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How to create multi-page PDFs in Illustrator CS2

While Adobe remains deaf to years of pleading for true multiple-page support in Illustrator, they’ve slipped in a little-known feature you might have missed. Adobe Illustrator CS2 now lets you save multiple-page PDFs.

Here’s how to do it in three easy steps:

1. Set the document size

Since Illustrator doesn’t have true pages, you’ll have to cheat by using a larger than normal document size and turning on page tiling.

First, create a document size that’s larger than a single page:

Go to File in the menubar and choose Document Setup.
Multiply the width of a single page by the total number of pages you want. Set the width to this number. For example, if you want a final PDF document of five letter-sized (8.5 x 11 inches) pages, set the Width to 42.5 inches and the Height to 11 inches.
2. Turn page tiling on

Next, turn on page tiling so you can print and save multiple pages. For some weird reason, you can no longer do this in the Document Setup window. It’s now in the Print window:

Go to File in the menubar and choose Print.
Choose Setup.
In the Tiling pulldown, choose Tile Full Pages and click Done.
While viewing the main document window, go to View in the menubar and choose Show Page Tiling (if it’s not already on).
3. Save as PDF

After laying out your pages, the final step is to Save it as a multi-page PDF. It’s easier than you think:

Go to File in the menubar and choose Save As.
In the Format pulldown, choose Adobe PDF (pdf) and click Save. A new window of PDF options will appear.
In the new window, check Create Multi-page PDF from Page Tiles and click Save PDF.
In a few moments, Illustrator will generate a multi-page PDF. That’s all there is to it.

For more robust multi-page features such as master pages and automatic page numbering, try Hot Door’s MultiPage plug-in. It’ll set you back 100 bucks, but might be your only choice until Adobe opens its ears.

Via: lifeclever

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amprok's picture
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yeah, ive had to this before, but what a pain. there really isn't a reason for illustrator to have multi page capabilities. its a vector program. for the same reason serious illustration shouldn't be done in quark or indesign, serious page layouts shouldn't be done in free hand (does anyone still use that?) and illustrator.

hey, its that guy, on the internet.

Tudor's picture
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"serious page layouts shouldn't be done in free hand"

No, but there are situations where Freehand's multipage ability is really useful. For example: creating corporate ID items: letterhead, business card, envelope, labels etc. Freehand allows multiple pages of different sizes to live in a single document. Very easy to work with, very cool. I'd love to see this in Illustrator. No fancy Indesign features, just the multipage thing, Freehand-style.

natobasso's picture
3951 pencils

I agree: Use InDesign for multiple pages. Then you can export pdfs every way from sunday and forget the math/mumbo jumbo. ;)

Client: "can you guys make it more like a power-point presentation, you know, with the sliding text stuff and all?" (

thumbslinger's picture
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That's one area of concern; all the Adobe products are becoming too much like the others. It's isn't hard to see how two or maybe one application will eventually do it all.

However, I agree that it's best to use different apps for their specific purposes.

It's a nice trick to know if your ever stuck on a machine with only Illustrator though!

natobasso's picture
3951 pencils

Can't imagine PS, AI and ID in one app. Can you imagine the RAM bloat involved in a scheme like that?!

All the programs have overlapping features, but each has its strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I think they are better off separate and so is the user.

Client: "can you guys make it more like a power-point presentation, you know, with the sliding text stuff and all?" (

spigot's picture
190 pencils

One app to rule them all, one app to bind them. One app to bring them all, and in the darkness crash them.

I honestly need less fancy features, and more stability.

Thanks for the look into multi page pdf's in AI. Now if I ever am forced to do it...

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