Brochure layout and printing

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by timimbo85, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. timimbo85 macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2008
    Hello. I am doing a pretty large brochure for my company. It comes out to around 24 pages / 12 spread. I set the files up in indesign as 11 x 17 images. so page one would be on the left page two on the write. Is this going to be a problem when it is being printed. It is being printed as a standard book. Should I break the pages to 8.5 x 11 ?

    This is my 1st big brochure like this so I have not a clue on how to lay it out. I have it designed tho. It looks tight.
  2. SwiftLives macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    I rarely build spreads as one page. The reason is that inevitably, pages need to move around. And it's easier just to move the pages in the Pages window than copying and pasting elements.

    In order to print the brochure, it will need to be rearranged into printer spreads - with odd pages on the right and even pages on the left. And this will be a much easier task if the pages are split.

    So yeah - it's probably a good idea to go on and split the pages on your end rather than entrusting that to the printer.
  3. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    Yes, you'll want to set the document up in 8.5x11 spreads. Otherwise, it will be a huge pain for the printer to move them into printer spreads.

    SwiftLives lives up to his name. Tobefirst did not.
  4. SwiftLives macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    Sorry about that. Work was excruciatingly boring today. And boring days lead to closer inspection of the MR forums.
  5. autacraft Guest

    When you initially set up your document, specify how many overall pages will be in the brochure/book etc, then highlight the box 'show as facing pages' - this will present your document as spreads, giving you (the designer) the overall idea of layout.

    When you come to artwork the file for print, on your pdf settings you need to 'export as single pages' (alternatively, once youve finished your layout, go back to document set-up and 'unclick' view as spreads, then you are ready to export your PDF as single pages).

    What you do need to note, is if you have artwork (either content or background imagery) that flows outside your page area, you MUST set up at least 3mm of bleed when you export your PDF, otherwise the printer will not know that the art needs to flow over the edge and you'll end up with a white border.

    With a brochure or book (or anything with this sort of page format) you do not need a bleed on the inside (spine) edge, so leave that box as 0mm, and the rest should be 3mm.

    Note - its very good practice to set up bleeds before you start doing any work, so you automatically remember to 'bleed' images and backgrounds over the edges.

    Good luck
  6. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    What's your grid? (He asked innocently)
  7. BBrandDesign macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2011
    If you have an image, color, or pattern that needs to be displayed to the extreme edge of your brochure layout, “Designing your brochure with an extra 1/8th inch of coverage beyond each edge is recommended”. Your images should be at least 300 dpi to print clearly with full sharpness. There are a variety of stock image sites on the web where you can obtain inexpensive, high-resolution, royalty-free images to use in your brochure designs.
  8. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    Dude ... this thread is 3 years old ... I am sure the job is printed by now
  9. ILikeTurtles macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
    I'm sure the OP was fired from his job by now. LMAO

    I love reading the design many "designers" without a clue.

  10. jimmymarsh macrumors newbie

    Apr 27, 2011
    Think of it as an insurance policy to make your final printed brochure look its best. The brochures are printed together in sheets, then cut into single units.Combine all your items into one text, leaving the rest of the blank page for white spaces.

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