Using Master Pages in InDesign

Master Pages are meant to make your time in InDesign a bit easier, but if you don’t know what they are, or what they’re for, then you’d better believe that they just complicate things! Hence, this post: how to use master pages in InDesign. The first thing to know is that a Master Page is essentially a template page that you can create within your document. By default, you have a blank Master Page, and it’s called Master A. All of the pages that you make in InDesign, unless otherwise arranged, follow the template of Master Page A, and since Master Page A is blank, all new individual pages are also blank until you add things to them.

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Now, what happens if we add a border around Master Page A? To edit the Master Page, double click the page greyed out below.

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Because I am working in spreads, my Master A is also a spread. I will add distinctly different borders to the left and right side so that we can see the difference between them.

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As page 1 is a single page, rather than a spread, it only shows the border of the Master A right side!

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Master Pages are a quick and easy way to add header and footer titles, borders, and other fun design elements to your documents. I encourage using them to make different styles of pages for your publications.

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