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Creating a drill edge

From: InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

Video: Creating a drill edge

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.

Creating a drill edge

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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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

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  1. 3m 19s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      31s
    3. Asking the right questions before starting your document
      1m 54s
  2. 21m 59s
    1. Building documents correctly
      3m 9s
    2. Understanding facing pages vs. non-facing pages
      2m 8s
    3. Creating a four-page spread with a left-hand page 1
      1m 48s
    4. Creating a gatefold layout
      2m 7s
    5. Creating a letterfold layout
      2m 27s
    6. Creating a book cover layout for a perfect bound book
      3m 11s
    7. Creating a calendar layout
      3m 13s
    8. Creating a drill edge
      3m 56s
  3. 11m 16s
    1. Understanding the preflight settings
      4m 55s
    2. Creating profiles
      2m 26s
    3. Loading and embedding profiles
      1m 18s
    4. Looking at the results
      2m 37s
  4. 10m 13s
    1. Understanding process colors, spot colors, and the Ink Manager
      1m 57s
    2. Using overprint vs. knockout
      1m 46s
    3. Using rich black (percentages of CMYK)
      1m 44s
    4. Checking for unnamed colors
      2m 4s
    5. Using mixed inks and registration
      2m 42s
  5. 4m 25s
    1. Using layers
      2m 25s
    2. Understanding Conditional Text and GREP
      2m 0s
  6. 6m 6s
    1. Understanding document fonts
      1m 33s
    2. Avoiding common font problems
      2m 57s
    3. Choosing the best font formats
      1m 36s
  7. 9m 0s
    1. Looking at the Links panel
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing the Links panel
      1m 56s
    3. Understanding resolution and scaling
      2m 4s
    4. Understanding actual resolution vs. effective resolution
      1m 53s
    5. Choosing file formats
      1m 35s
  8. 6m 47s
    1. Understanding RGB and CMYK
      2m 13s
    2. Using ICC profiles
      2m 13s
    3. Converting from RGB to CMYK during PDF export
      2m 21s
  9. 7m 44s
    1. Understanding accurate soft proofing in Acrobat
      2m 32s
    2. Using the Separations Preview panel
      3m 16s
    3. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      1m 56s
  10. 11m 43s
    1. Packaging your files
      2m 0s
    2. Using Adobe PDF presets
      2m 2s
    3. Understanding PDF/X-1a vs. PDF/X4
      3m 20s
    4. Understanding when to create an Acrobat layer
      1m 25s
    5. Using single pages vs. spreads
      2m 56s
  11. 2m 14s
    1. Final thoughts: 10 things to keep your printer happy
      2m 14s

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