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Putting your InDesign CS4 document on a grid

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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.

Putting your InDesign CS4 document on a grid

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.

Then we are going to be dividing this up into 14 rows and 10 columns, 14 being twice seven, 10 being twice five, so that we have grid squares that are exactly that. They're exactly square, because we are maintaining the aspect ratio. To do this, I'm going to use the script, Window > Automation > Scripts and if your Script panel opens like this, we need to expand Application and expand Samples, then expand JavaScript.

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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Designing a Book Cover

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  1. 2m 42s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
  2. 29m 57s
    1. The project brief
      2m 30s
    2. Doing research
      4m 16s
    3. Setting up a document in InDesign CS5
      5m 4s
    4. Setting up a document in InDesign CS4
      6m 4s
    5. Putting your InDesign CS5 document on a grid
      3m 2s
    6. Putting your InDesign CS4 document on a grid
      4m 31s
    7. Setting up the document in Illustrator and placing it on a grid
      4m 30s
  3. 40m 39s
    1. Creating hand-drawn type with the Blob Brush tool
      4m 13s
    2. Using Live Paint to color type
      3m 40s
    3. Choosing typefaces
      3m 42s
    4. Creating a simple illustration using the Pen and Gradient tools
      8m 43s
    5. Applying type effects
      5m 42s
    6. Manual tracing
      4m 42s
    7. Using the gradient and transparency effects
      9m 57s
  4. 17m 27s
    1. Distressed type
      5m 42s
    2. More distressed type
      3m 35s
    3. Using mirrored type
      3m 34s
    4. Using giant wraparound text
      3m 56s
    5. Starting text on the cover
      40s
  5. 13m 7s
    1. Illustrating concepts with abstract shapes and transparency
      6m 27s
    2. Representing the book content with icons
      6m 40s
  6. 24m 8s
    1. Using historic photography
      6m 21s
    2. Using Illustrator to create a simple illustration
      4m 19s
    3. Using gradient mesh in Illustrator to create a simple illustration
      4m 55s
    4. Using Live Trace on a photograph
      3m 52s
    5. Using black-and-white images creatively
      4m 41s
  7. 25m 30s
    1. Developing a book set
      2m 50s
    2. Designing the back cover
      8m 42s
    3. Designing the flaps
      2m 41s
    4. Designing the spine
      11m 17s
  8. 12m 56s
    1. Using spot varnish
      4m 30s
    2. Preflighting your document
      4m 51s
    3. Preparing the PDF
      3m 35s
  9. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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