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    I have a project where I need to create a multitude of double-sided name badges. I created a 4-up template and data merged the info in via inDesign, but I can't seem to get the same name badge to print on second side of the paper. (See the images for the example)

    I need Side-1 and Side-2 to both have box A in the same location so when I cut these, it creates a 2-sided name badge with the same persons information.

    I can't seem to figure this out without having to recreate a file with the boxes shifted like in the Side-2 image.

    Anybody have any techniques to achieve this without having to create a new file with the name badges shifted?

    Thanks for any help!

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  • #2
    Hi Chrizm and welcome to GDF.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by chrizm View Post
      I can't seem to figure this out...
      But you have figured it out.

      Originally posted by chrizm View Post
      ...without having to recreate a file with the boxes shifted like in the Side-2 image.
      But that's the solution. You want a solution without the solution?

      This isn't "advanced," and it has nothing to do with the printer brand or model. It's just simple, physical laws; down cannot be up and left cannot be right. (Or, as a particular highly conscious man once said, 'even the Great Almighty could not defeat the trump of spades with an ordinary deuce'.)

      When 2 sides are back-to-back, both reading left-to-right, they oppose each other. For them to match, "geographically," as you need in this case, one MUST be flipped as you have done. There is no other alternative.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by HotButton View Post

        But you have figured it out.



        But that's the solution. You want a solution without the solution?

        This isn't "advanced," and it has nothing to do with the printer brand or model. It's just simple, physical laws; down cannot be up and left cannot be right. (Or, as a particular highly conscious man once said, 'even the Great Almighty could not defeat the trump of spades with an ordinary deuce'.)

        When 2 sides are back-to-back, both reading left-to-right, they oppose each other. For them to match, "geographically," as you need in this case, one MUST be flipped as you have done. There is no other alternative.
        Well, as true as that may be, it's not out of line to think there may be a software solution for this issue that I am simply unaware of. At least one could hope I didn't want to have to recreate the file because it was based on a data merge, which means I now have to rework the excel file too, booooo! haha.

        Thanks for the reply HotButton. Appreciated.

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        • #5
          Why would you need to rework the Excel file.
          Just change the layout file.
          For block A in the layout, they should both read the same data file line.

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