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145 Lay out a front, back and spine for a book jacket

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Video: 145 Lay out a front, back and spine for a book jacket

Making a book cover has long been a pain in any page layout program.

145 Lay out a front, back and spine for a book jacket

Making a book cover has long been a pain in any page layout program. It's not the front or the back cover that's difficult, but rather the combination of front, back, and most importantly, the spine of the cover. And one of the reasons why it's so hard is that you often don't know exactly how wide the spine will be until the very last minute. Fortunately, InDesign makes this process much easier, as long as you set your document up correctly. So, let me show you how to set up a brand new front, back, and spine for a book.

I'll go to the File menu and choose New > Document. I'm going to set the Number of Pages to 3. That's the back cover of the spine and the front cover. And I'm going to leave Facing Pages turned on. Next, I'll set the size of the book cover. Let's set this to seven inches by nine inches for example. I'm not going to worry about columns or margins right now, but I am going to open the Bleed and Slug area and I'm going to set a bleed area to, let's say, p9. When I hit Tab, all four fields change because this little link icon is turned on. Now I'll turn on the Preview check box, which is available in InDesign CC, and I can see a preview of my document behind the dialog box.

So I can see if I got it right. Now, I only see page one right now. I can't see the other pages. We'll take care of that in just a minute. But I can see that that's looking pretty good, so I'll click OK and move on. Now let's open the Pages Panel and we can see that's where my other two pages went. They're on a separate spread. That doesn't help us. We want all three pages on the same spread and there's various ways to do that, but I find the easiest way to do it is to go to the Pages Panel menu and turn off the Allow Document Pages to Shuffle feature. When that's on, all the pages will always shuffle into spreads.

But when it's turned off, you can actually put your pages where you want them. In this case, I'm going to move page one down simply by dragging it until I see this thick black line that looks kind of like a bracket, next to page two. When I let go, InDesign moves the page there, so I now have a three-page spread. Now, if this were the Encyclopedia Britannica and it were eight inches wide, then I'd be pretty much done. But in most books, that's not the case. You want the spine, this middle page, to be more narrow. To do that, you want the Page tool, which is the third tool in the Tool panel.

After you click it, make sure the middle page is selected. Just click once on it and you'll see little highlights around it with these corner and side handles. Now, I can change the width of this page to anything I want. For example, I'll go over to the Width Field in the Control Panel and I'll change it to, say, 0.75 inches. But when I hit Return or Enter, I have a problem. InDesign alerts me that the page size won't fit because the margins are too big. That's right. All of these have three pica margins, so that's getting in my way.

I'll click OK, and while this page is still selected, I'll go to the Layout menu and chose Margins and Columns, and now, I can change the inside and outside margin just for the single page. I'll just set it to 0. When I click OK, you'll see that I still have a top and a bottom margin, but I don't have any margins on the left and right. Now I can go back and change the width one more time. I'll set it to, say, 0.75 inches, and then hit Return or Enter, and you'll see that the page size became more narrow. And because I had set this up as facing pages, the other pages automatically snap, so I have no gaps between them.

Let's recenter this page spread in the window by pressing Cmd+Option+0 or Ctrl+Alt+0. And then, I'm going to start designing my page. For example, I might just make a text frame and say Encyclopedia of Art or whatever you want to call it, and I will make it a little bigger with keyboard shortcuts. I'll go ahead and make this not quite so high, and I'll rotate it. You get the idea. I'm going to drop it on my spine, center it on there, and that looks pretty good. Obviously, if you are really designing a cover, you do a lot more work, but I'm going to leave it right there and leave the rest up to your imagination.

But I do want to point out that when you're done and just before you go to press, your printer is going to say, you need to change the spine to and they'll tell you how wide it should be. Let's say it was 0.81 inches instead. So, to do that, one more time you go to the Page tool, make sure you have the center page selected, and then go up to the Width field and change it to exactly the size you want. When you do that however, make sure you have the reference point, this little feature in the left side of the Control Panel. Make sure that it's set to the center point of the reference point.

That way, when you change the width, everything will get centered. It won't move to the left or right. So, that's set. I'll change my width to 0.81 inches, hit Return or Enter, and everything changes on the page just perfectly. Now, technically you could add the rest of the book, you know, all the other pages of your book here in this InDesign document, but I don't like doing that. I like keeping this as a separate InDesign document. And the main reason I do that is because of how I export this to PDF or print. Let me show you. I'll go to the File menu and choose Export.

