A New Document window is nothing new to most of us, but the InDesign new document window can be a bit confusing especially because it is a multiple – page layout program. Here now, is what you need to know in order to create the right InDesign document for your project:
|If you have worked in InDesign before and have a specific document set up that you already saved for future use, this will be the place to tell InDesign just that. Saving setup presets is extremely useful if you work on the same size documents often.|
|Here you have the option to tell InDesign how many pages you want to have in this document. It is not terminal if you mis-count or forget to it all together. You can always add more page in the Pages floating panel.|
|This area is crucial to how your document looks and acts. If you are creating something that has a spine of any kind, in other words a document where you can turn pages, you have to pick “Facing Pages”. Otherwise unclick this because having facing pages where you don’t need them is just as bad.|
|This pulldown menu has presets for page size for both US and European page sizes. If you would like a custom page size, you can do that down below (area E).|
|Custom page sizes are entered here, and if they are they cancel the presets set in area D.|
|Orientation and Binding: Both these options will determine how your book is read and where will it’s cover be. Will it be on the “traditional” English side, and open to the left, or will it open to the right. These are important options, but they are simple options that should not really confuse you as they are clear:
In orientation, you choose portrait or landscape. In other words if your document “stands” or “lies down”. And in Binding you choose the direction your book will be read.
|Should you want to set up a master text box, you can tell InDesign to set columns inside this text box and also specify how many of these columns you’d like to have. On the right side of this area you could also set the distance between these columns or as that terms is called in the printing business: the Gutter.
As in other places, you can also specify these things when you open a new box. And it is worth pointing out that in any given page you can have any number of boxes with any number of columns and gutter sizes.
|Page margins are set in this page. We typically use these also as the markings for Live Area, which is the area beyond which no running text goes, so it does not get cut when the page is re-sized.
In this section you can set all the Margins as the same size or specify a individual margins for each side of the page.
|Here you have two different things going:
1. The Bleed – or how much would the page extend beyond it’s original size. We usually refer to the bleed area when we have a background image that “bleeds” of the edges of the pages.
2. Slug – is used for placing information about the the page content. Things such as the creator, version, and agency phone number. That information is used as the page is trafficked around but eventually gets cut out.