Tri-Fold Brochure in InDesign
Use this tutorial, adapted from a book whose name escapes me just now, to set up a basic trifold brochure layout in InDesign CS2. Complete steps 1-3 & 7-11. The other steps are optional.
1. Setting the Units
- Start InDesign.
- Open the Preferences dialog box (CTRL + K).
- Select Units & Increments.
Or: Edit » Preferences » Units & Increments
- Make sure that Horizontal and Vertical Ruler Units are set to Inches.
- Click "OK".
2. Setting Up Your Document
- Go to the File pull-down menu.
- Select New » Document (or CTRL + N)
- Fill out the New Document window as follows:
3. Placing Guides
- Go to the master page by double-clicking Master A in the Pages palette.
- Go to the Layout pull-down menu, select CreateGuides, and fill out the resulitng dialog box as follows:
- Click the first guide (blue) line you just created and take note of its x coordinate, which should be about 3.667".
- Drag a ruler guide form the left ruler and drop it just to the leftof the first guide.
- With the ruler guide still selected (click it and it should change color to indivcate iot is selected), go to the x coordiniate box and type in 3.667-.375" (i.e., 3.667 minus .375 inches).
- Your new ruler guide will snal to 3/8" from the left of the guide.
- Drag another rule to the right of your fold guide and, with it still selected, type 3.667+.375" in the x coordinate box.
- Your new rule should snap 3/8" to the right of the fold guide.
- Repeat these steps with your other fold rule.
- Double-click page 1 in your layout to check your results.
4. Adding a Swatch
Let's add a swatch. This will be the second color for the brochure.
- Go to the Swatches palette.
- Pull down the Swatch palette menu (click on triangle in upper left corner).
- Select New Color Swatch.
- Fill out the dialog box as follows (note: for now select PANTONE 8321):
5. Creating a Gradient
- Go back to the Swatches palette and pull down the menu once again, except this time select New Gradient Swatch.
- Give the new gradient a name, such as brochure gradient, and clock the first stop (the littel square) on the gradient color ramp (the bar at the bottom of the screen containing graduated color).
- If PANTONE 8321 isn't already selected, click it and the stop wilkl fill with that color.
- Click the other stop to assign a different color, scroll through your list to Paper, and click it.
- Click OK.
- Check that you see a new gradient swatch in your palette.
6. Directing a Gradient
- Double-click on page 1 to make sure that you're still on that page
- Create a rectangle with the following coordinates:
- Tag the fill of the box with your new gradient swatch.
- Select the Gradient tool in the Tool palette.
- Drag it veritcally, starting at the bottom of the box straight up (hold down the Shift key) to the top of the box (see Cohen pp. 149-50).
7. Create the Title for the Brochure
- Draw a text frame to line up with the left margin of panel one at approximately y: 1.215, and line up on the right margin with a height of 1.25".
- Type in your headline with whatever font you choose (e.g., Charlemagne Std, Bold, 32-point type, with 30-point leading).
8. Placing an Image
- Find a dummy image online (e.g., try the National Park Service Digital Image Archive) and save it to your desktop.
Now place the image ...
- Draw a picture frame with the following coordinates and dimensions (you can change these later):
- Go to the File pull-down menu and select Place.
- Locate and select your Dummy Image.
- Use the direct selection tool and click and hold your mouse down over the image.
- You should see another vector and a dimmed image representing the entire picture as well as the frame you drew representing the cropped area.
- Position the image so that it is somewhat centered in the frame.
9. Creating Text Wrap
- Create a frame that fits from the bleeds on three sides to the first fold line and fill it with your spot color.
- Draw a second frame, a text frame, to fit the margin guides for this panel.
- Go to the Type pull-down menu and select Fill with Placeholder Text.
- Type in a subhead at the beginning of this text box for this panel (e.g., "The Company Story").
- Format the subhead in larger type.
- Draw another rectangle that is 1" wide and .75" high.
- Fill it with paper (white) and move it to the upper-left corner of your brochure to fit the margins
- Place a logo or small image on top of this white box and center these two elements (box and image) to each other using th alignment buttons found in the Control palette.
- Group these elements together (see Cohen p. 106).
- To wrap the text around the rectangle, go to the Window pull-down menu and select Type & Tables, Text Wrap (a new palette appears).
- Choose Wrap Around Bounding Box (the text should wrap).
- Tweak the wrap by changing the values in the Offset fields or moving the bounding box with the selection tool.
10. Fitting Content to Frame
- Move to page 2 of your layout (i.e., the inside of your brochure) by either clicking next to the page number at the bottom of the window or by using the Page palette and double-clicking page 2.
- Draw a picture box to fit the entire inside of the brochure, including the bleed.
- Place your dummy image inside this rectangle frame.
- With the frame selected, go to the Object pull-downmenu and select Fitting » Fit Content to Frame.
- Optional: If you've prepared a swatch (step 4), then open the Swatches palette and drag and drop the spot swatch on top of the dummy image.
11. Creating and Linking Text Blocks
- Draw three separate text frames to fit the three columns of page 2, each with a y coordinate of 1.5" and a depth of 4.25".
- Link them together by clicking with the selection tool the out port from text box 1 to anywhere in text box 2.
- Click the out port of text box 2 and anywhere in text box 3.
- Click in text box 1 with the Text tool and select Fill with Placeholder Text from the Type pull-down menu.
- Select all the text and format it with your chosen typeface, using 12 points and a first line indent of 12 points.
~ Jonathan Bass