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Explore book design with Nigel French, as he breaks down the components of an elegant and readable layout and jumps into the setup and strategy for designing a book from the ground up in Adobe InDesign. This class covers document setup, placing and styling text, working with images, creating the book cover, preparing the book for print and or distribution as an ebook.
It's now time for us to create the front matter for our book. And the front matter is going to comprise the half title, followed by a blank page, followed by the title page, then we have the copyright page, followed by the table of contents. In this movie, I'm going to show you how to create the title and half title. So including the blank pages that go with both of those, we need an extra four pages of front matter. To begin with, I'm going to come to the Pages panel and I'm going to create a master page for the front matter pages. And this master page is going to be based upon the B master page. So I'm going to right-click on there and choose New Master. Prefix will be C, the name will be Front Matter.
It will be based on B. And the size and orientation will remain the same. There is that master page. And we do not need the page numbers, so I am going to unlock those by pressing Cmd+Shift and clicking on them, to delete them. We also don't need the line numbers here, so I will Cmd+Shift click on those to unlock them. That doesn't work, and that's because they are on a locked layer. So I'm going to unlock that layer, then unlock the item and delete. So all we're left with is the size of the type area and the margins around it. And that's an important point, because when we come to design our half title and title pages, we want their alignment to be within the size of the text frame or the type area as we defined for our master page A and our master page B. It will have the same margins as the rest of the book. So I'm on my first page here.
I'm going to right-click on the icon for page one, and choose Insert Pages. I want four pages before page one, and I want the Master Page C applied to those pages. So, on my first page this is going to be the half title. I'll tap T4 my type tool, and now I realize I actually would like to divide my type area vertically into five rows. So, I'm just going to revisit my master page and then come to the Layout menu and to create guides.
Five rows. I want these rows fitted to the margins, and the gutter space needs to my letting value, which is 15 points. And doing that is just going to help me with the placement of the elements on my half title and title pages. I'll click and drag a text frame, now that text frame has ended up on the wrong layer, so I'm just going to make sure that it ends up on my text layer. I'll come back and lock my line numbers, and then come back into that text frame and type out the half title.
The half title is nothing more than the title of the book. We don't have any subtitles or author or illustration credit, or any publisher, just the title, which is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Okay. Now, I'm going to start out by applying the chapter title style to that, and then I'm going to modify this.
Firstly, I would like it to be regular or Roman as opposed to bold, and I want it all to fit onto one line. I'm going to remove any tracking that it inherited from that style. And I was practicing before I recorded this, and I discovered that optical kerning, I think works better for Clarendon at this size. That's going to necessitate me to just make a change to my chapter title style as well. So, before I forget to do that, I'm going to do that right now.
Right click on chapter title and basic character formats, and just change the kerning from metrics to optical. Basic rule of thumb here is, choose whichever method of automatic kerning you prefer. Whichever one looks best in this case and it won't always be this way, but in this case for Clarendon the optical kerning is a little bit tighter. Anyway, having done that I'm going to make my type smaller. Now, earlier on I changed my units and increments preference so that every time I used this shortcut Cmd+Shift+Less than, I only get a quarter point smaller or bigger if I were to use its companion keyboard shocker.
But that's okay. I'll just keep tapping that until I get it onto one line. Let's go down to an even number. I'm a little bit superstitious about using even numbers, so I'm going to use an even number there, and I am going to, am I going to center it? No, I'm going to leave it. I'm going to break with my superstition and just go up to 16 point 25, so that it, while it remains left aligned it is filling the full width of that type area. There is my half title.
Nothing more than that. Now, I am going to capture these formats as a paragraph style. I'll call that half title, apply style to selection is checked. I'm then going to copy that, and move over on to pages two and three. What are currently pages two and three, although the pagination will change and then paste that in place. And this is now the beginning of my full title page. On my full title page where I will turn my guides back on, I need all that other information and I can also make a bigger splash with the type treatment.
So, to start out with, I'm going to increase the size of this type substantially. And I may need to increase the size of that text frame. Cmd+Alt+C will do that. And I also want to increase the leading value. I realize that I'm going to need to increase the size of that text frame a bit more, otherwise it's just going to fall out. Option and the Down arrow will do that. I'll increase the size a bit more.
And now I'm going to cut the word in from that text frame and click and drag to paste it in its' own text frame. Select it, and change it's typeface to Adobe Caslon Pro Italic, and reduce its' size to, I think 24 pont, we'll start out with that. Now in terms of positioning these two elements together, I'm going to select both of these text frames and align the type to the bottom of the frame. I can then position this one relative to the larger text frame, I'm going to zoom in a bit bigger on that.
I'll double-click on its right hand handle to collapse it to just the width of the type itself, position that to the left of the title, select both of those elements and then I'm going to nudge them over like so. Then I will put my cursor in this paragraph, and let's give it a paragraph style, and I'm going to call that title. Now, I'm going to tap my T key, and create another text frame down here. And you can see how I'm using these rows that I defined with the create guides in an early step, and now type in the name of the author. Lewis Carroll.
And then with illustrations by John Tennial. I'm going to select both of those pieces of type and make them regular, as opposed to Italic. And I'm going to increase both of them to 14-point. Then "Lewis Carroll," I am actually going to make into all small caps and increase its size to 18 points. And I think I might just want to increase the spacing between these two paragraphs. Now, at the moment, these are aligned to the baseline grid. I'm going to take them off the baseline grid.
And that's going to give me the opportunity of just opening up a bit of space between them, like so. I'll now draw a guide, flush with the left hand edge of the larger pieces of type and align that left hand edge of this text frame to that guide. All that remains now is to add the publishers logo. Cm or Ctrl+D, and in the AIW illustrations folder, you will find the logo of our fictional publisher, Red30 Press.
I had my Import Options checked, so that's why I see this intermediate dialog box before we get to the image itself. And here I'm cropping the placed graphic to the artwork itself. And that's going to replaced that selected frame. So all I need to do now is press Cmd+Z to undo that and then sense I have that frame larger than it needs to be down there at the moment, I'm just going to click and drag. Put that above the author credits. Then I will come and reduce the size of that text frame. Cmd+Alt+C, and then we can select the publisher logo and that can move down to the line below.
So there we have our half title and title page.
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