I would like to prepare brochure/magazine for printing, it should have 10 pages (exluding the front page and the one on the back), and I would like to have it in this layout: (check photos pls):

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So the page is A4 size, and 2 pages should be next to each other (except the front and back page) and it is printed on A3 sized paper, which are subsequently folded/bent. There have to be bleeds, because the photo and yellow bar which should end at the edge.

How can this be done? I mean, I successfully prepared in Illustrator a 10 single-page A4 papers with bleeds, but... it would not be folded then, just associated with tailstock or something like that, no?

Thank you very much for your help and time! :-) Have a nice Saturday

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    Well for a start you can't have 10 pages (unless you want 2 blank pages). You need multiples of 4 (there are 4 pages per sheet).
    – Cai
    Nov 12, 2016 at 13:09
  • Are you planning to literally print this yourself, or is it to be sent off to a professional company? If the latter, ask them. (And if they ask for a properly imposed document - never mind what that means, run away and find another printer ...)
    – Jongware
    Nov 12, 2016 at 13:44
  • @RadLexus Why would the printer asking for impositions be a problem? The shop where I worked had a pre-press department and always sent the printer files in imposition spreads. Nov 12, 2016 at 14:19
  • Hire a designer. The math Cai gave you 10-12 will be the least of your problems.
    – Rafael
    Nov 12, 2016 at 15:53
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    @Confused that's why I commented instead of answering. I wasn't being pedantic at all, I was making an important point—which you just corrected in the question instead (which you really shouldn't do)
    – Cai
    Nov 14, 2016 at 9:20

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Assuming you are printing this with an outside provider, you should be asking them because they will probably need these in a specific way. Generally what i would assume you will have to export your inner pages as single A4 pages and then separately export your covers (front and back) as A3 (most likely a centimeter less wide than A3, so it can bend properly). But all of this should be discussed with the printing company, especially if your experience is limited.

  • @Lucian has this nailed. It's going to be upto the printshop how they help you with this. Some will handle all layout requirements for you, no matter how far off you are from their desired file construction. Others will be pedantic, and there's everything in between. Buying your printer beers and pizzas (or local equivalents) is some of the most remarkably effective money you can spend.
    – Confused
    Nov 14, 2016 at 6:52

the page is A4 size, and 2 pages should be next to each other?

this is not possible in the centre pinning process, you need to work as a form printing on 4 ups. and the total number of pages including the cover and the back cover should be multiple of 4. that means u should either have 8 pages or 12 pages including the cover and back cover. centre pinning is not possible if you want to have pages side by side.

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