Exporting a Spread from InDesign to pdf format?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by bluetooth, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. bluetooth macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2007
    I am working on a layout for a book type document. I have the pages setup side by side facing each other is a spread type layout in InDesign.

    They are separate pages, but when I export to pdf they either join together as one large sheet if I select spread or just vertical individual pages if I export as usual. I want to have the pdf set like the InDesign doc but with a space between the pages so you can see that they are separate pages (hope this makes sense).

    so basically you would end up with with a pdf layed out in the following manner: ( | = space between pages)

    8.5x11 (page1) | 8.5x11 (page2)

    8.5x11 (page3) | 8.5x11 (page4)

    8.5x11 (page5) | 8.5x11 (page6)

    ...and so on. I hope someone gets the idea of what I am trying to explain. If so, any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  2. wmealer macrumors regular

    May 7, 2006
    I just don't think that's possible. If it is, it would be some function of Acrobat (of which I'm not aware), and not InDesign. Plus you'd have to require everyone who views the PDF to adjust their settings. Check Acrobat help, but I'm not seeing anything with regard to viewing 2-page spreads as you describe.

  3. jdl8422 macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2006
    I don't think it is possible either. I am not sure how your design is, but you can try playing around with a "faux" space. Try and make your document 11x17 plus a 1" or so gap in the middle, so your page will be 11x18. Then when u export it as a spread it should "look" like there is a space. I hope this makes sense, I haven't actually tried it myself.
  4. LeviG macrumors 65816

    Nov 6, 2006
    Norfolk, UK
    well in acrobat 3d (on windows) you can set the view to 2 page viewing, however I don't know of any way to default to it.
  5. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    You can export single pages as pdf, then open the pdfs in Photoshop (rasterizing all the vectors) and then manipulate them that way and save as pdfs and join them into one doc in acrobat pro

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