I am a very beginner at inDesign.
I have two pages in my project. When i double click on each of them, the layers in the layer palette maintain the same. I can hide and unhide but no matter what page I am on it effects the other page thats not in view.
Layers are document properties. What you’re seeing is perfectly normal.
Anyway to change this? When Im working on multiple pages, my layers get really cluttered
No. Nor can I think of any real reason to want this.
Perhaps a better description of what you’re trying to accomplish would help.
There is no way to change it, and no real need to change it either. If you'd like to post more details about how you're typically using layers and how that's causing you trouble, you'll get help here with adjusting your approach and understanding of the features.
I can hide and unhide but no matter what page I am on it effects the other page thats not in view.
Right, so if you're working on page 2 and you hide layer 1 (presumably to help facilitate work on a layer other than layer 1), why does it matter that your layer 1 content then can't be seen on page 1?
Your only real solution is to create layers for each page. A lot of work, but it can be made easier with DTP Tools plugins:
Here is the subscription info that gives you lots of good plugins:
Im coming straight from designing magazines and newsletters in Photoshop, so for every page I have to copy or paste or link layers. Indesign doesn't seem to work this way
That’s right, it doesn’t. And if you’ve actually been designing these things in Photoshop, you’ve been using the wrong tool for the job.
Indesign doesn't seem to work this way
Right, nor should it. The sooner you can rid yourself of the Photoshop mindset, the better. The misguided designing of pages in the wrong application forced you into all kinds of wrong-practice that you now must un-learn.
Okay. Thanks for the feedback!
I have wondered the same thing and it makes no sense. Clearly, a man made this so redundant... you can't properly organize your document when all the layers are the same on every page and if anyone says it doesn't matter they have gross houses.
Correction: YOU can't. Experienced InDesign users can.
Yet, a solution hasn't been provided...
Use different masters.
There's no solution because there's no problem.
It works as-designed and makes perfect sense. In fact, having varied layers per-page would make it much harder to organize a document. Layer states would be changing with every move to a different page. Imagine that in a document of several hundred pages. Picking up work on a document that someone else set up would be an unworkable nightmare. It would be a mess, and a huge performance downgrade.
Ok! Now to you... this old but I figured it out! On my own because you people were no help.
You want a solution? Hire a professional or take an InDesign class and learn how it works.
Or YOU could be helpful instead of dismissive and rude.
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I prefer my methods and I got I wanted. Because that's what I do.
Or you could have just had a solution that works oh guru of Adobe...
I have a solution: Make for each page a document and bundle it in an INDB book file.
Locking this discussion. The OPs question has been correctly answered in 2018, and the answer is still valid.