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2.4 Creating Master Pages and Consistent Folios

In this lesson, we will dive into designing Master Pages to use throughout the design. Master Pages work as templates within the InDesign file and will help us achieve a consistent layout in the magazine. We will be adding essential elements like folios and text boxes, which will help us work efficiently.

2.4 Creating Master Pages and Consistent Folios

Hi there, welcome back to this course. In the last couple of lessons, we learned how to set up pair of styles, layers and color swatches. In this lesson we will use those elements and create master pages. This will help us create a consistent layout throughout the design. Master pages are used as templates for pages in the document. These templates can contain empty text and graphic frames as placeholders so you can later edit as you design the magazine. Let's get started. In InDesign, select all the elements that we placed on the spread, press Cmd+C to copy, delete the elements. Head over to the pages panel. If you don't have it open, go to Window, Pages, double click on A Master. Press option Command Shift V to paste the elements in place. For the master pages all we want are the empty frames. So we can reuse them later throughout the magazines. So we will go through each of the text frames and delete the contents but making sure that a paragraph cells are applied to the specific frames. For instance, let's select a byline and we can see that under the paragraph styles panel there is nothing selected. So select Byline to assign that style to the frame delete the content and double check under paragraph sales that the byline styles is applied to the frame. Select the headline, here we can see that the headline is selected under paragraph styles, and delete the content. Repeat the same for the intro. The we'll move to the top of the right page. Delete the copy. We'll get rid of the square, as I already have something different planned for the images. And we can get rid of the caption frame as well. Let's double check that this copy frame has two columns and point 0.5 centimeters as a gutter. Click OK and let's get rid of the pull quote frame as well. And when we need it, we can just make a new text framing applied to pull quotes style. You can see here on the Pages panel all the pages now are empty from all the changes that we've made. Now let's work on the folio. Select the folio, delete the page number, right click, Insert Special Character, Markers, Current Page Number and that will automatically assign a page number depending on the page that we are on. Press Command R on your keyboard to bring up the rulers. Let's bring out a ruler guide here to make sure that we have the same spacing on the opposite page. Set the X value on the ruler guide to 2 centimeters. And move that text frame to be above the guide. Let's do the same for the byline bring out a ruler guide and set the Y value to 2 centimeters. Let's see the text from here is just above the guide, duplicate the guide by pressing option in drag to the opposite page. Let's bring out another vertical ruler a guide for the opposite page. So the total width of this is 42 centimeters. So let's place this ruler guide at 40 centimeters. Duplicate the folio by pressing Option and drag the folio towards the right. Press R to rotate, and place it on the right side of the guide. To make sure that both have the same spacing, select the left page folio. And select the aligned to the right button. Let's line this up with a guide. Now we need to log the guides. Head over to View Grids and Guides Log guides. Now we can't move the guides and here you can see on the pages panel that all the pages that we have on the magazine have green dots and those are the text frames that we have on the master pages. Now since these master pages are only for the inside of the magazine, we don't want it to be applied on the cover and the table of contents. So right click on None, Apply Master To Pages and under To Pages, type one dash three, so that would be the cover and the table of contents. So the text frames that we applied on the master won't be on pages one through three. So let's just double check here pages one, two, three have nothing. This is page five and there we have our folio, page seven, and so on. In this lesson we learned how to create master pages with the elements designed to the Paragraph Styles panel and color swatches. Master pages will help you be efficient and create consistent layouts. On the next lesson we'll dive into the signing the cover of our magazine. I'll see you there.

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