Ok so I designed a 106 page cookbook that is going to be spiral bounded.

I created my InDesign document with a 3mm bleed and facing pages.

On some pages there is an image that is stretched between two spreads, and some full bleed images.

My question now is how do I export this to PDF to send it to the printers.

Thanks in advance.

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The same way you'd export any print-destined file. Export as single page, PDF/X-1a with bleeds and marks.

Be aware, you really want large inner margins for any type of spiral or comb binding. And spanning images across the gutter may result in misaligned images. It's generally not a great idea to span across the gutter when spiral or comb binding.

  • Should it be exported as spreads or single pages. Because when I use single pages with bleeds and marks, it pushes some design from the right page onto the left page (i.e about 5mm of the design from the left side of page 3 will display on the right side of page 2)
    – HighWayDog
    Nov 7, 2014 at 14:06
  • If you have your job set up as facing pages, set your inner bleeds to zero before exporting as single pages. Nov 7, 2014 at 15:31
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    DO NOT set inner bleeds to 0 ever unless your print provider specifically asks you to. If it is to be spiral/comb bound, export as single pages, and seeing the bleed from the left page outside the crops of the right page is standard. In other words, you should see gutter content on opposite pages when viewing the PDF/X file.
    – Scott
    Nov 7, 2014 at 17:34

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