Maximum Width in Illustrator

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by BigheadEdd, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. BigheadEdd macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I've recently designed a book that is to be printed on one continuous sheet of paper (8120mm) and then folded to go down to 280mm wide.
    I've designed the book in InDesign, and planned to export all of the pages to pdfs and then place them next to each other in illustrator.
    However, I have a problem as Illustrators maximum document size is 5779.95mm. Is there a way around this problem?
    Merging two pdf documents together to make a super wide pdf?
    Any help on this would be great.

    Many thanks

    Edd
     
  2. InLikeALion macrumors 6502a

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    Why do you want to go from indesign to illustrator? Seems it should go the other way around: Make elements in illustrator>layout in indesign>pdf to the printer. I'm not sure why you are trying to go back into illustrator from your pdfs?
     
  3. BigheadEdd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The main reason for it is because I have to print from one pdf file. Indesign too has a limit on page sizes, so it wouldn't allow me to print 8000mm+.

    I've now found a solution.
    I'm taking it into photoshop as that allows for large documents. Its not ideal, but it allows for all of the pages to be on one file and be printed from that.

    Thanks again though.
     
  4. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    Actually, you can set up consecutive side-by-side pages in InDesign, and export the pdf as a spread. That should work...in theory.
     
  5. semicharmed macrumors regular

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    If you don't mind me asking, I'm really curious about the size of the finished book - 28cm wide pages that fold out into a 8m+ plus size piece of paper- and what it's being designed for?
    Also, SwiftLives - the maximum exportable .pdf width in InDesign CS2 is 200 inches; I was curious and tried to export a spread that would match the dimensions BigheadEdd needed.
     
  6. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    200 inches. Interesting. Good to know. I haven't done anything that wide...yet.

    Anyway, There's also no reason it can't be set up as individual pages, either and have the printer piece them together. It might be kind of tricky to get everything lined up, but certainly not impossible.

    Of course, more details on this project would help.

    The thing nobody ever tells you about graphic design is that it's always about the Plan B.
     
  7. semicharmed macrumors regular

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    Like I said, I was curious & tried an export. I only have CS2, though - wonder if the limit changed between CS2 & 3. And if that's the hard & fast limit for .pdf sizes...
    Still curious about the nature of the project... BigheadEdd??
     
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  9. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    I don't understand why you have to go to all that trouble. If you were to just export your book as spreads, any decent printer would be able to lay it out on the press. As a matter of fact, most printers that I've dealt with would prefer you to give them inDesign files and they set up the master file to create the plates that fit their press. Even when you go digital, they rarely want you to give them anything other than final output size.
     
  10. daver11 macrumors regular

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    My converter says 8,210 mm is over 319 inches.

    How are you going to produce this? I do not know of a paper company that produces a sheet that large or a press that could handle the sheet even if they did!.

    It might work on a web press with a roll or paper, but what folding machine will fold something that large?

    I'm asking because I want to know. There must be a way to do it.... HOW!!!??
     

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