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InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. This course presents the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use. Author David Blatner shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, work with text frames and graphics, export and print finished documents, explore creating interactive documents, and much more. He also covers popular topics such as EPUBs and long documents and includes advice on working with overset text, unnamed colors, and other troublesome issues that may arise for first-time designers.
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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