I'll give it a name. I'll call this my cover and then click Save. And here inside the Export Adobe PDF dialog box, I'm going to turn on the Spreads radio button. Instead of Pages, I want Spreads. That tells InDesign to keep all those pages together, the back cover, the front cover, and the spine all treated as a single spread, a single page, in the final PDF. I need that for the cover. I would not want that for the rest of the book. That would be a disaster. But in the cover, I need to export as spreads. Then I'll go to Marks and Bleeds, and I can turn on some printer marks like crop marks.

Also, if I did have any objects bleeding off the side of the page, I'd want to make sure I turned on the Use Document Bleed Settings feature. Let's go back to General. I'll make sure View PDF after Exporting is turned on and then I'll click Export. You can see that InDesign exported this PDF and opened it in Acrobat and I get those crop marks not just in the corners, but also fold marks right where I want them, right where the pages end. That's the spine, and that's what my printer's going to want to see. As you can see, so much of being efficient in InDesign is all about setting up your document right from the start, but using that Page tool at the right time and the right way also really helps.

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  1. 5m 48s
    1. 172 Fun with placeholder text NEW
      5m 48s
  2. 15h 24m
    1. 001 Intro to InDesign Secrets
      51s
    2. 002 The hidden "auto-expand text" feature
      5m 51s
    3. 003 Letting InDesign do the math for you
      3m 15s
    4. 004 The indispensible Quick Apply feature
      5m 29s
    5. 005 Customizing the Links panel
      6m 53s
    6. 006 Magically building graphs with the Chartwell font
      7m 43s
    7. 007 Using the Eyedropper tool to pick up character or paragraph attributes
      3m 21s
    8. 008 Selecting through and into objects using cmd-click and Select Above/Below
      5m 46s
    9. 009 Some great tips and tricks for the Swatches panel
      9m 40s
    10. 010 Saving down for backward compatibility with INX and IDML
      5m 55s
    11. 011 Using the INX and IDML formats to fix problems
      4m 46s
    12. 012 InDesign's Easter eggs
      5m 0s
    13. 013 Three cool GREP styles everyone can use
      7m 35s
    14. 014 A field guide to special characters
      8m 2s
    15. 015 Trashing the application preferences to solve weird behaviors
      4m 42s
    16. 016 Aligning numbered lists by decimal points
      3m 10s
    17. 017 Running a script
      9m 33s
    18. 018 When text disappears from a text frame
      6m 18s
    19. 019 Preview and Presentation modes (changing color, etc.)
      4m 8s
    20. 020 Using multiple windows for comparisons
      3m 35s
    21. 021 Putting images on a stroke
      5m 23s
    22. 022 Making your own motion path
      5m 43s
    23. 023 Copying objects between Illustrator and InDesign
      6m 53s
    24. 024 Using layer comps in Photoshop files to show alternates in InDesign
      4m 19s
    25. 025 Adding custom HTML tags to EPUB/HTML exports
      5m 32s
    26. 026 Tracking down type issues with the composition highlighter
      8m 13s
    27. 027 Managing your InDesign panels
      5m 46s
    28. 028 Creating running heads using variables
      5m 1s
    29. 029 Live Caption tips and tricks
      8m 3s
    30. 030 Making professional drop caps
      10m 37s
    31. 031 Making two-state buttons in interactive documents
      5m 5s
    32. 032 Moving pages from one document to another
      3m 15s
    33. 033 Wrapping bulleted text around a curve
      5m 58s
    34. 034 Importing a custom dictionary
      7m 8s
    35. 035 Changing document orientation and page size
      6m 45s
    36. 036 Numbering instead of using auto page numbers
      6m 23s
    37. 037 Setting story order with the Articles panel
      8m 3s
    38. 038 Updating a linked table without losing formatting
      5m 38s
    39. 039 Creating electronic sticky notes
      4m 49s
    40. 040 Moving master page items to the top layer for visibility
      2m 48s
    41. 041 Five guide tricks that will impress your coworkers
      6m 18s
    42. 042 Letting InDesign add the diacritics
      4m 21s
    43. 043 Using single-cell table cells for custom paragraph formatting
      6m 2s
    44. 044 Formatting fractions correctly
      8m 11s
    45. 045 Fixing unwanted hyperlinks in an imported Word file
