Cross-Over Spreads

Cross-Over Spreads: How To Crop Photos on a French-Fold File

This how I recommend doing it from scratch, but everyone comes up with a slight variation that works for them:

1. Make a separate double page file with  crops (indicating the LIVE AREA 14″x 22″) and 1/8″ bleed top & bottom. No need to indicate bleed left & right, you will create this when you crop the image. Make a center guide and  guides on either side of it 1/4″ away. These 1/4′ away guides will represent the minimum bleed needed in the gutter on your final file.

2. Lay in your photo in the correct position, across the entire spread, with bleed top & bottom.

3. Once you have our photo positioned and cropped the way you want it, duplicate it, directly on top of itself.

4. Take your cropping tool and crop the uppermost photo from the upper LEFT corner  (this will eventually butt to the French fold score on your final document) diagonally down to the intersection of the 1/4″ gutter bleed ( the one to the RIGHT of the center mark) and the bottom bleed mark. NOTE:  One half of your cropped photo should be 14-1/4″high (14″ =1/8″ bleed top + 1/8″ bleed bottom) by 11-1/4″ wide (11 live area width + 1/4 gutter bleed).

5.This cropped photo, is pasted and positioned, using measurements, not eyeball, into your final file. Note: it will end up on the RIGHT side of the spread, because of the way the French folds work. The left hand side of the photo will butt to the center (French Fold) guide and the right side of the photo should extend 1/4″ past the right hand score mark  (the one 7/8″ from the trim mark and 11″ from the center mark).

6. Repeat the same procedure starting  from the upper RIGHT corner (this will eventually butt to the French fold score on your final document) diagonally down to the intersection of the 1/4″ gutter bleed ( the one to the LEFT of the center mark) and the bottom bleed mark. NOTE:  One half of your cropped photo should be 14-1/4″high (14″ =1/8″ bleed top + 1/8″ bleed bottom) by 11-1/4″ wide (11 live area  width + 1/4 gutter bleed).

7.This cropped photo, is pasted and positioned, using measurements, not eyeball, into your final file. Note: it will end up on the LEFT side of the spread, because of the way the French folds work. The right hand side of the photo will butt to the center (French Fold) guide and the left side of the photo should extend 1/4″ past the left hand score mark  (the one 7/8″ from the trim mark and 11″ from the center mark).

THE BIG CHECK…Say a prayer, smile.

8. Print out these two leaves. Score along the score marks (the ones 7/8″ from the trim marks and 11″ from the center mark)with a bone folder or the back side of a dull knife. Or, you can even gently score  with an Exacto blade just to break the top layer of paper. Fold along these scores. Line up the two images to see if they butt exactly. Holler and Cheer if they do! Yeah! Go back to the drawing board i they don’t.

I have one client who after doing this once,  knows the dimensions of the cropped photo and uses a mask and measurements to crop the photos and position the two halves into his final file. Again, One half of your cropped photo should be 14-1/4″high (14″ =1/8″ bleed top + 1/8″ bleed bottom) by 11-1/4″ wide (11 live area + 1/4 gutter bleed). Using Measurements is the most accurate way to do this.

Best of luck. —Brooke

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