How do I assemble documents for binding with the Fastback Photopress by Powis Parker?

posted this on May 24, 2016

The Fastback PhotoPress Signature sheets are special sheets that feature an adhesive layer that will not activate until the contents are bound with the Fastback PhotoPress. This makes it easy to reposition photographs while assembling the book without having to worry about the photos prematurely adhering to the sheets.There two types of Signature Sheets available for this system: Double Sheets, and Single Sheets. We will discuss each technique separately. The Double Signature Sheets are used to bind photographs that take up one page (e g , 8×10 photos in an 8×10 book). The Double Sheets are folded sheets with three adhesive sides and one side that has no adhesive. The side without adhesive is easily distinguished from the adhesive sides. When assembling books, the non-adhesive side of the Sheet should always face to the right. The Single Signature Sheets are used to bind panoramic photos. They have adhesive on both sides. The order in which the photos, endleaves and signature sheets are assembled is very important.To speed up the process, stack your photographs in the order that you want them bound and keep the endleaves and the signatures handy. While working with photographs, always wear cotton gloves to avoid fingerprints.Book Assembly Without Panoramic Photos

1. Place the first photo in the assembly caddy laying face down to the left. This is the photo that will appear through the window on the cover of the book, so make sure that the image fits the window properly.

2. Place the first Double Signature sheet behind the photo and open it at the fold.

3. Insert the front endleaf into the center of the first Photo-Press Double Signature sheet.

4. Insert the next picture into the Signature to the right of the endleaf. This will be the first picture in the book. Close the Signature sheet (with the endleaf and photo inside of it).

5. Place the second Double Signature sheet behind the first. Now open the second Signature.

6. Place the next two photos facing each other into the center of the Signature sheet. Then close the sheet.

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all the photos are assembled with the Double Signature-Sheets.

8. With the final sheet, insert one photo into the fold of the sheet along with the rear endleaf.

9. The book block is now ready to bind with the Powis PhotoPress.

Book Assembly With Panoramic Photos

Creating books with panoramic photos is slightly more complex. Books made up of panoramic photos do not use the Double-Signature sheets except at the beginning and the end of the books. Please note that even if most of the contents of an book is comprised of panoramic photos, you will still need at least three single-page photos for the cover window, the first photo after the front endleaf, and the last photo before the back endleaf. However, Before assembling a book with panoramic photos, the photos, you must first score the photos. We recommend using the Powis Scoring Machine with your Fastback PhotoPress.

1. Place the first photo in the assembly caddy laying face down to the left. This is the photo that will appear through the window on the cover of the book, so make sure that the image fits the window properly.

2. Place a Photo-Press double sheet behind the photo and open it at the fold. Then, insert the front end leaf into the center.

3. Insert the next picture into the Signature to the right of the endleaf. This will be the first picture in the book. Close the sheet (with the endleaf and photo inside of it). Up to this point, the assembly of an book with panoramic photos and without panoramic photos is the same.

4. Place a Single Signature sheet behind the first assembled Signature.

5. Next place the scored and folded panoramic photo after the Single Signature.

6. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for each panoramic photo. If you wish to intersperse the panoramic photos with standard page-sized prints, follow steps 5 and 6 shown on Page 9.

7. For the final section of the book, you will need to use another PhotoPress Double Signature sheet. Open the Double Signature sheet and insert one photo into the center of the PhotoPress Double Signature sheet, followed by the rear endleaf.

8. The book block is now ready to bind with the Fastback PhotoPress.

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