How to use a Master Page in Adobe InDesign
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 like 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. Okay, so to work on the Master page is we need to see this pages panel. So I got a window pages if you can't see it and just have a little look at these pages here. I've got page 1234 but you can see the A in the corner, it means that they're attached to something called the A Master that's there by default. You're given one. You can have as many Master pages as you need. Okay. 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, like the title of the document, its version or date or who produced it. Okay. Anything that you want to be consistent on every page, there might be some graphics or a logo or watermark to get to the Master page. Okay. You need to doub...
le 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. Okay. And you've got to make sure you're there so to make sure it's a little, it's not very obvious. I wish there was like a big flashing green light that said you were in here. But down the bottom here it says a Master I'm not on one page or two or three, I'm on a Master and I've zoomed out a little bit just so I can see it all. Okay, maybe not that far. Let's get the rectangle tool and let's up the top here, give it a fill of magenta is fine. Okay and just draw a big rectangle on this left hand side and what you'll notice is can you see here that rectangle has appeared on all the left hand spreads. Okay. Not in the right hands once. I haven't drawn anything on this side because you'll have things like page numbering on different sides of the pages or you only want the document name in the top right, but you don't need it on the top right of this page. So you have left and right spread. Do the same thing over here. To a different style of box. Maybe a different color. Okay, just so that you can see something a bit more obvious. Okay, you can see over here that 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 one. Okay, grab my black arrow is I can't actually select it. Okay, so if I need to delete it. It needs to come off the master page. So let's jump back to our master page. Double click it. Okay And select you and select you and delete it. So what I'd like to do is grab the rectangle tool and I'd like to draw a rectangle that kind of sits down the bottom. We're going to be doing, you kind of sort of the beginning there kind of like a box that sits down the bottom. I wanted to make sure it overlaps the beliefs that gets trimmed off in the bin and it goes right up until the spine here. How far up. Just have a guess. You can change it later on and you'll notice on page one. There it is there double click page two. Okay I've got that nice colored box. Will duplicate it for the other side in a sec. Okay, so on page one actually make sure you go back to my a Master, I promise you you'll be like the world's best user of in design and you will still forget you're not on the master page. Spin ages designing something on page one, thinking it's on the master page. Okay And have to copy and paste it afterwards. We always forget the same happens when you think you're designing on page one 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. Okay next thing I want to do is I want to fill this with one of our colors. Okay. So what you can do when you get started with the 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. Okay, 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. Okay. There he is there. Okay. It's a bit weird. I know they're there, but why aren't they there? It's because this is kind of new and there's not a super slick integration yet. That will change. Okay, so if I have the selected and at the top here I'm going to pick my granite heart red and you'll see it appears on all the right hand spreads. Now. I'm going to select it, copy and paste it. Okay, edit copy. Edit paste. And we're going to have a left hand spread as well. And they still will check us on all our pages. Double click page a Page two, page 3 is all a little foot at colour box. Okay, so 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 if I say so we go to page one and I'm like oh I want to change the columns to four, Okay. And I go up to object layout sorry and go to margins and I pick columns are now going to be four. Ok click Ok. What happens is page one changed because the page two and three is still the same. Okay, so that's how to change individual pages but probably more often than not, you just want to actually change them all. Okay, you've decided you want to change the margins on everything. You do that by going a Master. Okay, so double click it and make the changes in here. Okay, so now if I go to object keep going object okay, I'm just gonna layout margins and go to four. You'll see it does this page click over here too, you have to drop here double click this page, go make it go blue and do it for this side as well. Fed early. I know but that's the way it is. It's going to fall. Okay, now what you'll notice is if I go to page one, page two, page three, Okay, 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.