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Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout – Part 1
InDesign Tutorials 10th August 2011 - By Graphire A lot of people are still clueless on how to use Adobe InDesign to do book or multi-page document layouts. If you’re coming from laying out documents using MS Word or other word processing software, using Adobe InDesign for the first time may be a little bit intimidating. Sure there are tons of Adobe InDesign tutorials, guides, and tips around but most of them are bits and pieces of everything. So I decided to create something that will teach newbie InDesign users straight up the very basics of how to create their first book layout.

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When creating any complex document, layout and organization should be planned before you dive in and execute the layout. Below are some of the basic things you need to think about before designing any publication. Document size (Page size) Content organization (Order of content) Margins, columns and other white spaces Repeating elements (Running hearders and footers, repeating backgrounds, etc.) Typefaces and fonts to be used (The simpler the better. Avoid script or fancy typefaces or other difficult to read typefaces) Font sizes (For titles, headers, sub-headers, body text, tables, footnotes, charts, etc.) Graphics and images (How do you want to present them and placed along with the text) Colors (The less color you use, the less expensive your printing cost will be) Other print production considerations like binding, paper stocks for cover and inside pages, etc.

2. Creating New Document and Setting Master Pages
To create a new document, you click File menu and select New Document. You will then be viewing the New Document window which looks like the one shown below.

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A Master Page is a template page that we can apply to individual pages in our document. The diagram below shows the Pages palette. go to “Window” > “Pages” to open it. Right now you’ll just worry filling up options for your page size.designfreebies. First thing you’ll do after you create a new document in InDesign is set your Master Pages. but typically you create Master Pages for each section. Usual elements that we put in the Master Page are running header and footer.. and margins.Part 1 | Desi. or just one Master Page for a short and simple book layout. http://www. The top section for Master Pages contain thumbnails for single page [None] and two facing pages 3 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM .org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in. page numbers. and some non-printing items like column and margin guides.. You can create as many Master Page sets as you want. Leave the other options in their default values. column size... It is located on the bar of palettes at the upper right of your InDesign screen. or chapter of your book. Every new InDesign document comes with a set of blank Master Pages. All objects that we put in the Master Page will appear on any pages that we apply the Master Page.Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout . You access the Master Pages in the Pages palette. If it is not showing up.

4 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM . So instead of typing text. The “A” mark will appear as page number on every page in your document associated with that particular Master Page. But for now. If you’re not familiar with InDesign toolbox. You will then see the “A” symbol written on your text frame. To add page numbers on your Master Page. you can just edit A-Master Page by double clicking the A-Master Page to access it.. we only want to insert page numbers.. If you are using just one set of Master Pages. you will press right click.designfreebies. You may move it later with the Selection tool from the toolbox to the exact position you want it to be. At this point you can now type any text you want on your text frame. let’s just create a simple left and right Master pages containing page numbers as shown below. To style it with the gray boxes similar with the sample above. Press and drag to create a text frame. You can add new Master Pages by clicking the Palette options button located at the upper right portion of the Pages palette and select “New Master”. select the Type Tool from the toobox on your left. Move your cursor on the location you want to place your page number (either left or right page)..Part 1 | Desi.org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in. [A-Master]. you may refer to the toolbox overview illustration below. http://www. The cursor will now turn into a text insertion icon.. You may use the Rectangle tool from the drawing tool set in the toolbox and adjust it with your desired size and color or gray fill. For now. Don’t bother about the position of your text for now.Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout . and from the right click menu select “Insert Special Characters” > “Markers” > “Current Page Number”.

let’s learn some basic things about grid in InDesign for book layout. select the pages you want to apply the Master page in the Pages palette then press “Alt” (Windows) or “Option” (Mac) as you click the Master page icon. you may select the page number and boxes you created using the Selection tool and copy it by holding the “Alt” (Windows) or “Option” (Mac) button then drag it over the opposite page. To copy the same page number element on the opposite page. simply drag the Master Page icon towards the page or spread icon of your choice in the Pages palette.. 3.Part 1 | Desi.. You may want to hold the “Shift” button to constrain movement and keep its alignment.org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in. Learning and adopting grid based design early on for beginning designers may prove beneficial in the long run. http://www. you’ll also learn instinctively when to use effectively and when to break the rules of grid-based design system. You have now created your first Master Page set. Using Grids Using grids in book layout or any design helps us create and impose order. To apply document the Master Page on a particular page or spread. For now..Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout . To apply a Master Page to multiple pages. And as you gain more design experience.. precision and consistency in our layout. We will simply use 5 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM .designfreebies.

