April 22, 2006 / InDesign / Spring 2006

In Step with InDesign – using mutiple master pages

Written by Marketing Staff

Master pages are like a set of pages that live behind your current spread. Anything that is placed on a master page appears on every page to which that master is applied. For example, the folio information that appears on every page of a Walsworth template is actually placed on your master pages. But master pages have more uses than that.

Multiple master pages are most useful when you have a multiplepage document and want different items to appear on different spreads.

To create multiple master pages:

1. In the Pages palette (Window > Pages), select New Master from the palette menu. You can give your master page a name, or simply leave it as B-Master.

One choice you must make, however, is to select A-Master in the Based on Master: field. This ensures that all appropriate information, such as folios and color information layers, is reflected on every new master you create.

2. Place any copy or artwork on your new master pages as you wish.

3. To apply a master page to a particular spread in the document, click on the master pages name (in this case, B-Master), and drag over the icon of the spread to which you wish to apply the master. Make sure the entire spread is highlighted, or the master pages may only be applied to one side of the spread. You can tell if the master has been applied by the letter on the spread icon in the Pages palette.

01. Think of master pages as pages that live behind your current spread.

02. At Prefix, consider what to name your spread.

03. To select a master for a spread, drag the master pages name over the icon of the spread.

2 Responses to “In Step with InDesign – using mutiple master pages”

October 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm, Lisa said:

I created a document and have 3 master pages – 1 has the page numbers, the other each have a different picture to apply to different pages. Before I applied the master with the page numbers, all my pictures were visible but afterwards, it appears as though the master with the page number has over ridden the other master page, even though I did not select that option. Is there a way for me to use more than one master page on a single page without this happening?


September 17, 2012 at 11:17 pm, Mulite master | Worldwidepush said:

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