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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.
When creating any kind of design, be it a magazine layout, a brochure, poster, whatever, I like to work with a grid, so that I have some sort of framework on my page that gives me the confidence about where to place the elements on my page. So, that's what I'm going to do next. I'm going to create a grid, and because I want the grid to be on all of my pages, I'm going to create it on my master page. So, I'm going to double-click on A- Master, and I'm going to use this option, Create Guides from under the Layout menu.
In the previous movie, I made my top and bottom margins a quarter inch. So, not including the top and bottom margins, I now have a type area of seven inches and a width of five inches, giving me a 5 x 7 aspect ratio. So, I'm going to fit guides within those margins, and I'm going to have 7 rows and 5 columns, and because the number of rows and columns is equal to my aspect ratio, I'm going to get grid squares that are almost-- they won't be exactly, but they'll be almost square and I prefer them to be square.
So each of my grid fields here is going to be a square. Looking at that, I'm thinking well, having a 5 x 7 grid or a 7 x 5 grid is perhaps not going to get me as many options as I might like. So, I'm going to double these numbers. I will go to 14 and 10, and I think perhaps the space between each of these grid fields is a little bit too much. So, now I'm going to make that 6 points for both. Click OK.
Now I can return to my document pages, and there we see we have the grid on all three of the pages. Now, since I don't need the grids to appear on the spine, I'm going to delete these two vertical rules that occur on the spine. If I try and select these guides, I won't be able to, because they are master page items. So I need to unlock them. So, I'm holding down Command and Shift or Control and Shift for Windows and just clicking on each of those guides and then deleting them.
Now I'm going to have to live with the horizontal rules, but that's fine. So, I'm now ready to save this as my template. So, I'm going to come to the File menu and choose Save. So, I'm going to call this book cover and then the format I'm going to save in is a template. So it's going to have the extension INDT, which means that every time I open it, it will open up an untitled copy, preventing me from overwriting the original.
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