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Changing page size

From: InDesign CS6 Essential Training

Video: Changing page size

As we saw in an earlier chapter you can change a document size by going to the File menu and choosing Document Setup, when you do this it has the effect of changing every page in the document, including your master pages, which is a topic I'll cover later in this chapter. For example, if I change this height to something like 12 inches and click OK, you'll see that every page throughout the document changes, they all got taller. I'll choose Undo from the Edit menu and you'll see it goes back to the way it was. In most documents, every page is the same size but sometimes you need to alter your page size.

Changing page size

As we saw in an earlier chapter you can change a document size by going to the File menu and choosing Document Setup, when you do this it has the effect of changing every page in the document, including your master pages, which is a topic I'll cover later in this chapter. For example, if I change this height to something like 12 inches and click OK, you'll see that every page throughout the document changes, they all got taller. I'll choose Undo from the Edit menu and you'll see it goes back to the way it was. In most documents, every page is the same size but sometimes you need to alter your page size.

For example, in this document from the exercise files folder the Brochure document I have a tri-fold, this is three panels of front and back. The one on the right side is the cover, the front of the Brochure, and this panel over on the left is going to fold inside when this all gets folded up. If all three panels were exactly the same width, we would have a problem when we came to fold it. You know that laws of physics and all of that. Instead, we must make this last panel the one that's on the left on this side slightly narrower, so that it folds inside the other two.

Before I change the size, I need to point out that this really is three pages in a single spread. We can see in the Pages panel, we have three pages up here and three pages down here. It may not be obvious to you at first how you get a three-page spread so let me show you. First I'll choose Insert Pages from the Pages panel flyout menu, I'll specify the number of pages I want and I'll say where I want them. In this case I'm going to put them at the end of the document. Now I have three individual pages, all very narrow each on their own spread, in order to get them together, I need to make sure that Allow Document Pages to Shuffle is turned off in the Pages panel menu, when that's turned off, I'll drag this over to the left until I see this icon which indicates that the two pages are going to fit together.

Now I'll do it to the third page, for this brochure, I obviously don't need though so I'll go ahead and select them and delete them. Once again on page 1, this left panel on the first spread I need to make it a little bit narrower. So to do that I'm going to grab the Page tool, that's the third tool down in the tool panel. The Page tool is a little bit non-obvious in how it works, so here's the trick. After you choose the Page tool, click on the page that you're trying to affect, that could be a master page or in this case a document page. I'll simply click on this and you'll it is highlighted; it has the side handles around it.

Next to change the size I go to Control panel and change the Width field. The Width field right now is set to 266 points; I want to make it a little bit smaller maybe six points smaller. But before I make that change I must, must, must, go and make sure that the reference point in the left edge of the Control panel is setup properly. The reference point tells me what part of this page is going to stay stationary, what's locked, and everything else will move around that point. I'm going to choose anyone on the right side and then change the width to 260 points.

You can see that as soon as I hit Enter or Return it change the size of that panel and it did it based on the reference point which is the right edge of the page. Because this is a double-sided brochure, I need to do the same thing to the next spread. I'll double-click on the four to six spread and that shows me three more pages. I need to change the right page so I'll click on the right page because this is a two-sided brochure I need to do the same thing on the second spread, the inside of the brochure. So I'll double-click on this four to six page spread in the Pages panel, and then I'm going to click here on top of the page.

Now be careful don't click on top of an object on the page that does something slightly different in InDesign CS6. I need to click on the page itself to make sure that I have these handles around the edge of the page. Next, I'll go up to the Control panel and before I change the Width field I have to make sure that the reference point is set properly. Let me show you what happens if I don't just change the reference point. I'll just make this 260 points. The right edge of the page stayed stationary and the left edge changed, that means I actually have a gap in between this page and that page, and that obviously is not what I'd want that would printout completely incorrectly.

So let me undo that, Command+Z or Ctrl+Z, change the reference point this time to the left edge and change this to 260 points, and now we can see that the page changed. We've got a bit narrower on that side. So that page will fold in properly and end up in the proper place and we won't have any problems when we're folding or binding. There are many other examples of when you might want to change individual page sizes. If you're creating stationary for a client for instance one page of your document might be letterhead, the next page could be an envelope, and the third a business card. You can mix and match all of that inside one InDesign document using the Page tool.