      5m 57s
    46. 046 Inline graphic tricks with invisible paragraphs
      4m 21s
    47. 047 Ensuring the first line of every chapter starts in the same spot
      3m 1s
    48. 048 Specifying an exact amount of space between objects
      5m 17s
    49. 049 Fixing last lines that are too short
      8m 16s
    50. 050 Creating web graphics from your InDesign artwork
      7m 20s
    51. 051 Using “No Language” to suppress unwanted hyphenation, spell-checking, and smart quotes
      2m 48s
    52. 052 Five things that should be in every new file
      5m 19s
    53. 053 Forcing EPUB page breaks with invisible objects
      6m 21s
    54. 054 Understanding component information
      6m 39s
    55. 055 Creating running heads using section markers
      4m 16s
    56. 056 Making a font with InDesign using the IndyFont script
      5m 20s
    57. 057 Finding where that color is used
      7m 17s
    58. 058 Text wrapping
      6m 54s
    59. 059 Inserting pages: Understanding the Pages panel
      4m 20s
    60. 060 Copying paths between Illustrator and InDesign
      5m 14s
    61. 061 Automating Find/Change with the Find/ChangeByList script
      12m 48s
    62. 062 Embedding images
      7m 43s
    63. 063 Adjusting leading inside a paragraph
      4m 31s
    64. 064 Placing one InDesign file inside another
      3m 58s
    65. 065 Creating bookmarks for PDFs
      7m 25s
    66. 066 Customizing the story editor preferences
      6m 4s
    67. 067 Setting the size of text exactly with this free script
      3m 28s
    68. 068 Using Gravity to simulate perspective
      3m 15s
    69. 069 Fixing the overflowing text frame problem in EPUBs
      5m 0s
    70. 070 Ten uses of the Story Editor
      11m 39s
    71. 071 Moving an object: Ten ways!
      7m 18s
    72. 072 Understanding optical margin alignment (and the quote trick)
      4m 23s
    73. 073 Changing the shape of any frame with the pen tool
      6m 12s
    74. 074 Working with sets in the content conveyor tool
      10m 40s
    75. 075 Running text along the top and the bottom of a circle
      3m 51s
    76. 076 Creating a list using the Table of Contents feature
      3m 25s
    77. 077 Quickly threading frames together and unthreading frames
      13m 22s
    78. 078 The secrets of formatting objects with Find/Change
      6m 34s
    79. 079 Using ruler guides: 10 great tricks
      5m 3s
    80. 080 Converting a clipping path to a frame
      4m 24s
    81. 081 Adding a drop shadow to a single word inside a frame
      3m 14s
    82. 082 Creating a custom cross-reference format
      13m 53s
    83. 083 Putting different-sized pages on a single spread
      3m 7s
    84. 084 Formatting prices with nested and grep styles
      6m 21s
    85. 085 Checking out the Gridify tricks
      5m 17s
    86. 086 Using Illustrator to create InDesign gradient swatches
      4m 49s
    87. 087 Building a simple grep style to change character size
      3m 45s
    88. 088 Exporting a grayscale PDF
      3m 16s
    89. 089 Three ways to cheat text outside of its frame
      6m 8s
    90. 090 Three great Object Styles for any designer
      8m 1s
    91. 091 Choosing alpha channel image transparency
      2m 25s
    92. 092 Adding and reading metadata for InDesign files
      3m 25s
    93. 093 Adding ALT tags to your images
      6m 59s
    94. 094 How to Place & Link a text frame's text but not its formatting
      7m 4s
    95. 095 Setting the baseline position of a caption
      2m 39s
    96. 096 Managing changing pages with primary text frames
      5m 23s
    97. 097 Secrets of the Info panel
      7m 31s
    98. 098 Surprising ways to do a word count
      5m 29s
    99. 099 Placing an object where you want it with an object style
      6m 18s
    100. 100 Aligning Objects tips and tricks
      5m 10s
    101. 101 Applying corner options to any shape
      2m 17s
    102. 102 Converting footnotes to endnotes with a free script
      4m 49s
    103. 103 Making tab leaders pretty
      4m 18s
    104. 104 Converting text to outlines the right way
      4m 30s
    105. 105 Turning InDesign into a speed demon
      8m 31s
    106. 106 Working with MiniBridge
      5m 45s
    107. 107 Customize your QR codes
      6m 17s
    108. 108 Using the same keyboard shortcut for two different commands with the Context feature
      5m 22s
    109. 109 Making a text highlighter
      3m 33s
