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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 look at when you would use facing pages versus non-facing pages. In this first example, I have a catalog that is saddle-stitched. I'm going to go ahead and look at my Pages panel, and I notice that I have a left and right master page. So let me go ahead and double-click on that. And I can see my left and right master page. And the reason I would want to use facing pages in a catalog is I can put items on the right-hand side that appear on the right-hand side of my catalog and I can put items on the left-hand side of my master page that would appear throughout the left-hand side of catalog.
So for example, I want all the page numbers to go to the outside. So on the right-hand master page, they're aligned to the right. On the left-hand master page, they're aligned to the left. When I scroll through my document, I can see elements that were on my master page now appear throughout my catalog. So I have the heading at the top that only appears on the right-hand side, and I have the page numbers that on the right- hand side align to the right, and on the left-hand side align to the left. Let's look at an example of when you would not use facing pages.
So I have a brochure. It's just is a letter fold 8.5 | 11. In this example, although I have two master pages, when I double-click, I can see they're both single non-facing master pages. So in this example, there would really be no benefit to setting up a left and right master page, because I just have a two-sided document. Another example would be if I was creating business cards or letterheads or envelopes or pocket folders, those are all examples of when I would not use facing pages.
When I would want to use facing pages and take advantage of a left and right master page, would be typically anything that binds. So if it's saddle-stitched or perfect-bound, those would be great examples of when I would want to use facing pages. In this movie, we took a look at the benefits of using facing pages-- again, you get a left and right master page--and how you can simplify your design when facing pages are not needed in a brochure, letterhead, envelopes, business cards, and pocket folders.
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