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How to use a Master Page in Adobe InDesign – InDesign Essential Training [28/76]

January 25, 2020

Hi there, my name is Dan. This is a free extract from my
larger InDesign course on my website… Okay, good looking people… what we’re going to do in this
video is work on our Master Pages. So when we draw a rectangle… kind of a pretty little box that our
page numbers are going to go into… we do it once, and it appears
on all of our pages. Let’s go and do that. So, to work on the Master
Page is when you just– See this “pages’ panel, go to ‘Window’,
‘Pages’ if you can’t see it. Just have a little look at these
pages here, I got page 1, 2, 3, 4… but you can see the A in the corner… it means they’re attached to
something called the A-Master. That’s there by default. You give it 1, you can have as
many Master Pages as you need. And you put things on the Master Page,
that you want to appear on every page. Like a page number, maybe it’s
a small title of a document. It’s version, or date,
or who produced it. Anything you want to be
consistent on every page. It might be some graphics,
or logo, or watermark. To get to the Master Page, you
need to double click up here. You might not be able to see it… so you might have to
scroll down, or find it. See if you can see it hiding up
in the top of the ‘Pages’ panel. To get to it, you just double click it. You got to make sure you’re
there, so to make sure… it’s not very obvious. I wish there was a flashing green
light that said you’re in here… but down the bottom here, it says
A-Master, I’m not on page 1, 2, or 3. I’m on A-Master. I’ll zoom it out a little
bit so I can see it all. It’s got the rectangle tool, and up
the top here, let’s give it a ‘Fill’. Magenta is fine. And let’s draw a big rectangle
on this left hand side. What you’ll notice is,
can you see here? That rectangle has appeared on
all the left hand ‘spreads’. [??] I’m drawing
everything on the side… because you’ll have things like… page numbering on different
sides of the pages… or we only want the document
name on the top right… we don’t need it on the
top right of this page. So you have left and right ‘spread’. Do the same thing over here,
do a different style of box… maybe a different color. Just so that you can see. You can see over here, when I
draw stuff on the Master Page… it appears on all of my pages. You’ll notice, if I go to these
pages, double click on page 1… grab my ‘Black Arrow’, I
can’t actually select it. So if I need to delete it, it needs
to come off the Master Page. So we jump back to our Master
Page, double click it… and select you, and
select you, and do it. What I’d like to do is
grab the rectangle tool… and I’d like to draw a rectangle
that sits down the bottom. We’re going to be doing, you saw
it at the beginning there… kind of a box that
sits down the bottom. I want to make sure it
over lapse the ‘Bleed’… so it gets chewed off in the bin. And it goes right up
until the spine here. How far up? It’s just a guess,
we can change it later on. You’ll notice, on page 1, there
it is there, double click. Page 2, I’ve got that nice color box. We’ll duplicate it for
the other side in a sec. So on page 1– actually, make
sure you go back to ‘A-Master’. I promise you, you’d be like the
world’s best user of InDesign… and you’ll still forget you’re
not on the Master Page. Spend ages designing something on page
1, thinking it’s on the Master Page… and have to copy and paste it
afterwards, we always forget. Same happens when you think
you’re designing on page 1… and you’re actually
in the Master Page… and you realize everything you’ve
designed is on every single page… you just have to do some copying
and pasting afterwards. Next thing I want to do is fill
this with one of our colors. What you can do when you get
started with a new document… is you’ll see at the top here… there’s actually none of
those colors through yet… they’re sitting over there,
which is no big drama… but you can be all official, and
bring the swatches through properly. So, with the ‘Black Arrow’,
have nothing selected… right click this guy, and
say, ‘Add to Swatches’. And just do it for all of them, so you
know you’ve got all of our colors… as part of the swatches thing. There he is there. It’s a bit weird, I
know, they’re there… it’s because this is kind of new, and
not a super select integration yet. That will change. So if I have to select it… at the top here, I’m going to
pick ‘Green at Heart Red’. You’ll see, it appears on
all the right hand spreads. Now, I’m going to select
it, copy and paste it… ‘Edit’, ‘Copy’, and ‘Edit’, ‘Paste’. And we’re going to have a
left hand spread as well. Let’s double check it’s on all
our pages, double click page A. Page 2, page 3 is all
our footer color box. The next thing we’re going to do is
do our automatic page numbering. We’ll do that in the next
video, skip to that. One of the things I want to explain
before we move on though is… Master Pages control
all of these pages… so when it comes to things like
adjusting the margins and columns… it’s best to do it in the A-Master,
because it will adjust all the pages. Say I go to page 1, and I’m like, “I
want to change the columns to 4.” And I go up to ‘Object’… sorry, ‘Layout’, and go to
‘Margins’, and I pick… ‘Columns’ are now going to be ‘4’.
Click ‘OK’. What happens is, page 1 changed… but you see, page 2 and
page 3 are still the same. That’s how to change individual pages,
but probably, more often than not… you just want to actually
change them all. You’ve decided you want to
change the margin on everything. You do that by going to A-Master. Double click, and make
the changes in here. So now if I go to ‘Object’… click on object, I’ll go to
‘Layout’, Margins’, and go to ‘4’. You’ll see, it does this page. Click over here to– you
have the doc here… double click this page,
make it go blue. And do it for this side as well. Fiddly, I know, but that’s the
way it is, let’s go to ‘4’. Now, what you’ll notice, if I
go to page 1, page 2, page 3… I’ve done those adjustments… so if you’re finding it’s
a little bit weird… it’s probably because you’re not
doing it on your Master Page. I’m going to ‘undo’ that. Okay, so let’s go and do automatic
page numbering in the next video. So, what did you think?
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