In this video, we’ll learn how to create booklets in Swift Publisher. Until the point when you print or export it, a booklet is mostly a regular multi-page document. Its main feature is that ones a booklet is printed, you fold paper sheets in half in order to create a small book. So, a paper format selected in the “Inspector” should be twice as small as the paper sheets you will print on.
Let’s examine an 8-page booklet. It consists of two paper sheets. The first sheet is taken by the front and back covers (or pages 1 and 8) on one side, and pages 2 and 7 on another side. The second sheet contains pages 3 and 6 on one side and pages 4 and 5 on the other side. Pages will be combined in pairs in a different way if the booklet has a different number of pages.
We are going to learn about choosing the proper document type, and also about some useful features of the software. Swift Publisher lets you edit a booklet in one of two modes. Your document can be displayed as individual pages or as page spread. The first mode is common for many text editors, so we will focus on the second one.
If you open a paper book or magazine, you will see a left and right pages together. This is a page spread. The left and right pages of a page spread are called “facing pages”. You can select “One Page” or “Page Spread” mode only before a new document is created. This can be done by choosing the “Facing Pages” template from the Template Gallery. If you prefer to start with the “New Document” dialog, click on an icon with two pages. Once a document is created, you cannot switch to the other mode. You might want to edit your document as page spreads when you need to see one of facing pages while editing the other. This is useful when graphics or text is placed over both pages at the same time. The centerfold of a magazine is a good example of this type of design.
Master pages are discussed in detail in the dedicated video tutorial:
If a range of content pages should have the page number or background image at the same place, you can add these objects to a master page, and then apply it to the content pages. When you work with page spreads, you can also apply different masters to left and right pages in order to have mirrored designs for facing pages.
Once the design is ready, you can print your booklet using the “Format as booklet” option in the “Print” dialog. So, we need to click the “Print” button in the tool bar to proceed to the “Print” dialog. If the dialog opens in a simplified mode, just click the “Show Details” button as we need to access some settings. The settings we need in this tutorial are displayed by default. If you want to check out other settings, for example, the printing quality, you can later get back using this drop-down menu.
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