    110. 110 Updating an interactive PDF without losing work done in Acrobat
      5m 31s
    111. 111 Adding custom text at the beginning of each line automatically
      4m 0s
    112. 112 Packaging images on the pasteboard
      3m 32s
    113. 113 Automatically updating figure references for books
      6m 9s
    114. 114 Adding Tool Tips to your form fields in InDesign
      3m 21s
    115. 115 Setting poetry, flush left, center on longest line
      3m 54s
    116. 116 Use bookmarks to navigate long documents in production
      4m 57s
    117. 117 Selecting text with the InDesign keyboard dance
      2m 0s
    118. 118 Including a total page count in your page numbers
      6m 19s
    119. 119 Making a custom arrowhead
      5m 37s
    120. 120 Making alternative body text styles for fast typesetting
      5m 4s
    121. 121 Making InDesign patterns with the free PatternMaker
      3m 45s
    122. 122 Creating pull quotes the easy way
      5m 1s
    123. 123 Allow text frame to resize with text
      2m 43s
    124. 124 Mapping Word styles to InDesign styles
      5m 48s
    125. 125 Make two automatically threaded text flows
      3m 37s
    126. 126 Saving for Web in InDesign
      6m 7s
    127. 127 Numbering rows in a table
      5m 10s
    128. 128 Making automatic jump lines
      6m 52s
    129. 129 Turning off allow pages to shuffle in order to separate facing pages
      3m 40s
    130. 130 Dealing with parentheses around text size
      4m 19s
    131. 131 Make a fill in the blank label for contracts and forms
      7m 53s
    132. 132 Changing the shape of polygons and starburst as you draw or afterward
      4m 17s
    133. 133 Contextual text and images that you only want sometimes visible
      4m 55s
    134. 134 Creating nav points in a movie
      4m 31s
    135. 135 Adding effects to your rule above and rule below
      3m 38s
    136. 136 Fitting text to a specific size
      4m 45s
    137. 137 Quick tips for making a small PDF file size
      6m 9s
    138. 138 Sharing presets, workspaces, and custom shortcuts sets
      5m 17s
    139. 139 Making a multi-level numbered list
      5m 17s
    140. 140 Faking bold and italic when the font family doesn’t have one
      5m 2s
    141. 141 Keeping the same scale size when updating or relinking to images
      3m 9s
    142. 142 Inserting glyphs
      6m 42s
    143. 143 Building richer, bolder color gradients
      3m 7s
    144. 144 Finding the right font with InDesign’s font menus
      4m 35s
    145. 145 Lay out a front, back and spine for a book jacket
      6m 12s
    146. 146 Ghosting area of image behind text
      2m 53s
    147. 147 Make a transparency mask in InDesign
      3m 45s
    148. 148 Using preflight to find common document errors
      6m 11s
    149. 149 Cropping with paste into
      5m 18s
    150. 150 Using vertical justification to spread out text in a frame automatically
      5m 16s
    151. 151 Rotate text inside a frame, or the frame around the text
      2m 30s
    152. 152 Looking at snippets vs. libraries
      6m 49s
    153. 153 Import a folder full of pictures, one per page
      8m 54s
    154. 154 When InDesign ignores your leading values
      4m 5s
    155. 155 Extracting images from a Word document
      3m 42s
    156. 156 Uncommon uses for Quick Apply
      6m 2s
    157. 157 Uncovering InDesign's magic font folders
      3m 9s
    158. 158 Sharing swatches (PS/IL/ID and ID to ID)
      3m 36s
    159. 159 Convert rounded corners to editable paths
      3m 15s
    160. 160 Convert local formatting to character styles
      5m 14s
    161. 161 Sort an index by page number
      7m 49s
    162. 162 Keeping page numbers on top of master items
      3m 55s
    163. 163 Adding automatic currency symbols in a table cell or before text
      3m 50s
    164. 164 Make a pop-up footnote for your ebook
      3m 48s
    165. 165 Deleting tabs at the beginning of paragraphs and applying a paragraph style
      3m 10s
    166. 166 Five InDesign Presentation tips
      6m 28s
    167. 167 Creating blank entry spaces on forms
      3m 53s
    168. 168 Creative uses of the Slug area
      4m 45s
    169. 169 Change the UI languaging in InDesign CS6 and CC
      3m 14s
    170. 170 All about All Caps (change case, open type option)
      4m 36s
    171. 171 Batch convert InDesign files to IDML and other formats
      2m 35s

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