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Chapter 4. WORKING WITH PAGES > Adjusting Page Size and Orientation

Adjusting Page Size and Orientation

Inside the document window is the page on which you create your work. An area called the pasteboard surrounds the page 1. You use the Document inspector to adjust the size and orientation of the page.

Figure 1. The page sits inside the pasteboard area.


To display the Document inspector:

  • To open the Document inspector, choose Window > Inspectors > Document.

As you create documents, you may need to change your page to a different size.

To set a page size in the Document inspector:

  • Use the page size pop-up menu in the Document inspector 2.

    Figure 2. There are nine preset page sizes, plus Custom, which lets you enter the exact measurements for any size page.


If none of the preset sizes is right for your job, you need to create a page with custom measurements. For instance, if you create business cards, you would want your page to match the trim size of the cards.

To create a custom-size page:

1.
Choose Custom from the Page Size popup menu of the Document inspector.

2.
Enter the horizontal measurement in the x field 3.

Figure 3. Use the x and y fields to set the dimensions of a custom page.


3.
Enter the vertical measurement in the y field 3.

4.
Press Return/Enter on the keyboard to apply the sizes to the page.

Instead of changing the size of the page numerically, you can use the Page tool to visually drag the page so that it is the same size as your artwork.

To use the Page tool to create a custom-size page:

1.
Choose the Page tool in the Tools panel 4.

Figure 4. Choose the Page tool in the Tools panel to visually manipulate pages on the artboard.


2.
Click the page you want to change. A set of handles appears around the edges of the page.

3.
Drag one of the arrows to change the size of the page 5.

Figure 5. Use the Page tool to drag the handles around a page to change the size of the page.


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Keep an eye on the Info toolbar to see the dimensions of the page as you drag.


If you create many custom-size pages, you can save those sizes as part of the page size list. This makes it easier to select those page sizes later on.

To add custom page sizes to the page size list:

1.
Choose edit from the page size list. The Edit Page Sizes dialog box appears 6.

Figure 6. The Edit Page Sizes dialog box lets you set custom page sizes that are displayed in the Page Size pop-up menu.


2.
Click the New button to create a new page size entry.

3.
Enter a descriptive name for the custom size.

4.
Enter the horizontal size in the x field.

5.
Enter the vertical size in the y field.

6.
To enter additional custom sizes, click the New button.

or

Click the Delete button to delete any sizes.

or

Click the Close button to close the dialog box. The custom sizes appear in the Document inspector menu.

You may want to reverse the horizontal and vertical sizes of your document. You can do this using the Document inspector or the Page tool.

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Changing the orientation or rotating a page changes only the position of the artboard. It does not rotate any artwork on the page.


To set the orientation in the Document inspector:

  • To make the page wider than it is tall, click the Landscape icon in the Document inspector 7.

    Figure 7. Click the Portrait or Landscape icons to change the orientation of a page.


    or

    To make the page taller than it is wide, click the Portrait icon in the Document inspector 7.

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If the Portrait is selected, FreeHand does not accept measurements that would make a page wider than it is tall. Similarly, if the Landscape icon is selected, you can never specify a page that is taller than it is wide.


To rotate a page using the Page tool:

1.
Choose the Page tool in the Tools panel.

2.
Click the page you want to change. A set of handles appears around the edges of the page.

3.
Move the cursor outside a handle so that a curved arrow appears.

4.
Drag the curved arrow to rotate the page 8.

Figure 8. Use the Page tool to visually rotate pages.


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