For a saddle stitch (center-stapled) brochure, what adjustments should be made (if any) to counter any page-size distortion from folding?

I know measures are taken to mitigate this with other types of brochure (trifold, etc.). But, is it common practise to adjust the center pages of a saddle stitch brochure to prevent creep, when the brochure is closed?


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Found some info on this, afterall. However I'm still unsure as to any "manual" measures that can be taken in larger publications...


A means of positioning type in books, magazines, newsletters, or other publications designed to be bound by means of saddle-stitching that compensates for creep, an increasing book thickness through the interior of the publication, by progressively narrowing the bind margin from the outside pages to the center pages, and increasing the bind margin from the center pages to the back pages. Shingling is performed so that text appears to be in the same position on all pages. Source

It appears this is a responsibility of printers during the imposition process:

Generally, designers aren't expected to do shingling. It's done by the print service provider as part of the imposition process, which positions individual pages correctly for final printing, trimming, and binding. But when your project has images that spread across pages or has tight crossovers between pages, your design will need to be adjusted before printing to ensure spread elements aren't adversely affected during imposition.


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    As you noted, this is usually done by the actual printer during imposition. For larger publications, saddle-stitch is generally avoided - it doesn't scale up well for large quantities and/or thick pages.
    – bemdesign
    Oct 19, 2015 at 21:44

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