There are many finishing options available: perfect binding, wiro-binding, stitching etc.
If you’re considering designing your own booklet then it’s worth checking to see whether the format you will be supplying the booklet in is usable.
Probably the easiest way, if this is your first booklet, is to design each page in order. For instance, if you’re using Word as an example then just start by designing the front cover on page 1, back cover on page 2, the first inner page on page 3 etc. etc. until you reach the end of the booklet. We can then make a pdf of your file and, using imposition software, can ‘arrange’ the pages into the correct order.
If you prefer to ‘impose’ the job yourself, then that’s fine also. Imposition is just the term used to describe the arrangement of pages. Page 1 with Page 20 – Page 19 with Page 2 etc. as an example.
Planning your booklet
Let’s say your booklet is going to be around the 20 page mark plus a cover.
Grab some sheets of blank paper, and start to make up a dummy booklet.
As you can see from the above, Page 2 – 19 will be printed on the reverse of Page 1 – 20.
Carry on putting your dummy booklet together until you end up with the complete set of pages.
If you are using a professional layout program such as Adobe In-Design© or QuarkXpress© then an easy way to identify your pages, whilst putting together the booklet, is to put the page numbers to the left and right hand sides of the workspace, (so it doesn’t get printed), in large lettering. That way you can easily see the complete picture.