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Chapter 2. DOCUMENT SETUP

Chapter 2. DOCUMENT SETUP

Billions of years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, (or just fifteen years ago, before the beginning of desktop publishing), people prepared documents for printing using pieces of stiff board. They marked up the boards with speical nonprinting blue pencils to indicate the edges of the pages. They drew marks that indicated where the margins and columns should be and how to trim the pages. This board, or mechanical, was used as the layout for the document.

Unlike the board mechanicals of the past, InDesign documents are electronic layouts. Just as with the board mechanicals, you need to set the page sizes, margins, and column widths. However, since you are using a computer, there are additional controls for how the document is viewed.

It helps enormously if you know most of the details about the document setup before you begin work. For instance, you might find out in the middle of a project that the margins are too wide to hold all the text. While you can always change the margins later, it helps if you have an idea of what size they should be before you do too much work. Of course, all changes to your electronic layout take far less time than they did on board mechanicals.


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