Setting up a booklet in inDesign CS6

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 by Angela Wong Latest activity: Apr 4, 2014

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Hi Everyone,

Recently, someone at my work asked if my Commercial Art class could design a booklet for the basketball teams (fundraising item). The booklet is 32 pages, a single signature that is staple bound in the center. I design my school's yearbook along with a staff of 20 students, but we use a software program provided by the publisher that configures the pages and signatures for us. This would be my first time constructing a booklet for print in inDesign CS6 but I happily took up the challenge. I would just love for some guidance of how the page numbers should be laid out in inDesign so that when it's printed and bound (not by us), all the pages are in the correct order. The pages are 11" x 17" when opened, but the booklet itself is 8.5" x 11". What is the best way to send this to a standard printing place (we're talking a copy center, not a publisher). Should I package it up or just save it all as a .pdf? I would love some guidance! Thank you so much!

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rosman ahmad

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 7:19 AM - Permalink

File>Print Booklet...

Adobe Education

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 3:17 AM - Permalink

You might want to take a look at the Learn InDesign CS6 technical guides, particularly the How to prepare files for print, as the information in there maybe helpful.


~Adobe Education

Suzanne Johnson

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 4:45 PM - Permalink

Printer Spreads are definitely different from Reader Spreads (i.e. what you see in multi-page InDesign files). Most printers should be able to handle a multi-page PDF just fine if you explain how you want it bound.

If you are looking for a simple solution: Try InDesign's "Print Booklet" feature...

As a teaching tool: I would advise that you and your class make a mock-up of your booklet by folding pieces of 11 x 17 paper, assembling them, and numbering them accordingly when your mock-up is fully bound. This way when you and your students take it apart, you will be able to see the correct numbering.