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To save time when making a new document for a regular client you can load the swatches from another InDesign Document.
This is a page that is like a background to any pages you may add. It is a great place to put design elements that will appear on multiple pages, for example Guides, and importantly the only place to do automatic page numbering.
Automatic page numbers
The Master page is a good place for Automatic page numbering. It can appear on individual pages if you prefer.
My name is Pip Payne. I am a trainer here at Bring Your Own Laptop.
Open up InDesign. First go to ‘File’ then ‘New’ then ‘Document’ then have a look at the ‘options’. Notice down here I’ve ticked the preview button which allows me to see what’s going on before I hit the ‘ok’ button here. The intent, I will leave at print, facing pages is good. Primary text frame, we will talk about later. Number of pages, I will leave at 4 and because of where I am in the world, Im going to go with A4 size. Number of columns is 3, and down in margins, because I want it to be a bit fatter at the bottom for page numbers I unlink it which allows those to stay the same. Then in the bleed, I’ll give it 3mm, hit tab here because it’s linked which means all of them will be 3mm. Take a look, go ‘ok’.
Let’s look at pages. Page 1 is always a right hand page like a book. Pages 2 and 3 will be facing pages and if we go to the master they are also facing pages. The master looks very similar to pages 2 and 3. If you go to the master page, you will see that it is a master because this bit is highlighted as well as having a grey box here.
Let’s have a look, we have a primary text frame on here. You can only have one per master page.
To set up Page Numbering: I’m going to click and drag across the width of the columns and with character or paragraph levels selected, select a line centre. Now my cursor is in the middle of the page. Then go to ‘type’, ‘insert special page character’, ‘markers’, ‘current page number’, a little ‘a’ appears which is just a symbol and will actually be the page number on the page. I’m going to make it bigger and shuffle it down on the page. I’m then going to make a copy of it and move it across so it’s the same on the other page by holding down my ‘alt’ key. Pages 2 and 3 are the same and pages 1 and 4.
Anything I put on my master page will apppear on every page. For example, If I make this little box here you will see that it appears on every left hand page. This is one of the functions of a master page.
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