Imposition Node

The Imposition node allows you to create PDF Imposition Layouts. Imposition layouts can be created using many different industry standard layout and binding methods including: 2, 4, & 8 up booklets; cut stacks; sequential, step and repeat.

What is Imposition?

Imposition is one of the fundamental steps in the prepress printing process. It consists in the arrangement of the printed product’s pages on the printer’s sheet, in order to obtain faster printing, simplify binding and reduce paper waste.

Correct imposition minimizes printing time by maximizing the number of pages per sheet of paper, reducing cost of press time and materials. To achieve this, the printed sheet must be filled as fully as possible.


General Settings


Type - the imposition layout choices available

Columns - Sets the number of vertical columns for Cut Stacks, Sequential, & Step and Repeat

Rows - Sets the number of horizontal rows for Cut Stacks, Sequential, & Step and Repeat

Units - Select the measurement unit for the imposition


Type - determines how the pages will be bound together once printed

Sheets per fold - designates the number of pages per stack when using Perfect Binding

Binding (left/right) - Determines whether the binding (folded edge) of the booklet when folded should be on the left or the right

Double Sided - Rearranges the pages so that pages are printed on the front and back per imposition sheet based on the binding type selected


Autosize Media - Resizes the sheet to fit the pages at their original size in the layout chosen

Fit to Media Size - Allows you to select a sheet size from a list of predefined standard sizes or set a sheet custom size.

Note: Portrait and Landscape options are not available when selecting a "Custom" media size

Width - Width of the page in the units selected

Height - Height of the page in the units selected

Auto-rotate - Rotates each individual page so that the width and length best fit on the sheet.

Auto Scale - shrink pages so that they fit in the paper. No effect if the pages in a document are smaller than the paper they are being printed on.

Advanced Settings


Top - The distance of the margin from the top

Bottom - The distance of the margin from the bottom

Left - The distance of the margin from the left

Right - The distance of the margin from the right


Vertical - The space between each column of pages

Note: for 8-up pages the "Spread" value is used for the center column between the 2nd & 3rd column.

Horizontal - The space between each row of pages

Spread - Used only for 8-up layout, this is the space between the 2nd & 3rd columns

Creep - Specifies the distance pages move away from the spine to accommodate paper thickness and folding in Saddle Stitch and Perfect Bound layouts

Printer Marks

Trim Marks - Horizontal and vertical marks that define where the page should be trimmed.

Bleed Marks - Displays the bleed crop box on the page. Useful when a document has images or elements that touch the edge of the page, extending beyond the trim edge and leaving no white margin.

Registration Marks - Small targets outside the page area for aligning pages and colors separations in a document.

Page Information - Labels the sheet in the top left corner with the document name, page number, date & time.


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