While there are other ways to print our pages, I feel it is important to cover this method as it will make future designs that require it easier to cover.
Here we go!
Software: InDesign CS5.5
|Where we left off...|
Step 1: Save as a PDF
In order to make our page printable and cut-out-able, we need to place it onto a page that our home printers can handle. The simplest way to do this is to save our document as a PDF. To do this go to File, then Export and save it where you like, making sure the file format is Adobe PDF (Print) by using the drop down menu at the bottom of the window.
|File > Export|
Step 2: Marks and Bleeds
|Saving with Crop Marks|
All you have to do is click Marks and Bleeds, then select the box next to Crop Marks. Doing this adds marks to your PDF that allow you to cut it to the right size... as long as you cut it out like a window and not right to the edge of your A4 piece of paper.
Step 3: Placing on a page
Now we need somewhere to put our personal page. Make a new A4 landscape document, not worrying about all the fancy bleed and margin stuff we played with last time.
|No need to be fancy here.|
This should give you a blank A4 page on which we will be able to fit two personal sized pages!
Step 4: Placing our page
If you think this looks odd, try hitting "W" for a print preview.
|Our page to print, minus the margins and boundary boxes.|
How's that for weird?
It's up to you whether you print your page now or play Tetris and try to fit as many personals onto your A4 page as possible.
Step 5: Printing
All that's left for us to do is print by following another exceptionally obvious path: File, Print!
|It really couldn't be any easier :)|
The dialogue box that follows isn't important to us right now, so make sure that your printer is on and click print again!
Your lovely pages should be with you soon after.
Step 6: Spend far too long punching holes in your pages...
I highly recommend using a filofax hole punch of the relevant size, or carefully punching them with what ever jiggery-pokery you use to get your pages to fit into your binder.
If there is enough interest, I will cover how to mark out where the holes should go, in a future post.
Happy printing! :)