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Adding a gap between spread pages

Enthusiast ,
Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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(InDesign 2019, Mac OS)

Here at work, we make 48-page booklets. The template we use is set up with facing pages. I was wondering if there's a way to add maybe a 1" gap between the facing pages on screen.

Someone might ask why I would want to do that. Very simply, each page is a separate advertisement, with bleed all around, and I don't want the bleed areas to overlap while viewing the document on screen.

Thanks-

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Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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This InDesign Secrets article provides a good method

https://indesignsecrets.com/breaking-pages-apart-to-bleed-off-a-spine.php

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Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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Set the inside bleed to zero.

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Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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BobLevine  wrote

Set the inside bleed to zero.

Won't that remove the bleed along that edge when the page goes to press?

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Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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Why do you need an inside bleed? Is this going to be spiral bound?

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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Why do you need an inside bleed? Is this going to be spiral bound?

Not spiral bound. But each page needs to be exported to PDF with bleed on all sides.

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Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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That makes no sense. There is no need for interior bleed for anything other than a spiral bound job.

I suggest calling the printer to find out why they need this and then come on back and we’ll be in a better position to help out with advise. It’s possible there’s been a miscommunication. At least I hope so.

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BobLevine  wrote

That makes no sense. There is no need for interior bleed for anything other than a spiral bound job.

The best I can figure is that the page order in the booklet is subject to last-minute shuffling, so a right-hand page today might be a left-hand page tomorrow. In such a case it would be impractical to have to worry if a certain page is missing a bleed on its left or right side.

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Generally speaking once something is laid out like this, you’d tend to move spreads around, not pages.

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Not spiral bound. But each page needs to be exported to PDF with bleed on all sides.

You can include an inside bleed, which has to come from the opposite page. The provided bleed will get removed during the page imposition and isn't printed on the signature—the spine edge is folded not trimmed.

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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Page tool (Shift P on a Windows).
You can either move the page by selecting and dragging with a mouse or set the x and y location to set a specific distance between pages on the same spread (sort of like how you can move artboards in illustrator.)

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Feb 02, 2023 Feb 02, 2023

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Hi @xiam9368 ,

that's not possible in a facing-pages document!

With facing-pages enabled in the document setup you can only move pages of the same spread up and down using the Page tool. However with enough space on the pasteboard and if you use the Transform panel you could move a page down or up along the spine so that the two page edges will not meet.

 

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Uwe Laubender
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Feb 02, 2023 Feb 02, 2023

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I actually do the same thing. I found that when you add a bleed. And drag the window close on the

side that butts up against the other page works very well. No need for extra space.

image.jpg

Lee- Graphic Designer, Print Specialist, Photographer

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Feb 02, 2023 Feb 02, 2023

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side that butts up against the other page works very well. No need for extra space.

 

Hi @Jumpenjax , The original post is from 4 years ago, and either @M_G6  edited the post or none of us read it very carefully—I’m guessing it’s the latter.

 

@M_G6 is not creating a bound book that needs to be imposed, but individual pages for advertisments, that all need an extended bleed. A facing page document’s Inside Bleed comes from the opposite page and that’s not a problem in your example because the opposing pages have no content on the spine edge.

 

If the inside page edge is going to be exposed and it’s bleed needs to come from the same page, facing pages won’t work. Here the bleed for page 2 comes from page 2’s exposed bleed and not the opposite page 3:

 

Screen Shot 14.png

 

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Feb 02, 2023 Feb 02, 2023

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Oops should have looked at the date. It just showed up in my feed. I do a 48 page magazine with ads every month. So it has been working very well in the manner I suggested for me. This is for saddle stitch. Thanks for letting me know, I appreciate it. 🙂

 

Lee- Graphic Designer, Print Specialist, Photographer

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Feb 02, 2023 Feb 02, 2023

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This is for saddle stitch

 

Right for saddle stitch binding an inside bleed would get removed when the pages are imposed whether you include it or not, so facing pages is the correct setup.

 

The OP’s document isn’t getting bound—it will be individual pages—so the inside bleed content is needed and can’t come from the opposite page.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 02, 2023 Feb 02, 2023

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Hi @Jumpenjax ,

below the solution with a facing-pages document setup:

 

FacingPagesPlusInnerBleed.png

 

InDesign document attached:

FacingPagesPlusInnerBleed-2023.indd

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender
( Adobe Community Expert )

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