Dutch Cut Imposition Layout
Sometimes you can fit more pages by rotating some of them. Dutch Cut layout does exactly that:
Select Dutch Cut from the Layout drop–down list at the Layout tab:
Dutch Cut layout arranges pages in two grids: the main one and the extra (secondary) one. Imposition Wizard puts the secondary grid on the right if the pages are in landscape orientation (their width is larger than their height), but if the pages are in portrait orientation (their height is larger than their width) the secondary block is added at the bottom.
Configuring The Grids
You can configure the grids using four parameters on the right:
The parameters are:
- Columns — the number of columns of the main grid;
- Rows — the number of rows of the main grid;
- Extra columns — the number of columns of the secondary grid;
- Extra rows — the number of rows of the secondary grid.
Regardless of the secondary grid position and its pages’ rotation, the extra columns are always go left to right and extra rows always go top to bottom.
You can also use the Automatic grid option to let Imposition Wizard compute the optimal number of rows and columns in both grids to place as many pages as possible.
Other Dutch Cut Parameters
There is a Page copies parameter on the right that lets you impose multiple copies of any pages, effectively transforming it to the step and repeat layout.
The Align blocks parameter tells Imposition Wizard to align the last column (or row) of the extra block with the main block. This helps to save a cut in some layouts. The option only works if the secondary block is smaller than the main one. Otherwise it does nothing.
The Advanced section below lets you configure the flipping rules for both main and secondary block. You can read more about them in our flipping rules tutorial.
The gaps between pages are configured the same way as for any other layout: there are two fields at the top of the Layouts panel called Horizontal gaps and Vertical gaps. There is a special gaps tutorial about them.
The gaps works both for main and secondary blocks and if the secondary block is on the right, the gaps keep going from the last column of the main block to the first column of the secondary one:
It works the same way for vertical gaps and if the secondary block is at the bottom.
Duplex Printing Support
When duplex printing mode is enabled Imposition Wizard places every second page at the back of the first one. This also works for the Dutch Cut layout.
You can switch to the duplex printing mode by checking the Enable duplex printing option at the Sheet tab of the right panel:
For more information have a look at our duplex printing tutorial.
More Imposition Wizard Tutorials
- Installation — how to install Imposition Wizard;
- License Activation — how to activate Imposition Wizard with a license key;
- Acrobat Plugin Problems — what to do if the plugin doesn’t work.
- User Interface — how to run Imposition Wizard and make the first steps;
- Pages Grid — how pages are placed across the sheets in Imposition Wizard;
- Presets — how to save and re–use imposition layouts.
- N–Up — a very simple, yet customizable layout;
- Step and Repeat — perfect layout for business cards;
- Cut Stack — flexible layout with pages flow options;
- Booklet — lots of options for fine–tuning the imposition process;
- Shuffle — manual imposition mode where you control the flow;
- Dutch Cut — save paper by printing more pages on the same sheet.
- Source Panel — overriding trim box and bleeds, pages scaling;
- Page Gaps — configuring gaps between pages;
- Sheet Panel — output sheet size, content position and more;
- Duplex Printing — duplex printing support;
- Registration Marks — adding and configuring marks, custom texts etc;
- Flipping Rules — how to flip pages in most layouts.
- Angle Mark — angle mark for image drift compensation;
- Barcode — encoding job details with barcodes;
- Bull Eye — placing bull eye marks around the pages;
- Color Bar — adding color bars to imposed files;
- Crop Marks — configuring crop marks for easier trimming;
- Custom Mark — adding ad–hoc graphics where needed;
- Custom Text — adding text elements with imposition details;
- Gap Crop Marks — adding crop marks in the middle of the page gaps;
- Star Target — placing star target marks around the pages;
- Trim Line — marking page boundaries to simplify trimming;
- Batch Processing — impose multiple files at once;
- Hot Folders — monitor folders and run imposition on changes.
- Basic Imposition — basic command line imposition example.