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Starting with CS5, InDesign allows us to have different page sizes within a single document, and that can come in really handy when you're building three-panel brochures. I'm going to go to File > New Document, not Facing Pages, and I need six panels, three on the outside, three on the inside. So I'm going to start with six pages and I'm going to make each one the width of a full-sized panel. So 4 inches wide by 9 inches tall; not going to worry about columns. I'm going to set my margins to correspond to my live area.
I want everything to stay a quarter of an inch away from the folds and from the trims. So there's my quarter of an inch all the way around, and if I'm going to have artwork that goes to the edge, of course, it has to go beyond the edge and bleed. So I'll want to allow for bleed. When I click OK, now I have six little pages, but I need to sort of stitch them together. So I take page 2 and I try to stick it to page 1, and it won't go, and that's InDesign's default behavior, but you can change that. In the Pages panel menu, there's sort of a mysterious entry, Allow Document Pages to Shuffle.
When you uncheck that, now you have full control of how pages are stuck together. So now I can take page 2 and kind of glue it on to page 1 and bring up page 3 and there is the outside of my brochure. I am going to do the same thing with my remaining pages. But there's one thing I need to change. Remember that when you're creating something like this that third panel has to be a little bit shorter, so that it can fold in. This is my outside, and that means that this is my cover, this is my back cover, and this is my little short fold panel.
So I'm going to change the size of this panel. I hit the Page tool, select that page, and that's going to be my fold-in panel, and then up here in my control panel, I make sure that the right edge is selected. That way it's sort of still glued to the other two panels, after the width, click and type -0.125, and you'll see it gets a little bit smaller. So now I have my two 4-inch panels and my 3 7/8 inch panel. I'm going to do the same thing on the inside. Now on the inside, it's going to be the right-hand panel that's the short fold.
If you think of it flipped over and again, I would think it's a good idea to just take a piece of paper, kind of sketch this out, fold it up, it really helps you find your way. This is going to be my short fold panel. For this guy, I want to glue down the left side. So I go up to the transform proxy in my control panel, make sure that's glued down, and then subtract that eighth of an inch again, and there we go. So now I have panels that are exactly the right size. My margin guides serve as a really nice indicator of where my live area is and I'm ready to go.
If I'm going to create a lot of these, I think it's worth saving as a template. So I'll go to File > Save As, and I'll just call this rack brochure, and rather than plain old InDesign document, I'm going to save it as a template and click Save. And the beautiful thing about templates is that they give you a fresh start every time. So now if I'm starting a new brochure, I just choose File > Open. I find my rack brochure and everything is already in place, and I can start putting in artwork. Just think of a template as requiring a little bit of work upfront to sort put in the furniture, but then every time you start a new document based on it, you have a head start.
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