Master Page Confusion

Explorer ,
Apr 06, 2022 Apr 06, 2022

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Hi,

I have an InDesign Document which, when I choose "File ----> Document Set Up" shows as 50mm x 200mm (see red area on attached screenshot) whereas in fact the canvas size is 50 x 260 (blue area).

 

What is going on here can anyone explain? This has caused huge problems when printing!

 

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Apr 06, 2022 Apr 06, 2022

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Sorry please see THIS image!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 06, 2022 Apr 06, 2022

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The explanation:
Someone did a new document with page size 50 x 200 mm.

 

Later the Page tool was used to change the size of an individual page to something else.

 

Select the page in the Pages panel and switch to the Page tool.

You should see the actual size of the page in the Control panel.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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Thank you for your reply. 

 

I'm with you up to "switch to the 'Page tool'. (I seem to have the page highlighted in my pages panel. I've tried highlighting the master page also.)

And I dunno where to see the size of the page in the 'Control panel.'

 

I suppose really, my question is if I have a Master Page dragged into my working document and then I do a "Document Set Up" - why doesn't this give the correct size?

 

Any clarification appreciated.

 

K

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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Hi @KieranBrennanDublin , A document can have any number of different sized pages—you are not limited to the Document Setup’s default page size. Here I have the A-Master page selected in the Pages panel with the Pages tool active, and I can set that master to any size:

 

Screen Shot 11.png

 

or I could reset it to match the Document default

 

Screen Shot 12.png

 

 

If I create a New Master the Page Size defaults to the Document Setup Size, but it could be anything:

 

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Apr 10, 2022 Apr 10, 2022

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Thanks for your reply Rob;

 

I think maybe I have a file that's corrupted in some way. 

 

I understand I can make many Master pages to whatever size I want - for example, I've changed the set up of B-Master to 50 x 400, for experimentation. When I then drag this page into my document, it doesn't seem to 'hold' the size. See the orange coloured shape which is 50 x 400 but it's not fitting within the 'document set up size' that I attributed in the pages panel, which SHOULD be 50 x 400?

 

I am happy to share the InDesign file if you think this might help. I would have imagined this is a fairly straightforward intuitive thing - I've been using InDesign for years and haven't been tripped up by this. Not saying I'm an expert and understanding we're learning all the time).

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Apr 10, 2022 Apr 10, 2022

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Apr 10, 2022 Apr 10, 2022

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I've changed the set up of B-Master to 50 x 400, for experimentation

 

If the B-Master is a custom page size, changing the Document Setup would no longer affect its Width and Height. At some point your Master’s page size was edited either via the Page Tool or the Pages panel’s Edit Pages icon, so it will no longer respond to a Document Setup change.

 

I think I'm assuming "Document Set Up" should tells me what is the size of the page I'm working on.

 

Not necessarily, you need to check the page dimensions via the Pages tool, not Document Setup.

 

Select your B-Master, open your Transform panel, and with the Pages tool active set the Transform Width and Height to 50 x 400, then make a page from the B-Master:

 

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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"And I dunno where to see the size of the page in the 'Control panel.'"

 

If a page is selected you can see the size in the width and height fields of the Control panel like that; from my German InDesign with one A4 size page selected with the Page tool:

 

OnePageSelected-1.PNG

 

If two pages were selected with the same size you still could see the same numbers:

 

TwoPagesWithSameSizeSelected-1.PNG

 

Now, here are two pages selected with different page sizes:

 

TwoPagesWithDifferentSizesSelected-1.PNG

 

Access the Control panel (like all other panels) through the Window main menu.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Apr 10, 2022 Apr 10, 2022

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Thanks Uwe for your reply. 

 

I think I'm assuming "Document Set Up" should tells me what is the size of the page I'm working on. Even when highlighted, the "Document Set Up" always displays as the initial set up?

 

 

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Apr 10, 2022 Apr 10, 2022

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The document set up is only valid for all master/parent pages and their children if the size is not altered with the page tool.

The problem is that anyone should first always change the doument set up and not use the page tool. Even if all pages have the same size, the altered size with the page tool will increase the file size in an unexpected amount and reduce the stability. The page tool should only be used for relatively small documents with unequal page sizes, like a book cover (front, spine, back) or a trifold. All other changes have to be done in document setup.

When you drag a page from one document to the other not only the page moves, but also its parent/master. To reduce confusions I strongly recommend to give the master/parent proper names. It is not helpful to have 3 Master-A pages with different properties in one document. You will be much clearer konowing what happens in your document if all things do not have their generic names, like Master-A, Master-B, Layer 1, Layer 2, etc. Rename everything and you will see the hierarchy in your document and you will be able to resolve the problems.

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I think you are missing the Pages tool function—in 2022 it’s the 2nd tool :

 

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