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Creating and applying master pages

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Video: Creating and applying master pages

A Master Page is kind of like a template for your pages, anything that you put on a master page will show up on your document pages. That's why you should use master pages for things like page numbers, headers or a logo that you want on all or most of your pages. Every document has at least one master page and you can find that in the Pages panel. I will open the Pages panel and I can see the Master pages at the top. This file from the exercise files folder has one master page, just called A-Master. To see the Master Page, I double-click on it because this is a facing pages document, has a left and right page, I can see that the Master Page also has a left and right page.

Creating and applying master pages

A Master Page is kind of like a template for your pages, anything that you put on a master page will show up on your document pages. That's why you should use master pages for things like page numbers, headers or a logo that you want on all or most of your pages. Every document has at least one master page and you can find that in the Pages panel. I will open the Pages panel and I can see the Master pages at the top. This file from the exercise files folder has one master page, just called A-Master. To see the Master Page, I double-click on it because this is a facing pages document, has a left and right page, I can see that the Master Page also has a left and right page.

So anything I put on a right-hand page will only show up on the right-hand pages of my document and vice a versa. Anything on the left shows up only on the left. If it where a single-sided document a non-facing pages document, I would only see one page and anything I put on that one page will show up on all my document pages. We are working with a book and books often have running headers and page numbers. I am going to talk about how to add page numbers that update automatically a little later on in this chapter. So for right now, I'm just going to add running headers at the top of my page.

To do that I will grab Type tool and I will drag out of frame up at the top of this page. I'll type in the name of this book, The History of Art, here we go! The History of Art. And I'm going to apply some formatting to it. Now I have some formatting in a paragraph style that I am going to apply to this and I talk about Paragraph Styles later on in this title. So for now, we'll just follow along and you'll get it. I will go to the Paragraph Styles panel which is open because I have the Advanced Workspace open, and I am going to scroll down until I see the folio paragraph style.

I click on it and it automatically applies a bunch of formatting to that text. Now I need a running head on the right side of my page. So I will choose the Selection tool, the Black arrow tool and I'm going to Option+Shift+Drag or Alt+Shift+Drag on Windows. What that does is it makes a duplicate of that frame and it keeps it in the perfect alignment, that's what the Shift key does, Option or Alt makes it duplicate, Shift key keeps it in alignment, so that they stay on the same plane, on the two different pages. Over here, I'm going to choose my Type tool, select this text and delete it, and instead of typing the name, I am going to put a running header in there that changes from page to page or section to section.

I will be talking about sections a little bit later on. In this case I am going to go to the Type menu, choose Text Variables and choose Insert Variable. I have a variable built into this template called Running Header and the Running Header text variable automatically picks up the name of the chapter and puts it up here into the header. That's all I need to do. Now let's take a look at our document pages to see if it worked. I am going to jump down here to page 8-9 and we can see this is a chapter header and we can see that it automatically picked it up and put it into the header. I will double-click on pages 10-11, and we can see that once again the headers are on both sides of pages, left and right.

So this is terrific, because it means I don't have to add headers manually on every single spread throughout my document. The problem is that when I added that to the Master Page it applied it to every document page, even my cover and front matter. For example, I will go back to that first page in my document by double-clicking on it here in the Pages panel and we will see that all these guides were added, those running headers are actually on that page too, we just can't see it because there is a picture on top of it. But if we go to the Title Page we will see that we do have those Running Headers.

That is not what I wanted at all, my title and my cover, those pages up at the front; I don't want to have Running Headers on. So can you remove them? Absolutely, what you do is you apply a None Master page; you sort of remove the Master page template from the Document Pages. And you can do that in the Pages panel by dragging the None the Master page onto the page. I will drag that down and all of a sudden all of those Master Page items disappeared, the guides, the running head, and so on. Now if I want to apply None to a number of pages, for example, all the pages in the front matter, I will simply select the first page and then Shift+Select on the last page that I want to apply it to, I will go the Pages panel flyout menu and I'll choose Apply Master to Pages.

It asks me which Master Page I want to apply, I will choose None and what pages do I want to apply them to. Because I selected them in the Pages panel first, it shows up here for me. I will click OK, and now all these pages have None Master Page applied to them. So there's no Running Headers, no extra guides, and so on. I can tell that no Master page is applied to them, because there's no little A in the upper left corner of each page. Note that on these spreads it has an A, which means that the Master Page A is applied to them. But over here there's no A, which means that they're not applied.

Also, when I hover the cursor over the spread, it tells me exactly which Master Page is applied. When you start using Master Pages, there is one little thing that will drive you crazy. I am going to jump to page 10 here by double-clicking on it in the Pages panel, and let's say I want to move that Running Header a little bit, I just want it to move it to left or right or something. I can't click on it, no matter how many times I click; it doesn't select it at all. InDesign is keeping these Master Page items away from you, so that you don't accidentally mess up your design. But in the next movie I am going to show you how to get pass the safety net and access those Master Page items directly on your document page.

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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

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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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