up job. To do this, follow the steps below:
- Make the document page size the size of the sheet of paper on which the job will be printed.
- Lay out the content, both fixed and variable, for just one record (one of the pages that you wish to have imposed on the paper). This is your first up on the page.
- Also, add any marks (such as crop marks) that this job will require. TIP: Both InDesign and QuarkXPress have a script that you can use to add these marks.
- Once you are satisfied with this content, group this content together as a single group (it isn't a requirement to group the content; this simply makes it easy to select each individual "up" that you will be placing on the page).
- Replicate the group as many times as you wish to print it on the paper. Position each group and make any adjustments your job requires.
- Then, use the DesignMerge Sequence Page Items feature to resequence the Links consecutively, starting with Sequence Number 1 and Stepping by 1 to the last group of content on the page.
- If you are preparing a two-sided document (front and back), then repeat these steps for the second page. When sequencing the content on the second page for the backs, select the Order that will be appropriate for your digital printer.
- Save the document.
- You are now ready to merge the document in either a Step-by-Step or a Cut & Stack imposition mode.
TIP: In some cases, using a digital print controller's Imposition feature will significantly impact the performance of the printer, especially when applying a Cut & Stack Imposition. However, depending on the layout and the type of variable data print output, DesignMerge performance may be enhanced by setting up the document as multi-up job. For additional tips on performance, see the Performance Tips for DesignMerge Knowledgebase Article.
For a more detailed description with screenshots and examples, first see Tutorial #3 (ID Badges) for information about setting up and merging a multiple-up document, and then see Tutorial #4 (Bus. Cards) for infomation about the Sequence Page Items utility. Both of these tutorials are in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual, which is available in PDF format in the DesignMerge product folder on your system.