Master Page Layout in Indesign, Bleed, Print area, Cut size setting for a page in Indesign

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So far at MayIhelpyou.oodus.com, you have learned what is a Paragraph Style or Character Style and how to modify them. You have also learned how you can customize the shortcut keys for much used alignment tools (Top left bottom right).

Now today in this article you will learn a very important feature of Indesign – A Master Page. A master page in Indesign is used to save settings such as page size, margins, bleed etc. so that it can be applied to as many pages need that particular setting.

Find below the step-by-setp process on “How to create a master page in Indesign”

  1. Click on File> New or use Ctrl+N to create a new document.
  2. Form the option displayed, feed the details of width and height. Don’t bother if your system displays the measurement in pica or points, you just need to add ‘in’ just after the width and height digits. Say if you want the height of the page should be 11 in then just type ’11 in’ in the height input box… as shown in the below picture
    Creating a new Document in Indesign
    Creating a new Document in Indesign

     

  3. Just click ok. Rest of the settings you will set through the master page.
  4. To open master page panel click Window>pages or alternatively use F12 shortcut key.
  5. There in the Pages side panel window you will notice there are two presets already in the Pages Panel, None and A-master.
  6. Though here at Page panel either you can create a new master page or if you would like to modify the already has A-Master choice is totally yours.
  7. To create a new Master Page look at the drop down menu located at the top right corner of the Page Panel window, click on it and select new master. It will then ask for a name with a prfix leave it as it is and click ok. There you will see a new master created with a B-Master.
  8. Now to modify any one of them double click over any page. This will took you direct into the Master page as shown below:
    Master Page in Indesign
    Master Page in Indesign

     

  9. You may have noticed as you double click over any of the master page it automatically selects the both of the page, if it doesn’t then you have to manually select them, unless the properties you modify will apply to only the selected page.
  10. As you may have already noticed earlier when opening a new document, it uses Pica or pixel for default measurement settings… to change it use the right mouse click over the ruler (if it doesn’t displayed use Ctrl +R to view it) and select the measurement of your choice i.e. inch. Repeat the steps for both Height and Width measurement.
  11. Keeping both the pages selected from Page Panel click on Layout>Margins and Columns to have a window like this:
    Set the margins for a page in Indesign
    Set the margins for a page in Indesign

     

  12. Now you can input the whatever margins you desire for your layout…though as per industry standard for a page size of 8.5×11 in we use a margin .65 in or you can say finally the print area should be of 7.25×9.75 in. Now click ok.
  13. To set the bleed to the master page, one again go to the File menu and click on Document setup. And there set a minimum bleed of .2 in (aprox. 3 mm). Bleed is basically used to have extra margin beyond the cut area of a page so the printer have the extra space when cutting the complete printed book.
    Set the bleed for a Master Page
    Set the bleed for a Master Page

     

  14. This will complete the task of modifying a  master page. Now click on the page 1 below the master page in the page panel and right click on it using mouse and select Apply master to the page….. choose the one which you have just modified..that’s it for today…

 

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