enter image description hereI want the document in the screenshot below to export as PDF on a single A3 paper format with crop marks.

So all 6 pages have to fit on a single page, A3 print size.

Right now I am only able to get it exported as 6 individual pages.

How can I place my pages so that all 6 pages fit on to one A3 page in a PDF?

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  • What's the purpose? You could open it in Acrobat and print to pdf with the Multiple pages per sheet option ( Can be found under the "Page sizing & handling > Multiple" tab in newer versions )
    – Joonas
    May 9, 2014 at 7:43
  • That's the answer, @Joonas. You should make this an answer rather than a comment so it can be voted and accepted. May 9, 2014 at 19:25
  • @AlanGilbertson, but that was your one and only wish. Are you sure you don't want to wish for my freedom...? Well alright... (ಥ‸ಥ) Here you go.
    – Joonas
    May 9, 2014 at 21:41
  • @Joonas, the purpose is to have a pdf ready to print. Can't it be done with InDesign instead? May 10, 2014 at 12:06
  • Ok, so... the point of it is still a bit unclear to me. Is there a specific reason why you aren't making it as a single A3 document to begin with?
    – Joonas
    May 10, 2014 at 13:41

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You can open up a multi-page pdf in Acrobat and print it out as a pdf with multiple pages in one sheet.

  1. In Acrobat you go to Print Ctrl+P
  2. Select pdf printer (probably something like: Adobe PDF) from your list of printers .
  3. Next, depending on your version..
    • Older versions: Can be found under Page scaling multiple pages per sheet.
    • Newer versions: Can be found under Page sizing & handling > Multiple. The above link may be useful for newer versions as well.
  4. Choose how many pages per sheet...
  5. Then print away.

( It's very likely that you don't have pdf printer in your list, if you don't have Acrobat installed)


Alright, now that I know what needs to happen, I know what I would do.

This should be a fairly quick and effortless method, even for large grids and even if you have to do this more than once.

However this explanation is going to be very long, because I want to make sure everyone can do it

1. Exporting pages as separate pdf files

  1. Open Scripts panel in Indesign. Window > Utilities > Scripts
  2. Right-click "User" script folder in the Scripts panel and choose "Reveal in finder" ( Or the windows equivalent, what ever that might be )
  3. Download PageExporterUtility5.0.1.jsx script.
    • Export it into that "User" scripts folder you just opened in step two.
    • After that it should show up in the Indesign Scripts panels "User" folder. enter image description here
  4. Make sure you have the document you want to export open and active.
    • Double click the script in the scripts panel.
    • The only thing you need to change in the script options is the Output format.
    • Then just click OK and choose a destination folder.

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2. Placing multiple images in a grid

  1. Make a new document (In the OP's case that would be the A3 size document)
    • Make gutters 0, unless you really need to have gutters.
  2. Choose all of the page pdf files you wish to place.
    • Either use "Place" Ctrl+D and use shift or control to select multiple files at the same time
    • OR just drag the files to your indesign document straight from the folder.
  3. Start placing the images like you normally would...
    • Drag from the upper left corner to the lower right corner ( Don't let go yet! )
    • While still holding down the mouse button, tap the arrow keys to add rows and colums
      • Up arrow - Adds a row
      • Down arrow - Deletes a row
      • Right arrow - Adds a column
      • Left arrow - Deletes a row
    • If you desired to keep gutters in this document you will see a gutter between the grid sections. Doesn't matter either way, really.
    • After you have a desired grid, let go of your mouse button, and the images will be placed in the grid inside their own frames. enter image description here

3. Joining the rows and columns

  1. Right-click anywhere in the documents and choose Fitting > Fit frame to content.
    • enter image description here
  2. Select the Gap tool.
    • Drag between a row and/or a column while holding Cmd+Alt (mac) or Ctrl+Alt (windows)
    • Drag until the rows and/or columns are joined enter image description here
  • The simpler answer is to Place multi-page pdf into stack and place it one by one into the document forming a grid manually.
    – Joonas
    May 10, 2014 at 21:56

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