Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics


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Automate The Process: Pages & Master Pages

We'll talk about Pages and Master Pages. So I'm gonna open up a new document. And I'm gonna go over to the pages panel. And you've noticed that I'm working in single pages. When I create a new document, I can choose to have facing pages or single pages. So we'll make one that's face also so we can look at that. So facing pages, it knows that this is a spine. Everything on the right is a right hand page. Everything on the left is left hand and where they meet is a spine. So as I add pages, my little keyboard shortcut, it automatically puts them in spreads. Right and left hand spreads. And I mentioned in the intro class that I like to work in single pages so as I add pages, I get single ones down the page. It's a preference. It depends on how you need to work and what your workflow might entail, but just because these two are side by side and these are not doesn't mean that I can't put them side by side. So for instance, I might want two and three together so I can see what the inside of...

my, if it's gonna be a four page document and I'm gonna put it on a bigger sheet of paper and we're gonna fold it. So I've got my page one, two and three and four. So actually one and four sits side by side if we're printing it. And again, I might be outputting this to a PDF in single pages and whoever's actually creating the finished printed file is going to paginate those and put those in the right order. And that's why I work in single pages. But sometimes I need to see page two and three together. Maybe I want artwork to run across both pages and I can do that. By default in the pages panel though, it's set up to not do that. It's set up to shuffle so basically, it says allow document pages or selected pages, depending on what I have selected, to shuffle. And that means if I take page four, and I'm actually just gonna put on here, I'm gonna put this on each page. We're gonna put it on a master page in a minute. What I'm gonna do is just number these pages just so you can see them. All right so I'm gonna take that, I'm gonna copy that. We're gonna paste it on each, paste in place and change it to a two. Let's paste that in there. We'll make that number three. And we'll take one more here and we'll make this page four. I'm just doing this now. Obviously, if I really wanted this to print, I would use Master Pages which we're gonna do in a minute. I just wanted you to be able to see that there was something on each page. If you take page four and I move it up here next to page two and I think I'm gonna see those side by side, all it actually did was it threw it up here and then it re-shuffled everything down. So I've got page one, two, four, and three. So it put it, it just reordered it. So when I move one up, it thinks you wanna shuffle everything down. That's what that shuffle is. Allow pages to shuffle. Gonna undo that so we get back into one, two, three, and four. What I wanna do is say no, let me put two of them side by side. Don't force shuffle that on me. So I'm gonna hold down both these pages with the shift key, two and three and I wanna tell them, go ahead and let those sit side by side. So I select them, go up to the panel menu, and deselect the allow selected spreads to shuffle. I know that sounds confusing, but I don't want it to shuffle. And what it did is it put these little brackets around it and it says those things can sit side by side. So I'm gonna grab page three and now you can see, I can get the bracket right next to it and let go. And now when I double click on that, now I'm seeing those items side by side. So even though I'm working in single pages and that still sees those as a single page, it still doesn't know that where those two come together, that that's a spine. It still sees that as a right and left hand side of the two different pages. But I can see it like this so now I can run artwork across it and I can do things like print it in spreads. So when we get to print an output, I can choose to print this into a spread so that when it prints on my sheet or I see it on a PDF, it's actually already side by side. If I don't, it automatically wants to do each page separately. So again, it depends what I'm doing with it. For instance, if I were printing a book, I would probably do single pages and let the output person paginate it. But maybe I'm making a PDF version as well and I think that it would be nice for everybody to see the two pages together. Maybe it's always the beginning article page where I've got an image that goes all the way across. And instead of having them have to scroll through two pages of a PDF, they can see it all together. So again, thinking about what happens when it leaves your hand. All right so that's the pages and getting those set together like that. Navigating the pages, double clicking on the pages works. We also can jump to a page using a keyboard shortcut. Command or control J and choosing a page. We can also come down here to the bottom which we don't use very often. Come down here and I can click on this little menu and it shows me all the different pages that are available. I can also use the forward and backwards buttons, jump to the end buttons. So