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In this series, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, co-hosts of the web's top resource for InDesign tips and tricks, InDesignSecrets.com, share some hidden and sometimes surprising workflow tips that will make working in InDesign more efficient and more fun. The course covers built-in timesaving features such as Quick Apply and auto-expanding text, but also little-known tricks, such as using the eyedropper to copy and paste character and paragraph text attributes and making accurate selections by selecting through or even into objects.
New techniques will be added to the collection every other week, so check back early and often. Find more tips and tricks at indesignsecrets.com.
You know the concept of bleeding objects off a page, right. For example, on this page, this background frame has color that goes off the side of the page. It has to do that. It has to go past the edge, because the printer is going to print this on a larger piece of paper and then trim it down. But what about here in the center? The gutter, or the spine, of the spread. Well, you usually don't need to bleed into the spine, because it'll either just get lost when the book is bound, or you would end up on another page which might look icky.
However, every so often, you might need to bleed into the spine. One example is if your book is going to be spiral-bound. Or, if your printer tells you that you just need to do it. In that case, what can you do? Where's the bleed area? Well, I'll show you a trick to split these pages apart, so that you do have a bleed area to bleed into. Here's what you do. Open up your Pages panel, and then in the Pages panel menu, you need to turn off Allow Document Pages to Shuffle. See this little checkbox next to it? If I select that, it'll turn the checkbox off, and now the document pages will no longer shuffle.
That is they won't necessarily stay together. Now I'm going to use the Pages panel to pull the pages apart. I need to select just one of the pages of this spread. And I can see that both of the pages are highlighted right now. So I'm going to click some place else in the Pages panel. That deselects them. And then I'll come back and click just on page 5. Now it's selected, and I'm going to click and drag it out to the right, I want to drag it until I see a black vertical bar show up. And that means I can let go of it, and the pages will be split into two.
There you go, now I've got page 4 on one spread and page 5 on the other, even though they're technically both part of the same spread. Now, on page 4, I can extend this frame out to the bleed guide. I'll double-click on page 5 and extend the other side of this page out to the bleed guide. So now, I'm bleeding off of all four sides of the page. Of course, we'd have to do the same thing to these other spreads, too. I'll drag this one out, and I'll drag that one out. And of course, I would have to go back and change those objects so that they bleed off the page, as well. Now, page 2 and 3 has a different sort of problem.
Let me double-click on that to jump to this spread. Now here, you'll see I have an image that's spanning across the spread. It's going from one page to the next. While it usually works to span an object across two pages, it does not work when you're splitting those pages apart onto two different spreads. So, what we have to do is duplicate this image onto both pages. I'll select this image, go to the Edit menu and choose Copy, and then I'll go back to the Edit menu and immediately choose Paste in Place. Now I've got two objects, one exactly on top of the other. So, I'm going to make the top one just show up on the right side, and the bottom one show up just on the left side.
I'm just cropping those down differently, so you can see that I've got one on each side. Now I'm going to split this spread apart, but instead of doing the drag and drop method, I'm going to show you one slightly different method, which is to go to the Pages panel menu, choose Move Pages, and then I'm simply going to move page 3 after page 3. Sort of a strange technique there, but it turns out it works exactly the same way as dragging. When I moved that page 3 after page 3, it splits the spread apart, and now I've got two pages on different spreads. Now I'll change the crop on page 2 so that this goes all the way out to the bleed guide.
And then I'll go to page 3 and I'll do the same thing. I'll change the crop of this until it goes all the way out to the bleed guide, and now this image is bleeding into the spine on both page 2 and 3. Again, I want to emphasize that most documents that have bleed do not need this treatment. But check with your printer first, if they insist that you do need to bleed into the gutter, then at least now you know how to do it.
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