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InDesign booklet: Export as PDF instead of printing

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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Instead of printing an InDesign booklet (with correct imposition) is it possible to instead export it as a PDF?

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Hi @mttplbkp , InDesign’s Print Booklet has more imposition features than Acrobat’s Booklet—you can impose for perfect binding, set signature sizes, add a creep amount, apply printer marks.

 

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In order to Print a postcript file you need to install the Adobe PDF 9.0 PPD, which can be downloaded from this page:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/add-acrobat-ppd.html

 

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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No, and I'll add my usual soapbox statement:

There should be no reason at all to provide anyone with an imposed document. If you're using this for inhouse printing, export a proper PDF and use Acrobat's booklet printing feature.

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Feb 01, 2023 Feb 01, 2023

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Thanks, but is it possible to do this whilst including bleed + crop marks?

 

If I export a PDF as individual pages (with bleed / crop marks) then I end up with a gap in the middle of the spread when I go to print as a booklet from Acrobat

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Inside bleed should be set to zero. 

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Thanks, I've removed the inside bleed but the crop marks still cause a gap in the middle.

Is it possible to add the crop marks in through Acrobat to trim off the bleed that is already on the PDF?

 

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Hi @mttplbkp , InDesign’s Print Booklet has more imposition features than Acrobat’s Booklet—you can impose for perfect binding, set signature sizes, add a creep amount, apply printer marks.

 

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In order to Print a postcript file you need to install the Adobe PDF 9.0 PPD, which can be downloaded from this page:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/add-acrobat-ppd.html

 

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