10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 14, 2013 1:02 PM by Peter Spier RSS

    How to to print an .indd document with a border around the edge?

    John Nez Illustration Community Member

      I have an Indesign document that I want to print with a slight border around the edge.

       

      I print this after exporting it as a PDF.  But when I choose the various combinations of 'print printer's marks' in the export settings, none of them seem to work.

       

      I want just a simple thin border line around the edge of the document to print.  I don't want the interior body to print (which it sometimes does).

       

      I know this can be done, because on some of my .indd documents it works... but I can't figure out what I did to get it to print that way.

       

      HELP!

       

      and thanks....

       

      jn

        • 1. Re: How to to print an .indd document with a border around the edge?
          Preran Adobe Employee

          Moving your query to the InDesign forum. The experts here are better placed to answer your question.

           

          Thanks,

          Preran

          • 2. Re: How to to print an .indd document with a border around the edge?
            SRiegel MVP

            If I understand what you are asking, you just need to include bleed in your export and/or print settings.

            • 3. Re: How to to print an .indd document with a border around the edge?
              John Nez Illustration Community Member

              I have the Indesign document export settings set to 'include document bleed settings'.

               

              But it still won't print with a thin black line around the edge. 

               

              Instead it prints with the thin purple interior body area on each page that is set about 1" in from the edge. 

               

               

              jn

              • 4. Re: How to to print an .indd document with a border around the edge?
                SRiegel MVP

                can you post some screen shots with guides turned on? I don't really understand what's happening.

                • 5. Re: How to to print an .indd document with a border around the edge?
                  Ellis home Community Member

                  I think the purple interior is printing because you have checked in Export Adobe PDF/General at the bottom: Include/Visible Guides and Baseline Grids. I would draw a rectangle around the bleeds and give it a 0.25pt line. But it will be interesting to know a method of printing the bleeds without doing that.

                  • 6. Re: How to to print an .indd document with a border around the edge?
                    John Nez Illustration Community Member

                    pages side by side.jpg

                     

                    Here are the two files.  Both are the same size.  I pasted the two scans together into this one image.  They only appear on printing.

                    I am printing from the PDF that I make from the .indd file.

                     

                    One has a border (which I want).

                    The other lacks any border line, but instead has a purple rectangle in about 1" from the page edge.

                     

                    I can't figure out what settings I have on these two documents to cause this.  And Indesign has so many buttons to click I can't figure out.

                     

                    Thanks....

                     

                    jn

                    • 7. Re: How to to print an .indd document with a border around the edge?
                      Ellis home Community Member

                      The second one is caused I think, for the reason I mentioned above. You need to check your settings in the Export Adobe PDF. In the first one, check if there are any frames with border applied. Although I'm not sure why it's showing solid lines only on three sides of the frame.

                      Also check if there's a frame in your master page.

                      • 8. Re: How to to print an .indd document with a border around the edge?
                        John Nez Illustration Community Member

                        Thanks... the visible guides setting change took away the purple interior rectangle. 

                        But it still doesn't print the border outline.

                         

                        Here in text form is a summary of the .indd file settings that does print a border correctly, as I like it to.

                        The relevant paragraph under Marks and Bleed has crop marks off... and document bleed settings on.

                         

                        I wonder what I'm missing?  Sometimes I wished Adobe just used plain english... like 'print border outline of document'!

                         

                        Thanks!

                         

                        jn

                         

                        Print Preset: [Default]

                        Printer: Canon Pro9000

                        PPD: N/A

                        PPD File: N/A

                         

                         

                        General

                            Copies: 1

                            Collate: N/A

                            Reverse Order: Off

                            Pages: N/A

                            Sequence: N/A

                            Spreads: On

                            Print Master Pages: Off

                            Print Layers: Visible & Printable Layers

                            Print Non-printing Objects: Off

                            Print Blank Pages: Off

                            Print Visible Guides and Baseline Grids: Off

                         

                         

                        Setup

                            Paper Size: US Letter

                            Paper Width: 8.5 in

                            Paper Height: 11 in

                            Page Orientation: Portrait

                            Paper Offset: N/A

                            Paper Gap: N/A

                            Transverse: N/A

                            Scaling: 100%

                            Constrain Proportions: On

                            Page Position: Upper Left

                            Thumbnails: Off

                            Tiling: Off

                         

                         

                        Marks and Bleed

                            Crop Marks: Off

                            Bleed Marks: Off

                            Registration Marks: Off

                            Color Bars: Off

                            Page Information: Off

                            Printer Mark Type: Default

                            Crop Mark Weight: 0.25 pt

                            Mark Offset from Page: 0.0833 in

                            Use Document Bleed Settings: On

                            Bleed Top: 0 in

                            Bleed Bottom: 0 in

                            Bleed Left: 0 in

                            Bleed Right: 0 in

                            Include Slug Area: Off

                         

                         

                        Output

                            Color: Composite RGB

                            Text As Black: Off

                            Trapping: N/A

                            Flip: N/A

                            Negative: N/A

                            Screening: N/A

                            Simulate Overprint: Off

                         

                         

                        Graphics

                            Send Data: Optimized Subsampling

                            Download: N/A

                            Download PPD Fonts: N/A

                            PostScript®: N/A

                            Data Format: N/A

                         

                         

                        Color Management

                            Document Profile: sRGB IEC61966-2.1

                            Color Handling: Let InDesign Determine Colors

                            Printer Profile: Document RGB

                            Preserve RGB Numbers: Off

                            Proof Profile: N/A

                            Simulate Paper Color: N/A

                         

                         

                        Advanced

                            Print &as Bitmap: On

                            Bitmap Resolution: 300

                            OPI Image Replacement: N/A

                            EPS: N/A

                            PDF: N/A

                            Bitmap Images: N/A

                            Transparency Flattener Preset: N/A

                            Ignore Spread Overrides: N/A

                        • 9. Re: How to to print an .indd document with a border around the edge?
                          Peter Spier ACP/MVPs

                          The only way that border could find its way into your PDF is if it's also in your document You've got a frame someplace with a strole applied to act as the border.

                           

                          And the only way it will print is if it's actually in the printable  area of the page on the printer, so it's not likley to show up on a  letter-sized document printed on letter-sized paper.

                          • 10. Re: How to to print an .indd document with a border around the edge?
                            John Nez Illustration Community Member

                            That's it!  Yes, I see now that I had applied a stroke to the master page in the file with a border. 

                            I created the first document years ago, so I forgot about it and it doesn't really show up except when it's printed.

                             

                            So now with the new file I just applied a frame and stroked a 1 point line to the master frame in the document.

                             

                            Now it prints the way I wanted.

                             

                            THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR HELP!