there's a lot of different ways. There's also a keyboard shortcut and I believe it is command page down, but I don't use that very often because I don't have the page up and down on my laptop so I just kind of stopped worrying about that. So then when I get on a full keyboard, I forget how to do all those. But I think it's command page up and page down. Or control on a PC. So there's just a lot different ways to jump around the pages. Some of the other things we can do with pages in the pages manual, pages panel menu, is we can look at the different panel options and choose what's on top and what's on bottom. And by default, the Master Pages are at the top. And also, how do we see them? Do we see them vertically? Which is what we're doing when we see one, two, three, four, and five. We see them all the way down. I could have my page numbers running horizontally. I don't know why you would want to, but the option is there for that. This is kind of how page panels have looked since forever and so that's just kind of the layout that it's been. We can also choose to show transparency and this is kind of an interesting option because it lets us know when we have a transparent item on a particular page. And why is that important? Well, all those great transparency we've been doing like dropped shadows and everything else that we've been doing that has a transparent effect. Feathers, well that's a transparency issue and if something goes wrong with a PDF output, or even a printing output, a post script error, transparency may be your problem. And by having this little icon show you when you have transparent items, it's just a nice way to look and see where your problem pages might be because you could always export or print except for those pages. And if the rest of it prints, now you at least narrowed down where your problem is. So I can put a transparent item on here. Let's just actually make this, we'll just make it transparent. Just give it a little bit of transparency. Just changing that a little bit so that you can see that now it puts the little checkerboard on here and it tells you there's transparency on there. The other thing you can do is put colors on here. So we can do page attributes. Let's actually look at a color label. I can tell it, okay I would like this to be red. So the nice thing is if you have different sections or something like that, you can visually put that in here. It's not gonna print any differently. You can just look at it and say okay, these are my red pages and my blue pages so you can see where your chapters end and begin or whatever else you might need. You might say this is a product page. This is a information page and whatever. However you think you need to categorize your pages. You can put color labels on there as well. That make sense? Okay those are kind of Pages. Pages are kind of simple. But we're gonna get into Master Pages now. So I'm gonna go ahead and create another new document. And we're gonna go up here to the top to Master Pages. And Master Pages are where you keep items that you wanna use again and again. So let's say I want to have the name of my book across the top. And then my might have a chapter head or something like that and I have page numbers. These things are gonna appear on every page so we wanna use a Master Page for that. So I'm just going to go ahead and make something really simple. We're gonna create an item and let's actually just give it a nice color we can see. Let's use this cinnamon color. Maybe we're tired of that, we'll use the orange one for a change. We'll come in here and I'm just gonna put this item on a page. But what I really want, instead of having to paste it on every page, even if it does remember layers, I wanna make sure I put it on the Master Page because it's going to appear on several pages. And not only do I not have to paste it on all those individual pages, but if I need to change it, I change it in one place. And as we're gonna say, we're gonna base masters on other masters so we change it in one place, it changes on these masters and then it changes on all of master, all the pages that that master is applied to. So what I really wanna do is I'm gonna copy this item or cut it, command or control X. And I'm gonna go up to my Master Page and I'm gonna start with Master Page A. By default you have two masters. One called A and one called none. And again if you never use them, that's fine too. They're just there, you've already got them. But then we can start building on top of them. But I'm gonna go to Master Page A. I'm just gonna double click on it. And I'm gonna choose paste in place because I just copied that item that I had there. So now it's on this Master Page A, but you can also see that it's here on this particular page, I can see a kind of thumbnail of it. But I also have this A here. Well that means that Master Page A is applied to this document page. So far so good? It's gonna get a little confusing in a second. Not confusing, but we're gonna talk about Master Pages and things applied to other things applied to other things and she told two friends and all the way down the line. So we're gonna have to keep track of all this. So on Master Page A, I put that item and it shows up on document page one which is based on Master Page A. If I wanna create a new