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Lesson 1. Asset Creation and General Setup > Setting up a document in InDesign

Setting up a document in InDesign

1.
Start Adobe InDesign CS2.

2.
If greeted by the welcome screen, click Close (or click New Document, and then skip step 3).

3.
Choose File > New > Document.

4.
In the New Document dialog box, leave Number of Pages set to 1, and set the page width to 3.5 inches and the height to 2 inches (simply type 3.5 in in the Width field and 2 in in the Height field, InDesign will take care of converting inches to picas, or whichever unit is selected as the document's default). You can ignore the settings for Facing Pages and Master Text Frame.

5.
Select the Landscape Orientation to have the document appear wider than it is tall. (After you entered 2 inches as height in the previous step, InDesign swapped the width and height entries assuming a standard Portrait orientation.)

6.
Leave Number set to 1 in the Columns section of the dialog box, and ignore the value entered as Gutter.

7.
In the Margins section of the dialog box, type 0.125 in (1/8 of an inch) as Top margin, and then click the Make all settings the same icon—the broken chain icon in the center of the Margins section of the dialog box—to quickly apply the same value to all four margins.

The text on the business card should not be placed outside these margins. Graphical elements like a color bar on the top, however, can be printed right to the edge of the card. For this purpose, you need to set up a bleed area, which is used to align objects that you want to extend all the way to the trimline of your printed document.


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