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Printers' Spreads

3dogmama's picture

Does anyone here do up their artwork in printers' spreads in InDesign? I am not aware of InDesign's full capabilities yet, so if there's a chronological method of presenting my design work I'd rather go that route. It's difficult for my clients to envision without printing out proofs. And sometimes things can get a little snaky for me too when I'm working on an intense, complicated layout.

"I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me."
Bob Dylan

gwells's picture

i'm not sure what you're

i'm not sure what you're asking.

in indesign, set up your document with facing pages to view printer spreads as you design. to print with printer spreads, click on "spreads" on the general tab in the print dialog.

i suspect i'm not answering your question, tho.

3dogmama's picture

Thank you. I was still laying

Thank you. I was still laying out 12-1 / 2-11 / 10-3 etc. and of course it was confusing as hell for my clients when proofing my PDFs. I don't even want to know how long we've been able to do that with software...wish I had more time to learn the bloody programs. Everything is always on the fly.

Cheers.

"I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me."
Bob Dylan

gwells's picture

cool. glad that did fix it

cool. glad that did fix it for you.

there's also a way to be able to set up multi-page spreads. so you could have a 3 page spread or a 6 page spread (for a multi-panel layout).

JimD's picture

Generally speaking

Hardly any printer worth a grain of salt requires you to actually build your pages in printers spreads anymore. Software RIPs they use are perfectly capable of reordering the pages in the pagination process - whether you use single pages or readers spreads.

If you have a 12- page booklet, just create 12 single pages. OR, if your design requires images/text/graphics to cross over the pages, use the Spreads option in the page setup box. That way, you can send a PDF proof as readers spreads or as single pages (whichever is easiest for your client to deal with).

Building your document using printers spreads is about as archaic as it gets anymore - it's about the same as a printer asking you to actually place 8 business cards up on a page for them. It just tells you that they're running ancient equipment and have no clue as to how to do things properly, and easily.

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3dogmama's picture

Holy s*@t, batman. They DO

Holy s*@t, batman. They DO ask me to set cards 8-up on a sheet...

I know I'm going to cringe, but how long have printers been using this outputting technology?

"I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me."
Bob Dylan

gwells's picture

it's been pretty common for

it's been pretty common for at least a decade. imposition software has been around for a long time.

natobasso's picture

Worse comes to worse send

Worse comes to worse send along a printed proof of that printer spread put together as it will be printed. Staple that sucker and then they'll see it in sequential order. :D

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