Join Justin Putney for an in-depth discussion in this video Using master pages, part of UX Design Tools: InDesign.
In this video, we're going to take a look at using master pages. Master pages help you share content along multiple pages. The content on those pages is linked back to the master content. So any edits to the master will ripple through to all the other pages. You can also base master pages on other master pages. So, there's a lot of possibility for variation and reuse of artwork. So, in this particular document, which you can find in the Start Folder for this video, I've got the Pages panel open and I'm just going to create a new page.
And let's see what happens by default. I get a blank page. And what I really want is that this is going to be an interactive presentation and I'd really like to have this navigation at the bottom appear on every page. So, we're going to do that by creating a master page. I'm going to select the navigation here and I'm just going to hit Cmd+X to cut it from this page or Ctrl+X on Windows. You can see in the Pages panel that these two pages are based on A. I can see it by hovering over and I can also see a little A on the page.
So I'm going to go up to the A master and I'm going to double-click on the thumbnail for that page. And then I'm going to go up to the Edit menu and choose Paste in Place. So it'll put this navigation on the master page. Now we'll go back and double-click on page one on the Pages panel. And the navigation is back on page one. And if I double-click on page two, you can see the navigation is there as well. Now, because it's on the master page, I can't immediately edit, so I'm clicking and I'm dragging, and there's nothing happening with this. That's because this is linked up to the master.
If, for some reason, I wanted to disconnect this content from the master, I can hold Cmd+Shift and click, or Ctrl+Shift on Windows. And that will disconnect this element from the master page and I can make edits to it. But I don't want to do that in this case, so I'm just going to hit Edit, Undo, Override Master Page Items. So, now I've got navigation on each page and I might also want a page that doesn't have navigation. So I'll just create a new page here and I'll move this page up to the front just by dragging it and making sure it's to the left of the first page, and then I'll let go.
And now I have a blank page at the front, but it has this navigation. And this is going to be my title page, so I at least, maybe I want some other kind of navigation, maybe I want a table of contents or something, but I don't want this navigation. This is basically the home screen. I don't want this home icon here. And I don't want a back icon. So, I mean, I could set it up so maybe I just have a forward button. But either way, I want this page to be different. So I'm going to create a new master. I'm just going to right-click in the master area at the top part of the Pages panel and choose New Master.
And I'm going to give this a name, so it's a little bit easier to navigate. And I'll just call this Cover. And click OK, and then inside cover I'll just leave this blank. Maybe I want to put a text field that I can then add text to for the title page. But, you know, beyond that for right now, I'm okay with just having this be a blank page. Maybe I'll just put a note here that says title. Then I can override this on the page itself. And I'll just make it a lot bigger and maybe I like it right there.
And so now I'm going to right-click on the first page in the Pages panel, and I'm going to choose Apply Master to Pages. And in the Apply Master dialog, I'm going to select the B Cover Master and click OK. And now if I double-click on the first page, you can of course see in the Pages panel that it says B now, you can also see the master page content on the first page. So, I'm going to zoom out just by hitting command minus a little bit now you can see all three pages, the cover page, and I have two pages with the navigation applied.
So that's how you can use master pages, to reuse content, across multiple pages. In the next two videos we'll look at a couple other ways to reuse content.
- Setting up your InDesign files
- Creating shapes
- Stacking and grouping artwork
- Adding placeholder text
- Adding interactivity and motion to wireframes
- Creating responsive wireframes
- Using master pages and object styles
- Exporting wireframes for clients and developers