Creating and Applying Master Pages
A free video tutorial from Chad Neuman, Ph.D.
Professor / Graphic Designer / Photographer 20+ yrs exp.
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In this lesson, you will learn how to create and apply master pages in InDesign.
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04:00:48 of on-demand video • Updated May 2020
- Design professional publications such as magazines by using InDesign
- Apply editorial design principles to publications in InDesign
- Use InDesign's various functions and tools to create publications and other promotional material
- Produce a magazine and brochure in InDesign
English [Auto] A lot of times in an editorial publication you want to be able to number pages automatically or you might want some kind of elements on many pages and you don't want to have to insert them manually into every single page. So for those this you want to use master pages. So going open up in design to file new document and just create a say 15 page document and I have letter size for this example. Click OK and I press control or command mine and you'll see 15 pages there. It's an odd number so we don't have a back cover. Doesn't matter just for this tutorial. I'm just going to show you how to create master pages up on the pages panel if you click it over here or just go to a window and then pages you'll see that we have all these pages and then the top offices. A.M. That's our master pages and you can do multiple master pages. So let's just say we wanted to every page on the left and the right to have page numbers. So what you do is double click on a master appear and that navigates us to the A.M.A. anything we create on this page is going to show up on every single left and right hand side page I'll show you what I mean. If I just draw a rectangle tool out here and I'll just add some color and I click and drag a rectangle like that going off the edge. Now you'll notice on every single left hand page two four six eight It has that there and if you go and double click on those pages and you can't click it. So we can't select an edited but I'll show you how to select. If you want in a bit. So same thing here if we all click on the PC and option click on the Mac it'll duplicate it. Now we have one on the other side as well. Every single one. Now what if we want to add a background to a publication Well instead of adding it to every single one you just draw out like that and it's OK to go over the edge there. And then when we if we print it to say PTF it's going to crop out just to the edge of the page there. Then when it prints to PDA. So that's how you add a background to a lot of pages at once but if you want to insert for example a page number well just select the type to appear on the Tools panel. And I would not click inside here because I already have a shape here and see how it turns into that little rounded icon there on the cursor. It would in bed. The text inside the shapes if I click there see now it's just inside that shape. It would convert that rectangle into a text frame. So what am I to do instead just click and drag off here and instead of typing something and let's just say I typed in one for page one right and wouldn't to make it large. You can see it. So there it is there. The problem is now I go to page 2 4 6 8. It just says one on all of them. Right. So you don't want to do that so go back to A.M. instead of an actual number. We're going to go to type insert special character markers current page number and there's a shortcut there in the PC it's Control alt shift in on the Mac it's command options shift and I was just go to this on the menu because it's not something I do all the time it's only when I'm adding pages to a publication typically a larger publication with a lot of numbers. So click that adds a here. It's not going to print out IS-A though still it's good too. It's got to there for six eight. OK. So it's working. Problem is there's nothing on page 3 5 7 9 page 1. So what we can do is go back to master pages we can repeat that process. Or you could copy and paste it or alt click and drag it where option click on the Mac hold shift to keep it level right and then just bring it over we could measure it over here. But I was going to put it right on the edge or something like that. All right if you go to page 1 There it is Page 2 3 4 5 6 7. They all have numbers. Now the problem is let's say this is a magazine I don't want a page number on the front page. What you would do is control shift click or command shift click on the Mac and that lets you select and move or delete the elements that we've created from our master page. So if you're on a page and you're like you have a photo gallery for example or you have a feature story on a spread and you just don't want the page number on that because magazines won't have a page on every single page. We can just control shift click it or Commanche of click it and then we can select it. Now that's the basics of Master pages. Now what if you want a second set of Master pages. Let's just say you often have a feature story that has elements of at the top with the title what you can do is write a peer. Click that down arrow on the pages panel and this is where we have this stuff from the pages and like insert pages and so on. But what we're going to do here is go to a new master and we call it something like you could call it B or you call it feature as a feature story. So if I just type in feet as in feature story and click OK then we have feature story masters or you could do B.M. or you could do be feature stories doesn't really matter. No there's nothing on here. So what we need to do is take the rectangle tool I mean just say say on feature stories you had a graphic up here and it was a slightly different color and maybe you had some text or whatever but I'm just going to click and drag this over just really quickly for this tutorial. And let's just say you don't want to have to do that. Measured over and over and over. You just create a set of Master pages and now it hasn't been applied to anything yet malicious say you have a feature story in pages 6:56. Well what you do is you click down here apply master to pages tell it feature stories and we're going to apply it 4 to 7 4 and 7. Or you can also do 6:56 comma 10 to 12. All right so you can do multiple ones at once. You can skip a couple. You do comma and you can do four to seven. The hyphen just means everything in between. So I click OK and you'll notice now four to seven. So that's Master pages they're pretty useful because you can have automatic numbering. You can also have sets of feature stories or sets of photo galleries or sets of different parts of a publication whether it's a book online magazine print magazine newspaper and you just have certain elements on specific types of stories well you can create a master page for every single type of spread that we have. And one more thing if you click up here on the air you can also go to master pages you can load master pages. There's a couple of different options there. So check that out and you can also override our master page items. So what that mean. So is a couple more options if you click in the upper right hand corner and the arrow again and you can also go to Mass for pages and even loadmaster pages. Right. So your pages are pretty useful. So check it out.