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Feb 18, 2011

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I have a document that is 24 x 36". There was a recent change and now the size is supposed to be 22 x 28". How do I resize the entire document while resizing all text, masters, and images (appropriately and proportionally)? Can that be done?

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Resizing entire document

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I have a document that is 24 x 36". There was a recent change and now the size is supposed to be 22 x 28". How do I resize the entire document while resizing all text, masters, and images (appropriately and proportionally)? Can that be done?

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The easiest way is to place the whole document (scaled down) on a new indesign document the right size.  Then you edit the original and save, but to output you open up the new one and update links.  To place it in use this script here.

Theer are other methods but none as quick and requiring as little input.

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LEGEND ,
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You do undertand that the two sizes have completely different shapes and it isn't a matter of just scaling if you want to maintain any sort of reasonable margins, right?

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Hmmm, it isn't going to work too well is it:

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Inches always throw me...  There is a plugin for resizing that apparently works not too bad, Proscale, but otherwise you're in for a lot of manual work....

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LEGEND ,
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Stix Hart wrote:

Inches always throw me... 

The units are irrelvant. Finding the least common denominator for the dimensions tells you the first one has an aspect ratio of 6:9, the second 11:14. or just divide the height by the width to see how different they are. You can do approximations in your head.

To be more accurate you should actually judge the size of the print area INSIDE the margins since scaling a non-square shape is going to screw up margins that should be equal on top or bottom and sides. That actually is more equivalent to removing the same amount from the dimension in each direction. Going from 24 x 36 to 22 x 28 is removing 2 from the width, but 8 from the height, and that ain't even close.

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Feb 21, 2011

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Below is the basic layout. I can adjust margins later on. The image in the middle has bleeds and the bottom 2 text boxes are a master.

I know the image part I need to manually adjust, but I'm trying to figure out how to scale all the text so it's proportional to the new size.

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You mention master objects. How many pages are involved here?

I'll admit to being more obsessive than most people about stuff like this, but I wouldn't personally attempt to scale anything. I'd do the whole freakin' template over again and re-import the text and images, adjusting the styles for the text and cropping for the images as necessary to get it to work and look good. Your frames need to be about 18% wider in the new version, relative to their height, than they are in the existing layout in order to maintain the same approximate relative spacing and margins. That might not look good, but that's a design decision.

If clients change the specs mid-stream they should be prepared to pay the costs to make the project look good with the new specs.Your job is to make the client look good, not shoehorn godd design ito the wrong format. It makes the client look bad.

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It's a one page document. Very simple, with few character and paragraph styles, a master that has the company brand, etc.

Yes, I know the ratio is completely different, but I was hoping there might be a script or something easier than reworking the entire document.

There are about 40 total documents and manually correcting all of them is going to take some time lol. And that looks like what I'll be doing!

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You could start by making a new blank file, change the page size (enable Layout Adjustment first) then edit the master page to make things look as good as you can there. Save that, then add it and the other files (actually, I'd make copies of all the others and use the copies so you don't overwrite what you have) to a Book, setting the new file as the synchronization source, then synch only the master page and styles if you've edited those. Once synched, your done withthe book and the blank file and they can be deleted. Not you get to fix up the individual files.

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For those who come across this issue in the future, here's a nice video on how to do this. It's been several years since this question has been posted, so the tools and options may have advanced in order to solve this problem easily: How to rescale an InDesign page - YouTube

I tried this in InDesign CC 2015 and it worked for me. Have not tried with any other versions.

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Maybe I just go about this differently, but can't you just:

  • Create a new document in 22x28"
  • Copy the objects from the old file and paste them into the new
  • Scale down (select all) until your primary dimension fills the height
  • Tweak elements to fill out the remaining width

If it's a simple poster or other layout, why mess with master pages and scaling plugins?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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The simplest and most reliable way to scale an entire InDesign document is probably our QuickResize | Id-Extras.com add-on. Not free, but if you seriously need to do this, worth considering...

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