document page, I've been using a keyboard shortcut for that. When I do that, it automatically uses the same Master Page as the one you're sitting on, the page you're sitting on and it automatically puts the new page right after that page. But other ways to make a page is to come up to the pages panel menu and say insert pages. And I can choose how many pages. Let's make four. Or actually add three so we have four pages. After page one or before the end or beginning of the document and I wanna use Master Page A. All right so now we have three of them and they each have that item that's on there. If I double click on page three and I try and get to this item because I wanna move this or change the color, I try and click on it, I can't because that item belongs to a Master Page. If I turn on my frame edges and I zoom in, hopefully I can see there's a teeny tiny little dashed line and this is really helpful if you're working on objects, or I'm sorry documents that come from someone else. And you can't figure out why, you realized your layer isn't locked. The item isn't locked. Why can't I move this item? Oh, it's on a Master Page. And if you have 50 Master Pages or 20 Master Pages even, you can't see them all so you might not know that's where it is. So be sure to look for the little dashed line. It means it belongs to a Master Page. Well I can't move that. Well I can but I have to do a couple things to it. I don't wanna accidentally click it and move it. The whole point of it being on a Master Page is so that it looks the same. So what I'm going to do with that is I'm going to hit command or control and shift at the same time and then I'm going to click on the item. Now I've accessed this Master Page item on this document page. But what I wanna do, I just wanna move it. Maybe on this page, I know that I'm gonna have some text at the top and I'd really rather move this down to the bottom. So I'll do that and now I see that each item looks, or each page looks the same. That one looks a little different. That's because I did what's called a local override. So I overrode the Master Page item, but I didn't totally break its link to the Master Page. All I did was say where it sits needs to be different. That's the only thing that's changed. So I'm gonna go to the Master Page and I'm gonna look at this item and I'm gonna change the color of that. So let's change it to the green. So we're gonna change it to that teal green. When I go back to the pages panel, I see that even on page three where I moved it, the color changed because I didn't override the color. I only overrode the position. I can still move this and it's still connected to that Master Page. So any change I make that is not where it sits, will still ripple down through to that document. All right, does that make sense? So you can have those overrides. When I get to this page on page three, under my panel menu, I have a whole sub menu of Master Page items. I can remove all local overrides so everything that's on that page will be put back to the Master the way it was. If I have just one item selected or multiple items, it will actually say, let me remove the selected local overrides. So if I do that, it automatically puts it back where it belongs and it's also not selectable anymore. So at any time, I can say, yeah I actually want it to look exactly like the Master. Don't reapply the Master. Just say remove those local overrides or individual ones and it will send it back where it belongs. If I undo that, we get back to where it's still in override. One of the other options in there was to detach the selection from the Master. If I do that, that's severing it. It now has no connection to the Master whatsoever. I very rarely use that because it just, you know, if I ever wanna put it back, then I have to delete everything and reapply the Master Page to it. So applying a Master Page is pretty easy. We can just grab a Master Page and we drag it on top of a document page. The only other Master I have to choose from here is none. And I kind of call this the terminator. This is what I do when I've move things and I've done some local overrides and then I'm like, what? And sometimes if you drag a Master on top of one that already had Master Page items, you end up with duplicates of that. So here's what I do. I just take this and go, you know what, forget it. I don't want anything and I'll just drag none on top. Everything's gone. Start from scratch. Everything from the Master Page is gone. Anything I put on that individual page is still there. But I grab that. All the Master Page, I don't even care what I had, local override, I don't remember, just throw that on there. Terminate it, blast it out. And then grab a new, I'm sorry, grab a new Master here and drag it on top and start over again. That's usually what I use that for. Or none because you just don't want any Master Page items on there. That's a good way to make sure nothing is on the Master, everything is on the document page. Does that make sense? All right let's start putting some more stuff on the Master Page. So when it comes to Master Pages, I generally have an A Master, but that's sort of my, where I put everything but it will never be applied to a page in itself. And the reason for that is that we can have what's called cascading Masters. So I can