You are here

How to Print a Booklet from InDesign

So you've got an InDesign document that you'd like to print out and bind like a magazine or booklet.

1) Make sure your document layout has a page count that is a multiple of 4 (like 8, 16, 20, etc). That is because when you output the spreads correctly, there will be 4 pages per sheet (2 on one side, 2 on the other).

2) Do a test print first in black and white to make sure everything turns out right.

3) In InDesign go to File > Print Booklet.

The default settings in this window should work fine.

4) Click on Print Settings.

5) This brings up the standard InDesign print window. Go to the Setup tab on the left hand side and then click on Page Setup at the bottom of the window.

6) In the Page Setup window choose the printer you want and the paper size and orientation. Click OK.

7) This returns you to the InDesign print box. Your paper size should now read "Defined by Driver." Make sure you set Page Position to Centered.

8) If you're printing to any of the SB-BW printers (Letter, 11x17, Manual Feed, or Canon Copier) you'll have to set up duplexing. Click on the Printer button.

9) Under the Layout section you'll want to choose either long or short-edged binding. Click Print.

10) You are back to the InDesign print box. Turn on any other output options you want like Crop Marks or Bleeds. Click OK. This brings you back to the Print Booklet window.

11) Click on the Preview tab on the left side. You will see a preview layout of your pages. The first sheet should contain your front and back page/covers. If you move the slider all the way to the right, the last spread should contain your middle two pages. If it all looks right, click Print!

12) If you've made the correct settings, when your file finishes printing you should be able to simply fold the stack of pages in half and have yourself a booklet! (if you are printing to the Konica or Canon you can set the printer to do the folding and stapling automatically! Ask us how!)

Knowledge Base Category: 

KB Footer

Can't find what you need? Let us know how we can help!