Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating an opening page, part of Designing a Digital Magazine.
I just want to start out here with the finished version. I'm in the Reflecta App. Unfortunately, this doesn't show that my swiping on the page. But this is the section opening page. And you can see that it's based on the different grid from the section pages themselves. So what we're going to be doing here, is creating this section opening page, and we'll be basing this on a master page, and then we'll subsequently go on and use that same master page, for all of the section opening pages.
So switching back to InDesign. First thing I want to do is go to my pages panel, where I will right-click on the A master and choose: new master. It's going to give me a b master, and I'm going to base it on a so it will inherit all of the items that are on the a master. And, then I actually want to go to it. So, now I want to change the margins of the B master. So, I'm going to come to margins and columns, and make the left and right margins 25 pixels.
I'll select the primary text frame, and delete that. Coming to my pictures layer. I'll come to the layout menu, and choose create guide. So, now I want to create a grid that is 12 rows, and 16 columns, and that is fitted to the margins. Now I'll right-click on page number one, and choose insert pages. So I want to insert one page before page one.
Using the B master. And just making sure that, that's the page that your on, and it tells me down here that in fact that is the page that I'm on. We're now ready to place the content. I'm going to switch to bridge, and in bridge in the destinations folder which is in the fly away source folder, I have four images selected. Notice that I've given them all a sequence number. This just makes sure that the sequence of images stays the same, I'm not using them as an image sequence.
It's just easier when I do a multiple place, that they come in, in the order that I want to use them. And for that I've used Bridge's Batch Rename. I'll right click on these. And chose Place > In inDesign. I'm going to come three rows down on my grid, and then click and drag. As I'm clicking and dragging, I'll tap my right arrow three times. That's going to divide my picture frame into four.
And keeping my mouse button held down, I want to remove the gutter space between these images. This is a bit of a handful, but if I hold down the Cmd key. And tap the left arrow, then that reduces and eventually, removes the gutter between those frames. On that release, the images all are fitted to the frames. We actually want them to fill the frames.
Just as we did with the paragraph and character styles, I'm going to load the object styles from a finished document. So, maybe you've already completed a project like this, and you can reuse the object styles. So, from the Object Styles panel, I'll choose Load Object Styles. And I'm going to take them from this document. With the images still selected, the one that I want is pick field. That's going to fill the frames proportionally. So now I'm going to go to page two, and I want to cut some of this text content, and paste it onto page one.
I'll switch to my Text Layer and I'm going to, actually, click and drag down here, which is where the descriptive text will go, and paste. And then, I'll cut the title and byline into a separate frame like so. I'll select the whole title and make its size, and leading both 48 points.
And I will take the first part of the title, Four Must See Destinations, cut that, I'll move the second portion down below the row of images, tap my T key, and click and drag to make a text frame, into which I will paste the contents of my clipboard. I now want to break this onto three separate lines. I'll press Shift+Return. Let's have that first word be in the light white of I'll break the second portion of the title into separate lines.
I want to also have. That first line being the lightweight. On the left. Adjust the size of my text frame as necessary. One other thing I like this text to go to the bottom of the text frame Cmd, or Ctrl+B to bring up my text frame options like so. Now if I tap W, we can see without the guides that's how section opening page will look. The other section openers will be based upon that same 12 by 16 grid.
- Setting up pages
- Adding and formatting content
- Choosing typefaces appropriate for the screen
- Creating the folio
- Adding interactivity
- Creating an app from a digital magazine