have a Master Page and then I can take another Master Page and base it on that original Master Page and make changes to it. So for instance when I do something like a book. Let's say I'm gonna take this item. I'm gonna make this just sort of a, a narrow band of color. Maybe that just appears tat the top of the page or whatever and I'm gonna create a text frame. And we'll call this the Best Novel Ever. All right so that's my novel. I'm gonna center that up, we're gonna make it bold. Just using keyboard shortcuts for that. And let's just make it, we'll make it 42 points. All right so that's the name of my novel. I wanna make sure that that's on every page. The Best Novel Ever is there including my overridden one. You notice I changed the size and it updated, but still not the position. Now I'll come back here and actually, like I said, I'm not actually gonna apply Master Page A. I'm gonna create everything that I think appears on pages that I need on here, including right hand pages and left hand pages. And the reason I wanna do that all on one page is that again, if I have it on five different Masters, and each one was on its own actual Master Page and I decide I don't like the name of my novel, it's almost the best novel ever or something, I need to change it. So I need to change that, I would have to change it on ever Master Page. But if it's all based back on one Master Page, I change it in one place, all those other Masters will change. So A Master, I'm actually gonna change the name of that. So I'm gonna select it and make sure it's selected in the panel. Come over here to the Master Page options and I'm gonna change it. I'm gonna give it a prefix. So I'll leave it at A. You can change the prefix. Maybe you have things like chapter one or one's gonna be called organizational something so you give it a code OR and the other one's information, IN. You can have that. I wouldn't do more than about three because those letters have to appear on these little icons. So but you might have just you know, CH1, CH for chapter one and two. Whatever you want. I'm gonna call this, sometimes I call that king because the king is totally in charge. Everything's there. Or maybe uber master or something like that. Based on Master nothing, it's not based on anything. I'm gonna say okay to that. So that's why everything here is just gonna be that king. So let's go ahead and put everything I think I need on here. I'm gonna put some page numbers on here. So I'm gonna put two text frames that are here. I might copy that instead so they're actually the same height. And when I do page numbers, we're gonna do automatic page numbers in just a minute. But right now I'm just gonna actually type in a number and I tend to type in the fattest number I think we'll have. I wanna make sure my text frame's big enough so that it doesn't end up with over set text if I don't make it big enough. So I just tend to type in a number. And the reason I actually want a number is because I wanna style it and I wanna make sure it looks good first and if I don't have a number, then I can't figure out what numbers look like in this font. I'm going to right justify this text. And just use keyboard shortcut to right justify that. And again, I'm just putting the page numbers in there right now. We're gonna automate that in a minute. And the other thing I might want, maybe above this here is maybe I want this to say chapter one or two or three. So let's do chapter two and we'll just write that out. And again, I'm just writing it out. We're gonna automate that in a little while. Let's make that a little bit bigger just so we can see it. So I have all this information but I also have a right page and a left page. Well I'm gonna create Masters for the right hand pages and a Master for the left hand pages. All right so let's do that. So I'm over here in my Master Pages. Up to the panel menu and I'm gonna say new Master. And this Master, we'll say B. And I might call this right hand. And then I tend to do things like I put odd. So I remember that my off numbers are on my right hand page. Based on Master Page A, so we definitely want to base it on A. It's gonna look exactly the same. It asks us how many pages we want. Now I'm using single pages so my Master should be single as well. But if I had facing pages, facing pages automatically gonna make facing pages Master for you. But I could make this be two pages side by side. I could keep them together so that when I assign a right and a left hand page, they kind of work in conjunction. I'm gonna keep it simple and keep it a single page. So I'll say okay. And I'm gonna create one more. And we'll call that C. And we'll call that left hand, even. Also based on Master Page A. So now all my Masters look the same. A, B, and C. And if you notice, just to make it confusing, this says A on here because that's what it's based on, but as I start assigning them down here, it will say B and C as well. So those little prefixes, that's why I wanna keep them kind of short because they've gotta display on that page there. So let's go in here and say great. I wanna go ahead and assign Masters to the proper pages. Got a couple different ways to do it. I can grab a Master and say, my right hand on page obviously need to go on page one and three. So I can drag in on top of one, it