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In most cases, you'll want to export your PDFs as single pages, but there are some times where you'll want to output a spread. We're going to take a look at both of those scenarios. In InDesign, I have a calendar file which consists of 24 pages. As you can see, each picture appears directly above each month. Now, that is great from a design perspective, but it's not great for when we print it. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to output this as 24 single-page PDFs. To do that, I'm going to go under File and click one of my PDF presets.
Save this to my desktop. Now, I notice this preset includes spread, so I'm going to deselect it. That's really the only change I need to make here. Then I'm going to go ahead and choose Export. I already went ahead and did that, so let's look at it in Acrobat. In Acrobat, I can see I now have 24 single-page PDFs. This is going to be great when I impose this as single pages. One thing I want to point out is at the very top of each month, you'll see a little bit of the image from the picture above. That is not going to be a problem.
When they impose this piece, the software imposes right to the trim. So you are going to kind of ignore that little extra image up there. Now, let me go ahead and look at another InDesign file. In this case, we're going to look at a catalog. This is another great example of single-page PDFs. So I have my catalog here designed as spreads, and I want to output this as single pages. I'm going to come under File > PDF Presets, pick my PDF Presets with Spreads, and when I do that, I need to just simply deselect Spreads.
When I do that, I can export a single-page PDF of my entire catalog. Well, I already did that, so let's take a look at it in Acrobat. I can see my catalog here is now single pages, and I can see I have my bleed area, my trim area, along with my registration marks. So let's look at a few more pages. As I cycle through here, I can see I have bleed at the bottom and in this case it goes right to my bleed guide, so I know I'm good there. Let's look at another example of an InDesign file.
I'm going to look at a three-panel brochure, and this time I want to output this as a spread. So I'm going to go ahead and click on PDF Presets, pick my preset here, which is Spreads, save this to my desktop, and this time I want to make sure Spreads remain checked. Now, I went ahead, and I exported a PDF already, so let's look at that in Acrobat. I notice in Acrobat I have my three-panel brochure, and I also have my full guides put in automatically by InDesign.
So when I look at the top spread, the cover, I can see the same thing. I have three panels with fold marks, along with my bleed guides and trim guides. So in most cases, you want to export a PDF as single pages, but you always need to check with your printer, because you can see in this case we wanted to output it as spreads.
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