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In this course, author Nigel French shows how to create a cost-effective, elegantly styled restaurant menu with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. The course develops three menu designs: folder, four-panel card, and single-page, exploring the design considerations for each, such as size, folding, typeface, and paper stock. The course also sheds light on incorporating logos, choosing appropriate color schemes, and producing menus online and in print.
So once we've created one version of the menu, it's very easy to create alternative versions using the same text content, and here is my first alternative version. This is essentially one piece of letter size, or A4 paper folded, so this is the front, and the back on Page 1, and then on Page 2, the inside. So we essentially get a four page booklet from a single fold.
I am going to create an A5 document, that being half the size of an A4. If you were doing this in the States, you would use Letter-Half, that being half the size of a letter. So A5, and we want 4 pages. I'm going to start on page 2. As you can see from my page thumbnails over here, I want the front cover and back cover side by side, so I'm going to start on an even numbered page, which will give me my first spread; left and right pages side by side.
Margins of 3 picas, or half an inch, or 12.7 millimeters; whatever measurement system you're in, that's fine. And Number of Columns; I'm actually going to leave that at 1 for now, but I am going to add some columns and some rows in a later step. So I'll click OK to that. I'm going to set up a grid, and I'm going to do this on my master page. So I double-click on A-Master, go to Create Guides; I want 7 rows and 5 columns.
Why? Because the aspect ratio of an A5 page, or any A system page, is roughly 7 by 5, or 5 by 7, depending on how you have it orientated. So if I turn on my Preview, we can see we get this. I actually want these fitted to the margins, and that's going to give me grid fields that are roughly square. They're not going to be exactly square, but more or less square. Then I'm going to return to my front cover on the right, back cover on the left, and I'm going to begin by going to my previously finished version, where I will select all. It's a continuous flow of text there, remember, so when I press Command+A, I select all of that text.
I'm going to copy it, come back to this one, and I know that I actually want the content of the menu to start on the inside. So I'm going to switch over to page 4, and then click and drag across all five of my columns, paste, and I'm going to continue that text flow on the right-hand page. Now, slightly odd here; we now need to flow this, the right-hand page, back to what looks like page 2, but is actually the back cover.
So I'm going to click on the red plus to load my cursor, come to that page, and flow my text. Now, of course, what we have here is all of the style definitions from the previous document, which were working well in that context, but do not work at all well in this context, So we need to change those style definitions, and that's what I'll do in the next movie.
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