Do you ever need to print on Avery pre-perforated blank sheets of labels or business cards?
InDesign + IDImposer makes it quick and easy to get perfect results every time.
First, design one label or business card in InDesign. If you need bleed (which Avery calls “Print to Edge”), specify the bleed in InDesign’s Document Setup dialog.
Then, click the “Apply Preset” button, choose one of the Avery presets, and click the “Impose” button.
The IDImposer Avery preset library can be installed anywhere on your machine, or on a fileserver.
To ensure accurate alignment, be sure to choose or create a “no margins” version of your paper size. Otherwise the sometimes-asymmetrical “Printable Area” of the paper choice can cause misalignment.
Do a test print on normal printer paper before you print on the Avery blank sheet. Make sure the alignment is what you are expecting.
If you need a layout that is not in these libraries yet, just make your own. You will probably have to get out your ruler and do your own measurements of the sheet margins, single-label size, and spacing; or, you can download the Illustrator or InDesign ‘template’ from an Avery web site and read off the numbers from the information bar.
The U.S. Avery library is all on Letter sized sheets in portrait orientation; the metric (‘MM’) library is all on A4 sized sheets, also in portrait orientation. But IDImposer knows how to turn a portrait-sheet preset into a landscape-sheet preset, so you have all of the landscape-sheet orientations as well. This makes it very easy to lay out 4- or 5-column, 2-row sheets of vertical business cards, for example.
Suppose you are producing a 24-page Saddle Stitch Booklet, in 6 Sheets. (Each Sheet contains 4 Pages — 2 on the front side, and 2 on the back side.)
- Stack 6 blank sheets of the paper stock that you will be using.
- Measure the thickness of the stack.
- In IDImposer, typically you will want to specify the Outer Creep as the stack thickness, with an Inner Creep of 0.
(Alternatively, you can have the Outer Creep be half of the stack thickness, and the Inner Creep also be half of the thickness, but negative.)
- Click the ‘Impose’ button.
- Now look at the output doc. Note that the text and other contents of the ‘outer’ sheet (Page 24 / Page 1) have been shifted away from the fold, by approximately the amount of the specified Outer Creep. But the contents of the ‘inner’ sheet (Page 14 / Page 11) will not be shifted at all.
- Print, fold, staple.
Note that, with thick saddle stitched booklets, you must take care not to have contents very close to the outer edges of the outer sheets, or some of the contents may be clipped or nearly-clipped.
If you like formulas:
shiftAmountForThisSheet = outerCreep – (sheetIndex * (outerCreep – innerCreep) / (numberOfSheets – 1))
where sheetIndex is zero-based.
You like IDImposer, but sometimes you are given a PDF file instead of an InDesign Document to impose?
No problem. Here is a fast and reliable script that can Place the pages of your PDF file into a new InDesign Document, automatically making your Document the correct size, and even handling Bleeds if present. To use, move it to one of the Scripts Panel folders. (See the IDImposer Download page for details.)
The 2017.06.20 IDImposer update is now available on the download page.
2017.06.20 Release Notes:
- • renamed “Saddle Stitch” —> “Saddle (Booklet)” etc. Benefit: less intimidating for some users.
- • made the main dialog narrower and more compact.
- • switched over to using PDFExportPresets for the frozen-page settings. Benefits: more control, less intimidating.
Please download the current release of IDImposer – 2017.05.28, at this writing. Otherwise, if you update to InDesign CC 2017.1, InDesign will crash after running IDImposer. Even if you just show the IDImposer dialog and immediately hit Cancel.
That is, to avoid the bug, either use IDImposer11 2017.05.28 (or newer), or don’t install the InDesign CC 2017.1 Update.
The dot release of InDesign, CC 2017.1 (a.k.a. 18.104.22.168), has a UI bug that affects IDImposer and many other scripts. (InDesign CC 2017.0 and prior releases are fine). The behavior of the bug is that IDImposer runs to completion, but then InDesign 2017.1 crashes, and you have to restart InDesign in order to view the IDImposer output doc.
For a more detailed description of the problem, see: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2308052. A bug report has been submitted to Adobe.
Please download the latest version of IDImposer, dated 2017.05.28 (or later), which works around this issue.
Stephen Carlsen, 28 May 2017
Have you tried IDTextFitter yet? What do you like, and where does it need improvement?