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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.
As well as setting up an InDesign template either in InDesign CS4 or CS5, let's have a look at setting up a template for use in Illustrator. Now while I am using InDesign as my hub program, any content I create in Illustrator or Photoshop will be placed or dragged and dropped into InDesign. It may be useful to have an Illustrator template that equates in size and in grid to the InDesign page that I am ultimately going to end up in.
So I'm going to come to File and choose New, and since we are working with Illustrator, we are talking about artboards rather than pages. I'm going to create a 5 x 7.5 document with a 1/8th of an inch bleed. Bear in mind, this is just my way of working. This is not essential by any means, but I find it useful to have a framework of guidelines to work with. I'm going to make that framework the same as the framework that I'm using in the InDesign document.
I'm going to set up in a slightly different way, because we're in Illustrator. I'm going to start out by drawing a rectangle. I'm just going to click on my artboard with the Rectangle tool and let's say that we want a 5 x 7 inch rectangle. Then I'm going to position that rectangle on my artboard. Rather than just drag it around, I am going to use my Transform panel to make sure that my X value, my distance from the left-hand side of the artboard is zero, and my Y value, my distance from the top of the artboard is .25 of an inch.
That's going to give me a quarter inch margin at the top and the bottom. I'm now going to split this rectangle into a grid. From the Object menu, I'm going to come to Path and choose Split Into Grid. I'm going to use 14 rows with a gutter space of 6 points and 10 columns, also with a gutter space of 6 points.
That keeps the aspect ratio the same, 7 x 5. Each of my grid squares will be a square. I'm also going to choose to Add Guides. Let's just see what we're going to get there when I turn on my preview. Let's click OK to that. Now these, the guides that it has added are not actually guides, which is a little bit confusing. They are lines and I need to covert these lines to guides. First of all, I'm going to ungroup everything.
Click away from it to deselect. Then I'm going to swipe through the selection of the guides. Hold down my Shift key and swipe through the selection of the vertical guides or rules. Then from the View menu, I'm going to choose Guides > Make Guides. Having made the guides and then going to press Command+A or Ctrl+A to select all of those frames and delete them.
There is our Illustrator template. I'm now going to just come over to my Layers panel. I will rename this layer guides and I will lock it and I'll create a new layer called artwork. I'll put the guides layer above the artwork layer. Let's select the artwork layer as my targeted layer. Then from the File menu, I'm going to choose Save as Template.
Then in the 02_Getting Started folder, I'm going to save this as AItemplate and it's going to have the extension Illustrator template. So just to clarify, while most of the exercises in this title use an Illustrator document already in progress, if you did want to start from scratch, you could use this template.
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