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We're going to go ahead and take a look at how to set up a new document that has three-hole drilling or three-hole punching in it. I'm going to create a new document, and in this case, I am making a 48-page catalog with three-hole drills. So I change this to 48 pages. I want to have Facing Pages checked, and I also want to make sure that my final trim size is entered under Page Size. Next, I'm going to come down to Bleed and enter 0.125, which is an eighth-inch bleed on all four sides. Now I'm going to come up and I'm going to look at my document.
My red guides represent my bleed. When I open up my Pages panel, I can go through and scroll down and see all of my different pages in my document. Now, the next thing I'm going to do is go to my Layers panel and create a new layer. This is where I'm going to put my drill holes. So I'm going to double-click, and I'm just going to call this Drill holes. After I create my new layer with the drill holes, I'm going to go to my master pages. When I click on my Pages panel I'm going to double-click on my A-master to go to that master page.
Next, I'm going to use my Ellipse tool to draw a circle. Initially, the size doesn't matter, because I'm going to come up here under Width and enter 5/16 and Enter on my keyboard. Next, I'm going to go under Height and do the same thing: 5/16 and Enter. This gives me a 5/16th drill hole, which is a very common size. Of course, you want to check with your printer to make sure that's the size of the drill hole they are using. Next, I'm going to move this drill hole into position at the very top of my page here.
Once I do that, I want to come to my Swatches panel and I want to just color that drill hole with black so it looks more like a drill hole. Next, I'm going to select that drill hole and I'm going to use Step and Repeat because I want to get two additional drill holes. I don't want them Horizontal, so I'm going to put in zero, and for Vertical, I'm going to type in 4.875. This gives me two additional drill holes on my left-hand master page. Next, I'm going to select all three drill holes and holding down my Option+Shift on Mac, or Alt+Shift on Windows, I'm going to drag this over to my right-hand master page.
Now, I have three drill holes on my left- hand master and three drill holes on my right-hand master, but we want to make sure that our text and images do not come right to the drill holes. The easiest way to do that is by putting in a guide. I'm going to drag a guide in over here from the left-hand side right to the base of my drill holes. I want to make sure none of my text or images is closer than an eighth inch. So I'm going to simply -0.125 inches to move that over an eighth inch away from my drill hole. I'm going to do the same thing on the right-hand side--drag him right to my drill hole--but in this case, I'm going to add an eighth inch, so +0.125 inches.
Now not only do I have my drill holes set up, but I also have my guides in place. There is one more thing I need to do, and that is make sure these drill holes don't actually print. I'm going to go back to my Layers panel and I'm going to double-click on my Drill holes, and I'm going to deselect Print layer. When I do that, this ensures that those drill holes do not actually get printed. Another way to verify this is by going underneath my view and switching from Normal to Preview. In that mode, I could see my guides and my drill holes disappear.
This indicates they will not be printed on my final piece. I'm going to go back to the Normal mode, and I'm going to look at my drill holes. The whole advantage to doing this is to ensure that my images and text do not get drillled through when designing my piece. I'm going to go to my Pages panel, and I'm going to scroll through my document and verify that my drill holes are on every single spread. As we can see, adding guides and drill holes ensures that my images and my text will not get drilled through at the final piece.
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