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Printing double sided InDesign

New Here ,
Feb 03, 2020 Feb 03, 2020

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I am new to InDesign.  Trying to print a tri-fold double sided and the reverse side is printing upside down. I think it is some settings I need to tweak but can't find an easy answer.  Can anyone give guidance?  

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Community Expert , Feb 03, 2020 Feb 03, 2020

That is handled by the printer options, not InDesign. You have to set this up in your printer settings.

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Jan 14, 2023 Jan 14, 2023

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Can you post step-by-step screenshots? Sometimes, I've found to you have to go through multiple levels of printer settings to print double or single sided. Check for a "Properties" button or something. How do you do it when you aren’t using ID?

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New Here ,
Apr 26, 2023 Apr 26, 2023

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Hi, after decades of working with InDeisgn, and Pagemaker before that, wihout any problems, I am experiecing this problem as well. iMac 27" 2020, Ventura 13.1, InDesign 18.2.1. Duplex mode at the printer driver level is OFF. See attached prScreenshot 2023-04-26 at 1.48.16 PM.pngint screen. The default Duplex setting on the Printer hardware side is OFF as well.  Any idea?

 

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Apr 26, 2023 Apr 26, 2023

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My recommendation is here always to export first a PDF and print from Acrobat. Acrobat interacts with all kind of printers better than InDesign does. And it is much faster as PDFs are output optimized. 

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New Here ,
May 25, 2024 May 25, 2024

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I am trying to TILE print from InDesign 2024 and it insists on printing double sided 😞  I have been in all rabbit holes realted to the printer and event look at the settings from Preview and Acrobat an in all cases "Double sided is turned off."

 

The work-around to export PDF and open in in Acrobat to tile-print is yielding this this error Below.

I was starting to have faith that ADOBE was a compentent/modern/up-to-date software company, as they seemed to be a 20 yrs ago but, alas. 😞

 

"Could not create PDF from:

/var/folders/6p/635zt43d2nz1frtwnm742z600000gn/T/PSxq8phD.tmp

Using Adobe PDF Settings: High Quality Print

see the log file for details.

 

 

"Very aggravating!

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May 25, 2024 May 25, 2024

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Okay, just to start at the beginning — it helps to identify the version of InDesign you're using, and on what platform and OS version. You also don't identify the printer except in passing. The idea that all versions of everything are the same and should work properly/the same/together may be the first part of the problem here. (Spoiler: they don't. For example, some makes/models of printer driver, even in 2024, don't work well with certain software or completely on one computer platform or another.)

 

So besides those guiding basics... can you successfully print tiled output from ANY app on your system?

 

I'll also note that (in 2024) it's not too unusual to offload complex printing operations on Acrobat, to give a consistent, reliable path for many things, including color management, booklet printing, tiled printing and the like. Export to PDF and using Acrobat to manage the print process is just how things have evolved, to give the maximum amount of capability/compatibility in an ever-fragmenting world of systems and peripherals. (That said, my system supports printing of tiled output, with considerable control, from both ID and Acrobat.)

 

But yes, in the end, it may be that ID/Acrobat are not entirely compatible with your printer's driver. Or it may be that you're overlooking some simple step or setting in the process. There's no way to know until you give a rundown on the printer etc. (not screen snips of error messages), and confirm that yes, from _______ you can print tiled output successfully on your system.

 

 


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