Indesign footer

by Design Workshop Sydney

Creating headers and footers in Adobe Indesign is a simple process given that Indesign’s specific strength is its tools for creating multi-page documents. This is one of the many features we cover in our Indesign courses.Indesign-footer
To create a footer or header, first go into the A-Master page, or right-click on A-Master to create a new master page. You can have as many master pages as you need in Indesign. In this example we created a rectangle on the bottom of the right-hand page of the 2-page spread. We then added a blue to white gradient fill and no stroke. We then imported the Birdlife Australia logo for the magazine and scaled it down to fit into the bottom left side of the footer.
On the right-hand side we created a text box with the name of the magazine Birds in Backyards, added an M-space, a vertical line, another M-space and a marker for the Automatic Page Number (this is covered in another blog post). When we were happy with the look of the footer we then copied it to the other page in the spread, and reversed the order of the various elements.
We then check whether it looks ok on the individual local pages by double-clicking on pages 2, 3, 4, etc. If adjustments are needed, go back into the Master page. As you can see, making footers in Indesign is a straight-forward process.
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