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Adobe InDesign - Using file as a 'template'

Discussion in 'Adobe Forum:' started by @GCarlD, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    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.

  2. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    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

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

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


    Replace with
    <leave blank>

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

    There's a plugin and it's free

    You can use Snippets - which are very handy -

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

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

    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?
  5. hankscorpio

    hankscorpio Moderator Staff Member

    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
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  6. @GCarlD

    @GCarlD Well-Known Member

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