Join Rufus Deuchler for an in-depth discussion in this video Multiple page sizes, part of InDesign CS5 New Features Overview.
In InDesign CS5, you can now create multiple page sizes. And that could be very useful for various types of activities in the layout. So, let's create a new document first, Cmd + N, and create document like that for print, OK, like an A4. And let's say that we want, in that same document, to also create business cards. So, what we would do is go into the Pages panel, and of course, add some other pages. Like these ones, for example. Now, if I select them with a new Page tool that we have, here that inside of the toolbar, and the shortcut command is Shift + P. If I select the pages, I can now access here, up here in the Control panel, the width and the height of that page.
So, let's say I want to make a business card here. So, I would make it 85 millimeters by 55 millimeters. And as you can see, this page is now that size. And the cool thing about that is that when I go print these pages out, the crop marks will be around that page. And around that page, they will be, of course, bigger. Let's transform that other page as well. Let's make this one, again, 85 by 55, and have the two business cards together.
Now, to navigate to the A4 page that we had before, all we need to do is go into the Pages panel, double-click on the first page. And then, we can very, very easily navigate from one page size to the other. Let's see how this could be useful in a real world situtation. For example, here I have the cover of a brochure that I'm creating. And what I want is to actually create a gatefold layout here, I want the pages to continue here and to fold out, okay? So, what I'm going to do is to add a page on the right side of that cover. Let's get rid of these images here for a second, delete those. And simply by going into the Pages panel, I can now say Insert Pages, one page after page 2, okay? And we're not going to use any master page for that, so I'm going to chose None, OK. And now, we have a second page right next to the cover, okay? Of course, these pages here are set not to shuffle, okay? So, so what I'm doing here is Not Allow The Selected Spread To Shuffle, okay? So that they remain together.
And then again, by using the Page tool here, I'm going to select the page I want to work on, here on the workspace. And give it another dimension, another width for example. So, let's say that the width for the gatefold is 60 millimeters, and here we are. So, this is a small gatefold that I want folded in when the magazine goes to press. And again, I can then go into my document, make that image larger for example, so it goes over the gatefold. And let's make this little type box a little bit bigger as well, something like that, okay? Over the cutting area. Perfect.
And this way, I've created effectively a gatefold inside of CS5. So, multiple page sizes can be used for various things. To have a document that you want to be a single document with a letterhead, an envelope, a couple of business cards, and to keep all that in a single document. Or, to make more complex things, like for example what we did here on the cover, to add a gatefold to that cover. And when I go to export that as a PDF, and I want to show you that, because it's important.
I'm going to Export this page as a PDF, I'm going to put it on my Desktop, and Save that. And what I will say is that I want the spreads to be together, and I want just the page 1 to 3, okay? And I want to view the PDF after exporting. So, you can actually see what happens, OK. There are missing links in this file. But in this case, it doesn't really matter because what I want to show you is how InDesign positions the crop marks and the folding marks here on the PDF that is then generated.
So, this ability to have multiple page sizes in a single document opens a whole new horizon of possibilities for you.
- Multiple page sizes
- Simplified transformations
- Gridified tools
- Adobe Bridge and Mini Bridge
- FLV and MP3 import and the Media panel
- The Timing and States panels
- Improved export to Flash Player, Flash Professional, and interactive PDF
- CS Review online commenting
- Buzzword integration