Overview of the Pages Panel and Master Pages

Grace Fussell
A free video tutorial from Grace Fussell
Graphic Designer & Adobe InDesign Instructor, InDesignSkills
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Discover how managing Master pages can dramatically improve your workflow in InDesign.

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English [Auto] In the previous section you acquired a new skill how to prepare your signed document in advance so I can feel a bit more confident setting up your print documents using the options available to you in the new document window. And also understand important print features such as including a bleed for example. So in this lecture we're going to dive into working on our new design document and get familiar with using the Indesign workspace. The main focus of this section is going to be on pages and particularly how you can make the most of Master pages in design. Not sure what most pages will that's no problem because we're going to look at what they are. How you can edit them and how you can apply them to pages in your document. Welcome to the first lecture of this section which is an overview of the pages panel and master pages in design. So first up as Azarov all the lectures from now on you can choose to work in design as you follow the lecture and copy what I'm doing on the screen. But if you prefer to simply watch sit back pops take some notes. That's no problem. It really is up to you how you want to learn. So let's pretend in design and get it opened up. If it's not open already in the previous lecture we created an example new document which is for the inside pages of a paperback book. We're going to create a brand new document in this lecture However and this time create a new document for a magazine lay out this magazine is going to be a multi-page document with both cover and inside pages and be made up of several sprites or pairs of facing pages. We'll build on this magazine layout as we proceed through the course if you want to follow along as we create the magazine. You can get involved from this point forward in this structure will simply be creating the basic structure of our magazine and setting up Master Pages for the magazine. We'll be covering content that features on page 5 of your 10 essential design skills course handbook so you can either look that up after you finished the section or you can just have it open for reference during the lectures. Right. So let's get stasis. So we've Indesign open you want to create a new document like we did in the previous section either by picking a new document from the welcome window or by going to file new and then document in the new document window that opens. Set the intent to print and increase the number of pages to 16 make sure facing pages is checked so that the document will be made up of sprats in terms of page size. You'll find that magazines come in all sorts of sizes and it really depends on the publisher. For example condé Nast have their own specific magazine dimensions and you'll find that some of the publishers stick to their own general standard size or digest size which is a little bit smaller. And sizes can also vary depending on the country of distribution what we want to produce here is a demonstration magazine lay out. So let's just set the dimension to a European A4 size. Select a four from the page size dropdown menu and this comes to a 210 millimeter width and 297 millimeter Heights which isn't far from a standard magazine size. Make sure the page orientation is set to portrait. So we have the longest side of the page on the height and not the width. Moving down the window we could also set up some columns for the document. Now these won't be visible on your final printed document. They just act as guides for where you can place text and images and helps to create a simple chord structure for the document. So clicking on the up arrow next to number of columns up the number to 4 and leave the gutter arsis default with four point two three three millimeters. I also want to introduce some margins onto my document. Now you might remember back in lecture 6 we talked a little about accommodating for binding after you've had a document printed what we looked at is how you could make the inside margin more generous which allows some of the inside edge of your page to get sucked into the binding magazines and also is bound in the same way as books and they often open out much more flops and this because they might be subtle stage which means that they are sewn or stapled. And this is more common for magazines that tend to have fewer pages as well big heavy magazines like your big fashion glossies for example might be perfect bound which is the same process as you would bind a paperback book. And this means that the pages are glued into the spine. If your magazine has a number of pages you might be better off getting it perfect bound. This means you need to create a separate Indesign file for the cover and include a sign as part of the cover design. If your magazine is going to be perfect and you have to make sure the inside margin is extra generous as more the inside edge of the page will be made invisible as it's hooked into the bind. So in this example we want won't create a magazine with not that many pages and we want the magazine to be Santals stitched. So while I need to show that there is a little more breathing room on the inside margin I don't need to go to town on it. So let's set the margins to these values. I click in the top margin text box and type 17 millimeters for the bottom margin. I allow a bit more room 20 millimeters. I set the outside margin to a decent 14 millimeters and then up the inside margin to a moderately generous 17 millimeters. Now the last thing we need to see to here is of course the bleed. Now remember what we covered in the previous structure. So we noted that if you're creating any print document you always need to have a bleed which allows your content over spill the edges of the page. But what we also noted was that you don't need a bleed on the inside edge of the page. If you're dealing with spreads in your document that's going to be the case here. So head down to the bleed options and type three millimeters into the top bleed text for him. Now click once on the China icon to the far right of the bleed options to allow you to edit each bleed value individually and type 0 millimeters into the inside bleed value. Right. We're ready to create our magazine documents so head up to the top right of the window and click OK. And our new document is crater's. Now if you want to be able to navigate through your document easily you should do this using the pages panel member in the first section. Of course we have an overview of the design workspace where the pages panel is one of a selection of panels which will always appear by default doctor over to the far right of the workspace. Yeah. With SOGA or workspace set to essentials so we can find pages just over here at the top of the docs panels. Let's click on pages and expand it. Grab the top of the panel and drag it out into the center of the workspace. But take a look what we've got here so you'll notice that the panel split into two main sections. We've got a top section and a possum section. You can grab the dividing line between the two and increase or decrease the size of each section. So the bottom section of the panel shows the sequence of pages that make up your document numbered 1 through to 16 and you notice that the first page starts on a right hand page. And the last page. It's an even numbered finishes on the left home page double click one of the pages any one and it's Brossel on screen and it's ready for you to work on. You can also grab pages in the panel and shuffle them about manually the content of that page will move but the numbering sequence will reshuffle. So even if we move say page 10 and drop it to sit after page 5 the page will be moved. But you'll see no change to the way that the pages are numbered. You can also delete a page by dragging it to the trash can icon at the bottom right the panel just like that. You can also create a new page by clicking the little square icon sat next to the trash can hover over it and you'll see the caption appear create new page. Click this on a page will be added right after the page that you currently have selected which is highlighted in blue on the panel. You can also pick up an existing page and duplicate it which can be handy. And you do that by dragging it down and dropping it onto the create new page icon. You can use this lower section of the pages panel to navigate through your documents and also to rearrange your pages up at the top of the panel. We have a different section. And this is where your master page sits. OK so what is a master. So think of a master page as a template page for your document whatever you place onto a master page will be applied to all the pages in your document to have that Master apply to them. So at the moment we've just got two sets of masters at the top of the pages panel. One is called none which basically isn't a master. And you can apply that to a page to remove any master apply to it. The author is a master spread consisting of two facing pages which Indesign has named by default as a master Zen masters. Each have a letter prefix a b c etc.. The first one that Indesign creates for you by default. When you create a document is on a master. If we look back at the lower section of the pages panel you can see that each and every page has a little a at the top corner of the page. And this indicates that they have the master apply to them. And if you hover over one of the pages in your document a little caption will pop up next to Cossette saying a master applied. So Indesign is automatically created and then apply to master to all of the pages in your document which is pretty useful. So to recap in this lecture we've looked at how to create a new document for the pages of a magazine and we've looked at how to navigate through that document using the pages panel before you move on to the next person. If you've created the magazine document for yourself and in design make sure you can save the document you can come back into it and continue to work on it. So head up to file and then select Save and name the documents foody magazine underscore working draft save the document to a safe place. You can easily resend to later and then click save. Fantastic work. So we're making some progress in the next class and we'll look at how you can edit your master pages and apply new masters to pages in your inside documents. So feel free to move on to the next lesson. When you are ready.