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Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can use multiple page sizes to create a perfect-bound magazine or book cover. In this example, I have my front cover, back cover, and spine as a three-page spread. By using my Page tool, I can select my back cover, my spine, and my front cover. Now if I look at the inside, I can see I have my inside back cover, my spine which of course is left blank for gluing, and then I have my inside front cover. Now the advantage to setting it up this way is if my spine width would change due to the page count or the weight of the stock, I can just simply click on the spine, go up to my Width and change it right there, and I can make it wider or narrower depending on the page count and the stock.
Let's take a look at how we set up a new document with a perfect-bound cover or for a magazine or book in mind. I am going to go up to a New > Document. I want to create a three-page spread. I'm going to turn off Facing Pages. I'm going to leave it at 8.5 x 11 for now and I'm going to change my Bleed to 0.125, which is the standard 8-inch blade. I'm going to go ahead and click OK. And in my Pages panel, I can see my three pages, but I want to get them next to each other as a spread. So I want to go to my File menu, and I am going to select Allow Document Pages to Shuffle, which deselects it, and now I can go ahead and I can move my pages into a three-page spread.
I have my back cover, my spine, and my front cover. The next thing I want to do is click on my spine and change the width. Before I change my spine width, I need to change my guides. I'm going to go under Layout and go to Margins and Columns and go ahead and change that to zero and make sure all four of those change. Now, I can go up and I can change my Width. In this case, I'm going to go in to 0.375. You're going to have to verify the width again based on the page count and the weight of the stock.
I'm going to use my Page tool to drag my front cover next to my back cover and my spine. Now, I would do the same thing for the inside. I would go ahead and I would create three new pages, move those next to each other, and then change my spine to the same 0.375 width as I did, but notice I forgot to change my margins. This page size will not fit. So I am going to click OK, and I'm going to go under Layout and I'm going to adjust my Margins and Columns to 0-- make sure all four are the same--and now I can go ahead and change my Width to 0.375.
Finally, I'm going to take my front cover and slide it over next to my back cover and my spine. There are many benefits to using multiple page sizes when creating a perfect- bound magazine or book cover. I showed you how you can use a page for your spine and change the width using the Page tool. This allows us to increase the width or decrease the width depending on the weight of the stock and the number of pages. It also means you don't have to readjust any of your guides when using multiple page sizes.
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