Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a poster template, part of Designing a Poster with InDesign CS4.
I am going to setup a template, which I'll use for all of the posters. It's going to be very straightforward. It's going to contain columns and guides. It's going to contain layers and I'm also going to place the text file, which we'll be re-purposing for each of the different versions. So let's begin by creating a new document and I want a single page, tabloid size, 11x17 inches or in this case 1224x792 points, vertical orientation.
I'll be changing that for some of them, but most of them are going to be vertically oriented. 12 Columns because I want a grid that is flexible enough to allow me to experiment with different alignment options. A gutter of 12 points. That's the space between the columns, and being a poster I want my margins to be even on all four sides at 36 points. Since I'm going to be bleeding elements to the edge of the page, I'm going to have 9 point Bleed, and I don't need a Slug, so I'm going to set that to 0.
There is my blank page. I'm now going to divide it into rows from top to bottom. I could do that on the master page, but since there is only page here, it doesn't matter where I do it. I'm going to stay on my Document Page 1 and come to the Layout menu > Create Guides, and I'm going to set that to 18 rows with 12 points of space between each of those rows and I'm going to Fit these guides not to the Page, but to the Margins. Having done that, I'm now going to create some layers.
Layers are going to significantly improve my workflow because they are going to allow me to selectively show and hide and lock and unlock different paths of my layer. I'm going to begin by renaming Layer 1 'text.' Create a second layer called Pictures, a third layer called Background. I may need more in certain instances, but I think that's going to cover most eventualities. I want them ordered in this way from top to bottom: text, pictures, background.
Finally, I'm going to place the text file. File > Place. That's the one we're after, and I'm just going to dump it on the pasteboard. You will see that it automatically becomes the width of one of my 12 columns, which is too narrow. So I'm just going to stretch that to make it wider, and I'll be cutting and pasting the relevant pieces of text from that text block into the layout. One more thing and that is I'm going to then just save it as a template, Command or Ctrl+S, and the Format is going to be InDesign CS4 template, and I'm going to call it poster_template and it will have this extension INDT.
Having saved it, I can now close it and then when I open it again, it's going to open up as an untitled document.
Adobe InDesign CS4 and Illustrator CS4 Essential Training are recommended prerequisites to fully execute the techniques in this title.
- Generating ideas for layout and design
- Combining InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
- Establishing a workflow that blends maximum efficiency with maximum editing flexibility
- Choosing appropriate typefaces and imagery
- Choosing colors that convey the message
- Making the most of images
- Creating mockups for client approval and in preparation for printing