Creating a new company newsletter or brochure, what are spreads in InDesign
Alright in this video, we're going to create our newsletter or our brochure. Okay. We're gonna work on our margins are columns, the gutters between it. We're gonna look at things called spreads, it's gonna be exciting. Let's go and do it. Alright, so first thing we're going to do is create a new document. Either click this button or you can go to file new document. Okay. And we're going to start with some of the presets print now, depending on the part of the world, we're going to use a four or letter will use letter in this case. You can see mine keeps defaulting back to millimeters. It's mainly because in between making videos I have to do working in design and I work in millimeters. So I keep switching it back anyway. Okay, so there's my sizes. I'm going to work in portrait and we're going to have facing pages turned on this time. Okay, a number of pages, we're gonna have eight. Just consider when you are making, say a newsletter or a brochure, often you have to work in multiples of...
four. You can have two pages. Okay, so front and back of us letter But often when it gets past that it's actually big sheets of paper folded in half and stapled. So you can't have like say six pages because you'll have one big sheet folded in half and then you have this kind of like one sitting in the middle and it becomes very hard to bind together. Okay, There's ways around it. But often you work in multiples of eight. If you've ever opened up the newspaper and pulled one sheet out of it. You know, you've dropped it into pieces and you pull out one sheet, you'll notice there's actually four sides. Okay, so think of that when you are doing a newsletter definitely don't do five because you've got a back of a sheet of paper that you have to use. Okay, um, starting number. Okay. This might be that you've got a really long document and you've got pages and you want to start the page numbering on something different. Okay. We're going to keep our start to one very, really well, I change that primary text frame will look at in a later video. Okay, columns. Okay. We haven't used this before, but default, you have to have a minimum of one. What we're going to have is three in this case. And the gutter is the space between these columns. Just leave it to whatever the default is. Let's have a quick look at why we use columns. Okay, so in here, I've done a little search for magazine spreads. And what you'll notice is that when people are designing magazines professionals, they will start with a number of columns and consistently use that throughout the magazine. And it gives a bit of consistency through, say, a really long document so that you're not going to every page switching out different columns. It's one of the things that are really easy to notice when you're looking at kind of amateurs do work, is that there's no consistency with columns. Okay, so often it's 234 or five columns. Let's have a little look at some of the examples now, you can break these rules, kind of okay, but it adds a bit of consistency throughout. Okay, so let's look at, say, this one here, it's an easy one. Okay, there's three columns, Okay, that's what we're going to be doing, and they just keeping the three columns, let's have a look through. So, this one here, this one is a little bit different. Okay, they're using three columns. Okay, but they're kind of breaking the rules a tiny bit where they're spreading across some of these. Okay, so there's still 1, 2, 3. I know you're thinking like there's only two columns, but you can see this image here is actually spanning two of them and they're doing the same thing over here. Is this through still three columns? But this one here, spanning two of them, let's have a look at some of the ones that say this one here, I'd say is maybe an amateur work. Okay, because there's just, I don't know, you can kind of see there's no real columns in there. This is not even Okay, so it should be one and then another one and then this one's spit short. I don't know, I hope you can kind of see it, it feels like it's not, there's no consistency here. This one here doesn't spend the columns like it should. And so it's got all the right ingredients for a great magazine, but I think columns can really help lift an amateur's work. Okay, this one here, two columns. This one here still is in that I think in the amateur category it's cool. It's nice, but it's the columns and just unsure about Okay, you see this one here, it's beautiful but crazy. But it's still using four columns. Okay, So 1234. This big giant number two spans two of them, and that's okay. You're allowed to break the rules, but only breaking the rules within the rules, if you know what I mean. All right, that was a long explanation. Let's jump back into in design. So we're using three columns. Okay. And margins we're going to use something slightly bigger. So we're gonna do 30.8 inches. Ok. And you'll notice that it changed all of them at the same time because this little linking icon is set. I'm gonna break that now. So, I want to do all of them except I want to do the bottom to be a little bigger. It's gonna be 1.4 inches. Okay. Now, if you're using millimeters Okay, I'm using 20 all around except for the bottom, which I'm using 35 millimeters. A couple of things to know is often the bottom will be bigger than the rest of the document. It gives you a little bit of wiggle room down the bottom to put things like page numbers and document titles, it also just gives a nice, even if you're not gonna put page numbers down there, it gives the document kind of a sort of grounding. It gives it kind of a base at the bottom. Okay, so it's just a visual footing. Okay? I'm not sure how to explain it but it's nice with a nice thick bottom of the bottom. What you'll also notice is there's not left and right, there's inside and outside. Okay, so if I turn facing pages off, can you see it becomes left and right which we understand but then facing pages on it becomes inside and outside that means if I jump back to my example, you can see here. It just means look at this example here, it's a pretty big example. Okay. It is, you don't have a left and a right essentially but you have an inside margin. Okay. And an outside margin. And what you often can do is you can have a slightly bigger inside margin if you've got something called creep if you've got a really big thick magazine and maybe these pages are disappearing into the gap here. They call that creep. Okay, so you can kind of increase that our magazine is not big enough to worry about that. And often as a designer even if your magazine is really big, that is often the role of the printer. Okay to start playing around with the creep and adjusting that for you. Okay. Talk to them about it if you are worried about it and often they'll help you out back in design bleed. Okay. We're going to have our .125. Okay. Unless you're in mm and then it's three mil and slug we never use. Okay. So we're gonna click create. Let's jump to our pages panel. If you can't see it, it's got a window pages and just have a quick little look at what we've done. We've got eight pages. Okay. So got page one here and that's our cover and then it moves to spreads. Okay, so double click page two and you can see here I'm gonna zoom out command minus or control minus on a pc. You can see they've put pages two and three together. You can have them separate. That's fine. But obviously when you're working on a magazine it's handy to see them together. That's why we look at this word spreads. Okay. You want to see them together? Great work. Let's go and save it file save. Okay. And let's put it into our desktop, we've got our in design class files and let's call this one green at heart. And this one is going to be our newsletter V one Not Final. Alright. Let's get to the next video. Let's look at something called master pages exciting