Create Document for Book Covers in Adobe InDesign CS6
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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we're going to show you how to create a document for a book cover in Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7.
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. 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".
Otherwise, begin typing "Adobe InDesign" into your search bar at the bottom of the start menu.
Click "Adobe InDesign CS6" to go directly to your workspace.
Before you create your document, ensure that you are on your advanced workspace. 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.
Check "Advanced" on the list.
Click "Window" to find any other panels that you need.
Now, create a document to work with by clicking "File". When creating a book cover document, you still need to create a document.
Move the cursor over to "New".
Click "Document...". 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.
Click "(Custom)" after clicking the "Document Preset" drop-down menu.
Click the "Intent" drop-down menu.
Click the input field for "Number of Pages". Specify that you need 3 pages: a front cover, a back cover, and a spine.
Uncheck the "Facing Pages" box.
You should make sure that "Orientation" is set to the portrait style.
Click the "Width" box and type "5in". InDesign works in picas, so the program will make the conversion for you.
Press "Tab" on the keyboard.
You should also change "Height" to "7.5in". This number will also be converted into picas automatically.
Leave "Number" and "Gutter" as it is. You will change it later.
For the "Margins" section, set "Top" and "Bottom" to "18pt".
Leave "Left" and "Right" at "0p0".
If you cannot see additional options at the bottom, click the button on the right side that says, "More Options".
In the additional options that appear, change the "Bleed". 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.
If you use these settings often, you can click the "Save Preset..." button on the right side of the window. Saving the settings will keep the them for a future project.
You can name the preset and click "OK".
When you are satisfied with the settings, click "OK". 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.
Now, click "Pages" on the right-hand side panel. You will see the three pages that you specified in the document settings appear in a list.
You may want to see the pages next to each other. To do that, click the top right-hand corner of the menu.
Next, uncheck "Allow Document Pages to Shuffle". Then, you will be able to click and drag the images to place them next to each other in the "Pages" window.
Now, change the width of the central page, because it is the spine of the book cover. Naturally, it should be thinner. To change the width, click the "Page Tool" icon in the left-hand side vertical toolbar.
Select the page that you would like to edit by clicking it in your "Pages" menu. The page that will have been selected will be highlighted in blue.
The page width can be changed by clicking the "W" input box. The box is in the horizontal toolbar at the top of the window.
Type ".5in". Remember to change this later on.
Finally, the pages can be put together by dragging them together on the canvas.
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