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Creating and applying master pages

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Video: Creating and applying master pages

As I said earlier in this chapter, you should use master pages whenever you have text or graphics that appear repeatedly throughout your document, such as a page number or a logo. We've already seen how to add a page number to a master page, now let's learn how to create even more master pages in your documents. To create a new master page, I have to open up the Pages panel, and I can see a list of all my master pages up here at the top of the panel. I'm going to drag this down a little bit, just by hovering over this middle line here, and dragging down, this will give me a little bit more room for my master pages at the top.

Creating and applying master pages

As I said earlier in this chapter, you should use master pages whenever you have text or graphics that appear repeatedly throughout your document, such as a page number or a logo. We've already seen how to add a page number to a master page, now let's learn how to create even more master pages in your documents. To create a new master page, I have to open up the Pages panel, and I can see a list of all my master pages up here at the top of the panel. I'm going to drag this down a little bit, just by hovering over this middle line here, and dragging down, this will give me a little bit more room for my master pages at the top.

So to create a new master page, I go to the Pages panel menu, and choose New Master. I can give it a name if I want to, I'm going to call this Order forms and I will go ahead and click OK. So it's going to be B - Order forms. Now that I have a master page, it's time to put something on it, and before I put something on it, I'm going to turn on my guides. There we go. So I can know exactly where to put stuff, and why don't I go grab this Frame tool, and I'm going to drag out a big shape here, and I'll say let's fill that with a color.

I'm just going up and doing this up here in the Control panel, I'm saying fill with this yellow, and I'll change its Tint to something smaller, around 50% of that yellow, great. I'm going to stroke with None. It's just going to be a yellow in the background of my master page. Okay, so I have my frame here, let's go ahead and put something else on the page, maybe a text frame, so I'll drag out a text frame with the Type tool just by dragging out a rectangle. I'm going to zoom in with Command+2, or Ctrl +2 on Windows, and I'll type hansel&petal. Make it a little bit bigger.

I made it bigger with a keyboard shortcut. I use that all the time. Command+Shift+Period makes any kind of selected text bigger. I'm going to be covering text formatting, and all of that in a later chapter. I've got this setup, a text frame with some text in it, and a big yellow box, and zoom out to Command+0, fit page in window. And now that I have my master page, it's time to apply that to a document page. I want to apply this master page, master page B, to this document page down here, page number 7.

Let's go ahead and look at that page, and right now it's based on master page A. I can tell that because it has an A in the corner here in the Pages panel. It looks like all the other document pages in my file. It has page numbers at the bottom and so on. I'm going to apply master page B to this page, and I'm going to do it in the simplest way possible. I'm simply going to drag it from the top of the Pages panel, down on top of the document page. Let go and that's it. It's now applied master page B, the one that I just created, to this document page and you can see that it says B here, the page number went away, and it was all replaced by the objects that I put on here, the yellow box, and the words hansel&petal at the top.

There are other ways to apply master pages to document pages that I should let you know about. For example, I'm going to choose page 5, and page 6 here. I just clicked on 1, and then I Command+ Click or Ctrl+Click on the second, that lets me select more than one page in the Pages panel at the same time. And now I'm going to Option+Click, or Alt+Click on Windows, on the master page. And when you do that, it also applies this master page to whatever was selected inside the Pages panel. So let's go ahead and look at page 6. By double-clicking on it, that takes me right to page 6.

And I can see that there's no yellow box. What happened to the yellow box? Where is the text? Well, when I made my master page -- let's go ahead and look at the master page by double-clicking on it, I put objects on the right-hand page, but I neglected to put any objects on the left-hand page. That's very important to keep in mind when you're working with Facing Pages documents. Only stuff that's on the right-hand page of the master page will show up on right-hand sides of your document pages as well and vice versa. So let's go ahead and grab both of these objects, I just dragged over that, and I'm going to Option+Drag over to the left side, and that duplicates all those objects on to the left side, then I'll just drag this one text frame over to the left by itself. There we go.

So now I have a reflective, kind of a mirror appearance with yellow on both sides, and the text at the upper-left and upper-right. Now when I go back to pages 6 and 7, I can see that we have the background color and the text up in the upper-left corner of page 6. Now, if you're paying attention, you might see that there's something weird about these objects. Let me zoom in here, so you can see in the upper-left corner, this frame has a dotted edge around it, but this frame down here does not. What's the difference? Well, you guessed it.

Anything on a master page has a dotted line. The frame is always dotted, and that's one way that you can tell whether an object is from a master page, or here locally on the document page. Now when you start using master pages, there's one thing that's going to drive you a little crazy. If you wanted to move just one of these, or maybe delete this on this one page, you can't do it. I'm clicking, and I'm trying to move and nothing is happening. There is no way to even select those items that are on master pages. InDesign is keeping them away from you, so that you don't mess up your master page items accidentally, but in the next movie, I'm going to show you how you can get past this safety net, and access those master page items directly on your document page.

