A cover page for a publication typically features special items such as a title, a date, and information about the issue and volume number. In addition, some elements that give it an identity are present in consistent locations. These might include a logo, a table of contents, and perhaps some other text or graphic objects that would be unique to the publication.
Before we knew about page masters, we created a cover page using a regular document page instead of a customized master. Now, since we know the purpose of masters, we will cut out the banner, including the two frames, from the top of page 1 of our newsletter and paste it into a cover page master for it. Then we will be able to apply this cover page to all of our newsletters rather than having to create this banner from scratch every time.
We will be creating three masters for the "Classroom Technology Today" newsletter project: one for the cover page and two for the linked inside pages (left and right). The back page containing a mailing panel will inherit the master for the inside pages.
Using these three masters, if we need to add more pages, we don't need to re-do the header and footer on each of the inside pages. Moreover, once created, we could use our masters for future documents.
First, let's begin creating the cover page master.
Step1. To start making a new master, in the upper right corner of the Pages panel,
Click, Click New Master...
- Prefix: The Prefix allows us to label our masters with a letter so we can quickly tell from the thumbnails which master is applied.
- Name: The text here will be the displayed name of the master.
- Based on Master: This field allows us to use masters already available.
- Number of Pages: Since pages are frequently linked together in twos (as in right-left pages) or threes (foldout pages) or even more, in this field we type the number of pages we want to put in the set.
Step2. To assign the master a Prefix of A, in the Prefix field, type:
A Tab key
Step3. To assign a name, in the Name field, type:
Step4. To specify a single page, in the Number of Pages field,
Click "Number of Pages:", type: 1
Step5. To accept the new master specifications,
NOTE: Right now, we have two masters with a prefix of A because the master that InDesign supplied for us already had that prefix.
Step6. To switch to the document page 1,
Step7. To confirm which mode we are in, on the menu bar,
Click View, Click Screen Mode
Step8. To change the mode,
Step9. To activate the Selection tool,
Step10. To select the two frames at the top of page 1, with the Selection tool,
Click the top frame, and hold Shift key and Click the Volume and Issue frame below it
NOTE: Make sure you have only two frames selected.
Step11. To cut the frames from page 1, press:
Step12. To switch to the A-Cover Page master,
Step13. To paste the frames into the A-Cover Page master, press:
Step14. To move the frames into position,
Press & Drag the frames to the top of the page margin
Step15. To deselect the frames, from the Main menu,
Click the pasteboard
Step16. Save the file.
Creating Paragraph Rules
One of the simplest design techniques available to a graphic designer is a line. In many cases, a simple black line is the most effective way to accomplish a number of tasks.
A line can separate sections, it can call attention to a particular section of the page, or it can simply act as a barrier at the bottom of the page.
InDesign allows us to add lines to any paragraph through the use of Paragraph Rules. These lines, or rules, appear above and/or below the paragraph, and InDesign allows us to customize their size, color, and position in relation to the text frame.
By adding Paragraph Rules to the dateline, we are drawing the reader's attention from the nameplate down the page to the main story, as well as anchoring the dateline to the page.
It might appear that we could simply draw a line, but there are several advantages to using a Paragraph rule. First of all, the line will follow our paragraph wherever it goes. We can move it however we like, without having to take care to select the lines as well. We can also exert a lot more control over the placement, color, and weight of the lines.
To ensure that Paragraph Rules take effect across both columns of the text frame, we need to select all the text in the frame. Let's do this now.
Step1. Activate the Type tool.
Step2. To select all the text in the text frame, with the Type tool selected,
Press & Drag to highlight the text in the Volume and Issue frame
NOTE for MacOS Users: To select the text, on the keyboard, press: Command key+A.
Step3. To open the Paragraph panel,
Step4. To open the Paragraph Rules window, in the upper right corner of the Paragraph panel,
Click, Click Paragraph Rules...
Step5. To see the changes as they are being made, if necessary,
Click the Preview checkbox
Step6. To turn on the Rule Above the line,
Click the Rule On checkbox
Step7. To move the line above the dateline text, in the Offset field,
Click "Offset:", type:.175 Tab key
Step8. To view the options for Rule Below, in the Paragraph Rules window,
Click, Click Rule Below
Step9. To turn on the Rule Below the line of text,
Click the Rule On checkbox
Step10. To move the rule into place, in the Offset field,
Click "Offset:", type: .075 Tab key
Step11. To accept the changes,
Step12. To save the document, from the Main menu,
Click File, Click Save
Applying the Cover Page Master
As we design the content pages of our newsletter, we will be working around the substructure we have created on the masters. By default, all document pages have a master applied to them. Masters can be easily applied to document pages to suit the needs of the publication.
For this newsletter, we will be applying the A-Cover Page master to page 1. The process of applying masters to document pages simply involves pressing and dragging the appropriate master thumbnail onto a document thumbnail.
Let's apply our Cover master to the first page. First, we will view the A-Cover master icon in the Pages panel.
Step1. To open the Pages panel, if necessary, press:
Step2. To move to Page 1, in the Pages panel,
Step3. To apply the A-Cover Page master to page 1, in the Masters section of the Pages panel,
Press & Drag to
NOTE: When the page 1 icon is highlighted, the master is being applied.
NOTE: When you point to any page icon, a tip appears showing which master has been applied.