How to place cut marks on a 2UP image in Indesign for Printing?
Getting an image ready to print and ran into a problem of cut marks/crop marks not appearing once the file is printed. Just to review the steps I took while working in InDesign to layout the image:
Step 1: Created a new document (11x17) Landscape
Step 2: Placed images and aligned them to the page
Step 3: Exported the file as a PDF and saved the file
Step 4: Clicked on Marks and Bleed in the Pop up Menu
Step 5: Checked Crop Marks under Marks and Bleed
Step 6: Exported Document.
After I took these steps and opened the PDF document to preview, the crop marks were visible but at the very corners of the page. Once I sent the file over to be printed, there were no crop marks visible at all. I went back to the file and there are also no crop marks visible while I am looking at the file. Curiously, I dragged out the "frame" to the outer corners of the page to see if they would appear and exported it as a PDF with crop marks again. No dice. Is there an easier way to put in crop marks? Did I miss a step?
You can avoid this problem by using Advanced Crop Marks script. It is free InDesign script that makes creating crop and registration marks very comfortable and intuitive, based on chosen parameters, see the following picture.
It can be downloaded for example at the following link: http://www.scriptopedia.org/en/js-indesign/122-advancedcropmarks-en.html. Downloaded file "AdvancedCropMarks.jsx" just copy into the script directory of InDesign, on Windows (InDesign CS6) it is typically "c:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CS6\Scripts\Scripts Panel\". After restarting InDesign it appears among other scripts.