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Open InDesign

1. File>New>Document

2. Number of Pages: __
This value can be between 1 and 9999.

3. Select the Facing Pages check box if you want the pages arranged as spreads. With this option checked, the pages in your document are arranged in pairs, so you have spreads, which are facing or adjacent pages in a layout.

4. Paper Size>Custom

5. Choose a number for the columns on the page. This sets guides for columns that you might put text into. You can also enter a value in the Gutter field (the gutter is the space in between each of the columns).
Columns Number>1p


What is PICA?
PostScript pica = 4.23 millimeters

Restore the default workspace by choosing the Essential option on the Window > Workspace menu.

Layout>Go to Page (shortcut Apple J)

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InDesign has unlimited undos (shortcut Apple>Z)

Choose Layout > Margins And Columns to change margin and column settings for a spread or a page.

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Go to Window>Pages

Click on a little triangle>Panel Options>Remove check from Show Vertically
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Select a spread (pages 2 and 3), and use View>Fit Spread in Window (shortcut Option, Apple, 0)
Learn how to Zoom In/Out
Hold Apple key and + or Apple key and -
To zoom 100%, hold Apple and 1
200%, hold Apple and 2
Set your page to 75%

How to Insert Pages?

Click on Create New Page Button. It inserts a new page after the selected page.


If you hold alt option key while clicking on the Create New Page button, InDesign will open Insert Pages window.


Yo can duplicate a page by holding alt option key and dragging a page. If you see a thick line, it means that you can place a duplicate page there. If you see a hand with a plus sign, it means that the duplicate page will be positioned at the end of your document.

You can move pages by dragging them around.

You can also move pages by opening Move Pages window from the Pages flyout window.


To delete pages, select them and click on a trash can icon.

To Place an image into your document do the following:

1. Make sure the Pointer Tool is selected. (If the Text Tool is selected when placing an image, the image will insert within a blank Element - not as an independent unit. images within Elements are difficult to format and reposition.)
2. Go to File > Place.
3. Navigate through the pull down menus to find the file that you want to insert.
Select the file and hit OK (Fig. 18).
4. Your cursor will change into a small grey picture box that represents your
"unplaced" image. Find the approximate location where you want to drop the image and click the mouse once.
Once you have Placed the object, switch to the Pointer Tool to move the object to the precise location where you want it. If you want to resize your image, single-click on your image, click the Free Transform Tool (Fig. 19) and you can resize it using the "grippers" – little black squares - that surround the image. Click and drag a gripper inward or outward to expand or shrink you image as desired. If you would like to maintain the original proportions of the image when you resize it, hold down the Shift key as you perform the resizing action.

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