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Multiple pages in Illustrator

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How many times have you heard the rant that Illustrator lacks the feature to have multiple pages? Well, actually it doesn't. It does have an option for pseudo multiple pages built right into the application.

illustrator document setup panel

Let's say you want three A4 size pages in portrait format. Each A4 page is 210x297mm. Create a document that is 3 times the length 630x297mm. Go to File /Page Setup and select A4 portrait. Finally, select File /Document Setup and click the option for Tile Full Pages. Now, you should be able to see your pages neatly placed side by side. They are even numbered in the bottom left corner.

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JimD's picture
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All this does is give you sudo pages by putting guide marks on the page. When you place the file in Quark, InDesign or Photoshop, you're still going to get the entire document placed.

The only way this tip works (as you intend it to anyway) is to print right out of Illustrator, which very few people do. This is especially a problem if you're sending your files out to a professional print shop, because I have never seen one actually output to a RIP from AI. When pre-press gets an .eps file on disk, they immediately place it in Quark or InDesign for output.

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dpc's picture
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I print from AI all of the time. What are you talking about?

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Anonymous's picture

Sir...how to delete back the pages after we make a multiple pages? for example we have for pages...and used 3 pages only...could u help me..

Ivan's picture

Of course it's not as good as InDesign or Freehand. You can't have multiple pages in different sizes nor you can add or delete a page as easily.

phatcactus's picture
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Can you have different-sized InDesign pages?

matthew's picture
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I output from AI all the time. But our Reprographics shop only runs a Color Laser and we outsource any high volume work. I have tried this on a menu a few years back and it did not workout so well when actually printing. Margins are inconsistent etc. etc.

It is nice to lay things out side by side though but the final work to be printed needs to be split like JimD said.

Edit: I just realized a new function for this, a large collage/illustration made for a small format printer. You could print, frame and hang a group of 8x10s to create a large picture on your wall....I think I might do that for my house.

*Just a note, we do more large format printing & architectual reproduction which is why we only run the single Laser Color.

cbrophy78's picture
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Illustrator Tmp files. Cant you perfect a template of a page layout and save it as a template?

Answer to Phatcactus's question - no, but you can have spread islands and have like centerfold pages.

What does this button d.... CRAP!

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JimD's picture
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Build your pages on individual layers, then turn on the layers one at a time for printing. But this all seems like more work than it's worth... much easier to just use InDesign.

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kritios's picture
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Thanks for the tip! That is really helpful!

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grafixforlife's picture
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Yeah I'm pretty sure this would just be irrelevant in the end, no printer would support this. Good tip for the average joe I guess though.

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matthew's picture
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Sure I would accept an AI file built like this. I would also tack on a nice "Processing/Setup" fee :)

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lol. :D

grafixforlife's picture
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Haha exactly...and it's just not a professional way of doing it. Illustrator's type setting tools are mediocre at best, this is why you need to do your layouts in Quark or InDesign.

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The Laddie's picture
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I have just joined the site.
I have been bashing my head against the wall trying to make a multi-page set up on my Illustrator and with this advice it has helped. Am I correct to say that even with this way of set up when I save from Illustrator as a PDF it will still not save each page seperately? Still have the whole document showing. Do we still need to be using layout programme to create multipage pdfs?

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Anonymous's picture

How can this be a solution to a multiple page document when it works nor prints nothing like a multiple page? I am not looking forward to getting files like this from customers who think its going to work for printing and it will actually cause more work for the next recipient.

Patches's picture
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Even when I use the arrows to enter more than one copy, it only prints one. The printer file also says 1 of 1?
Any ideas?
It's not the printer, as I tried to send it to another printer and it still only gave me one copy. It sure took me a long time to print 50 copies today! :(

lCullum's picture
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I would love to use indesign! Every time I try to open a new document it freezes. I can't find anything on google, as to how to fix it. Any ideas?
Mac, OS X v10.5.8.......and CS4.... ??

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