Drawing from the Sea - inDesign pt2

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Creating a Booklet


InDesign supports creating printer spreads for printing booklets. A printer spread refers to two or more pages that fall next to each other on a sheet of paper. For example, if you’re editing an 8-page booklet, the pages appear in sequential order in the layout window. However, in printer spreads, page 2 can be positioned next to page 7, so that when the two pages are printed on the same sheet, 3 folded, and collated, the pages end up in the appropriate order.

Note: The process of creating printer spreads from layout spreads is called imposition. It is generally easier to work in Layout Spread where the pages are ordered sequentially. Converting your project to a printer spread should be done just before you’re ready to print.

Document Setup (Layout Options)

These setup instructions walk through creating an 8 page booklet printed doubled sided on 8.5 x 11 in paper. Each "page" will occupy half of the letter size paper.


To start a new booklet:

  1. Choose File > New > Document
  2. Type the Number of Pages in your field, in this case 8 (we’ll use 2 double sided 1/2 sheets of letter).
  3. Select Facing Pages—gives you left and right-hand pages in your document.
  4. Use the Page Size drop-down menu to set the size of your page, in this case Letter - Half (Width and Height will be set automatically unless set to Custom).
  5. Set orientation to Portrait.
  6. Setting the Margins: choose .5 in all around
  7. Enter 1 as the Number of Columns
  8. Click OK.

To access your layout settings in an exisiting document

If you’ve already started a document, choose

  1. File > Document Setup to adjust your page size and orientation
    • Alert: Changing page size and orientation may require that you adjust the pre-existing content (type and graphics) in the document
  2. Layout > Margins and Columns to modify columns, margins and gutter

Adding page numbers

See: Adding Page Numbers - InDesign

Working with Text

Printing your Booklet

See : Printing Booklets (Mac) - InDesign