I am working on two identical maps on 2 seperate pages in Indesign with multiple layers for each part of the map. ie Legend, labels, heading etc.
If I want the page 1 map to contain no labels, but the page 2 map to have 10 labels, if I switch off the 'label layer,' it applies the layer change to both pages, however I only want the change to apply to page 2 of the Indesign document only. Is there a way I can turn the layers on and off to apply to one page of the Indesign document only please?
Hello @Emile Nowak,
Re: If I want the page 1 map to contain no labels, but the page 2 map to have 10 labels, if I switch off the 'label layer,'it applies the layer change to both pages, however I only want the change to apply to page 2 of the Indesign document only.
indesign layers are global to the document not to any specific page. Just leave the Label layer on, if Page1 has unwanted labels you'll need to delete them.
Dupe the label layer and name them Map 1 and Map 2. Delete the appropriate labels from each layer.
Thanks so much Mike, the problem is that the customer may want to put the labels back into the design at a later stage so would rather just switch them on and off as we are up to draft 16 and then we could go back to draft 5 so would prefer not to delete them. Is this possible?
Hello @Emile Nowak,
In that case I would duplicate the label layer and rename it to "Page-1 labels", you will still need to go back and delete the labels on page 1 from the original "labels" layer and vice versa for the new layer "Page-1 labels" for page 2.
I hope this makes sense.
No--layers are global in InDesign and Illustrator.
I know this seems counter-intuitive — that's a fancy way to say it doesn't make a lick of sense — but sometimes the easiest way to get things off a layer is to create yet another layer.
Let's simplify the example and put your two maps on a single reader's spread, pages 2 and 3. This will work the same if the two map pages are widely separated; it makes things a little easier to explain and much easier to see if you want to practice this before you do it to your book. The important things to remember is that Layers are global across your document, but elements placed in the document are Page specific.
Now you can turn on and off the label elements on Page 2 labels layer without affecting anything else left on the labels layer.
Hope this helps,
Thanks so much for your time explaining Randy - much appreciated 🙂
Where the entire layer will turn off - the layers in the drop down are page relevant
Map Layer Turned off
Drop down layers turned off
You will see that the Layer named Map Label 2 is different than that of Page 1.
Renaming the 'sublayers'
And you don't have to rename layers
It works with the standard name - I was just doing it to see visually the differences
So where the layer visibility affects all pages.
If you turn off the 'sub layers' via the drop down arrow in the Layers Panel - you can turn off individual elements per page within that layer.
Thanks so very much Eugene - that's so helpful and I appreciate your time! 🙂