4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 20, 2014 3:17 AM by Peter Spier

    Page arrangement when exporting to PDF

    left bank books

      Whenever I layout pamphlets that will be printed on 8.5x11 paper, I set up 5.5x8.5 facing pages, and then do each page so that they go back and forth down the line until i get to the centerfold, where they then go back up the line back and forth filling in empty pages. Does that make sense? So, I do this all the time, and when I export to PDF, the PDF always shows each pair of facing pages as a single page to be printed on one side of a sheet of 8.5x11 paper. But for some unknown reason (I haven't updated any of my programs, as my computer is too old to do that) when I exported to PDF, both Reader and Acrobat open the PDF up with each individual page by itself, one above the other, until I go into "View" and select Page Display, and then Two-up. But I wanna know why it's displaying it differently, and if there's a way I can make it always display the way it used to instead of this new way.

        • 1. Re: Page arrangement when exporting to PDF
          left bank books Level 1

          I guess another, less ideal, way to fix this would be if in Acrobat I could set the Page Display to Two-up, and then resave it somehow to have it not be possible for each individual page to separate from it's spread partner by going back to the Single Page Page Display...

          • 2. Re: Page arrangement when exporting to PDF
            left bank books Level 1

            OK, as I try to figure this out, I'm learning new terms. So, to be clear, I'm making pamphlets that will be printed from a laser printer, that will be stapled (saddle stitch style) and folded. I'm gathering that what I'm doing is "imposition", and using either "reader's spreads" or "printer's spreads", and that maybe one of those will export so that each spread becomes a whole page when exported to PDF. Does this make more sense?

            • 3. Re: Page arrangement when exporting to PDF
              left bank books Level 1

              Ugh, figured out that I needed to check the "spreads" box in the exporting dialog box, even though I never needed to do that before...

              • 4. Re: Page arrangement when exporting to PDF
                Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                You might find this a lot easier if you set up as 5.5 x 8.5 facing pages and worked in reader's spreads (consecutive order). That way you get to look at the layout as your readers will be seeing it, and there's less chance of making an imposition mistake. The first and last pages will be by themselves and the others will appear as spreads, just as they will in the booklet.


                When you are ready to print, use File > Print Booklet... to set up the imposition. Your tags indicate CS3, though you don't mention the OS, so I don't know if the Adobe PDF virtual printer is available to you, but if you are printing in-house on a laser printer with duplexing capabiliies it isn't required as you can print directly to the device. Printing to PDF is a convenience that will allow you to manually duplex. If you need the PDF, and cannot print to the virtual printer, there are some scripts you can use to impose the booklet instead of Print Booklet, so let us know.