The market for photobooks has exploded in the last few years, and customer demand is high for perfectly finished, great value products.
But the finishing process can be far from straightforward, with orders coming in for a range of sizes, and differing page quantities. One way to see the problem is to imagine photobook pages printed 4-up on SRA3 sheets. One of the problems is how best to arrange the customers’ pages onto those sheets. Pre-press has to arrange the pages in the correct order, so that when the sheets are guillotined into four, four stacks are produced, one for each customer. Not easy when each customer will have different numbers of pages.
The workflow is hindered because the pre-press presents major difficulties:
The guillotines may present difficulties because: