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Lesson 2. Setting Up Your Document > Creating a placeholder master

Creating a placeholder master

Next, you'll create a third master page for placeholders for the text and graphics that will appear in your articles. By creating placeholders on the master pages, you can ensure a consistent layout among articles, and you won't need to create text frames for each page in your document.

1.
In the Pages palette, choose New Master from the Pages palette menu.

2.
For Name, type Placeholder.

3.
For Based on Master, choose B-Footer, and then click OK.

Notice that the C-Placeholder icons display a B in each page in the Pages palette. This letter indicates that the C-Placeholder master is based on the B-Footer master. If you were to change either the A-Grid master or the B-Footer master, the changes would be reflected in the C-Placeholder master. You may also notice that you cannot select objects, such as the footers, from other master pages unless you override those objects. You'll learn about overriding master-page objects later in this lesson.

Adding a title placeholder frame

The first placeholder will contain the title of the article in a rotated text box.

1.
To center the left page in the document window, double-click the left page icon of the C-Placeholder master in the Pages palette.

2.
Select the type tool (). Drag to create a text frame that is slightly wider than the page and approximately as tall as one of the grid blocks. You'll position and resize this text frame later.

3.
Type title part xxx.

4.
Triple-click the text you typed in step 3 to select all the characters.

5.
Click the Character palette tab (or choose Type > Character). Select Trajan.

The Trajan font family has only capital letters, so now the text you type appears in all capitals.

6.
Double-click to select the word “TITLE” (and the space after the word). Then, in the Character palette, for Size, select 36 pt from the pop-up menu. Then select the words “PART XXX” and select 60 pt.

7.
Select the Paragraph palette tab and click the Align Center option.

8.
Select the selection tool (). If necessary, click the new text frame to select it. Then drag the text frame by the lower center handle until the frame is just tall enough to hold the text. If the text disappears, just drag the handle down again to make it taller. When you finish, choose View > Fit Spread in Window to zoom out.

9.
In the Transform palette, select the upper left handle in the proxy icon (). Then open the palette menu and select Rotate 90° CW.

10.
Drag the rotated text frame down so that it snaps to against the top of the right column guide in the far left column. Then drag the center handle on the bottom of the frame to stretch the frame to the lower margin of the page

11.
Click a blank area of the page or pasteboard to deselect, and then save the document.

Adding a placeholder frame for graphics

You have now created the text frame placeholder for the title of your article. Next, you'll add two graphics frames to the master pages. Similar to text frames, graphics frames act as placeholders for the document pages, helping you to maintain a consistent design.

Two tools can create rectangles: the rectangle tool and the rectangle frame tool. Although they are more or less interchangeable, the rectangle frame tool—which includes a non-printing X—is commonly used for creating placeholders for graphics.

Creating a guide before you draw makes it easy to position the graphics frames.

1.
On the View menu, make sure that the Snap to Guides command is checked, or choose it now.

2.
Drag a ruler guide from the horizontal ruler to the marker at 36 picas on the left master page.

3.
To make sure that the guide is at the 36-pica location, select the selection tool () in the toolbox and click the guide to select it (the guide changes color). Then type 36p in the Y box of the Transform palette, and press Enter or Return.

4.
Select the rectangle frame tool () in the toolbox.

5.
Draw a frame in the upper area of the left page so that the frame covers the area from the top edge of the page down to the horizontal guide you set at the 36-pica mark and spreading across the page from the vertical guide at the 12p0.6-mark to the center of the spread.

6.
Choose File > Save.

Drawing a colored shape

You'll now add a colored background for the title bar and another one across the top of the right master. These elements will then appear on any pages that you assign to the C-Placeholder master. This time, you'll use the rectangle tool instead of the rectangle frame tool because you'll give the frame a fill.

1.
Choose Edit > Deselect All.

2.
In the Pages palette, double-click the right page of the C-Placeholder master page or scroll horizontally so that the right page is centered in the document window.

3.
In the toolbox, select the selection tool () and drag from the horizontal ruler to the 16 pica mark to create a new ruler guide. Then click a blank area to deselect the guide.

When you are selecting and dragging frames, it's common to drag guides accidentally. To prevent guides from being dragged, you'll lock guides.

4.
Choose View > Lock Guides.

5.
Choose Window > Swatches to open the Swatches palette.

6.
In the upper left corner of the palette, click the Stroke box () to activate it, and then click None in the list of Swatches. This eliminates the outline around the edge of the shape you are going to draw.

Notice that the Stroke box is also in front of the Fill box in the toolbox.

7.
In the same area of the Stroke palette, click the Fill box () to make it active. Then click [Paper] in the list of swatches, to set Paper as a placeholder color for the objects you draw next.

8.
Select the rectangle tool () in the toolbox, and draw a frame in the right page from the top edge of the paper to the guide at 16 picas, and stretching from one edge of the page to the other. Leave the frame selected for the next step.

Notice that the Paper fill now hides the column guides and margins that are behind the rectangle.

9.
In the Pages palette, double-click the left page icon for C-Placeholder, to center the left master page in the document window.

10.
Still using the rectangle tool, draw a frame from the top to the bottom of the page, covering the left margin of the page and the first column. Notice that the new frame blocks the title placeholder text from view.

11.
With the new rectangle frame still selected, choose Object > Arrange > Send to Back.

12.
Save your file.

Creating text frames with columns

You have added placeholders for the title, graphic, and two background blocks for the C-Placeholder master pages. To finish the C-Placeholder master, you'll create the text frames for the story text.

1.
Select the type tool (), and then drag to create a text frame on the left master page, snapping the frame to the guides so that it is three rows tall and four columns wide in the empty area at the bottom of the left master page.

2.
Choose View > Fit Spread in Window. On the right master page, drag to create a text frame four columns wide and six rows tall, snapping to the guides as shown.

Next, you'll make sure that each of the main-story text frames has two columns.

3.
Select the selection tool (). Shift-click to select both text frames.

4.
Choose Object > Text Frame Options. Under Columns, type 2 for Number, and then click OK.

Each of the main-story text frames will include two columns of text. To make the text flow from one text frame to the next, you will thread the frames.

5.
Click the out port in the lower half of the text frame on the left master page. Hold the pointer over the text frame on the right master page so that it changes from a loaded text icon () to a link icon (), and then click.

A. Out port

6.
Save the document.

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