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InDesign CS5 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. What is InDesign CS5?
      2m 26s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 51s
  2. 54m 49s
    1. Understanding the Application window
      6m 0s
    2. Navigating pages
      6m 39s
    3. Zooming and magnifying
      6m 57s
    4. Managing more than one document window
      3m 36s
    5. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 9s
    6. Positioning panels correctly
      6m 28s
    7. Saving time by making workspaces
      3m 24s
    8. Setting the view quality of artwork
      4m 9s
    9. Adjusting View and Preview settings
      4m 56s
    10. Rotating pages and spreads
      3m 2s
    11. Displaying a new view with the New Window feature
      3m 29s
    12. Setting application and document preferences
      4m 0s
  3. 21m 31s
    1. Using the Tool panel
      8m 1s
    2. Learning and editing keyboard shortcuts
      6m 24s
    3. Working with spring-loaded tool shortcuts
      1m 17s
    4. Using contextual menus
      2m 51s
    5. Choosing menu items with Quick Apply
      2m 58s
  4. 45m 25s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 28s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      3m 41s
    3. Using multiple Undo and Revert
      4m 28s
    4. Setting margin and column guides
      5m 16s
    5. Using ruler guides
      8m 10s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 29s
    7. Saving objects in libraries
      4m 49s
    8. Exporting and importing page snippets
      4m 29s
    9. Saving for CS4 with IDML
      2m 35s
  5. 31m 18s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      7m 23s
    2. Changing page size
      6m 14s
    3. Adding page numbering
      3m 43s
    4. Changing page numbering with sections
      5m 58s
    5. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 20s
    6. Overriding master page items
      2m 40s
  6. 1h 21m
    1. Understanding text frames
      4m 6s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 36s
    3. Filling with placeholder text
      2m 38s
    4. Inserting special characters
      4m 43s
    5. Importing text
      7m 49s
    6. Threading text frames
      4m 1s
    7. Setting text frame columns and insets
      6m 32s
    8. Setting vertical justification and first baseline position
      6m 9s
    9. Putting text on a path
      6m 51s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      8m 43s
    11. Checking spelling
      7m 42s
    12. Using Find/Change
      9m 25s
    13. Tracking text changes
      8m 1s
  7. 49m 50s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 11s
    2. Importing from Mini Bridge
      5m 27s
    3. Using the Links panel
      6m 34s
    4. Embedding links
      2m 37s
    5. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 14s
    6. Fitting graphics to a frame
      6m 12s
    7. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 53s
    8. Adding live captions
      5m 56s
    9. Colorizing images
      2m 1s
    10. Turning image layers on and off
      4m 45s
  8. 46m 15s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 32s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      8m 18s
    3. Using advanced strokes
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 38s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      6m 41s
    6. Applying feathering
      4m 25s
    7. Copying formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      4m 35s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 50s
    9. Making polygons and starbursts
      3m 48s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Making interactive documents
      2m 6s
    2. Adding hyperlinks
      5m 52s
    3. Building bookmarks
      3m 38s
    4. Creating buttons
      8m 57s
    5. Animating an object
      2m 23s
  10. 23m 29s
    1. Creating color swatches
      5m 52s
    2. The danger and power of unnamed colors
      4m 47s
    3. Building tint swatches
      2m 18s
    4. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 56s
    5. Applying gradients
      6m 36s
  11. 50m 0s
    1. Positioning objects with the Page Gap tool
      2m 53s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 13s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      3m 53s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 37s
    5. Nesting objects
      2m 46s
    6. Editing frame and path shapes
      4m 6s
    7. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      3m 57s
    8. Grouping objects
      3m 14s
    9. Locking objects
      2m 39s
    10. Aligning and distributing
      5m 43s
    11. Understanding text wrap
      8m 13s
    12. Using anchored objects
      6m 46s
  12. 18m 49s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 39s
    2. Rotating objects
      3m 3s
    3. Scaling objects
      3m 57s
    4. Mirroring objects
      3m 46s
    5. Using the Transform Again feature
      2m 24s
  13. 25m 52s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 8s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 54s
    3. Changing case
      2m 51s
    4. Understanding OpenType features
      3m 19s
    5. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      3m 18s
    6. Using Find Font
      4m 22s
  14. 45m 27s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 14s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      3m 5s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      2m 1s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 16s
    5. Adjusting text hyphenation
      3m 21s
    6. Fine-tuning justified text
      4m 19s
    7. Setting tabs
      5m 54s
    8. Aligning to a baseline grid
      4m 24s
    9. Controlling orphans and widows with Keep Options
      2m 39s
    10. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 14s
    11. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 39s
    12. Working with numbered lists
      4m 21s
  15. 31m 3s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 34s
    2. Using character styles
      5m 43s
    3. Applying styles automatically with Nested Styles
      7m 19s
    4. Using object styles
      3m 27s
    5. Using Quick Apply with styles
      2m 49s
    6. Cleaning up a local formatting mess
      5m 11s
  16. 37m 0s
    1. Creating a table
      5m 54s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      6m 35s
    3. Formatting a table
      8m 5s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      1m 58s
    5. Applying table styles
      5m 32s
    6. Adding Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 56s
  17. 10m 26s
    1. Checking your document with the Preflight panel
      2m 54s
    2. Creating a custom preflight profile
      4m 45s
    3. Checking color with the Separations Preview
      2m 47s
  18. 31m 7s
    1. Packaging for output
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Print dialog box
      10m 22s
    3. Exporting a PDF
      8m 47s
    4. Exporting an interactive PDF
      3m 59s
    5. Exporting text
      1m 36s
    6. Exporting SWF files
      2m 10s
  19. 1m 32s
    1. Finding more information and help
      1m 12s
    2. Goodbye
      20s

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