Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up the document, part of Designing a Magazine Layout (2009).
So here we are in InDesign with no InDesign document open. Let's go to the File menu and choose New, Document. Okay now what we are after here a ten page document, Facing Pages as I mentioned in the previous movie. A4 is going to be the size, total Orientation, 12 Columns with a 1 pica or 12 point Gutter. The Margins will be 15mm, I just don't happened to know what that is in picas or points. So I am going to specify 15mm, press my Tab key and then those numbers will change to their pica equivalent, because at the moment pica is on my default unit of measurement.
I am actually going to change that one to get going with this but I will stay with what I have at the moment, that's fine and I want a 9 point Bleed. The Slug, a non-printing area outside of the page on the Top, Bottom, Inside or Outside edge or any combination thereof, not really necessary for this document. So I am going to leave that set to zero. Let's Click OK, there is our blank page, I am going to save that and I am going to save it as layout in the Document_ essentials folder. And the next thing I want to do is make sure that we begin on a left hand page so that we can see five spreads because our article actually begins on page 46. We are doing a part of a bigger whole, other people are working on the other parts of the magazine independently from us.
So we need to change the start number on page 1. I am going to Right-Click on that, come down to Numbering & Section Options, Start Page Numbering at and make that any even number but in this case specifically number 46. So we now have five double page spreads.
- Identifying the common parts of a magazine feature article
- Creating an efficient workflow using Bridge
- Designing with bleeds and crossovers
- Creating and applying paragraph, character, and object styles
- Designing and working with a baseline grid
- Preflighting documents
- Creating print-ready PDFs
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: The instructor explains that doubling-clicking on an image while holding down the Option key on a Mac will automatically open the image in Photoshop. However, the image opens into Preview instead. Why is this happening?
A: Before this feature will work, the correct file type associations must be set up, so that TIFs and JPEGs open with Photoshop and not with Preview.
From the Finder, select any JPEG or TIF file, then Choose File > Get Info. From the Open With drop down menu, choose Photoshop and click the Change All button. Repeat this process for each of the different file types you want use. You need only do this once and it should work from now on.