PPD for creating printer spreads PDF

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  • #111408

    Cindy Kelley
    Member

    Hi,

    I am trying to create a printer spread pdf for a digital printer. The only printer options that show up for me now are my two cheap printers. I need a ppd for a high quality, profession printer (or do I?). Where can I find this?

    Slight rant: Why doesn’t Indesign make it easier to create a high resolution, press-ready PDF in printer spreads? :)

  • #111410

    David Blatner
    Keymaster

    Cindy, I think your second option is going to be the better one: making a high-quality PDF. You should not need to make printer spreads… that’s the job of the printer you’re working with! They should be able to do it better than you can, anyway. It’s generally better to make a regular PDF and then use an Acrobat tool to do the imposition.

  • #111412

    Cindy Kelley
    Member

    I agree David and I said that to my client — they should be doing the imposition. But they are a non-profit with an in-house digital printer that they use to print smaller runs (this is a 16 page book, 100 copies). I suspect their printer has imposition software but they haven’t learned to use it yet.

    In my stress to get them this quickly today, I forgot that I could make the imposition in Acrobat. Thank you for next time!

    I ended up exporting the original doc to pdf as separate pages (yay for the new feature!) and placing each page in printer spreads in a new Indesign document to create a high res pdf. In hindsight, I wish I had instead placed the original linked Indesign pages inside a new Indesign doc so that if there are alts to the original, it will update in the printers spread doc too.

  • #111414

    David Blatner
    Keymaster

    Great idea to place the INDD into another InDesign file, Cindy! For a 16-page booklet, I can see how that would be a great choice.

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