Every publication automatically comes with a blank set of page masters. A page master is an underlying template that we can apply to selected pages in our document. Typically, basic page design elements such as a header, footer, and page number are placed on a master.
In a given InDesign document, we may create a variety of masters. This is important in creating complex documents such as books. In the example of a book, a separate master may be created for each of the following: main body text pages, chapter title pages, table of contents, and index. Then, each time we add pages to the book, we select the appropriate master to apply. In this way, page masters provide publications with consistent elements throughout without having to redo all the fixed elements on each page. The same principle may extend to any type of document: magazine, newsletter, flier, and many others.
In addition to using page masters within a single document, we can copy masters to other documents. Hence, they can easily be reused, providing us with consistent and time-saving templates for subsequent editions of a publication.
Viewing the Pages Panel
In InDesign, we work with all pages and masters using the Pages panel. The Pages panel is docked on the bar of panels at the upper right of our screen.
Let's open the Pages panel now.
Step1. To open the Pages panel, in the panel group,
- The top section for masters automatically contains two thumbnails: a single page named "[None]" and a page named "A-Master." As we create our own masters, we'll be adding some new thumbnails to this section.
- The bottom section of the panel contains a tiny layout of each of the content-containing pages we have specified for our document.
Viewing a Page Master
The document that we are about to create will have a cover page with the title, date, issue, and volume number. This page can be used for all future newsletters.
We will view a page master in the swipe file.
Step1. To switch to the swipefile.indd document,
Click the swipefile.indd document tab
Step2. To view all the master icons, in the Pages panel, if necessary,
Press & Dragdownward until A-Cover Page icon is visible
Step3. To view the cover page master, in the Master section of the Pages panel,
Step4. To see which master is applied to page 1,
Step5. To actually view page 1 with all its content, in the Pages panel,
Step6. To try to select the title of the newsletter,
Click the nameplate text
Step7. To view the attached master again, in the Masters section of the Pages panel,
Step8. To select the nameplate,
Triple-Click the nameplate text
Step9. To see more of this document's masters,
Step10. To switch back to the document's cover page, in the Document Pages section of the Pages panel,
Step11. To return to the Classroom Technology Today.indd document,
Click the Classroom Technology Today.indd tab