Chapter 24. Designing Layouts

Imagine the process of creating a sidewalk. The first step is to create the forms that define the edges of the sidewalk. If you create these before you mix the cement, the cement easily flows into the right location and the job is completed rather quickly. However, if the forms are not straight or secure, the cement flows outside the bounds and finished work won't be smooth and straight. Similarly, if you complete the layout design beforehand, the text and images flow easily into the document in the correct positions.

This chapter covers the basics of creating a useful layout in InDesign. The initial settings for a layout document are set when you create a new document. You can use the Pages palette to add and delete pages, rearrange pages, and create spreads and Master pages. Master pages provide a convenient way to update similar content on many pages at once. Several other useful layout objects include rulers, grids, guides, and frames. Using these objects, you can quickly lay out all the objects that are included in a page before the content is ready. The content can then be easily placed within these frames when it's ready.

Establishing an InDesign Layout

You establish layouts in InDesign when you create a new document. The New Document dialog ...

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