Sunday, March 10, 2013

Layout for Elegy to Betty

One of my favourite parts of making a book is designing the layout. With Elegy to Betty, I knew the sequence of the images, but not how they would fall on a page, or over several pages. So you play; try this, try that and then I do a trial print. That always teaches me that there are things to change. Usually I need more white space, and sometimes the font size. That's maybe the biggest difference between working on the computer screen and having the printed book in your hand.  For Betty I made 5 trial mock-ups of the book before I was satisfied. Each row, or spread, in the photo is 40 in. wide by 10 in. high and there are 5 pages in each row. I print one spread at a time, trim it top and bottom, then do the folding and glueing.




12 comments:

  1. A fascinating glimpse of your work practice.

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    1. Thanks Charlton Stitcher, so glad you are enjoying it.

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  2. This is amazing Liz! I love soooo much your work! I don't write often but be sure that I have great pleasure following you in your different stages... Have a great day! Sanders

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    1. Thanks so much Sanders, have a great day too, it sure is starting off well.

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  3. HI Liz! I love what I am seeing...it's fascinating. What am I looking at? Is it pages from a book that are ganged up? Is it a Blurb thing? Please tell...is it in progress - or possible to see somewhere...thank you!

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    1. Hi Susan, you are looking at what I call a spread, which is 5 pages of the book in a long row. [There are 10 spreads shown in the photo] I print these on my big epson printer, 44in wide then trim and fold...like an accordion. Then print the next spread, trim and fold, ect, ect.. When they are all printed and folded I glue the overlaps I have left at the edges of each spread and voila...my very long, now 400in long, book. Then I glue on end covers and am finished. Hope this makes some sense.

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  4. love Betty Goodwin....love Liz Davidson...a great Hommage to Betty...magnifique Liz!

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  5. It's a surprisingly great way to become familiar with your work!! I really like the look of it. Regards.

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  6. I love the way that the whole makes sense as one composite image, the way it shows if you click, as well as in individual double page spreads, as well as the concertina format you planned. It can be a brain-breaker, but I used to love doing layouts in my days in publishing way back when cow gum and scissors ruled and the computer was in a building of its own.

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    1. Thanks Olga, I love the challenge of the layout. It's such an intricate puzzle and for me who seems unable to draw a right angle even with a guide, I am so happy for the computer. Altho I no longeer totally trust what I see in the screen. I have to print to really see.

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