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Creating Long Documents with InDesign shows designers how to create book-length documents in workflows with multiple users—using both InDesign features and third-party plug-ins. Publishing veteran Mike Rankin focuses on long document elements such as page and chapter numbering, table of contents, cross-references, and indexes. The course also provides an overview of document construction, from creating master pages and applying consistent formatting with styles to placing text and images and outputting to both print and interactive PDF.
Let's take a look at the document we'll be working on throughout this course. So here I have my SamplePages document that's the prototype for my project. A designer has created these pages to show how they want things to look, and now I have to use these to create a real functioning template from scratch. And the idea here is to go page by page, from top to bottom, and try to notice all the unique page elements, and to think about the best ways to create them with InDesign's features. So, on this first spread here I have a table of contents, and it has chapter titles with page numbers and it has features within the chapters like I have a poem here, and notice the poem feature has character level formatting.
So, the poem title is in a different font and color. There's also a feature section of recipes down below and these also have some more character level formatting. On the next spread, I've a full-page photo that bleeds off the page on the left, and on the right side I have a chapter number, a chapter title, an intro paragraph with the drop cap, and a series of body text paragraphs and a page number. The next spread is a similar opener spread and I don't see anything unique here, but the fact that I have a predictable series of paragraph styles at the start of each chapter makes me think about using the Next Style feature.
And then I get into the body text pages. I have running headers at the top of the left and right pages, and whenever I see running headers, I think about text variables and section markers, and I have more paragraphs of body text. I have a passage of poetry that's set off from the body text with some extra spacing, and on the right side there's a full bleed photo with the poem and the photo is also behind the header and the page number, which are typically master page items. So, I know I have to think about using layers.
The next spread is an alternate chapter opener design with a two line chapter title and a table. So, I think I'll probably want to make a table style. This spread is followed by some more body text pages with chapter subheadings in them, and I should make a mental note that these headings were in the table of contents. I also have some artwork and a paragraph with some running styling. So, whenever I see that I immediately think of nested styles. On the next spread, there are some smaller subheadings.
There are variations on the chapter subhead. So, now I'm thinking I can base those paragraph styles on the initial chapter subhead styles. And on the next spread, I have some new variations on the photos with these rounded corners. These might be good candidates for an object style, or a snippet or a library item. And then I come to a feature opener spread, which will start a section of recipes. It has an italicized version of the body text. So, again, I'm thinking about based on paragraph styles and then a recipe section with recipe titles, ingredients and steps.
And notice that the ingredients are set in two columns, so I might want to take advantage of InDesign's Spans and Splits feature in those paragraphs. I have more recipes followed by some alternate designs for appendixes that use different border colors around the pages. So, here I'm thinking about using based on master pages. And lastly, I have an index that set in two columns in the main text area. So, to recap, I've seen potential uses for table of contents, next styles, nested styles, based on styles, based on master pages, layers, text variables, sections, object styles and snippets.
There are all kinds of long document features to help me build these pages in InDesign. So, with all this in mind, the first task is to figure out what those page types have in common and go about creating the master pages for my template.
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