Nicole (sbgrl) wrote in indesign_users,
Nicole
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Help setting up a document

Hi, newbie to the community and in general printing. I’m not a print designer but I’m required to put the books together for the product I work on, so a lot of times I seem to be winging it. I have a web-design/tech background, so I'm not tech illiterate, just never had print experience and/or someone to show me what to do. I hope I’m able to even describe what it is I want to do. I’ve been asking around and all the answers I’ve been getting so far don’t seem to make sense, so I figured I would reach out to the LJ community.

I have no problem setting up indesign documents when it’s for an 8.5 x 11 book, but now I’m trying to set up a book at 8.5 x 5.5. I saw that ID has a half-letter option, but I’m trying to set it up so that I only have one cut and no wasted paper, rather than 4 cuts and still designing as if it’s an 8.5 x 11. My original thought was to design the book and have the same page repeated top and bottom and then cut it, but it was pointed out that if the cuts are off, it will look funny, and that I’m better off designing it in spreads, and this way they are just slicing the spread in half.

Ok, fine that makes sense but then I seem to run into two problems. 1. I end up with a blank page behind one of my pages which won’t work or 2. My spreads can’t be continuous and each page has to be designed as its own page, rather than a page where items can exist on both and are cut through? Is that correct? I’m imagining what I want to do is like creating a saddle stitch book (I believe that’s the type)? Something created on one long ream and then folded in half. So, is my problem that I want my pages for example, to have one line that goes from the left page all the way through to the right rather then the left and right being created individually?

Sorry if this is long and confusing. Any help in regards to how this should be done would be greatly appreciated.
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