The script is a very handy one indeed at least in my workflow, you select an object (I usually draw a box around the page and select it) and then run the scrip it adds crop marks in all 4 corners. You can also edit the script so it makes the crop marks to the size and thickness & distance away from the trim that you require. Once setup life is just that one more step easier. It also automatically places the crop marks on a separate layer for you.
I am using CS4, The only crop marks are in that script panel and when you are ready to print the job you can also tell indesign to print crop marks, I find the script better as you have more control over where the crop marks are and if you need say perforation or fold marks you just copy the crop marks made by the script to where you want the extras to be. I use the same bleed and sludge settings on all my jobs and make templates for most things ie business cards 4up or 8up etc... the sludge if the same on both the main doc and the template makes it vere easy to place the pdf's on the template, both being 15mm or whatever you choose the bounding box will of the pdf will place right on the sludge of the template and be lined up nicely.
Maybe I am just dense, and I am stumped by how InDesign does a lot of things. I am printing a DVD cover on 8.5 x 11 photo paper, and I cannot for the life of me get the crop marks to come out in the right place. I've tried changing the page size, margins, bleed, and slug, and they always come out wrong. Can anyone please tell me what combination of settings I need to use to get the crop marks (or even use bleed marks as crop marks for cutting) to come out correctly. (I'm going to cut it myself.)
Also, I'm using CS5.
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Thank you! That did add the crop marks, but at the same time, it resized the page content (smaller). I suppose InDesign in trying to "help" because it thinks if I'm trimming that little amount that I must need wider margins (and my margins, slug, and bleed are all set to 0,0 after much experimenting and wasted paper and ink). When I print without the crop marks, the size is right on, but with the crop marks, everything is shrunk.
What I ended up doing was just placing the box over the content and drawing manual crop marks. I would really like to figure out how the automagic marks will work for me in the future; however, InDesign just doesn't seem to like me. (And I have taken the lynda.com course on it, believe it or not.)
Thanks again for your help!
If things have shrunk in the print, it usually means you enabled "scale to fit printable area" in the print dialog. It sounds as if perhaps the doc size is as large as the printable area on the sheet and the automatic crop marks that ID will add under marks and bleed are falling into the non-imageable area of the printer.
You really should be setting up the document at the trim size of the finished DVD cover. Add a bleed allowance in the "more options" area of the document setup dialog. I just checked a DVD cover here, and I doubt it's possible to print on 8.5 x 11 paper and get the crops to show, and maybe not even the full bleed area, on most printers.
Thank you for the help. I will set it up that way and at least part of the bleed marks will print, making it easier to do the other two by hand. Also, now I know how to set up the page for other print jobs. I actually did have it set up with the final trim size the first time (but without the bleed because I hadn't gotten that far yet).
Thank you again for your help. I know my way backwards and forwards through Dreamweaver and Framemaker, but the rest of CS5 is like a foreign language to me.
P.S. And I think you're right--I might have had Scale to Fit set in the print dialog box. That was something even I should have snapped to! (But after working on this Christmas-present project for three-and-a-half days, I was at wit's end!)
BTW, in the end it came out almost perfect. The spine was just slightly off after cutting, but I was done after much wasted draft and photo paper and many hours of work! It was for my daughter, so I can still redo it.
Disagree very much, In the printing industry there are many times you need to place trim/crop/perferation marks and if your going to put them on why not the rest, takes no time at all to do, I have 3 scripts that every time I start a job adds the required layers, Guides & Crop marks. I surpose they come into printing more with things like Invoice Statement books, business cards and such like.