Smart Suggestion for next InDesign Update - Crop Marks

Community Beginner ,
Jul 13, 2022 Jul 13, 2022

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I am a magazine designer. I pre-press many ads that are submitted from advertisers for the publicaitons. One of my biggest headaches is when the crop marks/printer marks show up inside the bleed area. The reason for the bleed to be included is to make sure the ad prints correctly even if the paper moves slightly when printing. The last thing I need is a crop mark printed. 

 

The default offset when exporting a PDF from InDesign is .0833 inches. What would be smart is that InDesign automatically offset to the bleed amount that is set up on the file when that box is checked. Because people click for bleeds and then never adjust this default number. I ask them to adjust it on my print specs, but 9 times out of 10, the crop marks appear at the default offset on the files I'm given.

 

Can we please update the crop marks feature to offset automatically to the bleed amount? Or at least make it .125"? .0833 is not enough. Anyone with me??

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 13, 2022 Jul 13, 2022
I have experienced the same offset issue as well and think your suggestion is a good idea. Here is the link to make a feature request.

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Jul 13, 2022 Jul 13, 2022

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I have experienced the same offset issue as well and think your suggestion is a good idea.

Here is the link to make a feature request.

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OOh. Thank you for the link. I didn't know where to do that (never paid attention) so that's why I posted here hoping someone would see it. I'll definitely make my request. 🙂

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 13, 2022 Jul 13, 2022

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@erinsuwwan, come back here and give us the link to your new feature request so we can chime in with support for the idea.

 

There's also the https://indesign.uservoice.com/  forum to make feature requests. These are more public so that anyone can discover your request and vote it up. The more votes,  the happier we all will be. <grin>

 

Bevi Chagnon | PubCom | Designer & Technologist for Accessible Documents
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I found that there were already a few posts saying the exact same thing. So, I voted and marked them as critical. Here's a good one: https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/37906849-cr...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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I've been bitching about this for years but most of the printers I work with now don't even want crop marks anymore. The bleed is included in the PDF and they prefer to generate their own.

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Agree! I put on my ad specs that Crop Marks are not necessary, but if you must include them, please offset them by .25". But it never fails.... 90% of the ads I get from advertisers have them anyway with default offset.

 

Adobe, this seems like it would be an easy fix! Let's see it in the next update. 🙂

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And here is the first ad I placed after commenting in this thread...

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Haha. Right.

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