changes to B. And also on to three. Now they don't look any different yet, because obviously it's all based on A so it all looks the same at the moment. We're gonna change it in a minute. The other thing I can do is double click on a Master, come up here to apply Master to pages and tell it to apply this item to pages two and four. So I can do two comma four. Unfortunately, it doesn't let me choose like, odd pages and even pages which would be great when you have 100 pages to have to type out two comma four, two comma six, comma eight, all the way across you have to do that. Or I can drag them all. I tend to assign a Master to every page and then I only have to assign half the pages that way. That's kind of how I do it. Assign A to all the pages, then I go back to B and do each of the opposite pages. So say okay. So now I have a B and C and B and C, which all look alike except for that. You notice we've got that strange one. Let's go in there and get rid of that override. Let's actually just delete that. Again, look what happened. I don't know, that's from the Master, but it's got the other one assigned to it. Let's do none. Let's delete that item that's there and then we'll come back and assign B to that one. There so now we're clean, we're back to everything is a Master page. Now we need to start saying, what don't we need on certain pages. Well on the right hand page, we don't need a left hand page number, do we? We need to get rid of this left hand page number. But I can't because it's attached to Master Page A. So even though I'm on a Master Page, it says yeah, but it belongs to A. So I have to use the shift command, or shift control to select that item and delete it. So that's what our right hand page looks like. Come to the left hand page and select the right hand one. And delete that as well. So now our right hand page, left hand page, right hand, left hand. All right so far, so good? Now we need to do some automation. Obviously, we don't want page 888 on every document, every page in our document. I'm gonna go back to Master Page A and I'm gonna make a change. The Best Novel Maybe, we're gonna call that maybe. Now when I come back into my pages, I see that it updated not only where I updated it, it updated on the right hand page, the left hand page and all the document pages that are there. So you see why we keep everything in one section. Now granted if I was changing the font or something, I would have a style assigned to that and I could just change the style. But in this case, I want to actually change the text that was there. All right, so let's go back to our page numbers. We need to modify our page numbers because we don't want this to be page 888. So I'm going to select the text that's here. Go up under the type menu and come down and choose insert special character, markers, current page number. Now when I look at page A, which is where I am. It says it's page number A. When I go to the right hand page here, it says B because that's the Master that I'm on. And when I look at each of my document pages, that's page one. Obviously I don't have a page there, and page three. So automatically it's changing all of that. Now we'll go back to that original Master Page A and we'll do the same thing over here. We're gonna select that item here and say type. Insert special character, markers, current page number. And of course this says A. And C looks good so we have one page, two page, three page and four. That make sense how I did that? Again, it's all here on this on and everything I need is here. Now I might have another one that is the header here but it maybe looks just like this, but maybe I have a header or I don't have the green line. I want it to be a right hand page, no color bar. So I would create a new Master. And I would base that on Master Page B. So we'll call this maybe, right hand and no color bar. Maybe I wouldn't make it quite that long, figure out a different way for that, and base that on Master Page B. So we say okay and on that page, the only thing I do is select this color bar and delete it. So again, it looks the same, but the only thing different is the color bar is missing. Maybe we only use the color bar on the first page in a chapter and the rest of them get this assigned to it. But you see how it call goes back to this main page here and then everything is automated from that point forward. So far, so good? All right, we're gonna do one more automation thing with the Master Pages. Go back to this main item here and I need to tell it, I don't want to say chapter two. Obviously it says chapter two on every page. That's no good. We want it to change when the chapter changes. And I don't wanna have to think about that. So what I'm gonna do is come over here and add a section. And that's what this little triangle is. This says this is the start of section one. I didn't add that. When you create a new document, you automatically have one section and it's called section one. So in this case, I need to tell it, this page one, so I'm gonna double click on that page so I'm on it and I'm gonna tell it that this page actually starts a section called chapter one. Or maybe it starts introduction. So we can say come in here and I want to go to numbering and section options. And tell it automatic page numbering, that's fine or