Overview

InDesign Version used: CS5
The Following Tutorial shows you how to create crop/registration marks using 5 custom scripts I made allowing you to create marks on only the Top, Right, Bottom or left edges if needed.

The Theory

Have you ever been working on a print project and had the need for in-document crop and registration marks to help you cut or score? Well I got tired of manually making crop marks so I decided to edit the script that Adobe ships with InDesign and created 5 custom scripts allowing you to do individual edges as apposed to having to do the entire object. I also converted them from point to inches. Here’s what they do;

CropMarks.jsx
Creates crop and registration marks on the objects top, right, bottom and left sides in inches.
CropMarks-TOP.jsx
Creates crop and registration marks on the objects top side in inches.
CropMarks-RIGHT.jsx
Creates crop and registration marks on the objects right side in inches.
CropMarks-BOTTOM.jsx
Creates crop and registration marks on the objects bottom side in inches.
CropMarks-LEFT.jsx
Creates crop and registration marks on the objects left side in inches.

Here’s a screenshot (Windows 7 Running InDesign CS 5)

Custom InDesign Crop Mark Script - Joel Barnard

How to install and use the scripts

1. Close InDesign, Download the scripts and decompress them into;

Windows 7

C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CS5\Scripts\Scripts\Panel\Samples\JavaScript

OS X

/Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/Version [#]/Scripts/Scripts Panel/Samples/JavaScript

2. Open up InDesign and open the scripts panel located in Window > Utilities > Scripts > Applications > Samples > JavaScript

3. Select your object and double click the script you wish to use, you will be prompted with a settings window (Fig 1) that lets you tweak the parameters to your liking. I changed Adobes script to use inches in place of points as that is more practical for me.

InDesign Custom Crop Mark Script - Parameters
Fig 1

That’s it. Enjoy. Drink some Tea.

About the author

Joel Barnard, Graphic Designer currently employed by Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke Architects in Riverside California. Follow me on flickr or linkedin. I HATE facebook.

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