Creating an Imposition is a crucial step when printing images or cutting raw material for use in a product. Each design element, such as the graphic or cut profile, must be positioned correctly within the printable worksheet to ensure accuracy. Depending on the material or process formula, M-Power uses the worksheet size to calculate the amount of required raw material or the number of times a process is run.
M-Power Aspire offers a solution for efficient imposition by allowing users to adjust the Finished Part Size and Worksheet Size. This is done by changing the settings in our Imposition Calculator to find either the 'Best fit' or 'Define the worksheet size'.
Finished Size (1) fields set by the width and height of the product. Changing these fields changes the width and height of the finished product throughout.
Margin Pre-Sets (2) section controls the size of the margins between each of the imposed parts. The drop-down menu contains preset margin settings that, when selected, will set the worksheet margins to the listed values.
(A) Top, Bottom, Left, and Right fields are used to set the outside margins for the worksheet.
(B) Between X field sets the horizontal spacing between each part inside the imposition.
(C) Between Y field sets the vertical spacing between each part inside the imposition.
Worksheet Size (3) fields represent the width and height of the worksheet. The worksheet size is determined by the stepping and margins.
i.e. worksheet width = left + right + ((number of parts-1) * between X)
Presets(Worksheet Size) (4) drop-down menu provides users with predefined worksheet sizes.
Stepping (5) field represents the number of finished parts that can fit in the horizontal and vertical direction on the specified worksheet.
Set (6) button that, when clicked, will set the stepping and number up fields to the highest possible values based on the maximum worksheet size.
Number Up (7) field is a product of the values of the width and height stepping fields and is a total of the artwork that can be placed in the worksheet. i.e. 4 wide x 7 high = 28 number up
View (8) button is used to view the currently defined Imposition layout. This layout can then be saved as an image in the quote or printed out, as seen in the screenshot below:
Maximum Worksheet Size (9) field indicates the maximum worksheet size based on the material or process formula used.
Presets(Max Worksheet Size) (10) drop-down menu provides users with predefined maximum worksheet sizes.
Calculate Imposition (11) will calculate the printing layout based on the settings entered if checked.
Layout Tool (12) offers a range of additional layout options, such as using different selection, splitting or sorting strategies.
When using our imposition tool to calculate the printing layout of your job, you can take two approaches: using the 'Best Fit' or 'Defining the worksheet size.' methods.
The 'Best Fit' setting is the most common way to use our imposition tool. This setting calculates the best way to fit your artwork onto the worksheet. To use this method, set the maximum worksheet size and margins. Then, simply click the 'set' button, and the stepping will be changed automatically. Our tool will find the maximum amount of art that can fit within the width and height of the maximum worksheet size using the margins and spacing set in the margin area.
Define worksheet size
In the instance that you know how you want to step up your artwork but are unsure of the size of the worksheet you should use, you can use the 'Define worksheet size' method by inputting your values for Horizontal and Vertical stepping. This will cause the Worksheet size to update. Based on the stepping values you entered, our tool will calculate the worksheet size using the margins and X-between and Y-between values set in the 'Worksheet margins' area.