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. What is InDesign?
      1m 23s
  2. 2m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  3. 21m 19s
    1. Getting started
      3m 33s
    2. Adding or editing text
      3m 23s
    3. Adding or replacing graphics
      4m 31s
    4. Moving objects around
      4m 55s
    5. Printing and creating a PDF
      4m 57s
  4. 26m 6s
    1. Exploring the application window
      6m 25s
    2. Navigating and magnifying pages and objects
      6m 24s
    3. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 35s
    4. Working with panels
      3m 58s
    5. Setting the view quality of artwork
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting view and preview settings
      4m 13s
  5. 27m 52s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 39s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      4m 2s
    3. Saving for CS4 and CS5 with IDML
      2m 24s
    4. Setting the margin and column guides
      4m 29s
    5. Putting ruler guides on the page
      5m 7s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 11s
  6. 23m 37s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      4m 32s
    2. Changing page size
      4m 38s
    3. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 18s
    4. Overriding master page items
      2m 43s
    5. Adding page numbering
      2m 22s
    6. Changing page numbering with sections
      4m 4s
  7. 52m 47s
    1. Understanding text frames
      3m 38s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 48s
    3. Inserting special characters
      4m 1s
    4. Importing text
      3m 47s
    5. Threading text frames
      3m 12s
    6. Setting text frame columns
      4m 31s
    7. Setting text inset and vertical justification options
      3m 48s
    8. Allowing text frames to grow and shrink
      4m 5s
    9. Putting text on a path
      5m 50s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      5m 10s
    11. Checking spelling
      5m 12s
    12. Using Find/Change
      4m 45s
  8. 28m 19s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 20s
    2. Using the Links panel
      7m 17s
    3. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 10s
    4. Fitting graphics to the frame
      5m 1s
    5. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 31s
  9. 35m 49s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 2s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      5m 6s
    3. Colorizing images
      1m 59s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 4s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      3m 33s
    6. Using other transparency effects
      5m 15s
    7. Copying and formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      5m 59s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 51s
  10. 18m 34s
    1. Creating color swatches
      4m 33s
    2. Understanding the danger and power of unnamed colors
      5m 46s
    3. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 53s
    4. Applying gradients
      4m 22s
  11. 15m 27s
    1. Editing frame and path shapes
      5m 8s
    2. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      4m 8s
    3. Making polygons and starbursts
      1m 59s
    4. Creating text outlines
      4m 12s
  12. 37m 56s
    1. Positioning objects with the Gap tool
      3m 54s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 5s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      5m 27s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 33s
    5. Grouping and locking objects
      3m 10s
    6. Nesting objects
      3m 23s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 20s
    8. Understanding text wrap
      5m 51s
    9. Using anchored objects
      6m 13s
  13. 26m 16s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 37s
    2. Collecting, conveying, and placing content
      8m 58s
    3. Rotating objects
      2m 22s
    4. Scaling objects
      4m 21s
    5. Skewing objects
      1m 8s
    6. Mirroring objects
      3m 50s
  14. 24m 19s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 31s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 28s
    3. Changing case
      3m 23s
    4. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      5m 3s
    5. Using Find Font
      3m 54s
  15. 32m 51s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 4s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      2m 10s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      1m 52s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 26s
    5. Setting tabs
      7m 36s
    6. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 23s
    7. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 10s
    8. Numbering paragraphs
      6m 10s
  16. 19m 47s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 10s
    2. Using character styles
      4m 45s
    3. Editing and redefining styles
      2m 20s
    4. Using object styles
      2m 47s
    5. Applying styles with Quick Apply
      3m 45s
  17. 39m 59s
    1. Creating a table
      4m 29s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      4m 36s
    3. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      3m 0s
    4. Formatting a table
      4m 32s
    5. Formatting cells
      6m 2s
    6. Applying table styles
      5m 33s
    7. Placing graphics in cells
      3m 1s
    8. Importing Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 46s
  18. 16m 45s
    1. Building a multi-document book
      7m 27s
    2. Creating "continued on..." jump lines
      3m 51s
    3. Constructing a table of contents (TOC)
      5m 27s
  19. 23m 8s
    1. Exporting EPUBs
      6m 12s
    2. Creating an interactive PDF
      12m 49s
    3. Building a Flash SWF
      4m 7s
  20. 28m 1s
    1. Checking a document with the Preflight panel
      5m 26s
    2. Packaging for output
      3m 34s
    3. Using the Print dialog box
      4m 52s
    4. Printing a small booklet
      2m 46s
    5. Exporting a PDF
      7m 56s
    6. Exporting text
      3m 27s
  21. 1m 25s
    1. Next steps
      1m 25s

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