A couple tricks I want to share that I’ve recently added into my workflow when I print proofs using InDesign.
So when I design products with two sides like business cards or postcards, I always want to print both sides of the product on one side of paper, should be simple right? Well it is but InDesign doesn’t have a good native way to print multiple pages on a single side of paper without scaling.
Here’s the trick! Create a new document and choose the size of paper you intend to print on. Hotkey: CMD + N
Place the pages from the orignal document (in this case, a double sided business card) on this new document. Hotkey: CMD + D
Check “Show Import Options” as above.
The below window will display. I choose “All” and “Bounding Box” for this example but if you want to specify pages. Choose Range and if you want to see bleed, do that instead.
Align the inserted pages however you like and Print!
Wait! One more essential step! Notice in the document below that you can’t see the business card’s borders. The white of the card bleeds into the background. Add a .25pt border to each placed item and boom! Now you can see the bounding box! This is really gold since you’re not modifying the original document and chancing accidentally sending it to the printer with a rogue border hanging around! Some may say to set layers to not print but this is a safer way in my opinion.
This saves me lots of paper and I can layout the sides as I wish when printing proofs. This works for business cards, brochures, signs, etc. As long as you have the paper real estate to handle multiple versions of a document.
InDesign will place almost all types of documents, as well – multi-page or not. PSD, PDF, EPS, JPEG, etc…
Now you can enjoy printing proofs again by not wasting paper, viewing comps side by side, and adding temporary borders safely.