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Step and Repeat save preset indesign

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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The ability to save Step and Repeat presets would be great for job layouts we repeatedly print, anyone suggest any other way of doing this as a time saver.

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Jan 06, 2023 Jan 06, 2023

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If you mean for situations when you have to print for example business cards:

 

- create new folder,

- put there your file to be placed - name it aaa.pdf or something - if it's a PDF 😉

- copy your template INDD as well,

- in your INDD template - place your aaa.pdf as desired, 

 

Then, every time you need to print the same set of business cards - just overwrite aaa.pdf and re-open your INDD template. 

 

Of course, you can place this way multiple different aaa.pdf files. 

 

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Another option is to use Illustrator's Symbols. You could place the AI file in ID if necessary.

 

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Hi @Dena26222541i72m , You can also script a step and repeat, this would make a 3x3 grid with a 10 pt gutter. You could save scripts with different column, row, and gutter amounts (c,r,xg, and yg at the top of the script) and run as needed:

 

 

//uses points
app.scriptPreferences.measurementUnit = MeasurementUnits.POINTS;
var c = 3; //columns
var r = 3; //rows
var xg = 10; //horizontal gutter
var yg = 10; //vertical gutter

var sel = app.activeDocument.selection[0]
var b = sel.geometricBounds;
var xoff = b[1];
var yoff = b[0];

for (var i = 1; i < c*r; i++){
    if(i%c>0){
        xoff = xoff + xg + (b[3]-b[1])
        sel.duplicate([xoff,yoff])
    }else{
        xoff = b[1]; 
        yoff = yoff + yg + (b[2]-b[0])
        sel.duplicate([xoff,yoff])
    }
};   

app.scriptPreferences.measurementUnit = AutoEnum.AUTO_VALUE;

 

 

 

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Have you tried click on item you want to duplicate an hold down option key, and drag. It duplicates what ever you highlighted.

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