Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating master pages, part of Designing a Magazine Layout.
Our objective for this movie is to create our master page elements and I am doing this in the layout2 document and I also have opened the finished version of the document and here we're looking at the master pages of the finished version, and we are going to be referring to this as we go along just so that we can match the specs of that document. So, before we go any further let's make sure that we are doing what we are about to do on the master pages. I am going to Double-Click on A-Master, if you have your Pages panel open or you can also access your master page spread down here.
Okay, now I am going to draw myself some guides that corresponds to the outside and inside margins of both the left and the right hand master page. Next, I am going to switch to my Type tool and draw myself a text frame that goes from the outside guide to the inside guide and that's why I drew them, so I know exactly how wide to make that. Now I want to zoom in at that position of my cursor and I want to see that nice and large, so I am going to press Command or Ctrl+4 which will jump to that position at 400% and then Right-Click or with a single button mouse, Ctrl+Click, come to Insert Special Character, Markers, Current Page Number. That's going to show up as an A because we are on the A-Master.
I would like a slightly larger space than a regular wordspace separating the page number from the publication title. So I want to an EN Space and the keyboard shortcut for that is Command+ Shift+N or Ctrl+Shift+N. And then I am going to type in publication title, Connections, space and then the publication date, 2009. Now I will select all of that text and I am going to change the font and the point size. I happen to know in advance that the font that we are going to be using for our headlines, for our side bars, and for our page furniture, for the footers is going to be Myriad Pro. So I will press Command or Ctrl+6 which will jump me to my Font menu and then just start typing in the first few letters of that, Myr, it will jump me to it, Myriad Pro Regular and I want the point size to be 10 points.
Now I am going to come and select the number by itself and make that Bold and the publication name and make that Semibold. In order to position this footer on exact distance from the bottom margin and to keep our spacing consistent, I am going to do this, so I am going to drag that text frame up so that the top of the text frame sits on the bottom margin and then come to my Y value, insert my cursor after the present Y value and type in +1p. 1p being 12 points, so we are now exactly offset 12 points from the bottom margin.
I will now zoom out, Command+Option+0 or Ctrl+Alt+0 and if we take a look at the finished version, we will see that we have a rule above this. So my next step is to put a rule above the text. Now I could create a rule just with my Line tool and that would work okay. But I would prefer to do it with my Paragraph Rules option. So with my cursor in that text I will come to the panel menu of the Control panel, that's all the way at the top right hidden away up there.
I will then come down to Paragraph Rules or Command+Option+J, Ctrl+Alt+J. Now I want a Rule Above, I am going to turn that on and the Weight of the rules that I will be using in this document is 0.5 point. I want to make sure that I use that Weight consistently. Let's turn on my Preview and you can just about see it down there, we have a rule that's exactly on the baseline of the type. So we need to adjust the Offset, I am going to change the Offset which is the offset of the rule itself relative to the baseline of the type to 1p and that will move it up and then Click OK.
Now let's zoom in down there, I am going to press this time Command+2 to go to 200% and what I had done before in positioning this on exact 12 points from the bottom margin is now rendered obsolete by the addition of this rule because I actually want the distance from the rule to the bottom margin to be 12 points. So I am going to have to do this again, just drag that up so that the rule actually sits on the bottom margin and then make the Y value +1. Okay, that is just what we want.
I am now going to zoom out, Command+ Option+0, Ctrl+Alt+0. Now we are ready to duplicate that. So to duplicate it, hold down the Alt key and to constrain that duplicate hold down the Shift key. Drag that over, dock that text frame between those two guides and then make this text right aligned so the text mirrors that on the left hand master page. I will use the keyboard shortcut for that, Command+Shift+R, Ctrl+Shift+R. Then zoom in down there and I now want to cut and paste the text into a different order, so that we have the page number on the outside, the date on the inside and then an EN Space. Now before I use the keyboard shortcut, Command+Shift+N or Ctrl+Shift+N. This time I will right Click right there Insert White Space, En Space.
All right, that's all looking good, zoom out to the Fit in Window view. One last thing we need to do is add the department head up top. So let's switch over to the finished version and you can see what I mean by the department head. I am going to zoom out there, and I am talking about this thing up here which has a rule beneath it and the name of the Article and the department head differentiated by color. A color that we haven't yet created but we will just make any old orange for now. And then we can update that in a later movie.
So back to our layout and my Type tool, Click and drag to create a text frame. I don't need to go with the whole width of the type area in this case. Command or Ctrl+2 to zoom in. Let's type in department head and a destination. Select All, Command or Ctrl+6 to jump to the Font menu. Again it's going to be Myriad Pro. This time its 11 points and I want that to be in Bold and I also want it to be in a color. I am just going to Click on my Color panel, change to my CMYK sliders and mix myself a rough approximation that the kind of orange that we are after. I will also, so that we can update that later on if I Right-Click on that color, I can add that color to my Swatches. Let's now add the rule beneath this.
So once again we need to return to our Paragraph Rules, this time it is a Rule Below. Let's turn that on, we want the Weight to correspond to the Weight of the rule above the footers. It's going to be a 0.5 point, and I am just going to nudge the Offset up to move it away from the baseline. I am just doing that by I and that looks fine. Click OK and at this point I realize that indeed I do want my text frame to go the full width of my type area so that, that line continues across the whole width of the type area.
Okay, and to set the spacing of this element relative to the top margin, I am going to nudge it down so that the line sits on the top margin and then come to it's Y value, and make it -1 to bring it closer to the top. I want to make sure that the bottom of that text frame doesn't overlap with anything so I am just going to bring that up, and I think we can call it a wrap on our master page elements.
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- Creating and applying paragraph, character, and object styles
- Designing and working with a baseline grid
- Preflighting documents
- Creating print-ready PDFs