How to create and configure a new document in Adobe InDesign CC

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If you need to design a type of publication, flyer, magazine, etc. Adobe indesign cc it will be very useful to you. Using it is simple and its latest updates make it look similar to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Want to know how to create and configure a new document in Adobe InDesign CC? Let's first take a look at some features of this program.

What does Adobe InDesign offer you?

It is a program that you offers a large number of tools to layout any content. So you can do a lot of things; from simply creating tables of contents using Adobe InDesign, to creating a book cover with the help of InDesign.



Imagination is the limit, as it also allows you to create compound paths and shapes using Adobe InDesign. All without worrying too much about spelling errors, because you can use Adobe InDesign's spell checker.

Also, via Adobe Stock it is possible download a large variety of templates with pre-established parameters; You can choose the one that best fits the layout you want to create in your document.

You will be able to configure a document, for the different platforms on which you want to publish it; be it a print, web, mobile and even version tablets. How can you create and configure your new document?

How to create and configure a new document in Adobe InDesign CC

The Adobe InDesign interface is very easy to use; the tools menu will always be visible. There you can click on the File tab and a dialog box will pop up for you to choose the option New document.


You can also do this from the main InDesign screen, or you can give Control + N and a dialog box with configuration options will appear.


It's important configure the new document in based on the layout you have in mind for the design; you can select the “Preview” option at the bottom of the window, so you can see how the changes are reflected in the document.

From that dialog box the first option to configure is the "Document value", you can choose "by default" or "custom". If you decide to leave the default value, it will automatically change to “custom” when you adjust the parameters.

Then select the quality of the document, here we select if it is "Web", "Print" or a document for a "Mobile" device.

Measurements will be presented in millimeters and we determine if a document will be for print, web or mobile. You can also enter the number of pages your document will have; the issue will vary based on what you design, from a digital magazine to a flyer.

You can define which of the pages will be the main one and determine if it will have opposite pages; which will be useful in the case of printing it as a book.

The page size is defined by you, using the arrows (Up +, Down -); and you can even save those values ​​for future work. You can also choose standard sizes from the list: Letter, Legal, Tabloid, A4, A5, etc.



Another option you should consider when determining the properties of your new document is the orientation, you can decide between vertical or horizontal.

Do you want the content in columns?. Determine how many, using the arrows or writing the amount directly in the box; the separation distance between the columns will be determined by the “Gutter”.

The margins will be predetermined; However, as you create a document based on the design you have in mind, you can determine its size however you like.


If you uncheck the block box, all four values ​​will be changed at the same time; the “Bleed” will be zero millimeters, you can also change it. When you determine the size, a red line will be displayed that frames everything that will be visible in the printout; don't go beyond that line.

The values ​​in this new document may be useful for other jobs; If, you can save it, as? Next to the Document Value box, you have two buttons, you can click on the first one, “Save Document Value” and give it whatever name you want.


Then you will have it available among your templates. And you will be able to create and configure a new document in Adobe InDesign CC; We hope this article was helpful for you to start your projects from a new document set up for you.


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