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How do I make a 2 by 2 double spread (4 pages)?

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I have a printable shop on Etsy and need to figure out if there is a way to create a four-page spread that is arranged 2x2.  I figured out how do to a 4-page spread horizontally and also vertically, but not in a square configuration.  I need to do this so that crop marks are preserved so that the end user can cut 4 small pages of the exact same size.  Thanks in advance!

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Hi Amanda,

if you can live with a non-facing-pages document, you can do a four-pages spread and move all the pages around with the Page tool. Horizontally and vertically. You cannot do this with a document where facing pages are enabled and you have a spine. With such a document all the pages of a spread will snap to each other horizontally when moved.

 

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-1.PNG

 

Use the Page tool to move the pages around:

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-2.PNG

 

If you want to select non-consecutive pages at the same time, pages 4 and 2 for example, do that in the Pages panel when the Page tool is enabled. The pages will be selected in the layout of your spread as well. When two or more pages are selected you could use the Align buttons to align the selected pages:

 

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-3.PNG

 

Use the Control panel to move selected pages to precise x or y values:

 

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-4.PNG

 

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Uwe Laubender

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How do I make a 2 by 2 double spread (4 pages)?

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I have a printable shop on Etsy and need to figure out if there is a way to create a four-page spread that is arranged 2x2.  I figured out how do to a 4-page spread horizontally and also vertically, but not in a square configuration.  I need to do this so that crop marks are preserved so that the end user can cut 4 small pages of the exact same size.  Thanks in advance!

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Correct answer by Laubender | Adobe Community Professional

Hi Amanda,

if you can live with a non-facing-pages document, you can do a four-pages spread and move all the pages around with the Page tool. Horizontally and vertically. You cannot do this with a document where facing pages are enabled and you have a spine. With such a document all the pages of a spread will snap to each other horizontally when moved.

 

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-1.PNG

 

Use the Page tool to move the pages around:

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-2.PNG

 

If you want to select non-consecutive pages at the same time, pages 4 and 2 for example, do that in the Pages panel when the Page tool is enabled. The pages will be selected in the layout of your spread as well. When two or more pages are selected you could use the Align buttons to align the selected pages:

 

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-3.PNG

 

Use the Control panel to move selected pages to precise x or y values:

 

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-4.PNG

 

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Uwe Laubender

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File > Print Booklet could export a PDF for you.

 

The powerful Pages panel in InDesign won't layout pages both horizontally AND vertically. You could design the 4 pages on 1 physical page, and then proceed to make custom crop marks that you draw yourself or use the built-in script named CropMarks.jsx to generate them easily. A bit customized, but you can have full control that way.

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Hi Amanda,

if you can live with a non-facing-pages document, you can do a four-pages spread and move all the pages around with the Page tool. Horizontally and vertically. You cannot do this with a document where facing pages are enabled and you have a spine. With such a document all the pages of a spread will snap to each other horizontally when moved.

 

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-1.PNG

 

Use the Page tool to move the pages around:

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-2.PNG

 

If you want to select non-consecutive pages at the same time, pages 4 and 2 for example, do that in the Pages panel when the Page tool is enabled. The pages will be selected in the layout of your spread as well. When two or more pages are selected you could use the Align buttons to align the selected pages:

 

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-3.PNG

 

Use the Control panel to move selected pages to precise x or y values:

 

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-4.PNG

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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You may also have the need to rotate pages.

Can also be done with the Page tool and e.g. the Transform panel:

 

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-6.png

 

If you now export the whole spread as one PDF page you have all four pages like that:

 

Spread-4-Pages-NonFacingPagesDoc-7.png

 

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