Double the creative printing possibilities
Double-sided portfolios open up many exciting creative possibilities. The ability to make double page spreads and extra wide layouts for multiple series of images expands your editing and sequencing options. What is more, seeing the pages without acetate sleeves or laminated is the closest experience to viewing a published photography book.
However, this is not a service offered by many printers in the UK. In fact, we handle double-sided printing for Metro Imaging and The Print Space, who rely on our expertise in this specialised area.
Since double-sided printing is a more detailed process, requiring careful planning, editing and sequencing (especially if you plan to replace images and sequences in the future), we can guide you through the necessary workflow stages with our Directed Services.
Double-Sided Submission Guidelines
Preparation for double-sided printing can be a little confusing. The process requires that files are very clearly organised and labelled so we have drawn up the guidelines below.
It’s important to note that while you may think of your images in spreads as you edit, MPrint think in paper sheets. Each printed sheet has two images, one on each side. It sounds obvious, but it’s important to remember the distinction as you work through the various stages.
- Please submit each image as a separate file.
- Name the pages consecutively starting with 'page_01' through to the last page of the portfolio.
- Put the two printed sides/layouts on each individual sheet together in one folder.
- The folders containing each pair of images must be named consecutively, starting with 'Sheet_01'.
- If your portfolio starts with a double page spread, put the left side of that spread in folder 'Sheet 01' on its own and folder 'Sheet 02' will contain the right side of that spread plus the left side of the next spread.
- If you have blank pages, skip a number in your file naming so we know to continue printing on the following page. Some clients prefer to place a blank page file in the folder with that page's number – that is fine too.
- If you start with a title page, remember to name that 'page_01'.