InDesign Basics - Setting up your document

In this tutorial we will learn how to set up an InDesign document.

So you finally organized your work and are ready to get your portfolio started. InDesign can be confusing at first, but is a very useful program once you know the basics. The first thing you need to do is set up your document. Start by navigating to the "Document Setup" under the "File" menu.

Before you can set up your document, you need to understand the different aspects of the "Document Setup" menu. We covered "Facing Pages" in another post which can be found here.

By toggling the box next to "Preview" on the bottom left of the menu, you can choose to see the changes you are making in real time. First, select the type of document you are making; "Print", "Web", or "Mobile".

Intent Document Setup InDesign

Here you can also chose your number or pages, and the number of the starting page of your document. Then you will choose your page size and orientation. Next you will set your universal margins.

Bleed and slug in InDesign

The very last thing you will choose is your "Bleed" and your "Slug". If you are new to the concept see the definitions below:

Bleed - The bleed of the document is how far the images can extend to ensure no white lines appear on the edge of your document. This will be represented in a red line.

Slug - This is information that will not be printed but can be used to identify the page. This will be represented in a blue line.

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