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Adobe InDesign/Making individual PDFs from a multi-page document


mia wrote at 2007-12-17 09:00:44
I don't think you can do it directly in InDesign, but you can separate the multi-page PDF into separate, individual PDFs in Acrobat.

Open the file in Acrobrat, go to DOCUMENT --> EXTRACT and check off EXTRACT PAGES AS SEPARATE FILES.

KS wrote at 2009-08-19 17:44:13
Chuck & Liz,

I'm not sure that answered her question, because that would put all 5 of her pages in 1 PDF file. She wants to hit export ONCE and get FIVE separate PDF files if I am not mistaken.

I have not found a way to do this in InDesign, but if you have a full version of Adobe Acrobat (not reader) they are able to separate the file for you in one click.

1) Export as Chuck said above.

2) Open Full PDF in Adobe Acrobat

3) Go to Document>Extract Pages

4) Mark Page Range you want to extract. (If you want all 5 pages type 1 to 5.

5) Check the box that says "Extract Pages as Separate Files"

Then it will ask you where to save it.

**Note that it will save the file name with a page number after the original file name for each new PDF. So make sure your Adobe Page #'s are how you want them labeled.**

I hope this helps!

joan wrote at 2010-12-20 21:40:13
I am having the same issue as Liz but I don't think Chuck understood what she wanted because his instructions still saves the multiple pages in the one indesign document as multiple pdf pages in ONE pdf document. She/we, needs to make it so that those multiple pages in the one Indesign files are saved as SEPARATE, individual pdf files.  

Paul Sanderson wrote at 2012-09-19 14:44:50
I think we all understand how to split a multi-page PDF into separate PDFs (though when I've done that I get flight-check issues with each PDF) but what we in the design community want is to be able to make the single PDFs directly, with one click, rather than go through a document one page at a time making the single PDFs we want. I'm astonished that Adobe (and Quark for that matter) haven't addressed this basic need. I guess they do software, and don't do artwork.

James K wrote at 2012-12-05 16:59:06
I would suggest you look at the Page Exporter Utility:

It was built for CS2/CS3; it still works with CS5.5 but I can't speak to whether or not it works with CS6

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I can answer questions about setting up documents, use of master pages, use of style sheets, layout design, formatting typography (including OpenType fonts), use of color, importing/exporting graphics or text, importing/exporting documents in various formats, working with transparencies and objects, creating PDF files, and preparing documents for the printer. I would not be helpful with questions about XML or HTML, trapping or color separations. Creating scripts is also beyond my current expertise.


Working the past 5 years as a freelance graphic designer in English has led to fluency in Adobe InDesign CS, QuarkXpress Passport 6.5, Adobe Illustrator CS and Adobe Photoshop 7. My work includes book cover and page layout design (full length books), posters, brochures, marketing materials, stationery and digital art (see my website,, for examples). I also do multilingual desktop publishing, typesetting in Spanish and German. Unicode and OpenType fonts are standard fare.

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