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Designing a Magazine Layout

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In this design project, you will put together a basic layout to present to your customer. Specifically, you will provide design and text formatting ideas for the editor’s note pages, a subscription form that will be included as a foldout in the print version of the magazine, and an interactive form that readers can fill out in the PDF version of the magazine. You’ll be introduced to the concept of master pages, try additional paragraph formatting controls, and learn how to wrap text around images. Finally, you will gain an understanding of the various form elements used in PDF form designs (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1

Figure 4.1 Finished magazine design

As with the previous project, this project’s primary output medium will be print. The magazine content is made up of photos, headlines, body copy, background tints, and line and form elements. The magazine example in this project is folded to a finished portrait letter size (8.5 inches by 11 inches). The magazine is designed with facing pages (left and right pages), and text appears in three columns. Additionally, its cover and some of its content design contain images and background color frames that extend to the edge of the page.

Setting Up the New Document Dialog

Start a new document for this project (Figure 4.2) using the following settings:

  • Intent: Choose Print. This sets the document’s default color mode to CMYK.

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  • Name: Type project04_magazine_pages.

  • Units: Choose Inches.

  • Number of Pages: Magazines are multipage documents. Start with four pages and add more pages as needed during production.

  • Page Size and Orientation: In the Blank Document Presets section, click the Letter page size icon, and for Orientation click the portrait icon.

  • Facing Pages: Select Facing Pages to create a document with spreads (left and right pages side by side). Notice that with Facing Pages enabled, the Left and Right margin fields change to Inside and Outside. The inside margin is the margin that appears on either side of the spine, where the magazine is bound. The outside margin is the margin that appears on the edge where there is no binding.

  • Columns: Enter 3 for the number of columns. With Screen Mode set to Normal, the column guides assist with consistent and easy placement of design elements.

    Figure 4.2

    Figure 4.2 Viewing the second and third pages of a four-page facing-pages document, including three attributes when Facing Pages is enabled

  • Margins: Enter 0.5 inches for all sides.

  • Bleed: Enter 0.25 inches on all sides.

The Slug option won’t be used in this project.

After you click OK, remember to save the document.

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