Splitting a PDF landscape single double-page spread into two portrait pages??
OK this is dull and not relevant unless it’s relevant, but it’s a solution to a problem that once explained is easy; I should have sorted it way before I did!
Every now and then I’m sent a PDF for folded booklet printing, that has been created as single page double-page spreads.
This is no good if a printed folded “booklet” is required. It’s been created for viewing on-screen, not imposed for print production. There is no automatic way to print this as a folded booklet as the page/s need to be chopped in half.
There is a relatively easy workaround solution, which involves digitally cropping the pages.
- Create a duplicate of the PDF file.
- Open the original file in Acrobat Pro.
- Insert the duplicate file at the end: Right-click “Insert,” select “from file”. Select the duplicate file, insert “after”.
- Place/move the pages that need cropping into their correct orders, such that you have two in a row for each page (1,1, 2, 2, 3, 3,…)
- Select a page to crop and right-click the thumbnail “Crop pages”
- On the first page to be cropped, select the left-hand side of the image, by making the right margin half the width. 148mm for half 297mm (Show the ‘Crop Box’)
- Set page range for the pages you want to crop, “Apply to” to the “even pages”
- Go to the next page to be cropped. This time select the right-hand side of the page, by making the left margin half the width.
- Set page range to “All,” and “apply to” to “odd pages”
This leaves you with single paged PDF that can be printed as a stitched folded booklet if you have a booklet printer/finisher.
Reprographics – there’s always a way…