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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.
In this movie, we're going to create an InDesign document with a left-hand facing page and also show you an example of why this might be useful. The first thing I'm going to do is go under and create a new document with four pages. I went ahead and I made sure Facing Pages is selected. For my Width and Height, I left them as my default for letter size, 8.5 x 11. And I'm going to go ahead and enter a Bleed amount of 1.25. Now, even if you don't have bleed in the document, I think this is a good habit to get into, since it'll put in your bleed guides for you.
Next, I'm going to hit OK. I'm going to go ahead and look at my Pages panel, and I notice I have four pages, but I don't have the front and back cover together. Now I'm going to go ahead and go to my flyout menu and deselect Allow Document Pages to Shuffle. This allowed me to move page four next to page one. Now, why would I want to do that? Well, I want to have my front back and cover next to each other, so that way if I'm placing a large image that covers both the front and back cover, it makes it very easy to do.
Let's look at an example of something that's already been designed. So let's take a look at an example of a document that takes advantage of the left and right pages next to each other. In this example, we have a large image for the front cover that also goes onto the back cover. If I did not move page 4 next to page 1, this would be very hard to accomplish. So in a four-page spread, or any document that has a large image on the front cover, it's a distinct advantage to be able to move the last page of your document and start it on the left-hand side.
In this movie, we showed the advantages of being able to use the Pages panel to take our last page in our document and move it up to the left-hand side, so we could place an image that covers both the front and back cover.
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