We have been sent a design which is to be used as three panels for an exhibition shell scheme - at the moment we have a single page in essence which has a coloured bar top and bottom and there is currently 5mm document bleed.
The problem is that to print, we need to provide the printer with three individual vector prints (PDF ideally) so they can print one per panel and each panel needs to have its own bleed - for example, at the moment, the left most panel when created would have bleed on the top, bottom and left side from the document bleed but it would not have any bleed on its right edge.
The designer won't reply to emails and we have an exhibition next week so we are really up against it.
I have read up on slicing but it refers to "web images" which I don't think will be good enough quality so how do I create three equal vectors from one and how do I ensure that each of those created prints then has a bleed all around as needed?
So if I got this right.
You could either manually make 3 artboards side by side, or:
Object > Path > Split into grid...
Objects > Artboards > Convert to artboards
Window > Artboards. In the Artboards panel Select the first artboard and delete it.
Now you're left with 3 artboards with the design spread across all of them.
File > Document setup...
Marks and bleeds. Although if you set bleeds in the document setup, you'll be able to see the bleeds, so it may help you understand how they work in this case.
File > Save as...
Marks and bleeds, check
Trim marksand check
Use document bleed settings.
Each artboard will automatically be saved as an individual page in the pdf.