How to Set Up a New Publication using InDesign
After you launch InDesign CS2 (the “CS” stands for Creative Suite), you have two options: You can choose File –> Open (or press Command+O or Ctrl+O) to open a previously created document or template, or you can choose File –> New –> Document (or press Command+N or Ctrl+N) to create a new document.
Creating a new document is where all the fun is, since you get to create something yourself, from scratch. Here’s how to create a new document:
1. Choose File –> New –> Document or press Command+N or Ctrl+N.
The New Document dialog box appears. It is here that you will have to make many up-front decisions about how you want your new document set up — including page size, number of pages, number of columns, and margin width. Although you’re free to change your mind later, you’ll save yourself time and potential headaches by sticking with the basic page parameters you establish in the New Document dialog box.
2. If you know exactly how many pages your publication will have, enter the number in the Number of Pages field.
If you don’t know for sure, you can always add or delete pages later. So for now, make an educated guess; it’s easy to add or delete pages later.
3. Decide whether to layout your documents in a spread or as separate pages.
• If you’re creating a multi-page publication that will have a spine, such as a book, catalog, or magazine, select Facing Pages.
• If you’re creating a one-page document, such as a business card, an ad, or a poster, don’t select Facing Pages.
• Some publications, such as flip charts, presentations, and three-ring bound documents, have multiple pages but use only one side of the page. For such documents, don’t check Facing Pages, either.
4. If you want to flow text from page to page in a multi-page document, such as a book or a catalog, check Master Text Frame.
If you check this box, InDesign automatically adds a text frame to the document’s master page and to all document pages based on this master page. Doing this saves you the work of creating a text frame on each page and manually threading text through each frame.
5. In the Page Size area, you can choose one of the predefined sizes from the pop-up menu.
6. Specify margin values in the Margins area.
If Facing Pages is checked, Inside and Outside fields are available in the Margins area. Designers often specify larger inside margins for multi-page publications to accommodate the fold at the spine. If Facing Pages is not checked, Left and Right fields replace the Inside and Outside fields. You can also specify margin values by clicking the up/down arrows associated with the fields.
7. To specify how many columns your pages have, enter a value in the Columns field.
You can also specify the number of columns by clicking the up/down arrows associated with the Column field.
8. Specify a gutter distance (the gutter is the space between columns) in the Gutter field.
You can also specify a gutter width value by clicking the up/down arrows associated with the Gutter field.
9. Click the More Options button to access the Bleed and Slug area of the New Document dialog box.
The More Options button provides options to set bleed and slug areas. A bleed area is a margin on the outside of the page for objects you want to extend past the edge of the page — you want them to extend at least 1/8 inch so if there is any shifting of the paper during printing, there’s no white space where the image should be (touching the edge of the page).
The slug area is an area reserved for printing crop marks, color plate names, and other such printing information — some output devices will cut these off during printing unless a slug area is defined. For both bleed and slug areas, you can set the top, bottom, left, and right margins independently.
10. Click OK to close the New Document dialog box.
Your new, blank document appears in a new document window.
You can bypass the New Document dialog box by pressing Shift+Command+N or Ctrl+Shift+N. When you use this method, the most recent settings in the New Document dialog box are used for the new document.