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Adobe InDesign - Using file as a 'template'


@GCarlD

Well-Known Member
#1
Hi all,

I have an InDesign question, in the hopes of speeding up my impending workflow.

Here is the question/scenario: I designed a book in InDesign (text and illustrations) and would like to create another book based on parts of its layout. Rather than me starting the second book from scratch and copy & pasting from the first book like a novice, is there a way I can somewhat use the first book as a template for the second?

Could the answer be to create paragraph, and if needed, character styles from the first book (which in hindsight I should of done from the beginning) and somehow 'import' these styles into the new second book? And what about the illustrations? Would this be a matter of copy, pasting in place and replacing with the new illustrations?

Basically I would like to go about this in the most efficient way, rather than duplicating the first book file and editing it into a new book; deleting, copy, pasting etc... Which would be long and tedious.

Bare in mind, while I would like to use the same layout of some of the pages, there are other pages that will require a different layout.

Thanks for your help and suggestions.

:)
 

hankscorpio

Moderator
Staff member
#2
If you didn't use Styles, you should have - it makes the process so much quicker towards the end of a project (although slow to setup - it means the next project goes even smoother).

Run Both Documents Side by Side
You can run both documents side by side - or one open another document and drag and drop.

Move Pages from One Document to Another
http://indesignsecrets.com/watch_listen/how-to-move-pages-from-one-document-to-another

Remove Images Leave Frames
There's a script for removing all images but leaving the image frame

http://indesignsecrets.com/delete-images-from-multiple-indesign-graphic-frames-quickly.php

Remove text leave frames
For the text just search for using GREP

Find
.

Replace with
<leave blank>

That will remove all the text and leave the text frames.

There's a plugin and it's free
http://www.automatication.com/index.php?id=13
http://indesignsecrets.com/tag/layout-zone

You can use Snippets - which are very handy -
http://indesignsecrets.com/the-joy-of-snippets.php
http://indesignsecrets.com/tip-week-placing-snippets.php


If there's anything specific you need please let me know.
 

@GCarlD

Well-Known Member
#3
I know I should of used Styles as mentioned :( I was impatient and too keen to kick on... but it's not too late right? I can still create Styles from the first book using the text / paragraph styles in place. Can I then import them into a new document for the second book? Or is it a question of re-making these styles for the new second book document? In which case creating Styles from the first book would be redundant.
 

@GCarlD

Well-Known Member
#4
Remove text leave frames
For the text just search for using GREP

Find
.

Replace with
<leave blank>

That will remove all the text and leave the text frames.
O.M.G. Holy shit that is awesome! Thanks!

I have really been getting into editorial design recently, I haven't had the chance to use ID as often as I would like due to the type of work I tend to get, so things like this that speed up workflow amazes me. I am thinking of really focusing on editorial design, as I have discovered a newly formed passion for it, but I'm not sure if that is the right direction to hone in on in this day and age?
 

hankscorpio

Moderator
Staff member
#5
Yes you can use the paragraph and character style palette. There's a menu top right. You can load styles from there. Select the doc that contains the styles you want to import
 
#7
You can easily speedup your InDesign file, simply apply below given tips and tricks & make your InDesign File Fast:
  • Set InDesign’s Display Performance to Typical
  • Turn off Live Drawing
  • Minimize Live Preflight
  • Turn Off Page Thumbnails
  • Turn Off Hyperlink Verification
  • Turn Off Save Preview Images
 
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