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Let us begin this lesson by creating a brand new document based on one of the presets that we imported earlier on to make sure we are back inside of InDesign and not in the bridge. What we would do is press Ctrl N or Command N on the Mac to bring up the new document dialog box and from the presets here where it says Default, let us pick up the list, we can see all the Berliner presets that we imported. Let us go down and choose the Berliner Brochure. What it will do is it will change all the page sizes, as well as the columns and the gutters and the margins around the outside. What we will do is we will put in an initial page number here of 5. So we will have five pages in the document. And only Facing Pages turned on for now. What we can do is also just pull the window up a bit and turn on More Options and check that we do have 5 mm bleed all the way around and in this case, no slug around the outside. Now, when we go ahead and click OK, what we will see now is our finished InDesign document.
Now we can see around the outside there is a red border. This is our bleed area. The black line around the outside shows us the actual document itself. This is sort of the boundaries of the file that we have picked. We have our margins or borders around the outside, the distance of white space we are trying to keep between the edge of the page and any elements that appear on it and we also have three columns each one divided by a gutter. Now we can also see up here in the Pages palette that we do have five pages. We can take a look at those in just a short while. But let us say, we decided we did not want three columns in here. We may want it four. Well the most natural reaction for a lot of people is to go up to the File Menu, come down and choose Document Setup, but what you will notice is when you see the dialog box even if you click More Options on the right-hand side, the margins and columns have disappeared. Now we have control here over the page size, again the number of pages and the bleed and slug values, but the margins and columns have gone and that is for a very, very specific reason.
InDesign is one of the only programs that allow you to specify margins and columns on a page by page basis making it much more flexible. All we do is to take a look at how that is done. Go ahead and cancel that dialog box and then come up here to the Layout Menu and what you will see is a Margins and Columns menu right here. If you choose that, it will bring out the Margins and Columns dialog box and you can see there is a Preview button on the right-hand side. If we come down here and start to increase the number of columns to four, to five, to six, you can see in the background those columns being added automatically. The cool thing here is that we are only adding them to page 1. That is very important here. Let us bring it down to say, just one column. So there is effectively none. It is just a standard page with no breaks at all. Go ahead and click OK and then come up here to the pages palette and double click the icon for page 2 to go to that page and what you will see on page 2 and if we use the space bar to do a scroll shortcut we learned in our previous lessons, drag the pages across and you can see that both pages 2 and 3 still have our three-column layout. That is because we only changed page 1 by being on that page when we activated the margins and columns control.
So we can do the same here even though we are on the double-page spread. If we select, say, just page 3 in this case, you feel free to double click the icon for page 3 making sure that this icon is still selected. We can come back up to the Layout Menu, go back down to Margins and Columns and this time what we will do is change the column number here to just 2. So we will bring that down, click OK and you will see that only the right hand page has changed. If we scroll across, the left hand is still set to 3 columns.
So this is a very, very flexible way to make sure every page is set as you want it to be without having to use different master pages or templates to achieve specific layouts.