How to Create Master Pages in Adobe InDesign
By default, all InDesign documents have one master page, but additional master pages can be added as needed. Additionally, a master page that's added can be based on an existing master, eliminating the need to re-create common elements.
- In this example, the page numbers have already been created on the default A-Master. A two-column layout master is also needed. Go to the Pages Panel menu and select New Master...
- In the dialog box that opens, you can give the new master a significant name and you can also set it to be based on an existing master.
- Notice that in the Pages Panel, the thumbnails for the new B-Two-Column master display a small letter A. This indicates that it's based on the A-Master.
- Go to the Layout menu and select Margins and Columns...
- In the dialog box, change the number of columns to 2, then click OK.
- To apply the new master to document pages, go to the Pages Panel menu and select Apply Master to Pages...
- In the dialog box, set the pages you want the new master to be applied to.
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