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5.1 How to Make a Spread in InDesign

It’s time to learn how to make a spread in InDesign. When should you use a spread, and when should you use a single page in your brochure or newsletter? We’ll answer that question in this lesson.

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5.1 How to Make a Spread in InDesign

Hi, there. This video is about spreads versus single pages. So far in this course we've made, you can kinda see it there in the background, we've made a single page document, our cover. Now, we wanna make some pages on the inside, okay? So it's gonna kind of, we've got a cover, now we wanna make some pages on the inside. And because it's going to be this kind of format, as in it's not going to be like single sheet stapled in the corner, okay, that you'd normally do at home and just kind of like dog ear them, okay? It's actually gonna be printed like a little brochure, okay? So they'll probably put it on A3, or I don't even know what they call a WS letter. But a big sheet, fold it in half, and that will be your document. So we've done the cover. Now, we need to add some more pages. And if we added four more single pages that would work, and we could send it to the printer, and that will be okay. But what we wanna see is we wanna see two pages side by side. Like that. That's not a very good page. Where's a good one. See this one here. There's a relationship between this page and this page. So we'd like to see the pages together in what's called a spread. Spread, okay? So we are going to turn on spreads. We're gonna make sure we've got four pages, cuz we'll have a cover, the inside spread, and the back cover, okay? And InDesign will do something cool where it shows you a cover by itself and the back by itself, but these two pages together. Hopefully it makes more sense when we get in there, but that is spreads. And let's go and make them now. All right, adding pages is super easy. Make sure your deselected. Easy way that I do it is black arrow, click in the background, nothing selected. And you should be able to see over here in your Properties, you should see Document, telling me my size, width and height. This is the one I want. How many pages? So I want four in total. So remember, front, two inside pages and a back cover. Type 4, click out, and magically, you've got four pages. But where are they? Okay, there's two ways to look. You can just zoom out. Zooming out, you'll see, look, four pages. What was the shortcut? You remember, Command+minus on a MAC, Ctrl+minus on a PC. The other way, and probably the more common way, is there's a whole tab here dedicated to pages. If you click on that, you can see I've got my front cover, these pages here. To get to them, say I'm gonna jump to the last page, I just double-click the white area. You can kinda see it highlights there. You can see down the bottom here, I'm on page four. Double-click page two. There's nothing on these pages, so it's not very exciting, but anyway, you get the idea. Double-click page one, and I'm on page one. You might what single pages, and it's perfect for what you need, okay? What we wanna do, though, is go to Properties, have nothing selected, and turn on this one called Facing Pages. This turns on one. We use the word spreads often in the industry. Facing pages is what InDesign calls it. You can kinda see why. If we go to Pages now, you'll see these two faces face each other. Now, technically, the back should be like glued to the front, cuz we know if we print them off and folded them, if you open up a magazine fully, you can see the front and the back at the same time. But they separate them off just so that we don't go mad, okay? So the back's at the end. Page four. That's page two. Page three. Page one. You know how to count, you get the idea. So nice and simple. I think I'm trying to stretch this video out cuz it's short and all the other ones have been really long. But you can turn it off just as easily by turning off Facing Pages. But what we wanna do is this. Go to page two, cuz we wanna work across these two pages. We're gonna start putting in some long text. We'll do that in the next section.

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