1) When you set up your New document you select Print as the intent, type in 16 for the number of pages, and tick Facing Pages. You can design the facing pages as double page spreads and place images to go over two pages (allow for bleed on the outside edges).
When you've completed your document, you supply your printer with a PDF as single pages (you select this option in the Export PDF dialogue box). Ask the printer what type of PDF they want and whether to include trim etc marks. The printer will impose it.
2) and 3) Depends on the printers and it may depend on the printing quantity. For larger runs they may print eight pages each side of the sheet.
4) Assuming it's a 16 page self-cover booklet, all pages will have the same trimmed page size.
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There is a way to put more than 10 pages on one single spread by scripting.
But it comes with three or even more issues:
1. It's only possible with CS5, CS5.5, CS6 and CC. Not with CC-2014.2 and CC-2015.1.
2. If you ever export that document to IDML and open it again, the spread will not survive as a more-than-10-page-spread.
3. Contents is still there, but could be positioned very strange.
However, once created in CS5 (or CS 5.5 etc.) you can open the document without problems in CC-2014.2 or CC-2015.1.
But you can never "save back" with IDML.
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myDavey Jan 12, 2014 7:03 PM
That is a good idea but I have the same problem again, whether double or single pages.
My main issue is that the background artwork needs to continue along all the 16 pages. This idea is from a client. If this idea doesn't work then I could simply tell the client no, this is not possible. But I am hoping that I can figure this one out and try it out.
I think my solution is to have 8 pages in one row and then 8 pages in the second row and then simply split the background between two 8 page width long boxes.
My concern is when printing how would they join the two 8 page width long spreads together.
Would they require a tab to insert between that?
What size is a normal tab btw?...
Why not "cut" the one large (wide) pic into four or eight sequential double-page sized images in Photoshop and then place them on the appropriate pages in InDesign. You then export the spreads as individual PDF pages and the printer will impose them correctly.
Cool. I might try that.
I could export it as a pdf, which will make it into two bits. Then put it in photoshop and make a full pdf. That could probably work.
1) Export it from what to a PDF?
2) Best to Place the individual PSD files in InDesign then you can round-trip to Photoshop and back if you need to make changes to the image(s).
To be clear, as I understand it, you want say a 16 page saddle stitched booklet that has an image that starts say on page 1 or 2 and continues over every page. Is that correct?
Hope you are having a nice weekend.
1) From an InDesign file exporting it to a PDF
2) A 16 page folded booklet that has an image starting from 1 to 16 and continuing the whole way. Not a repeated image on every page.
The background has been created using illustrator and going back and forth from illustrator and inDesign takes ages!
Can you set this up as eight pages that are 200 mm, and use marks in the bleed area indicate the additional folds to the printer?
Yes I appreciated it wasn't one repeating image!
So, in your example, let's say the page width is 5 inches, you want an image that's 80 inches wide.
You crop 5 inches for page 1, then you want seven at 10 inches wide for the facing pages, then one 5 inches for page 16. Plus bleed on the outside edges.
You can set this up as two 8-pqge spreads, place the background once and position for the left set of eight pages, then copy, move the the left page of the second set, Paste in place, and withteh image still selected type -<the combined width of 8 pages> after the x-coordinate in the control panel, then hit enter. the image will move to the left to be correctly positioned on this spread.