What you are seeing is completely normal - and you don't need to worry about it.
The Pencil thing is because the Pencil on the right is in the Bleed area - you can see that is outside the Trim Marks for the page on the Left Hand Side.
But this gives the printer enough maneouver on the press should they need it. And that Pencil will go into the Spine anyway - so it won't be visible.
The white space between the Pages is completely normal - you can see that you have added bleed because the Colour extends past the Trim Marks.
The printers will impose the pages into printers pairs for their workflow - you shouldn't do this - you shoudl supply pages 1 - end in sequential order as Single Pages (not spreads).
Hope that helps - looks totally normal to me.
Oh and if you don't want the Pencil to appear there then you can edit the Bleed settings and make sure you have
Inside set to 0
You can do this by unticking the "Use Document Bleeds" and set them manually for each side.
But the Printer won't thank you for not including inside bleeds - they need them to make the press run easier.
Thank you very much Eugene. How do I supply as single pages and not spreads? Step by step please! Thank you.
Make sure the Spreads option is not selected in the General portion of the Dialog box.
Have you discussed PDF settings with your printers? They can supply (or should supply) a PDF Settings file for you to use.
Thanks. I have sent a couple more versions to them - a mix and match of different options you've suggested. Hoping at least 1 will be right. There is a 1pm deadline if I want the brochures in time!
They haven't mentioned the settings to me. Not particularly helpful thus far - will let you know soon if I need more help!
If they want inside bleeds, and you have content on the opposite page that would fall into the bleed area you should see InDesignSecrets » Blog Archive » Breaking Pages Apart to Bleed Off a Spine
And looking at that pencil illustration, it doesn't look to me like it actually is bleeding off the bottom, but it's a little hard to tell in the screen shot.
Printer came back to me and he said this:
I need a version with crop marks and bleed on pages 5 &11.
Putting on bleed to these 2 pages should be exactly the same as you have done for the other pages that have bleed. I’m sorry that I can’t talk you through it technically as I’m not a graphic designer and my designer is not in today.
Have I not done the crop marks and bleed on 5 and 11? 5 is the pencils on right side page, page 11 I haven't shown you but same issue as with page 5 with overlow of right hand image.
Something to note about the PDFs you're showing. These look like they *are* single pages, not spreads. You are simply *viewing* them in Acrobat as 2-up. (The view settings for the file can be found under File>Properties)
see my link above....
You need to extend the objects on pages 5 and 11 that are touching the page edge to extend past the page edge into the bleed area.