Create Document for Book Covers in Adobe InDesign CS6

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    To begin, you should open InDesign either from your desktop or by clicking on the Windows icon in the lower-left corner of your screen
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    Clicking the Windows icon will open a list of recently used programs. You may find InDesign on the list. InDesign is indicated by a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID".
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    Otherwise, begin typing "Adobe InDesign" into your search bar at the bottom of the start menu
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    Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" to go directly to your workspace
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    Before you create your document, ensure that you are on your advanced workspace
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    You can check this by clicking the "Advanced" drop-down menu in the top right-hand corner of the window. This creates the panels on the right-hand side.
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    Check "Advanced" on the list
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    Click "Window" to find any other panels that you need
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    Now, create a document to work with by clicking "File"
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    When creating a book cover document, you still need to create a document.
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    Move the cursor over to "New"
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    Click "Document..."
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    You can also press "Ctrl" + "N" on the keyboard. Clicking "Book" under the expanded "New" menu will work to assemble the book, and it will not create book covers.
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    Click "(Custom)" after clicking the "Document Preset" drop-down menu
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    Click the "Intent" drop-down menu
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    Click "Print"
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    Click the input field for "Number of Pages"
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    Specify that you need 3 pages: a front cover, a back cover, and a spine.
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    Uncheck the "Facing Pages" box
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    You should make sure that "Orientation" is set to the portrait style
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    Click the "Width" box and type "5in"
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    InDesign works in picas, so the program will make the conversion for you.
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    Press "Tab" on the keyboard
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    You should also change "Height" to "7.5in"
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    This number will also be converted into picas automatically.
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    Press "Tab" again
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    Leave "Number" and "Gutter" as it is
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    You will change it later.
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    For the "Margins" section, set "Top" and "Bottom" to "18pt"
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    Leave "Left" and "Right" at "0p0"
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    If you cannot see additional options at the bottom, click the button on the right side that says, "More Options"
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    In the additional options that appear, change the "Bleed"
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    This will affect the appearance of the printed document by letting the images get out of the margins. Change "Top", "Bottom", "Left", and "Right" to "0p9" for this tutorial.
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    If you use these settings often, you can click the "Save Preset..." button on the right side of the window
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    Saving the settings will keep the them for a future project.
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    You can name the preset and click "OK"
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    When you are satisfied with the settings, click "OK"
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    Once your document is loaded, you will see a black border. It signifies the edge of the page. The pink lines signify the margins. The red lines signify the "Bleed" area.
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    Now, click "Pages" on the right-hand side panel
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    You will see the three pages that you specified in the document settings appear in a list.
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    You may want to see the pages next to each other
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    To do that, click the top right-hand corner of the menu.
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    Next, uncheck "Allow Document Pages to Shuffle"
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    Then, you will be able to click and drag the images to place them next to each other in the "Pages" window.
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    Now, change the width of the central page, because it is the spine of the book cover
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    Naturally, it should be thinner. To change the width, click the "Page Tool" icon in the left-hand side vertical toolbar.
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    Select the page that you would like to edit by clicking it in your "Pages" menu
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    The page that will have been selected will be highlighted in blue.
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    The page width can be changed by clicking the "W" input box
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    The box is in the horizontal toolbar at the top of the window.
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    Type ".5in"
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    Remember to change this later on.
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    Finally, the pages can be put together by dragging them together on the canvas
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