The rest should have similar default values as above. With a 14 point leading. we can set our grids on them and use it all throughout our document. While we are on the Master Pages. on the menu bar.. click “View” > “Grids and Guides” > “Show Baseline Grid”. we will make our first baseline grid start at 15mm. we go to the top bar menu once more and choose “Edit” > “Preferences” > “Grid”...designfreebies.Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout . To make our baseline grids visible (if it is not showing up). Make sure Screen Mode is set to “Normal” (“View” > 6 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM . we need to think ahead what will be the font size and leading of our body text. 11 points with 14 points leading. To properly setup your horizontal baseline grids. Let’s say we use Times New Roman. To setup our baseline grid. I created my margins with the following settings shown below. Since our top margin is 15mm. we can say that our baseline grids will also have increment every 14 points. The following menu box will appear. http://www. To open the margins and columns dialog box. In this sample layout.. indicate your grid increment value at 14 points. baseline grid to align our text line per line.org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in.Part 1 | Desi. Then next. click “Layout” > “Margins and Columns”. Click ok to apply all grid settings.

let’s take a look first on how our simple book page structure will look like.Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout .designfreebies. You should have a similar looking Master spread with grids like the one shown below. A typical book may contain more than what is shown below. 4. 7 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM . Preface. Index. http://www. I made this very simple page structure for our basic book layout tutorial.. we can just use the sample page structure shown below. “Screen Mode” > “Normal”).org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in. Importing Text to Add Content Before we place the actual text content of our book.Part 1 | Desi. etc.... It may include other pages like Foreword. References. Acknowledgement. But just to illustrate and cover the basics.

. http://www. These are just the inside pages of our book... It is best to create the book cover separately as it has different page size because it is in spread format and may be wider than your actual book spread because 8 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM .org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in.designfreebies.Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout .Part 1 | Desi..

org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in.designfreebies. follow the steps below: 1.Part 1 | Desi. the content of your file will automatically be placed inside that text frame. it might contain a spine which will vary in size depending on the number of pages you’ll have and thickness of the entire book.. Click Open and you will see your cursor change into a place document icon. Holding down the shift key changes the placement of your content from a single text frame to automatically flowing your text adding pages to your document as needed. you can just click or drag inside your page to place the content. We will then import and place it in our InDesign document. then select “Place”. Locate and select your file when the Place document dialog box appears. If you want to specify other file importing options. 3. Navigate through your files. The first text frame of your content will be placed over your selected page. check the “Show Import Options” check box. you can use the Type tool straight up and type and set your own title. 4. Or press “Ctrl+D” (Windows) or “Command+D” (Mac). I won’t be showing you how to layout every page but I will just show you how to format one page and the rest will just be the same.. you can “Autoflow” your content by pressing the Shift key with the Place cursor. The table of contents will be discussed on part 2 of our InDesign Book Layout Tutorial.. http://www. For the title page. then find and select your Word document. Point it on your document page and click. Shown below is how the Autoflow place cursor looks like and the page containing the imported and placed text. If you created a text frame and selected it prior to importing a text file.. To import your document file. 9 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM . Click Open to import the selected file. If none. 2. Alternately. Go to “File” menu. Assuming we have a separate text document in MS Word format for our content. you can create this manually and easily.Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout . It is also advisable that you just copy the same title or type style from your cover to your title page for consistency. Since this is just one page.

