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In this series, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, co-hosts of the web's top resource for InDesign tips and tricks, InDesignSecrets.com, share some hidden and sometimes surprising workflow tips that will make working in InDesign more efficient and more fun. The course covers built-in timesaving features such as Quick Apply and auto-expanding text, but also little-known tricks, such as using the eyedropper to copy and paste character and paragraph text attributes and making accurate selections by selecting through or even into objects.
New techniques will be added to the collection every other week, so check back early and often. Find more tips and tricks at indesignsecrets.com.
In today's InDesign Secret segment we're going to look at how to put two or more different-sized pages on a single spread. For example, we're building an identity package for our company here and I want to have two more pages, an A4 version and a Business Card. I can do that pretty easily simply by Option- or Alt-dragging out the pages. In the Pages panel. That makes a duplicate of that and a duplicate of that, now I've got three pages here. I'll turn off Preview mode by pressing W, so we can see the object we're working with, and I can see that I can change the size of this page by selecting it in the Pages panel and changing the size down here at the bottom of the Pages panel to A4.
Now I'll choose page 3 and change that to a Business Card size. Of course, all my graphics and text frames are in the wrong place, so I'm going to simply start moving those around a little bit, I'll move that into position, move this down here scale it down. I'm working very quickly of course, I'm not expecting this to be high quality. I'm just trying to give you an idea of what you can do. I'll make that smaller. It looks good. Move it into position. Now let's go back to the A4 and fix that one, put this into place. Each page needs to be tweaked properly, of course, you can do that a little bit with a liquid layout features in InDesign CS6, but for something this simple it's not really worth it.
And now page 1, we'll look at it, looking pretty good. But what we're really trying to do here is put all three of these pages onto the single spread, so we can see them all at the same time, kind of like the way you can see artboards in Illustrator. Most people don't realize that you can do that in InDesign, but you can as long as you've done two things. First, you need to make sure your document is not set up for facing pages. When I created this document, I made sure that the Facing Pages check box was turned off. Secondly, we need to go to the Pages panel flyout menu and turn off Allow Document Pages to Shuffle.
When that's turned off, we can now move each page around just the way we want it. In this case, I'm going to move page 2 up until I see this dark black line and the hand with a little arrow on it, that means it's going to move page 2 up onto page 1 spread, I'll do the same thing with the business card page, page 3. Now we have all three pages on a single spread. Of course, they are all bumping into each other so that's not good. But we can fix that, and we fix that with the Page tool.
We could press the Shift+P or just select the Page tool in the Tool panel here, and when you're moving pages around, you have a choice of whether or not you want to move the page and the objects or just the page. In this case, we want to move the objects, too, so I'll turn on the Objects Move with Page check box, then I can simply drag this around. I'll drag page 1 to the left, I'll drag page 2 a little bit further to the left, and I'll drag 3 to the right. And you'll see I now have three pages on a single spread. I'll zoom out a little bit and we can see that that's looking pretty good.
I can see all of them at the same time, which is exactly the effect that I wanted. When you need to keep an eye on all your pages at the same time, putting them all on a single spread can really come in handy.
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