PRINTING AND ASSEMBLY

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Introduction

Please watch the printing and assembly video, print these instructions, and use the “Test Story for Printing and Assembly” for your first attempt at constructing a book.

The print and assemble process may at first seem complicated but is designed to ensure a quality book can be made with most printers.

Topics Covered

  • Paper Choice
  • Printing
  • Assembly
  • Trouble Shooting

Paper Choice

    (Author's choice for inkjet paper in Australia: Mir-Aus single sided high gloss photo paper, 115-130gsm, A4 sheets from http://continuousinksupplysystem.com.au/ . Then use any high gloss single sided photo paper, about 200gsm, for a protective cover.)
  • Page Weight. About 100-150gsm paper makes a good choice for pages of a children’s storybook. A heavier cover (say 200gsm) gives the book a more professional feel.

  • Type of Paper.
    • Plain Paper. Standard paper is a cheap option. Depending on your printer it can produce acceptable images, especially if photos are converted to sketches. Paper designed for presentations (often 100gsm or more) will look better. Ink may show through light weight paper, e.g. 80gsm
    • Photo Paper. More affordable light weight photo paper is becoming available. However it can difficult to find in shops and the internet often gives overwhelmingly expensive results. “Mir-Aus” recently provided very affordable paper in Australia that gave excellent results with a new Canon inkjet printer.
    • Single Sided Photo paper. Single sided photo paper can be used with photos printing on one side and words on the other. However the back of some single sided photo paper has writing on it (e.g. Kodak) or won’t uptake ink.¬† Glossy paper produces great photos but may smear more than less glossy options, depending on your printer. (Make sure your printer is set for printing photos to reduce smearing with all papers: plain or photo).
    • Double Sided Photo paper..
      Double sided matte photo paper can give good results. However glossy papers may double feed into the printer and pages of the assembled book tend to stick together.

Printing

  • 1.Place paper in the printer. If using single sided photo paper ensure the non photo side is loaded for printing onto first. (Some printers only allow photo printing in specific feeders so choose a feeder that allows photo printing.) Put an asterisk on the top sheet of paper on the trailing edge: i.e. the edge that goes into the printer last. See photos below.

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Bottom Feeder Bottom Feeder Top Feeder Top Feeder

  • 2.Choose the “print and assemble” icon of the chosen book from your list of stories in Our Story Maker. This opens a PDF document of your book with abbreviated 6 step print instructions at the start. The first half of the document will be the outside cover and photos for printing on one side of your paper. The second half will be words for printing on the other side. Abbreviated assembly instructions will also be contained in the document and printed with the text pages.
  • 3.Select the second half of the document for printing. Printing the second half first (i.e. the words) will reduce double feeds when printing on the opposite side. Step 2 of the Abbreviated Print Instructions, embedded the PDF, will tell you which pages to print first. Right click on the document to open the printer to select pages and settings for printing. (Do not use Ctl+P.)
  • 4.Select appropriate printer settings/preferences/properties. Choose in order:
    • a.Photo printing and select the paper type. (Select “matt” for plain paper or the back of single sided photo paper.)
    • b.A4.
    • c.Landscape.
    • d.The sheet feeder tray to be used.
  • 5.Press Print. Print the second half of the document.
  • 6.Reload the pile of printed pages back into the same sheet feeder tray with the asterisk correctly orientated. Some printers/sheet feeders flip paper during the printing process.
    • a.If your printer turns the paper upside down as it prints, the asterisk placed on your paper will now be on the top or bottom sheet facing outwards. Pick up the pile of paper and place it into the same sheet feeder, orientated with the asterisk at the leading edge of the bottom sheet.
    • b.If your printer did not turn the paper upside down the asterisk will be on the top or bottom sheet facing inwards (i.e. not able to be seen). Take the sheet with the asterisk and place it so the asterisk is facing down on a flat surface. Take the next sheet and do the exact same movement placing it on top of the first sheet. Continue this until all pages are in a pile again. Pick up the pile of paper and place it into the same sheet feeder orientated with the asterisk at the leading edge of the bottom sheet. See diagrams below.
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  • 7.Select the first half of the document for printing. Step 5 of the Abbreviated Print Instructions embedded in the PDF, will tell you which pages to print. Right click on the document to open the printer to select pages and settings for printing. (Do not use Ctl+P.)
  • 8. Select appropriate printer settings/preferences/properties. Choose in order:
    • a.Photo printing and select the paper type. (Select “matt” for plain paper or the back of single sided photo paper.)
    • b.A4.
    • c.Landscape.
    • d.The sheet feeder tray.
  • 9.Press Print. Print the first half of the document.
  • 10.Consider reprinting page 2 on heavier paper to use as a book cover.


Assembly

  • 1.Fold the book’s centre sheet in half. The top or bottom sheet will have the words “These pages are not to be seen”. (Note: This text may be facing inwards.) The sheet with this text is the centre sheet, fold it in half with the photos to the outside.
  • 2. Construct the book around the open ends of the centre sheet. Select the next sheet from the pile, folding it again so that photos are to the outside. Place this second sheet around the open ends of the first sheet. Continue to add folded sheets until the book is complete. Check that the words match up with the pictures. (If done correctly the centre/first sheet will be orientated differently to the others and the words “not to be seen” will not be seen.
  • 3. Staple/Glue. You may wish to staple most of the pages and then glue on the outermost 3-4 sheets with a glue stick. This will hide the staples.
  • 4. Crease pages. Once glue is dry, place a ruler over the location of the staples and fold pages back over the ruler so that the pages turn easily.
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Trouble Shooting


  • No colour printer/ Make a Colouring in Book. If you don’t have a colour printer or want to make a colouring in book, download a programme to convert photos to sketches. (Photo to Sketch 3.2 (Standard) is a free download. ¬†Using this programme in “pencil” mode with a “precision” setting of 150 and “line” setting of 2, produces sketches suitable for colouring in.) Once a photo is converted to a sketch, save the image as a jpeg file and upload into your story as you would a photo.

  • Ink Smearing.
    This may be unavoidable depending on your printer, ink and paper.
    • Always print with the printer set to “photo printing”. Use the selection “matt paper” if using plain paper or printing on the back of photo paper.
    • Try less glossy types paper
    • Allow ink to dry before printing on the other side and before assembly
    • Avoid cheap ink
    • Use someone else’s printer

  • Double Feeds.
    • Always print the second half of the PDF file first (i.e. the words of the book not the pictures).
    • Avoid double sided glossy paper
    • Consider feeding paper into the printer one sheet at a time.