Have you ever wondered what the difference is between readers spreads and printers spreads?
In the printing industry a “spread” is the general term used to describe a pair of facing pages, typically the left and right pages in a publication like a book, magazine or newspaper. Imagine that you’re holding a book or magazine in your hands. Now open the book to any two pages. You will now be looking at both a left hand and right-hand page at the same time. Those two individual pages viewed together create a “spread”. However, there are two types of spreads used in printing: a reader’s spread and a printer’s spread.
The order in which you would read the pages of a book in their natural order from first to last is known as a reader’s spread. For example, page 1, 2/3, 4/5, 6/7 and so on is a reader’s spread. And when you are designing a multipage book in InDesign (or another page layout program), and you have your layout set for “facing pages”, you will see the left hand and right-hand pages side by side. Again, this is considered a “reader spread”.
Printer spreads are not in consecutive page order, they are in proper order so that when the document is printed, trimmed and assembled all the pages appear in the proper order. Printer spreads are the 2 pages that end up side by side on an imposition. It should be noted that the way the printers spread gets […]