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Chapter 2. Page Layout > Working with Master Spreads

Working with Master Spreads

Master spreads (also called master pages) are the background on which you lay out your publication’s pages. When you assign a master spread to a document page, InDesign applies the margin and column settings of the master spread to the page. Any page items on the master spread also appear on the document page, on the layers they occupy on the master spread. Master page items cannot be edited on document pages unless you choose to override the items from the master pages (see “Overriding Master Items”).

You lay out master spreads using the same techniques you use to lay out document pages. Repeating page elements, such as page numbers, headers and footers, and background images, are all great candidates for master spread page items. In addition, you can place empty text and graphic frames on a master spread to provide a text layout template for document pages.


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