Join James Wamser for an in-depth discussion in this video Building documents correctly, part of InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines.
We're going to go ahead and take a look at setting up a new document and adding some guides to help us in that process. I'm going to go ahead and go to New > Document, and in this case, I'm going to create a 24-page catalog, and I'm going to use facing pages. A lot of the things we're going to discuss, it really doesn't matter if you're using facing pages are non-facing pages, because a lot of things will be the same. I'm going to go ahead and change my Width and Height 8.375 x 10.875. Now the reason I do that is many catalogs and magazines, their final trim size is not necessarily 8.5 x 11.
Again, you want to talk to your printer. When you set up a new document, you want to get this right. I'm also going to add an eighth-inch bleed on all four sides, so I get my bleed guides. After I do that, I'm going to go ahead and hit OK. In this page, I can see I have my red guides, which represent my eighth-inch bleed and I have my half-inch margins. I'm going to go one step further, and I'm going to go ahead and create live area guides, and I'm going to do that on the master page. So I'm going to go to my Pages panel and I'm going to double-click on my master and I have--because it's facing pages--a left and right master. And I'm a going to go over to my Rectangle tool, and I'm just going to draw a rectangle that takes up the entire width and height of my document.
Now live area guides need to be an eighth inch before your trim. So the easiest way I've found to do that is make sure my reference point is in the center, and then just -.25, which is the eighth inch from the right and eighth inch from the left, and then I'm going to do the same thing for Height. I'm going to go ahead and minus a quarter inch, which is an eighth inch from the top and an eighth inch from the bottom. After I do that, I'm going to take my Option+Shift on a Mac, or Alt+Shift on Windows, and I'm going to drag this over to my right-facing page.
Now that I have both my left and right live area guides, I'm going to go ahead and select those. I'm going to under Window, and open up my Attributes panel, and I want to make sure I click on Nonprinting. I want the live area guides to be there; I just don't want them to print. Now the next thing I want to do is look at my document and notice that I have my live area guides, my bleed guides, and my margins on every single page. This helps me when setting up my document, that if it bleeds, it extends an eighth inch beyond trim.
If it does not bleed, it's at least an eighth inch inside of trim, and I have consistent margins on all pages. So if I scroll through here, I can see that. Another common thing we want to make sure--I mentioned this when we create our new document--is it's very important that you get your final trim size correct. So if I use my Page tool and I click on my left page, I can look at my width and height up here and I can determine if this is in fact my final trim size. I showed you when you set up a new document, how you can go ahead and add your eighth-inch bleed guides, how you can add your margins, and then how you can add live area guides and make them nonprinting.
All these various guides are going to help us when setting up a new document to make sure we have our eighth-inch bleed, our consistent margins, and nothing is too close to trim by having those live area guides in this document.
- Understanding facing pages versus non-facing pages
- Creating a gatefold layout
- Loading and embedding profiles
- Understanding overprint vs. knockout
- Understanding mixed inks and registration
- Setting up multiple versions of a document with conditional text and GREP
- Avoiding common font problems
- Understanding RGB and CMYK