File>Document Setup, then uncheck this box:
I should also point out that many people who come here asking about this really want to know why the PDFs they output are shown in spreads, rather than single pages. That's an Acrobat thing. You can make an InDesign document with facing or non-facing pages, and either can be shown in Acrobat as single or facing pages, depending on the setting in Acrobat's View>Page Display.
Other people want to know how to split spreads to bleed in the spine, which is rarely needed. Also, some people output their PDFs as spreads, which creates one PDF page for each two-page spread in InDesign. Sometimes you need this, but usually just when something like a photo crosses the spine. Were you given a reason to split a facing document into single pages?
If you print a project it has to have facing pages. You have to set up your page size to the final size. When the printer requires single pages, you have to export pages, not spreads. Don't deselect facing pages in the document setup.
Willi Adelberger wrote:
If you print a project it has to have facing pages.
Since the OP is asking about a long document, I would say facing pages is correct, but your statement gives the impression that everything done in InDesign for print has to be facing pages, which I'm sure you don't mean to say.
I mean, everything which has a design with back and front printing is facing pages, also book covers (even if book covers are front side printed only). Only one page sheets are not facing pages and everything which is screen and adds are single side design, and indd which is supposed to be placed in InDesign I would design as non facing pages.
Everything which has an alternating binding has to have facing pages, otherwise paragraph styles and object styles toward or away from spine would not work, nor some paragraph style options neither.
Willi Adelberger wrote:
I mean, everything which has a design with back and front printing is facing pages…
There is no advantage to using facing pages to print a two-page piece.
I created a large document with facing pages. I have been instructed to change it to single pages. anyone know how to do this after the fact?
You'll have to be more clear on what it is you're doing.
I disagree. I will not set up different styles for one document, and my styles contain attributes to and away from spine. This would not work in non-facing documents.
Most users don't bother to set up styles at all for a simple two-page document, and most don't need toward or away from spine if they do, That may not be correct in YOUR opinion, but it hardly a defective workflow.
Thanks to everyone that replied.
TO clarify a bit, The spiral bound book I am creating needs to be10x8.5 landscape with an inch and half for spiral bind and printed on both sides. I have it laid out with side by side page spread. My boss wants to see it lined up in the document one page on top the other, as she imagines the book to look.
From what I am gathering here, the printer needs to receive the document with facing pages?
I know how to start a document and choose page set up, I just can't seem to figure out how to change it after it has been created. Or do I just leave it as is, and explain that the printer needs it this way.
Again, thank you!
Yeh you need to have the pages separated for spiral binding as you need to bleed off the left and right pages on all sides.
There's a script that will separate them for you http://in-tools.com/article/scripts-blog/separate-pages-script/
But do keep as facing pages if it suits to have left and right pages with running heads/page numbers etc.
Well, if it's printed both sides of the page, your boss needs to see binding on the right for even number pages and on the left for odds, so leav it as facing pages, export to PDF (Print) with the Spreads Box unchecked, and you will have single pages. You can set Acrobat to display them as they will appear when bound: Two-up, Cover Page, if you want the "real' experience. Your printer will want the same single pages.
jmdesign2014 wrote:I have it laid out with side by side page spread. My boss wants to see it lined up in the document one page on top the other…
Are you saying that you have this:
…and you want to turn it into this:
…? If so, my older CS5.5 version can't display facing pages vertically (maybe the newer versions can, but I don't know). The only reason you would need to have facing pages is if you want to bleed across the spine, and then you would need to break them up as Eugene suggests. If you want blank paper at the spine, you can do what you want in either facing or single pages in InDesign, and you wouldn't be able to tell which by looking at a PDF exported without spreads.
@Migintosh – see the following blog post by Marc Autret and his script TransformSpread.js
Transforming Spreads in InDesign CS4-CS5!
August 01, 2011
Using the script is easy.
Page setup before using the script:
Double-clicking the script and setting the rotation angle of the spread of the selected page to -90° to change the view of the spread:
After hitting OK the view has changed accordingly:
Thanks, Uwe. If I had to do this, I would have probably done it manually, but it's good to know that someone wrote a script. My example was a little different, in that the orientation of pages was side-by-side. That's not how I might start a calendar, but if I was asked to change a standard left-to-right book into a calendar orientation, would the script be able to do that as well?
Marc's script is "only" changing the view!
Would like to add that this has nothing whatsoever to do with preparation.
Printing company should look after this!
However, if you need your own in-house proofs then I understand.