How to Change Facing Pages to a Single Page Layout Using Quark

Updated July 20, 2017

To create rich, dynamic layouts for your booklet-style printing projects, you need to design across spreads, or sets of facing pages. However, many commercial printers require that all documents -- even books, newsletters and other facing-page projects -- be delivered in single-page format. This can leave you with the huge headache of converting dozens of spreads to single pages, as well as risking the loss of key pieces of your text and graphics. The key to successfully converting a QuarkXPress project with facing pages, or spreads, to single pages is to carefully check for overlapping elements. With a little time and attention to detail, you can rest assured that your layouts will print successfully.

Check each spread for overlapping elements. In the QuarkXPress "Window" menu, choose "Page Layout," which will bring up a palette displaying thumbnail icons of your facing pages. Click on each spread in turn, and zoom in closely to inspect the adjacent areas of each page.

Split any overlapping elements. For example, if a photograph overlaps both pages, select the photograph and duplicate it. Leave the first copy of the photograph on the left-hand page. On the right-hand copy, drag the frame border to the right until it no longer overlaps.

Convert to a single page layout. In the "Layout" menu, choose "Layout Properties." Uncheck "Facing Pages."

Move the pages. In the "Page Layout" palette, drag and drop the pages apart from their spreads until all spreads have been replaced with a series of single pages.

Check that no elements have been lost. Click on each page and inspect it closely for missing graphics or text --- especially on pages that were previously the left-hand page in a spread.

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New York-based writer and artist Blake Ruby has been writing professionally about design, style, crafts, travel and politics since 2001. She has written for a variety of magazines, newspapers and blogs, including "The Phoenix." Ruby holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology.