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Join author Nigel French in Designing a Book Cover as he walks through several approaches to creating professional, engaging book covers using Adobe Creative Suite applications. This course covers document setup, composition and layout, illustration, typography essentials, and printing. Exercise files accompany the course.
Let's see how we can make a grid in our InDesign CS4 template. Now we can't in this case just use the standard margins and columns or create guides, because what we have on our template is our front cover and our back cover and a spine between the two. We want one grid for the front cover and another grid for the back cover. So we're going to need to use a slightly different approach and that approach is we will be drawing a rectangle over the back page, excluding the top and bottom margins, so that is a 5 x 7 rectangle.
Scroll down until you get to MakeGrid. Double-click on this one. We type in the number of rows and columns that we want, 14 x 10, 6 points for the Row Gutter and the Column Gutter and then click OK. I'm now going to come and park the Script panel down below here. We can close the Script Label and Data Merge. We don't need those. I'm going to select all of these squares just by dragging over them with my Selection tool.
Then I'm going to duplicate them, holding down the Option or Alt key and the Shift key and dragging away from them and positioning those on the front cover. Then I am going to select all of my rectangles, holding down the Shift key and with my Selection tool, dragging over those on the back cover, so that I now have all of those rectangles selected. I'm going to come back to my Scripts panel and scroll up to the first of my scripts.
This one's called AddGuides. Double-click on that. This is going to add guides to all of my selected objects. I don't need a guide for the Horizontal and the Vertical Center, but I will have Top, Left, Bottom and Right. Everything else can stay the same here. Click OK. After a pause, we should end up with guides drawn according to every one of our selected objects. Now if we look on the Layers panel, it should have put those guides all on the Guides layer.
So we can turn that layer on and off, but all of these rectangles are left on Layer 1. They are still selected. We can delete them. We don't need them anymore. We're left with just our framework of guides. If that framework gets a little bit confusing, which at sometimes can tend to do, we can just turn it off. Then we can turn it back on when we need it to help us to position our elements on our pages. Just one more thing I'd like to do, and I have the Guides layer currently turned off.
I'm now going to Select All and that's only going to select those fold guides that are on Layer 1. I am going to lock those. I'm going to come to the Object menu and choose Lock Position, so that they can't get moved inadvertently. Then I'm going to save this as the template. So I'm going to come to the File menu and choose Save As. I'm going to save this as bookcover_ halfinchspine and the format would be an InDesign CS4 template, so it's going to have the indt extension.
As I mentioned in an earlier movie, I will be saving versions of this file with a quarter inch spine and a three quarter inch spine as well.
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