I have a document with many artboards, and I need to repeatedly export artboards in pairs as 2-page PDFs. Each one is a front/back page of a brochure.

For example, artboards1-2.pdf, artboards3-4.pdf, artboards5-6.pdf, etc.

Is this possible in Adobe Illustrator CC?


It's not directly possible. Illustrator artboards aren't "pages". So there's no awareness of spreads.


You can create additional artboards.

Artboards can overlap each other. So merely create a new artboard on top of artboard 2-3 as a "spread" artboard. When you output the PDF, output the spread artboards rather than the individual artboards.

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  • Thanks for the answer. I am actually trying to export them as 2-page PDFs. I will clarify that in the question. – KevinM Jan 29 '19 at 19:17

I found a solution that works for my specific situation.

I recorded an action that involved manually going through and doing a "save as" a PDF for artboards 1-2, then repeated the process for artboards 3-4 and so on, until all artboards had been exported as 2-page PDFs.

I am now able to run that action and spit out the 2-page PDFs I need.

I hope this helps someone else in a similar situation.

Cheers, Kevin

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