Space between binder pages in Indesign

Posted on 2007-10-08
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
I have been searching around in Indesign but not managed to solve my problem so I really hope there is an expert online out there... I am not sure i can describe my problem in english, but I'll try anyway. I am making what I think is called a binder, a folder to put papers in, and I would like to add a 5 mm space between the pages in a master with three pages in a row. I would really appreciate if someone can help/Anneli
Question by:Mimikry
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    Sounds like you are trying to create what I would call a 'pocket portfolio'. It is a folder slightly larger (usually 9"x12") than standard paper, and when you open it has either one or two pockets on either side that you can slide loose paper into. Is this correct?

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    It is a folder with 3 doublesided pages that folds together into standard paper size. The "space between pages" is a sort of a spine which will make it possible to fit more than a few ordianary papers inside the folder. (Does this really make sense? :-)/Anneli
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    Sure. You need to create your document as if all the pages were laid out flat, and adding your spine width as well.

    (9 x 12" page) + (1/8" spine) + (9 x 12" page) + (1/8" spine) + (9 x 12" page)
    (page) + (spine) + (page) + (spine) + (page)

    But please note, this is just for example. In reality, you have to make the page that folds inside shorter (less wide is more accurate) than the other two depending upon your stock and the preferences of your printer/binder. You should also make that inside spine slightly less than the other spine.

    For instance: Lets imagine you have you folder in front of you, folded up: The first page (cover) is 1, you open the folder, and the left hand page is 2, but the page on the right (back of page folded in) is page 6. Open page 6, and you are looking at the complete inside of the folder, which would be pages 2, 3, 4. Flip it over, and you are looking at pages 6, 5, 1. If you making  folding dummy, that should make more sense.

    So, using the above example, looking at the INSIDE of the laid out flat folder, you might have:

    (9 x 12" page) + (1/8" spine) + (9 x 12" page) + (3/64" spine) + (8 7/8" x 12" page)
    (page 2) + (spine) + (page 3) + (spine) + (page 4)

    So, in indesign, you would create a document that is 27 3/64" x 12". Lay in grid lines at the above points on the inside, and then reverse the gridlines for the outside:

    (8 7/8" x 12" page)+ (3/64" spine) + (9 x 12" page) + (1/8" spine) + (9 x 12" page)
    (page 6) + (spine) + (page 5) + (spine) + (page 1)

    Since when you flip the flat folder over, the short page will be on the other side.

    Of course, I HIGHLY recommend you talk to the printer you will be using to get exact specifications for your measurements. I think mine are a good ballpark, but you might not need as thick a spine or you might need a thicker spine, etc. Your printer should be able to give you the exact layout too.

    Hopefully this makes sense. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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