Types Of Layouts

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This topic will be easy to understand if you read it while looking at ClickBook's Print Preview screen.  Select various layouts in turn, and compare each one.


What is a Layout?

A layout is a blueprint for a particular booklet, which is defined by a group of detailed settings that tell ClickBook how to arrange the mini-pages on a sheet of paper.  Some of the essential details are whether the paper orientation is portrait or landscape, how many mini-pages are printed across and down on one sheet, whether to print single or double-sided, margin sizes, and added space for binding.


Booklet Styles

Each layout also has a certain booklet style.  This relates to how you intend to assemble and bind the booklet, and tells ClickBook the order to print the mini-pages so they will end up in the right order in your finished booklet.  There are six booklet styles: Cut book, Folded book, French fold, Planner pages, Tiled, and Tri-fold.  You can determine a layout's booklet style by its name, the corresponding picture, and by looking at the Booklet Style in the Modify Layouts tab.


clip0097 Cut book Layouts are for methods of binding that require cutting between facing pages.  Most of the cut book layouts shipped with ClickBook are designed for paper that's pre-perforated for a custom appointment-book page.


clip0095Folded book Layouts are designed for folding between facing pages, and stapling.  Examples include the "Address book (folded)", "Wallet book (folded)", and "Side-by-side (folded)" layouts.


clip0098 French fold layouts are for making greeting cards from standard paper by folding the printed sheet in fourths.   The French fold style expects exactly four pages per sheet.


clip0100 Planner page Layouts are designed for day planner paper that has holes on the left and right hand sides.


clip0119 Posters are designed to expand one page onto multiple pages to make it larger.  It requires some trimming and taping, but you can make some impressive posters.


clip0096 Tiled layouts are designed for multiple pages on a sheet but not cutting the sheet.  The sheets that come out of the printer are the final sheets.  There are two sequences in which the mini-pages can be printed in a tiled layout.  These are controlled by the Binding Orientation options in the Modify Layouts dialog.

Row-wise means page 2 prints to the right of page 1.  For row-wise order, select the Standard binding orientation.
Column-wise means pages 2 prints below of page 1.  For column-wise order, select the Flip binding orientation.


clip0099Tri-fold Layouts are for printing single-sheet brochures or leaflets which are folded twice, making three panels (mini-pages) on each side of the paper.   The tri-fold style expects exactly six pages per brochure, since this style of brochure is a single sheet of paper, folded.  Tri-fold pagination places pages 5, 6, and 1 on one side, and pages 2, 3, and 4 on the other side.  The front panel is thus page 1, and the reader opens up the brochure to see pages 2, 3, and 4 inside, and then turns the sheet over to read pages 5 and 6.