I can tell it where it starts the page numbering. But all I really wanna do at this point instead of the page numbering, is tell it section marker and we wanna call this chapter one. So when I change that, that's chapter one. You notice nothing changed yet. We're gonna have to set that up in a minute. I'm gonna come down here to page three and I'm gonna tell it, this is where chapter two starts. So same thing, numbering and section options. Come here and say chapter two. And I'm spelling it out, you don't have to necessarily. I'm just gonna say chapter two. So now what I'm gonna do is go all the way back up to the king Master, head of everything up here and see where it says chapter two. Well I don't want it to say chapter one or chapter two. I'm gonna delete that and I wanna put an automated tag in there. So I'm gonna go up under the type menu, come down to special character and say, markers. And say section marker. So on chapter A, or page A, it just says section. That's all we're gonna see. It just says section all the way down until we get to the actual document pages and it says chapter one. So it's grabbing that information from the numbering and section options and it's putting it in here. Chapter one, chapter one, now it switches to chapter two. Now the great the thing is if I'm in chapter one, and I use my keyboard shortcut to add a page, I add that. It's the wrong item. It is the wrong side, it's a C Master. It needs to be the B Master. That's the thing when we're working in single pages, unfortunately. If I add one page, of course I have to add two pages so I get the right and left. But the nice thing is, because I added it before section two, it automatically keeps giving it that chapter one. So if I keep typing, we do that auto flow or we just keep typing or we're adding items in the text to those pages, it's gonna keep adding it in that section and it's gonna keep it labeled chapter one. That make sense? How we doing on questions? Anybody out there have questions on the Master Pages? Not so much the Master Pages, but we had a little bit of a conversation in the chat about working with book files and how you link multiple chapter files in a book file. So I know that some of that's a little bit beyond the scope of what we're doing. Yeah we're not doing the books, but the book will work the same way. We'll have chapter sections, or we can have sections separated that way, but the numbering in the book feature, which I assume what they're talking about is the book feature, you can have the pages numbering across. It is actually an extra option when you open up that numbering and section option. It asks you if you wanted to jump across the books. So you can have the numbering go across all the chapters in the book or they can start over at each chapter. So you either set it up, you have to set it up in the individual documents and then in the book feature you have extra options as well as how the numbering works when that goes across. You don't even have to sync all the numbering so that's the other thing. You have to have numbering, automatic numbering sync turned on so that it does that. Otherwise it keeps the individual page numbers of each document. Cool, all right. Thanks. Sure. All right so we've got that and we looked at the page numbering. Let's actually come back here and look at one other thing. If I'm in chapter one. Let's decide, let's change this actually. Instead of chapter one, I'm gonna call this introduction. Because sometimes in the introduction we have different types of numbering. So in introduction, I'm gonna tell it the numbering to being just however, our normal arabic characters here. We're gonna say, let's make that, actually let's make lower case roman numerals for introduction. And the other thing that I can do is I can have a prefix which changes how it's labeled in the pages panel and also you can have it print that way as well. So maybe in the prefix, I want there to be a little bit of prefix. It's I for introduction, or let's actually make intro and colon. So we'll do intro, colon and then it will have the number after it. And I can also tell it where to start the numbering. So I'll start the numbering with one, but I'm gonna actually start chapter one. I also want the numbering to start at one over again. So I'm gonna say okay and now when I do that, you notice it just says I. And what we see over here is intro I, intro II, intro III. So we've got that changed out for that section. The other thing I wanna do though, when I'm in here, is I also wanna tell it to include that prefix when numbering the page. So that's actually gonna show up on the page now, that intro colon I. So now it says intro one, intro two, intro three. And that's just through that section. Obviously, that was just that one section. Now we wanna say this is actually chapter one so I'm gonna change this numbering. Let's come in here and say let's start the section, but let's start the numbering over again at page one. All right, we're gonna say the section prefix is one colon. And we're gonna call this chapter one of course. And then I wanted to use regular numbering and include the prefix when numbering as well. So now it says one one, one two, so you can start the section numbering over again, or you can have it automatically numbering. Whichever