. http://www.designfreebies. There are three ways to create paragraph styles.org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in. 5. Using paragraph styles allows you to dramatically cut the amount of time formatting text particularly with long documents containing long stretches of text. With paragraph styles..Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout . In this tutorial. let’s use the first and most common method. First method is to create an entirely new paragraph style from the paragraph style palette. From the Paragraph Styles palette click the options button and select “New Paragraph Style” as shown below. Third method is to import styles from other InDesign documents... appying text formatting to selected paragraphs is just a click away. Open the “Paragraph Styles” palette by clicking “Window” > “Type & Tables” > “Paragraph Styles”.Part 1 | Desi. Second method is to format the paragraph first then base the new paragraph style from that paragraph. Let us now define paragraph style for our heading. 10 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM . Formatting Text with Paragraph styles There are several ways that you can format your text in InDesign but the most efficient way is to use Paragraph Styles.

Font Style. http://www. Size and Leading...designfreebies. Now change Font Family.Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout . I choose Times New Roman Bold. click Basic Character Formats. Change the Style Name to “Heading 1″ or any name you want that will describe the paragraph you want to attach it to..org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in. 26 pt with 28 pt leading which is a multiple of 14 to match our 14 pt 11 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM .Part 1 | Desi.. Next.

12 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM .Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout .org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in. http://www. Set Align to Grid to “All Lines”. This tells InDesign to align all lines of text from that paragraph with the baseline grid... increment baseline grid... Lastly. The rest you can leave in their default values.Part 1 | Desi. You can also choose “First Line Only” and succeeding lines will still follow and align with the grid because our leading matches our baseline grid increment. go to Indents and Spacing.designfreebies.

format characters with Times New Roman regular.org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in. Then set again Align to Grid to “All Lines”. 11 pt with 12 pt leading.Part 1 | Desi. Place your Text tool cursor on the heading line and click “Heading 1″ from the Paragraph Styles palette to apply the Heading 1 style. With baseline grid shown (View > Screen Mode > Normal): 13 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM . follow the same procedure we did with our Heading 1 paragraph style. Applying our body text paragraph style gives us something like the one shown below. You may also want to set Alignment to “Left Justify” (also from “Indents and Spacing” tab).. Next thing you want to do is format the rest of the text by creating new paragraph styles for them. but that’s a matter of preference.. Click OK and we have our first Paragraph Style for Heading 1. You may name it “body”.. http://www.Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout . For our body text.designfreebies..

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...designfreebies.. http://www. Enhance it a bit if you feel that your page looks bare or too boring with too much text.Part 1 | Desi.org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in. I added some background boxes behind the heading to match the page number.Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout . 15 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM .

Continue adding new paragraph styles and apply them as needed with the rest of your document.. So if you enjoyed this one and looking forward to the next part. you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed and mailing list to keep you notified and updated. http://www.Part 1 | Desi. 16 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM .Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout .org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in.designfreebies.. Part 2 of this tutorial will cover how to add Table of Contents.. You may also like our Facebook fan page and follow our Twitter account just in case you missed our RSS and mail updates.. format footnotes and create cover for our book. That’s it for now.

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2012 Thank You for the tutorial (^ o ^)/ ! I can clearly understand and learn from it... But I will prepare it soon and post it as soon as I’m done.: Where is part 2? I can’t find it! Graphire on March 15. 2012 HELP! Part 2 of this tutorial will cover how to add Table of Contents.Part 1 | Desi. yet informative! Robert on November 16..Basic InDesign Tutorial in Creating Your First Book Layout .: Where is part 2? I can’t find it! shakthi vel on August 30. I haven’t done tutorials for some time now due to a lot of things.. format footnotes and create cover for our book. Elvy on October 2.designfreebies. This was just what I needed.org/design-tutorials/indesign-tutorials/basic-in. Thank you for your continued support. 2012 Thanks. Glenisart on October 24. 2013 Sorry about the so much awaited part 2 of this tutorial. Part 2 of this tutorial will cover how to add Table of Contents. format footnotes and create cover for our book. Simple. http://www. 2012 this website is very useful and accurate to me which i learnt more basic things in it. Leave a Reply Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website 18 of 20 3/28/2013 8:33 AM .

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