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Creating a Horizontal Layout in Adobe InDesign CS6

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Learn how to create an alternate layout in Adobe InDesign CS6 for the landscape (horizonal) orientation that you'll need for a mobile device’s multiple orientations.
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In programs that don’t allow alternate layouts, creating a layout for a mobile device’s multiple orientations typically requires creating a separate document for each orientation. In InDesign, you simply create an alternate layout that exists as a separate section in the same InDesign document. You’ve already set up the rules that describe how page objects translate from one orientation to the other; now you’ll actually create the alternate layout for the landscape (horizonal) orientation.

  1. Choose Layout > Create Alternate Layout.
  2. For Page Size, choose iPad, and make sure the Orientation icon is set to landscape.
  3. Click OK.

A new section appears in the document, duplicating the original pages but using a horizontal orientation. Notice how page 1 adapted well to the landscape orientation, but the rest of the pages did not. The reason is that layout rules weren’t applied to the rest of the pages. You can experiment with applying layout rules to achieve an optimum conversion. Alternately, you can lay out the content manually but as linked content—where the content of the alternate layout is linked to the primary layout so you only have to update the primary content.

  1. Go to page 4 of the alternate (horizontal) layout section, and delete the objects on pages 4, 5, and 6.
  2. Go to page 4 of the primary (vertical) section, and use the Content Collector tool (B) to click the Alice and Ritter graphic headline text as well as the photo. Notice that they appear in the Content Collector conveyor.
  3. In the Content Collector conveyor, make sure Collect All Threaded Frames is selected; then on page 5, use the Content Collector tool to click the frame containing the threaded story.
  4. Go to page 4 of the alternate (horizontal) layout section.
  5. In the conveyor, click the Content Placer icon and make sure Create Link is selected.
  6. Press the left or right arrow key to cycle through the items in the loaded pointer until you see the photo. On page 4 of the horizontal layout, drag from the top-left corner to the bottom-right corner to place the image.
  7. Drag the white Alice text over the photo and the Ritter text across the top of the right half of the page.
  8. Drag the text frame across the rest of the page, and then use the Selection tool to extend its width across the page if needed.

By selecting Create Link, the content you transferred is now linked to the primary layout. If you need to edit any part of the content, you only need to do so in the primary layout; the alternate layout will update, saving you time. The Content Collector helps you transfer multiple items more efficiently than dragging and dropping or copying and pasting.

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