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InDesign Template Essentials: Page Size Starters

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This month’s file, Page Size Starters, was suggested by an email that we received from a long-time InDesign user. She was wondering how best to create a single PDF that was comprised of multiple page sizes. Export multiple InDesign files to PDFs and then combine them in Acrobat? Create a single InDesign layout with a page size large enough to contain the largest page, and then use crop marks inside the other pages to define the smaller ones?

Well it turns out, as some of you have surmised, that this reader did not know that InDesign can mix page sizes in the same document (and it has been able to do so since CS5) via the Page tool or the button at the bottom of the Pages panel. And when you export said mixed-page-size InDesign file to PDF, the different page sizes stay intact in the PDF.

To prove this point, this month’s Template Essentials, “Page Size Starters,” is a single document comprised of a number of different page sizes that you can use to start your own mixed-size projects: A booklet spread comprised of back cover, spine, and front cover; a tri-fold brochure, a 3-piece identity system (business card, letterhead, and #10 envelope), and a large poster.

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To use this in your own projects, simply open the Template Essentials file, delete the pages you don’t need, and do a Save As. Voila! You have a correctly-sized page/spread for your project. That’s doing it old-school style, baby. We made sure to include some basic instructions in the beginning, clearly labelled Master pages, placeholder text on each page to get you going, and useful Paragraph and Character styles for each one.

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Anne-Marie Concepcion
Anne-Marie “Her Geekness” Concepción is the co-founder (with David Blatner) and CEO of Creative Publishing Network, which produces InDesignSecrets, InDesign Magazine, and other resources for creative professionals. Through her cross-media design studio, Seneca Design & Training, Anne-Marie develops ebooks and trains and consults with companies who want to master the tools and workflows of digital publishing. She has authored over 20 courses on lynda.com on these topics and others. Keep up with Anne-Marie by subscribing to her ezine, HerGeekness Gazette, and contact her by email at amarie@cpn.co or on Twitter @amarie
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