6th October

Making a book template.

Indesign is an essential tool for graphic designers. Being introduced to it was a ver daunting but I enjoyed the experience.

We were asked to create a book template for our upcoming text and experimental projects.


To start we created a new document with the requirements shown. A5 with a 3mm bleed with 16 pages.

What is Bleed?

“Bleed is a printing term that refers to graphics or design elements which extend beyond the print edge of your design piece.”

Bleed is used so you don’t get white edges on a printer when they cut it out. On indesign it is indicated by the very thin red box outside a document.


Another requirement or tool we were shown was margins and gutters. The image above is displaying a gutter which is the space outside the purple and pink lines.


The margins had to be added in by going to the task bar and going to Layout → Create Guides. To create the basic grid you have 5 rows and 3 columns and fit the guides to the margins.


When you have pressed okay this is what our documents looked like with the margins and guides applied.

Master pages.


After inserting 16 pages.

Master pages are a template that you can use especially for ongoing themes like letter heads or page numbers. On the master page we were taught how to create page numbers.


Firstly we went onto page 2 of our books and drew a small text box in the bottom left hand corner and added an “A” in 6pts, in Optical and away from the spine. Using the rulers which you can drag down we got the “A” symmetrical. To make the “A” translate into page numbers you need to highlight the character and in the task bar you click on Type → Insert Special Character → Markers → Current Page Number.screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-13-58-04




To then get both to conform to these settings you make a paragraph style by clicking the grid in the top corner of the box.


← Clicking this would give you the option “New Paragraph Style…” You have to have one “A” highlighted to get the settings correct.







We changed the name to “Page Numbers” this would make it easier to differentiate from any other styles that we would/need to be using. After you apply this by clicking “OK” you are left with a new paragraph style. After creating this you need to highlight the other “A’ and set it to the “Page Numbers” paragraph style. If you have been successful then if you click onto one of your pages then it should come up with numbers in the corners.



Reordering page numbers.

You will have to make a B-Master for the pages that you do not want to be numbered like the front and back covers and the inside slips. To create a B-Master you will right click onto the paged box and select “New Master…”. Drag and drop the B-Master pages onto the front, back and inside pages and then follow to the next step.

To reorder page numbers you need to click on all the pages in your book and right click and make sure “Allow Document Pages To Shuffle” and “Allow Selected Spread To Shuffle” are not ticked. Afterwards you have to right click on the page that you want to become page number 1 and select “Numbering and Section Options” this’ll bring up a menu but clicking “Okay” through the warning should make the page 1.

I enjoyed this exercise because it showed us how to make a book template and I know it will be very useful to me in the future.

Featured image: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Adobe_InDesign_icon.png



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