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InDesign Tutorial: Using Master Pages to Create Templates -HD-

InDesign Tutorial: Using Master Pages to Create Templates -HD-


Today in InDesign, I’m going to be showing
you how to save time on your projects by making use of master pages. Master pages in InDesign are essentially template
pages. Now you can place objects and text on master
pages that you want to appear on every page of your document. To start using master pages, go up to “Window”
and then down to “Pages.” Now master pages are shown at the top of the
pages panel. By default, you will have an “A-Master” page. You can also see that in my document I have
three pages with an “A” in the corner of the icon. This indicates that these pages are using
the A-Master page. Now to edit a master page, double click on
its icon in the pages window. Now we can place items that we want to appear
on every page. So first I’m going to go up to “File” and
then down to “Place,” and select an image to use as branding. Then I can drag it out and position it in
the top left corner of my document. We can also add in dynamic page numbers to
our master page by first grabbing our text tool and dragging out a text box. Then you can go up to the “Type” menu, go
to “Insert Special Character,” and then “Markers,” and then “Current Page Number.” Now feel free to drag items onto the right
page of your A-Master spread as well. I will go ahead and put a copy of the page
number on the right page, and align the text right. So now if we go back to our original document
by clicking any of the pages in our pages window, you can see that the logo and page
number have been added to all of the pages marked with the A-Master page. So now if we go over and right click in the
pages window, and select “Insert Pages” we can choose to add in two more pages, and choose
a master page of “A” at the bottom of this dialog box. So these pages will now take on the characteristics
of the A-Master page as well. So now say that we decided later that we did
now want the logo on the pages, or we wanted to swap out a different logo, we would only
need to change it on the master page and then it would update every page. So keep in mind that you can also add in new
master pages by right clicking at the top of the pages panel, and clicking “New Master.” Now usually you will keep the default settings
and just click “Ok.” So after that, you will see “B-Master” added
to the top of the pages panel. Now to change which master page your spread
is currently using, you can select a page, or hold control to select multiple pages,
and then right click on them, and select “Apply Master to Pages.” Then select the master page that you want
and hit “Ok.” You can now see that the page icon has a “B”
in the corner and the pages take on the default appearance of the B-Master. So there you have it. You can now use master pages to quickly create
and manage infinite page templates in InDesign. So keep in mind that your regular page content
does not go on master pages, but only things that you want to display the same on every
page. So as always, if you enjoyed this InDesign
tutorial, be sure to subscribe, rate, comment, and share it with your friends.

Comments (13)

  1. is it photoshop also? :O coz i need to make brochure and i think this would be a big help.. :O

  2. fucking awesome SHORT tutorial, fast, no useless talk, simple, useful tutorial that does not waste your time!!!!!!!!!

  3. This is a great tutorial. No trivial info, straight to the point as it should be. Thank you very much for this excellent tutorial.

  4. Nice tutorial, please make more!

  5. Just what I needed, Clear & Straight to the Point!! Thanx!!! Subscribed!!!

  6. you sound like elmo, priceless. cheers for the info!

  7. Nice tutorial. But please stop perpetuating bad typography. Your logo needs to use real small caps. A larger letter just gets thicker and looks silly.

  8. Extremely helpful, thank you

  9. Awesome short briefly explanation thanks. <3

  10. Quick, easy, succinct!

  11. Thank you very helpful for me.

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