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65 - Advanced Use Of The Pages Panel In Adobe InDesign CC


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Hi there, in this video we're going to do some Advanced Pages, looking at this Pages panel here. First things we're going to do is, see that icon here? You can see this little rotated option here, if I double click on it, it's turned around the other way. It's a cool little way of working, sideways, so it doesn't affect the print. You can turn it back easily.

Another one, you can see in my Pages panel here, I've multiple size pages, so I can have a real fold in the middle. We also notice in here, I have my page numbering A, B, C, D, then 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. We'll look at how to adjust it so it's not a right hand Spread, it starts with the left hand Spread. We'll look at Templates, and, that will be it. Let's jump into InDesign now, and get going.

First up, let's open up our file of-- kind of got started with. Let's go to 'File', 'Open'. And inside of 'Exercise Files', under '11 Pages', there this one called 'Advanced Pages Panel Example'. Open that up, and this is what it looks like. Now first of all what I'm going to do is, in our Pages panel, scroll down to page 15. So I've got a page in here, and I want to add a map. So we're going to go to 'File', 'Place'. That exact same 'Exercise Files', under '11 Pages', there's one called 'Map'. I'm going to drag it out and what I'd like to do is I want to rotate it, because it's going to be kind of best viewed at this angle. It's going into a printed magazine so people can kind of just flip it around and check it.

Now one of the troubles with-- drag it out a bit bigger. Now one of the troubles of working kind of sideways, partially this way, and partially sideways, is I want to add Heading to this, and I could draw the Heading, then just rotate it around, but visually it's quite hard to kind of line things up and make it look pretty. What you can do, with the Pages panel over here, you can right click 'Page 15', you can go to 'Page Attributes' and in here, there's one called 'Rotate Spread'. I just want to rotate it. '90°', click once, that works for me. Now, I got to grab the 'Type tool', and draw out a Type box, and this is going to be our 'New Development'. I can make it nice and big, I'm just kind of working on this, and there's 'Rotated View', and it means I can just draw things and work quite easily and nicely.

Now the cool thing about it is, when I make a PDF, it will flip it back out. So it can stay like this, it's not like a permanent rotation, it's just while you're working. You can turn it off by doing the same thing. You can see, that one's being rotated. You can turn it off by going to the same thing. 'Rotate Spread View', and go back to 'Clear Rotation'. So do all your work, rotated, then flip it back over. You don't have to flip it back over if you don't want to. All right, Tip 1.

The next tip is, let's say this long document here is going to have a center fold where you open up the middle of the document and you can fold out another page. So, a Roll Folder in the middle. So I'm going to double click 'Page 11'. I'd like it to be twice the size. What I used to do is kind of do this weird shuffling thing where we had an extra page here. It's a lot easier to grab the 'Page Tool'. The Page Tool is this third one down here, I'm going to click on this document and I'm going to say, actually I'd like you to be twice the size. So instead of 8.5, remember, we can do measurements in here, times 2, '*2'. And it just kind of pokes out that side there. You can see in here, I just got an extra side page. Now I'm to have to do the same for page 12, because it's the back of it. So you, my friend, need to be the same, you need to be times 2, '*2'. Now there's no adjustment for that Type, but yes, that's how to add an extra page.

The one thing you might think-- I'll kind of just drag it. Weirdly, if you just drag it, like this sticks back, it really doesn't want to resize. We got to hold down the 'Option' key on a Mac, or the 'Alt' key on a PC while we're dragging it. Don't know why, but that will let you do it. It also doesn't like you doing crazy pages. Anyway, that's how to do multiple size pages in the same kind of Spread document.

Now there's a couple of things I need to do with the Master page. So I've got a Master page here that's got kind of my numbers, and this ugly looking circle here. On this page now, on page 11, it doesn't really work. So I'm going to-- it's stuck. I can create a different Master page or you can just hold down 'Command-Shift' on a Mac, or 'Control-Shift' on a PC, click him. Delete him, click him, delete him. I could go back and 'Shift-Click' both of them without deleting them, just move him across, so they're not part of the Master page anymore, but they're still on there. If you added anything to the Master page now it will still get added. Just not these two guys.

So I'm going to do the same for pages1 1, 2, and 3. So 'Command-J-1', 'return'. Not worried about that one, because it's hidden behind it, but this guy doesn't need page 1. So I'm going to delete those guys, this guy doesn't need it as well. Goodbye. This one doesn't need it. Gone, you, gone. So that's the shortcut for deleting things from the Master page.

Now another problem you're going to run into is, I've got my Cover, I've got him inside Cover, I've got the Contents page, I've got it inside that Contents page, and then that Content doesn't start till page 5. You can see down here, page 5 is where it starts. I shouldn't have lined that up that way. I'll ignore it. So we need to change the ordering. So the way to do this is, you go up to this first one, double click 'Page 1', right click him and go to 'Numbering & Section'. Now I want to say, I want to start page numbering at 1 but I don't want to use numbers, I would like to use letters. We normally always use capital A, B, C. You can use anything though, click 'OK'.

Now the whole document becomes A, B, C, all the way along. You'll notice all my page numbering is all A, B, C, D, it's not what I want. Then the second part is, you double click the page you want to start the numbering at, in my case it's E. It's where my kind of content starts. You right click him, go back to the exact same place, 'Numbering & Section'. You say, I want to start page numbering at '1'. For this particular page, make sure he's double clicked in Blue. And I want to start from here, from 1. So start page numbering at 1 by using these guys. Click 'OK', and we're back. You'll see, it got the right page number, so 1, 2, 3. You can see over here, A, B, C, D, then 1, 2, 3, all the way.

Another thing people like to do with pages is, by default, remember, when we're using Spreads you start with the right hand Spread. And in this case that's what I want to do, so I'm going to totally break this one. But let's say I want this to be, just like two pages next to each other. Stop doing this Spread thing where it splits him across. So what you can do is, right click our first page here, and we can say, allow document pages to shuffle. What that means is, nothing really happens, except I can grab page A, and go, you're now over here. It's kind of hard to do. Kind of, you need to drag it on this side of that little line. The editor will zoom in, so you can see that if I undo, it's really hard, click, drag over here doesn't work, but see, there's that little icon. There he is. Cool.

So now I can start with a Spread that goes there. So my front Spread is this page, and this page, and continues on. So that's starting pages on my left. I've totally wrecked mine but I know lots of people want to do that side by side. Another last one for pages, is actually starting with some of the Templates. So we're going to go to 'File', 'New', and let's go to 'Document'. These options along the top here are perfect, go to 'Print'. And you might be ignoring these guys down the bottom here; don't. Why? Because there's lots of templates down here, there's lots of free ones. And it might just be a nice way to get started with a document. Get some fresh ideas.

All you need to do is click on him, click 'See Preview'. That's a little preview of this. The only trouble is, it's not going to give you these images. It's giving me like a-- often what I do is, a screenshot of this just so I can see what they've done with the images because once you actually download it-- there's an option that says 'Download'. I've already downloaded this one and practiced. Clicked on 'Open'. And you get this document and it just doesn't look as sexy when it's missing all those images. So, you can use this as a start. You might just use it for some of these kind of nice Pull Quotes. And this kind of interesting Chapter Heading here, Lines. It might ask you to download some fonts as well. They'll be from TypeKit, so they'll be free. You just need to switch off the images. Might be a good place to get started. There are more. You can go pay for those at stock.adobe.com All right, that's going to be it for Advanced Page stuff.

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