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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

Creating a calendar layout


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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

with James Wamser

Video: Creating a calendar layout

Let's look at how we can use spreads to set up a calendar in InDesign. So I'm going to go to my A-master and I'm going to notice, instead of my spreads being next to each other, they're actually on top of each other. Well, how did I do that? Well, I took my Page tool and I just simply took my right page and I moved it below the left page. And so now we get to the top of the calendar, which has the photo, and the bottom of the calendar, which has the date. Then I dragged this down into my document to create my various spreads.
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  1. 3m 19s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      31s
    3. Asking the right questions before starting your document
      1m 54s
  2. 21m 59s
    1. Building documents correctly
      3m 9s
    2. Understanding facing pages vs. non-facing pages
      2m 8s
    3. Creating a four-page spread with a left-hand page 1
      1m 48s
    4. Creating a gatefold layout
      2m 7s
    5. Creating a letterfold layout
      2m 27s
    6. Creating a book cover layout for a perfect bound book
      3m 11s
    7. Creating a calendar layout
      3m 13s
    8. Creating a drill edge
      3m 56s
  3. 11m 16s
    1. Understanding the preflight settings
      4m 55s
    2. Creating profiles
      2m 26s
    3. Loading and embedding profiles
      1m 18s
    4. Looking at the results
      2m 37s
  4. 10m 13s
    1. Understanding process colors, spot colors, and the Ink Manager
      1m 57s
    2. Using overprint vs. knockout
      1m 46s
    3. Using rich black (percentages of CMYK)
      1m 44s
    4. Checking for unnamed colors
      2m 4s
    5. Using mixed inks and registration
      2m 42s
  5. 4m 25s
    1. Using layers
      2m 25s
    2. Understanding Conditional Text and GREP
      2m 0s
  6. 6m 6s
    1. Understanding document fonts
      1m 33s
    2. Avoiding common font problems
      2m 57s
    3. Choosing the best font formats
      1m 36s
  7. 9m 0s
    1. Looking at the Links panel
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing the Links panel
      1m 56s
    3. Understanding resolution and scaling
      2m 4s
    4. Understanding actual resolution vs. effective resolution
      1m 53s
    5. Choosing file formats
      1m 35s
  8. 6m 47s
    1. Understanding RGB and CMYK
      2m 13s
    2. Using ICC profiles
      2m 13s
    3. Converting from RGB to CMYK during PDF export
      2m 21s
  9. 7m 44s
    1. Understanding accurate soft proofing in Acrobat
      2m 32s
    2. Using the Separations Preview panel
      3m 16s
    3. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      1m 56s
  10. 11m 43s
    1. Packaging your files
      2m 0s
    2. Using Adobe PDF presets
      2m 2s
    3. Understanding PDF/X-1a vs. PDF/X4
      3m 20s
    4. Understanding when to create an Acrobat layer
      1m 25s
    5. Using single pages vs. spreads
      2m 56s
  11. 2m 14s
    1. Final thoughts: 10 things to keep your printer happy
      2m 14s

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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines
1h 34m Intermediate Apr 21, 2011

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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines goes over the common issues that arise when preparing InDesign documents for printing and shows how to tweak PDF and document settings to ensure the perfect print. The course shows how to avoid mistakes by preparing documents correctly upfront, covering document construction, layout, ink management settings, and output options. Prepress processes in Acrobat are also covered, including accurate soft proofing and packaging in the PDF/X formats. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding facing pages versus non-facing pages
  • Creating a gatefold layout
  • Loading and embedding profiles
  • Understanding overprint vs. knockout
  • Understanding mixed inks and registration
  • Setting up multiple versions of a document with conditional text and GREP
  • Avoiding common font problems
  • Understanding RGB and CMYK
Subjects:
Design Print Production
Software:
InDesign
Author:
James Wamser

Creating a calendar layout

Let's look at how we can use spreads to set up a calendar in InDesign. So I'm going to go to my A-master and I'm going to notice, instead of my spreads being next to each other, they're actually on top of each other. Well, how did I do that? Well, I took my Page tool and I just simply took my right page and I moved it below the left page. And so now we get to the top of the calendar, which has the photo, and the bottom of the calendar, which has the date. Then I dragged this down into my document to create my various spreads.

And although in my Pages panel they appear next to each other, when I double-click on there, they're actually one on top of the other. Now the advantage to do it in this way is I have my photo on top and I have my month below, so visually it makes sense that every photo goes with every month. But when I export this as a PDF and hand it off to my printer, I can do single- page PDFs so they are allowed to impose this as single pages. So imagine that on the back of the January month is going to be the February photo and on the back of the February photo is going to be March.

So it kind of makes sense when you output this as single pages. Now what I want to do is I want to export this as a PDF so you can see what it looks like as single pages. I'm going to come under File, go down to my Presets, and I'm just going to choose High Quality Print, just so we can see what it looks like. I'm going to save this to my Desktop, and I want to view the PDF after exporting, but I also want to make sure my marks and bleeds are on. I want to change my Offset to 0.1667. We're going to get into settings in great detail later, and I'm going to change this for my Bleed to 0.125.

I'm going to make sure that all four sides have equal bleed of 1/8 inch. Now I want to go ahead and export this, and what it's going to do is it's going to open it up in Acrobat and we're going to be able to look at the single-page PDFs that again I can hand off and they can be properly imposed using imposition software at a prepress facility. So when I look at this in Acrobat I can see I have my bleed, I have my marks, and when I scroll through here, I have January followed by February photo and February the month, and each one here as a single-page PDF.

Now if you happened to notice, there is a little bit of an image coming through on this PDF from the image above. When this gets imposed in the imposition software, this will be taking care of automatically. It's something you don't have to worry about. So again, I have the advantage of creating everything together. I can see my month and my dates together, along with my photos, and at the same time, I can output this as single-page PDFs. So I showed you how using your master pages we can move one page below the other and that allows us to have the month appear directly below the photo for all 12 months, but it also allows us the ability to hand off our calendar as single- page PDFs so our printer can properly impose them in their imposition software.

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