Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Mixing page sizes with the new Page tool, part of InDesign CS5 New Features.
InDesign CS5 now lets you mix page sizes in the same document. So if you've ever needed to, for example, add a narrow spine for a book, you can do that now right in InDesign. Or if you ever want to do all the pieces for corporate identity in the same document, a business card, an envelope, a letterhead without having to keep track of three different InDesign files, you can do that. It's very cool. So let me show you how that works. So what we are looking at is just a regular two-page spread documents and we have a few spreads that had catalog for flowers and let's say on the cover, we want to add a gatefold.
We want to add it little bit on the right that we're going to fold over and have some sort of like interesting stuff on the front and on the inside. So how would we do that? Well, first of all we just add a regular page to the right side of the spread and I have selected both pages of the spread. By the way it's going to appear to the right, because I have turned off Allow Document Pages to Shuffle. So it's not going to add a single page below here. I will come up here and choose Insert Pages. I want to insert one page after Page i. That's this little guy down here.
I am going to base on master page B and click OK. So here is what we've got so far. We've got a three-page spread and you can see that in the Pages panel as well. You can't add a page that's a custom size in InDesign CS5. What you do is you add a page and then you change its existing size. You do that with this cool little tool, a new tool in CS5 called the Page tool. It's a tool that selects pages in the layout. That's why it's part of the selection group up here. So you select it and then you click the page in the Layout, not the page in the Pages panel.
In fact let's just close that for now. Click this page that you want to resize. When you click it, it gets this blue overlay and the Control panel changes to the Page control, so you can change the size of this page and choose what happens to any objects that are on that page. By the way, let me zoom out here for a bit. With this Page tool, you can hold down Shift and Command or Ctrl and select additional pages to resize multiple pages at once, which I think is kind of cool. So let's go back to that initial page that we're working on.
I will just choose Fit Spread to Window. So the page is still highlighted with our Page tool. Up here in the Control panel it's showing us the current width and height of this page size and we can immediately change it to any other page size from any of the built-in page sizes here for example, like if we want to change it to a business card size, we could. But what I actually want to do is I want to change this to the width of the gatefold, which I believe is 20 picas. So I want the reference point to be on the left-hand side, because I want it to grow in from the right and we will change this to 20 picas and hit Enter or Return.
So we have the third page now that is a different size from these first two pages and if we look at the Pages panel, we can see there are actually three pages, page 12, page i, page ii. Now what about this little guy? This is from the master page. If you want to include master page items on pages that you've resized and you need them to adjust their position, like this one obviously needs to be adjusted, you can easily do so by turning on Show Master Page Overlay. When you do that, then with the Page tool you can drag the edge of the overlay to reposition the master page items on your resized page.
That way this page is still based on that master. If I went to that master, and I changed something about this picture, let's say that I changed the size of the image. I am just sort of repositioning it there and then we come back to this page, you can see it was also resized there as well. So you can have pages of multiple sizes all based on that same master page. Very flexible. Let's look at another example of changing page sizes. I am going to go to the next spread and let's say that we want to add the inside of the gatefold to the left side of this page.
This time instead of adding a page, just to show you something different, I am going to actually resize an existing page. I am going to resize this page by clicking on it in the layout, remember with the Page tool. This time I wanted it to grow from the right, so I am selecting a different reference point. I don't need to see the Master Page Overlay. So I'm turning it off and what I want to do is I want to add 20 picas to this page size. So I will just type in +20p in and let InDesign do the math for me. It went ahead and created that gatefold. Now what if I wanted some of this content to change based on my changes in the page size? I'm going to undo, because you have to decide this before you change the page size and turn on Enable Layout Adjustments.
This is the exact same layout adjustment as under the Layout menu and it's going to use these settings. These happen to be the default settings for layout adjustment. So now this time when I add 20 picas, then the items on the page automatically adjust. Now, this is not quite what I wanted. I didn't want the picture to scale. I did want the text to move over. So I'm going to undo and then go back to Layout Adjustment to the dialog box and turn off Allow Graphics and Groups to Resize.
We will try it one more time, +20 p, and there we go. So now we have a page that was existing with objects on it and I was able to control what happened to those objects when I resized it. Finally, just for fun let's go ahead and add a spine in between a couple of pages. So I have selected this spread and I want to add a new page right after page 4.
One page after page 4 and we will base it on None. We don't want to base it on any kind of master. So let's say OK. Then with this page selected, I am going to fix the margins and columns so that they are all 0 and the column is 1. Now I want to change the size of this page. So again I select it, put the Page tool in the layout and I change the width to 1 inch.
I am going to turn off Enable Layout Adjustment, because we really don't need it. So I swipe over the text in the Width field and type 1 inch and there is my spine. Now let's see what happens when we export this to PDF. I'm going under File > Adobe PDF Presets. I will just go ahead and choose the default, High Quality Print. Save it and we do want to view the PDF after exporting. I am going to go ahead and say All Pages. I am not going to turn on Spreads only because I want to see that spine by itself.
Then I'll click Export and then we will take a look at it in Acrobat. By the way, after you click Export it may look like nothing is happening, because in InDesign CS5 you are not going to see the progress bar when you export to PDF. It's actually a feature, because now InDesign supports multi-threading and when you export to PDF that is the instance where multi-threading occurs. Then we did this exporting, but you can immediately continue working on document if you would like. This is a large document so it might take a little while to finish its export and open in Acrobat.
Okay, so the document opens in Acrobat. Let me choose Fit in Window and there is the back cover, there is the front cover, and there is the gatefold. There is the wide page, there is a normal page, there is our spine. So you see the multiple page sizes are completely supported in Acrobat and when you print, so there is really never a worry about mixing page sizes in InDesign CS5. It's a fantastic new feature that adds a lot of flexibility to just about any project that you work in.
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