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Setting up a document in InDesign CS5

From: Designing a Book Cover

Video: Setting up a document in InDesign CS5

So here I am in InDesign CS5 and we are going to create the template for our book cover. Just before I create the new document, I'd like to point out that I am going to switch to the advanced workspace. Currently I am in Essentials. I am going to come to my workspace picker right here. You can also do the same thing from under the Window menu, but I am going to come to the workspace picker and choose Advanced. And I will be using the Advanced workspace throughout as my starting point and there might be a few panels that are not included in that workspace, and when I need them I will get them from the Window menu.

Setting up a document in InDesign CS5

So here I am in InDesign CS5 and we are going to create the template for our book cover. Just before I create the new document, I'd like to point out that I am going to switch to the advanced workspace. Currently I am in Essentials. I am going to come to my workspace picker right here. You can also do the same thing from under the Window menu, but I am going to come to the workspace picker and choose Advanced. And I will be using the Advanced workspace throughout as my starting point and there might be a few panels that are not included in that workspace, and when I need them I will get them from the Window menu.

So I am now going to go to the File menu > New > Document and set up the following things. For my intent, this is obviously going to be a Print document. The number of pages will be three, and the reason I am choosing three pages is that we are going to have the front cover as one page, the back cover as the second page and the spine between the two as our third page. Facing Pages, I am going to turn off. The Orientation will be tall, and the size, I am now going to put in a custom size.

You will notice that my default unit of measurement is points. Doesn't matter what your unit of measurement is, you can still type in in inches. Which is how a book cover size is specced, so I am going to type in 5 in, and press my tab key, and will convert five inches to its point equivalent, 360 points, and for the height 7.5 in.

In a next step I will be creating a grid, but I am not going to do that here and because I am going to be creating a grid, I am just going to stick with just one column in the document setup and that makes my gutter width, the space between the columns, irrelevant. In terms of the margins, I would like them to be these. Because I want to set the margins independently, I am going to break that chain and I am going to have the top margin be 18 points, which is a quarter inch, and the same for the bottom margin.

For my left and my right, I would like those to be zero. Because I am going to have design elements that go to the edge of the page and I would like to continue them beyond the edge of the page, I need to set up a bleed guide. And my bleed guide is going to be nine points. Nine points top, bottom, left and right. My slug, I don't need. Slug is an area outside of your page area, it doesn't end up printed, in which you can put any sort of internal reference information, but because I am working independently, I don't need to do that.

So there is everything good to go. I may find it useful, just in case I need to come back here, to save these settings as a preset. So I am going to call it Book Color 5 x 7.5 and click OK, and there we are in InDesign, the black rectangle being the page, the magenta representing our top and bottom margins, and the red guide representing the bleed offset from the page.

I am going to come to my Pages panel where we see we have the three pages. We want these pages side-by-side. If I grab Page 2 or Page 3 and try and drag it up next to Page 1, that won't work. So I need to first come to the Pages panel menu and choose Allow Document Pages to Shuffle, so that that is not checked and then I can drag pages side-by-side. Lastly, I need to change the widths of page number 2 which will serve as our spine, and this is a new feature in InDesign CS5 for which we can use the Page tool.

If I choose the Page tool and click on the page, my Control panel tells me the width of the page. I am now going to change that width. Now for the template I am going to use a width of a half inch. When we come to finalize our designs, we must remember to change the width to the specific widths of the three different books. But for the template I am going to use a half-inch width and it's going to cause that to happen.

So I want to put these pages back together so that they are above one another. I am just going to drag them like so using the Pages tool, and there we have our front cover, spine, and back cover.

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Designing a Book Cover

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Nigel French
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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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