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InDesign How-to Video: Set Up a Book Cover

In this week’s InDesignSecrets video, Laurie Ruhlin demonstrates how easy it is to create a wraparound book cover in InDesign. Using separate pages for the front, back, and spine makes for easy adjustments if the spine width needs to change.

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Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for nearly 30 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She has spoken at the InDesign Conference, PePcon, ebookcraft in Canada, and Making Design in Norway. When she isn’t at her computer, she can be found exploring her new hometown of Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest.
  • Charlotte Sinclaire says:

    Good video. I use much the same method, except I leave “Facing pages” selected when creating my document. (I also don’t implement any margins at all, but I can see where they’d come in handy on Pages 1 and 3.) Once I uncheck the “shuffle” option, I can easily drag Pages 2-3 (I do it one at a time; don’t know if I could do both at once, have never tried) up next to Page 1, and all three pages are then aligned and snug up next to each other. Then, when (using the Page tool) I select Page 2 (spine page) and change the width, all three pages still hug each other. I.e., Page 2 reduces in width, and Page 3 sticks to it like glue as they both shift left. This eliminates any need to work with the Align tool. Just another method, but one I find slightly easier and quicker. :)

  • James Wamser James Wamser says:

    Great video Laurie.
    I just tried doing it with Facing Pages selected (as Charlotte mentioned) and learned something new! No need to use the alignment panel when adjusting the spine.
    > I can easily drag Pages 2-3 (I do it one at a time; don’t know if I could do both at once, have never tried)
    Using the Page Tool and shift key, you can drag Pages 2 & 3 together (after deselecting Allow Document Pages to Shuffle).

    • Charlotte Sinclaire says:

      @James — thanks for giving the 2-page drag a try. I hadn’t had a chance to try it yet myself — never thought of doing it till I wrote the post, LOL.
      Glad you like the “Facing Pages” way of doing. It is great how the pages align themselves. One less step. :)

  • Lillemor Bulukin says:

    Great video!!! Very useful and smart. Thanks a lot. /Lillemor

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