Join Diane Burns for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up one language per layer, part of Adapting an English Layout into Spanish with InDesign.
…If you have a fairly simple document, like our one page flyer here.…One approach you can take for creating a Spanish version is to create a separate…layer, instead of text styles for the Spanish,…on the same file as the English version.…Then you can turn on or off each layer as needed.…The first consideration for this approach is whether or not the design…of your document is such that all the text is on one layer.…In our flyer all the text is on one layer, that's good.…If the text is not in one layer, you won't be able to turn the English…text on and off easily, when you need to make the Spanish version of your document.…
There are also some other issues, though, you need…to consider before adopting this one language per layer approach.…Obviously if both the English and Spanish texts are in one…file, only one person can work on the file at a time.…The other thing…to consider is the final output.…If the file is going to a PDF that you're going to make yourself,…why, you can turn the layers off and on as you need to.…
Want to learn more? Check out Multilingual Publishing Strategies with InDesign.
- How to get your text translated
- Prepping files for translation
- Inserting special characters in Spanish text
- Creating a bilingual sign
- Setting up different languages on different layers
- Formatting Spanish text
- Translating image files