I need help designing a 52 PP booklet which will represent 2 events. The front cover will represent 1 event and then when the booklet is flipped over to the rear cover it will represent another event. At some point in the book the 2 events will meet as one (in one spread).

Does anyone know the best way to design this layout in indesign so that it prInts in the correct order and direction when printing? Or should I make 2 separate booklets and combine at the end as a single PDF?

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    How to do what? your question is not really clear. Which part of this are you having trouble with: designing, printing, using Indesign?
    – Luciano
    Commented Jul 23, 2018 at 11:41

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If I understand your question correctly, you want the latter half of your booklet to essentially be upside down? If that is indeed the case, I see two options, each one with their respective downsides:

1) (this is the one I would do) Design the whole thing in Indesign, with everything right side up. This means that the pages of the 2nd half will be in reverse order in the InDesign document. When you are happy with the layout, manually rotate all the elements on each page in the second half of the booklet 180 degrees. Then, just export and print. This way, you only work in one document in one application, but you will have to layout the pages for the second half backwards (might take some getting used to).

Essentially, you will layout your pages as in the picture (only with 52 pages, obviously). The first half of pages (1 2 3 4) are laid out normally, then the next half is laid out in reverse order (4 3 2 1). Then, once you are done, rotate the content of the second half of pages 180 degrees.

EDIT: as per comment from @Yorik below, you can alternatively rotate the VIEW of the spreads, which enables you to work on the content the way it's supposed to look while in the exported PDF it will be upside down. The option is in the dropdown menu of the "pages" panel unter "Rotate Spread View".

In the picture, the first row of pages represents your original layout. The second row represents how your pages should look before exporting. explanation for ordering pages

2) Create two InDesign files, one for each half. Order the pages in the normal order for both halves (the way they are supposed to be read). When you are done layouting, export both as PDF, and then for the 2nd half, turn all the pages 180 degrees in Acrobat Pro (I assume you have access to Acrobat Pro and all its related tools), manually reverse the order of the pages, and add them to the end of the PDF of the first half. Save and print. This way, you can layout both halves normally, without having to "think in reverse" for the 2nd half, but you will have to go through the same process of exporting 2 pdfs, flipping, reversing and inserting pages every time you make any change to the document.

In general, I prefer not to switch applications if at all possible, so I strongly recommend option 1, but both options work.

Addendum: this thread on the Adobe forums is really old, but contains potentially relevant advice: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/484334

  • There is a feature in inDesign for rotated spread views. So a modification to option (1) is: for the second set, rotate the view. This affects rotation of the view only, so you can then work on them on screen as normal.
    – Yorik
    Commented Jul 26, 2018 at 16:00
  • oh nice, I didn't know about that feature. Will edit my answer accordingly.
    – cetequ
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 7:00

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