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Engaged ,
Feb 23, 2018 Feb 23, 2018

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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.

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 23, 2018 Feb 23, 2018
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.
openskies2009  wroteI 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 l...

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Layers are document properties. What you’re seeing is perfectly normal.

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Engaged ,
Feb 23, 2018 Feb 23, 2018

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Anyway to change this? When Im working on multiple pages, my layers get really cluttered

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Feb 23, 2018 Feb 23, 2018

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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.

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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.

openskies2009  wrote

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?

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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:

DTP Tools - Layer Groups for Adobe InDesign

Here is the subscription info that gives you lots of good plugins:

DTP Tools - DTP Tools Cloud for Adobe InDesign

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Engaged ,
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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

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Feb 23, 2018 Feb 23, 2018

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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.

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openskies2009  wrote

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.

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Engaged ,
Feb 26, 2018 Feb 26, 2018

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Okay. Thanks for the feedback!

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 19, 2021 Jun 19, 2021

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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.

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Jun 19, 2021 Jun 19, 2021

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Correction: YOU can't. Experienced InDesign users can.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 20, 2021 Jun 20, 2021

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Yet, a solution hasn't been provided...

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Jun 20, 2021 Jun 20, 2021

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Use different masters.

 

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Jun 21, 2021 Jun 21, 2021

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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.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 21, 2021 Sep 21, 2021

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Ok! Now to you... this old but I figured it out! On my own because you people were no help. 

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Jun 21, 2021 Jun 21, 2021

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You want a solution? Hire a professional or take an InDesign class and learn how it works.

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Sep 21, 2021 Sep 21, 2021

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Or YOU could be helpful instead of dismissive and rude.

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Sep 21, 2021 Sep 21, 2021

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LinkedIn Learning have excellent step-by-step video tutorials on InDesign and other Adobe applications and you can get 30-days free access.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 21, 2021 Sep 21, 2021

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I prefer my methods and I got I wanted. Because that's what I do.

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Sep 21, 2021 Sep 21, 2021

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Or you could have just had a solution that works oh guru of Adobe...

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Sep 21, 2021 Sep 21, 2021

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I have a solution: Make for each page a document and bundle it in an INDB book file. 

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Locking this discussion. The OPs question has been correctly answered in 2018, and the answer is still valid.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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