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I have a one-page InDesign document with 50+ layers. Each layer contains a single logo file, and I need to export the document to a PDF with one layer turned on per page. Ideally, I'd like to export to individual PDF documents, but it would be okay to export to a multi-page PDF as well, and break the PDF into single pages later if needed.

  • Is there a particular reason why you can't have 50x pages with a logo per page, rather than 50x layers? – Dre Jun 8 '16 at 16:11
  • I've considered this, however we'll be using this InDesign document as a template for creating other pages in the future, and there is a good chance that not all logos will be needed for all documents. Therefore, we wouldn't want to export 50+ pages if it wasn't necessary. I may end up doing this though, thanks! – lcicozi Jun 8 '16 at 16:19
  • Also, there are several situations where we would want more than one logo layer on the page, so we've set up layers for certain logos where they're placed on the left/center/right. This allows us to turn on multiple layers without them overlapping, and have a big variety of layouts to choose from. – lcicozi Jun 8 '16 at 16:29
  • @Icicozi I see. In that case you might want to look at this answer and also Output Factory by Zevrix - it's a plugin for InDesign that provides automation and batch handling for output. It can also support for outputting layers as individual files. – Dre Jun 8 '16 at 17:27
  • @Dre thanks! I found that answer earlier but I tried it and it basically put all of my layers onto one page and made a mess. I will definitely try Output Factory, thanks :) – lcicozi Jun 8 '16 at 19:28
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I have recently started using the InDesign Page Exporter Utility Script and i can confirm this does what you need. It gives you the option to export each layer as a separate PDF via a simple interface.

  • This sounds like a great tool, however I don't need to export the individual layers, I need to export the page itself with each layer on the page. (ex: export Page 1 with Layer 1, Page 1 with Layer 2, Page 1 with Layer 3, etc.) – lcicozi Jun 8 '16 at 16:28
  • Thats what it does mate. Try it :) It basicly lets you play with the layers. Meaning you define Page 1 as your always on base layer, then all the other layers and individually set to on/off and each combo is saved as a pdf. – Lucian Jun 8 '16 at 18:50
  • Update: I have tried this and it really is awesome! Would recommend to anyone else who's looking for a free solution to a similar problem. – lcicozi Jun 9 '16 at 17:13
  • Can Exporter Utility Script. Take a multi page Indesign document and make those pages one page but different layers? – Terry Oct 3 '17 at 21:56

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