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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?

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

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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
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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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Instead of using the file/export command, you can use file/save as. Choose Adobe pdf as the file format and then select the Artboard range you would like to combine:

save as dialog

After hitting the Save button, you'll get the usual .pdf-Dialog where you can control the usual settings like bleed/trim etc.

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