you want. And you don't have to have the prefix the showing. You just wanna show you what you could do with that. The thing to keep in mind is, when I go to print or export or even jump to a page now, because I have this item here, it expects you to type that out now. If I wanna jump to that page and I say, let's jump to page three, it says I don't have page three. You don't have anything called page three. Well I know I wanna jump to the third page in the document so I have to tell it to use what's called the absolute numbering. What it wants to do right now is use the section numbering. If I wanted to jump to page, I'd have to type intro colon III to get to that third page. But what I'm gonna do instead is use plus three, and that's what that document, that dialogue that came up, that's what it said to do. So if you forget. So I can do that and jump to the third page in the document. But it's nice because I can see on the pages panel, what those actual sections are. If I don't wanna see that, I can go up to preferences. On a Mac it's under the InDesign menu and on a PC it's under the Edit menu. I can come down here and choose general and then choose page numbering. Section numbering or absolute numbering. So absolute numbering will show me pages one, two, three, four, and five. It will still number it properly, but in the pages panel it looks different. So then now I can see actually what page four is when I say I wanna jump to page two, it just jumps right to page two. So just keep that in mind. If you have the section numbering turned on which is on by default, when you go to print or jump or export, it's expecting you to enter in exactly what it says in that pages panel. That make sense? Master pages kind of good? So you see why you might need to use them? I mean obviously, I'm using it just in a novel. I use it anytime I have the same set up. In fact I'm gonna open up one file really quickly just to show you a sample that I use that for let's come in here and look at the photo book again that we had before. This is the interior of it and I'm gonna jump to the front page here which does not have a Master Page at all nor does page two because it's blank. Page three has the C Master applied to it and I just wanna look at what we have here. So I have this grid. Let's select everything that's there. You can see that I have a grid of images set up in a certain way. I wanna use that again and again. So if I decide that I wanna put that on a new page, I have the same layout. I don't have to copy and paste that. I have the same layout. Now I have like the names and the page numbering, that should all be back. On number A I've got my right hand and my left hand pages here. My right hand page and my left hand page with nothing on it, but then I based another Master on that, which is a right hand with the grid. A right hand with that grid. A right hand with the grid and a pull quote on there. So I have all those as Master Pages. But I'm gonna just drag those on top of new pages. I could drag it on top of here, but it's not gonna change the images. My images are already sitting there. Once you put an image inside a frame that's on a Master Page, it now sort of belongs to the document page. So if I change the Master Page frame where it sits, it may or may not update. It should if I just move it, it should update, but it's. So it's still kind of connected to the Master, but you've kind of lost it because you put an image inside it, you've kind of manipulated it. Same thing with text. Once I start making changes to text. If I decide to override this and change it, any text change I make, it says, well you've made a change to the text so if I change the font or anything, it doesn't update on the Master Page. So just keep that in mind. Once we start working with something on the page and we've pulled it off, we've kind of disconnected it somewhat from the Master Page.

Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® enables you to create rich documents and layouts that combine graphic elements, images, and text. Advance your design skills with Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics with Erica Gamet.

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You’ll learn how to:
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Level: Intermediate/Advanced. Recommended prerequisite: Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® for Beginners

Software Used: Adobe InDesign CC 2015.1



  • As an absolute beginner to InDesign, I purchased both of Erica's classes and man was she helpful. I highly recommend this course to anyone unfamiliar with the software to give them some great footing. Thank you Erica and thank you Creative Live!
  • I am using Erica's videos to supplement my "Classroom in a book series" on Indesign. The beauty of this is that I can go through the sections of the book and when I get to something, like Master Pages, that I can't quite follow I jump to the video. I gain the understanding I need by listening and watching Erica and then go back to the book and finish the project with a lot more under my belt. The book gives me real examples to complete but does not give me that "personal" touch. Thanks Erica for being my personal coach. This has worked perfectly.
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