Making custom book folding patterns becomes easier!

Galaktisches Chaos

Since the end of 2015, when the bookart pattern generator (and this website) went online, I have received feedback from book folding addicts from all over the world. Some of you wrote a comment to say thank you, some shared photos of their beautiful creations with me, many of which I got permission to publish on the website’s bookart gallery. And some were suggesting new features that would make it easier to create those wonderful works of art.

Thank you for all the comments! Reading these and seeing your works made me very happy :-D

One of the most-requested features was to prepare the preview image so that it can directly be used for folding your book pages, by just printing it out, then holding it to the page border, without having to read the pattern text, and completely eliminating the need to measure the pages with a ruler.

I had always thought of the preview image as just a way to check if the pattern creation worked out correctly (sometimes, the alternation doesn’t work out well), but you showed me that it can also be used more directly, which makes the process of book folding faster and easier (only it probably won’t be helpful for the teacher who wrote to me and told me about how it is being used to teach metric units - I hope you’ll forgive me, Wesley - the pattern text is also still available!).

So now, end of intro, let’s get to the actual info!

The changes

Four changes have been made to the pattern picture:

1. More color

In the new version, every page in your book whose page number is divisible by 20 (i.e. 20, 40, 60…), is now color coded in red (for the parts that will stand out) and light red (for the parts that you will fold back). So every 10th line in the pattern is now red (remember: 2 page numbers = 1 sheet of paper). This will make it easier to not get lost in the pattern.

2. Page numbers added

Below the pattern, there’s now a small strip where the page number for each red line is indicated.

3. Wider line spacing

To make it easier to use the printed lines as a guide, the spacing between them has been increased by 50%. I didn’t make it any larger, because I wanted it to still fit onto your standard size printer paper, and because otherwise, it would have become harder to check the pattern for inconsistencies.

4. Print size indicator

At the very bottom of the pattern image, it tells you how big the picture needs to be printed out to match your book’s size.

I hope you’ll enjoy the updates!

Try out the new version here ↪

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