In addition to the document page that you see when you open an Adobe InDesign CC document, you will also see other non-printing elements: card stock, cut and cork guides, margins, and rulers. Each of these elements can be customized by changing the color. Even the background color of the pasteboard in preview mode can be changed to make it easier to distinguish between normal mode and preview mode.
- Set up an InDesign document file
- Cardboard modification
- Add bleed and snail guides
- Set up InDesign rulers
- Change the color of non-printing elements
Set up an InDesign document file
If you’ve ever dealt with a word processing program, you’re familiar with the document page. However, desktop publishing applications differ from word processing programs in that they also have an artboard. The pasteboard is the area around the page where you can place objects that you need while designing, but cannot print.
To change the size of the pasteboard, select Change † Institutions † Guides and Cardboard on Windows or InDesign † Institutions † Manuals and Sections on macOS. In section Paste options enter new values for Horizontal margins And Vertical margins to indicate how far the insertion area extends from the page or spread.
To change the color of the artboard in preview mode, select Background example and choose a color.
Add bleed and snail guides
Bleeding occurs when an image or element on a page touches the edge of the page, past the cut edge and leaves no margin. An element can flare or extend beyond one or more sides of the document.
A slug is usually non-printable information, such as a title and date, that is used to identify a document. It appears on the pasteboard, usually at the bottom of the document. Slug and lead guides are set in the New Document dialog box or the Document Setup dialog box.
If you’re printing to your desktop printer, you don’t need to allow pumping. However, when preparing a document for commercial printing, any element that bleeds should extend 1/8 inch from the page of the document. Remove the guides from the InDesign ruler and place them 1/8″ outside the document. Elements that extend outside the page will click on these guides, ensuring uniform colors. A separate guide can be placed below the document to determine the location of to indicate the section.
Set up InDesign rulers
InDesign has rulers located above and to the left of the document. If you don’t see them, click Show † Show rulers † To disable them, go to Vision † Hide rulers † Guides can be removed from the ruler and placed in the document as margins or on the pasteboard.
By default, InDesign rulers measure from the top-left corner of the document. This ruler starting point can be changed in several ways:
Go to the top left corner where the rulers meet. Click the mouse on the corner and drag diagonally to the right. When you release the mouse button, the ruler starting point is where you release the mouse. Double click in the top left corner to return the rulers to their default position.
You can also customize the rulers by going to the section Change † Institutions on Windows or InDesign † Institutions on macOS and select Units and Steps † Look at the section ruler units † There is a setting Origin , where you can choose between Page, Spread or Spine. While the Page and Spread options are pretty obvious, the Spine is where the pages are linked.
Change the color of non-printing elements
Various non-printing elements can be configured in the InDesign preferences. Select Change † Institutions † Manuals and Sections on Windows or InDesign † Institutions † Manuals and carton on macOS.
In section Color you can choose a color for these elements:
Select fields to select the color of the page margins.
Select columns to select a color for the auxiliary columns on the drawing page.
Select bleed to set the color of the bleed aid.
Select slug to set the color of the guide bullet.
IN Institutions you can click Guides in the back to display guides behind objects on the page, and Link to zone to change how close the object is. must be clicked on a grid or guide.