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In print terminology, "registration" refers to the way that the different colors in the process align with each other. Here is a fine object lesson from a label I encountered recently, where the two colors are not well registered to each other.
As you can very well see, the colors in this American Flag have been printed an entire stripe out of place, producing an image of the flag that is absolutely incorrect. Philosophically enough, there is no way to determine whether the blue has been printed higher or the red has been printed lower, as those values are comparative only in relation to each other, given that the paper background which forms the white stars and white stripes is contiguous and unaffected by the colors printed on top of it.
Though within the context of the flag itself this misalignment is quite conspicuous, in practical application at actual print size the the red and blue are only about 1/32" or so out of place and thus hardly noticeable within the context of the label as a whole:
Penny shown to denote scale
When considering a process for multi-color printwork that is susceptible to misregistration of colors, it is important to consider how that misalignment will affect the interpretation of your image.
Dreyer Press prints on old-style printing presses and while frequently we can run jobs with moderately tight registration, alignment can jiggle around a bit, varying up to 1/8" or so, so please consider that when designing work you would like Dreyer Press to print and I can assure you that you will be far more satisfied with the end product.
If you are intending to do your own physical layout and furnish a hard copy for reproduction, which is way more fun and the preferred method of the Xerolith process, you are going to want to understand how to set up your imposition for proper pagination. If you are wanting a "Saddle-Stitched" zine, AKA "Staple-Bound", it's real easy: The odd pages are on the right, and the even pages are on the left. Count upward on the right side, and downward on the left. Here is a useful diagram, for an 8-page zine:
If you are intending a longer publication, simply apply this principles logically.
If you are desiring a "Perfect-Bound" book, you will need enough pages to have a spine width of at least 1/8", which can be as few as 48 pages if they are thick enough. Pagination is not as complicated as the pages are held in place with glue, so you do not need to count upward or downward as long as the odd pages are on the right, the even pages are on the left, and the next or previous page is always on the reverse of the same sheet of paper.
You will need 1/4" on all sides to account for bleed (content extending to page edge) and milling on the inside edge.
Also, it is a smart idea to keep any critical information about a quarter inch from the page edge.
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