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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 take a look at how you can use multiple page sizes to create a letter-fold brochure. The first thing I'm going to do is look at my master pages, and I'm going to click on those with my Page tool, and this allows me to change the width. In this case, I have a width of 3.6875. My B-master page is going to be slightly smaller. That's going to be 3.625. Now when I look at my document, I can see that the B-master was used once for the first panel, followed by the A- master for the following two panels.
So my first panel here, my B-panel, is going to be smaller by an eighth inch and that allows it to fold into the A- panels and lay flat without a bulge. Now the inside is going to be just the opposite. I'm going to have my 2A panels followed by my B-panel. Again, this allows it to lay flat when it's folded in and not have a bulge. Multiple master pages allows me to have three panels that are not equal in size. The other nice advantage of using multiple page sizes is when I go to my Layers panel and I turn off my images, and I go ahead and I turn on my Normal view, I have guides in there already, so I can create text and images that are equal distance to my fold.
Let me show you another thing I can do with my Layers panel. I went ahead and I created a Dimensions layer, and in there we can see that the three panels are not equal sizes. The first panel, based on the B-master, is 3.625 inches, and the following two panels are going to be a little larger at 3.6875. Again, using multiple page sizes allows me to create three panels that are not equal size. This also means I do not have to manually put in my fold marks and put in my fold guides.
So that's another advantage to using it this way. When I export this as a PDF or print it, I just want to make sure that I click on Spreads so I get all three panels exporting together. So let's go ahead and turn off our Dimensions and we'll turn on our Image layer, and we can see the inside three panels. And again, the first two panels are going to be the same size, but this third panel--which is based on my B-master--is going to be slightly smaller, and again, so that allows it to fold in flat without having a bulge to it.
Now you're probably going to be creating lot of letter-fold brochures and using multiple master pages makes it a lot easier for you to do it.
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