I have a booklet designed for an amateur performance event. It's 12 pages saddle-stitched (stapled), 6 impressions on 3 sheets of paper. It's a small need for 500 copies, somI expect it will use copy-shop technology rather than an offset press.
When I make such a booklet at home, the "print booklet" is a special feature. A rendered PDF shows spreads as the reader sees it.
Meanwhile, only two impressions are to be printed in color: the outside cover (pgs 8,1 on one impression) and the center (pgs 4,5 where the spread is the same as the print layout).
Question 1) can I expect the print shop to take the normal readable PDF and lay out the pages on the sheets? I expect this is a print-time task.
Q2) I expect it's best if images are converted to greyscale at print-time, so I don't have to guess at the print characteristics (gamma, dot gain). Or, will this throw them for a loop?
It's complicated by the need to print two sides on one (more expensive) printer and the rest on a grey printer. I'm worried that the auto layout and booklet print is all-or-nothing, and I should be prepared to handle things. (It's a "cheap" place.)
My understanding is that I would normally have InDesign render a PDF file with the "for Print" preset, which includes bleed and crop marks. It somehow is encoded as metadata so if the printer doesn't use oversized pages it will print the right stuff, and on overised pages it shows physical marks for the trim step.
What's the reality? Anything else I need to know?