If you're new to typesetting it can be very overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be. I've recently been asked by several student designers to elaborate a bit more on Typesetting procedures and best practices.
File Name Standards:
[/caption] Number and Section Options: Number and Section Options are found under the “Pages” panel flyout menu: [caption id="attachment_758" align="aligncenter" width="272" caption="Numbering and Section Options"][/caption] For each document set the “Number and Section Options” to “automatic page numbering”. Front matter will be set to “Roman Numerals” styles, but all others will be set to “Arabic Numerals”. When this is set up, the page numbers will automatically update throughout the entire book as pages are added or subtracted to a single document.
Tip! Use this document to set up your master pages, paragraph styles and character styles. When finished save it as a “template” for the rest of the book. Using Styles: To maintain consistency, I often use a specific naming scheme to be used when creating my paragraph styles. Paragraph Styles Naming Standards: Chapter Number Chapter Title Chapter Opening Body Copy Scriptures Pullouts Opening Your Paragraph Styles: Window > Type and Tables > Paragraph Styles
From the Paragraph Styles panel click the flyout and select “New Paragraph Style” or from the bottom of the panel window click the “New Style” icon. Creating the Style: When creating a new style there are really only 4 of the Paragraph Styles option panels you need to deal with: 1. “General” you will name your new style (one of the names above) and be sure to set your “Based On Style” to “No Paragraph Style”. Why? If your style is “Based” on another style and the other style changes it will alter this one as well. That is something you do NOT want to happen.
2. “Basic Character Formats” you select your typeface, weight, size and leading height.
3. “Indents and Spacing” choose your alignment (normally left justify for body copy) and extra spacing. i.e. First line indent for body copy, space after and before for subheads or scripture text, etc.
4. “Hyphenation” Set your hyphenation options as seen below:
Now your new style is complete. Tip! To apply a paragraph style to an entire paragraph it’s not necessary to highlight the entire paragraph, you can simply click within the paragraph and select your style to alter the entire thing. Also try clicking with the formatting eyedropper tool for a quick fix. When to Use a Character Style? Character styles should be used anytime an “override” needs to take place for a paragraph style. For instance a bold word, a bold number, etc. Opening Your Character Styles: Window > Type and Tables > Character Styles From the Character Styles panel click the flyout and select “New Character Style” or from the bottom of the panel window click the “New Style” icon. Creating a character style is the same process as a paragraph style but with more selective options. And applying them requires that you click within the WORD or highlight the character that you would like to change. Master Pages: Your master pages will need to include: • Page Numbers • Running Heads • Chapter Opening Art • Any other graphic elements that are consistent chapter to chapter Adding Your Content: As long as you have created your margins and columns within your InDesign document, you can flow all the text in for your first chapter automatically. To do this, choose File > Place and then select the document you’d like to flow in. Your cursor will change showing you that there is content to place. You can flow this content in with several different options. The quickest and most efficient way is to “auto-flow” the text throughout the document. Using this option will automatically place the text for you, allowing you to go back in and fine tune the layout and add your paragraph styles as needed.
Creating the “Book”: Once your main document is set up you will want to use the template you saved to create each subsequent chapter. To create the “book file: File > New > Book
1. Name the book as needed. This creates a new “book” panel in your workspace.
2. Click the “+” to add documents to your book.
3. Load all your documents into your book panel.
4. Your page numbers will auto adjust and you can now edit each document by simply double clicking it to open make your changes and then save the documents.
5. When you’re finished with the book file, you can save and close the book panel, export the entire book to digital additions (more on that later) or package the book for printing!