A Master Page is a nonprinting page that you can use as the template for the rest of the pages in your document. Master pages can contain text and graphic elements that will appear on all pages of a publication (i.e. headers, footers, page numbers, etc.) By default, every InDesign document you create contains two masters, one for pages on the left and one for those on the right. If you’re working with a single page document, you don’t need to worry about master pages. However, if you’re creating a multi-page document such as a newsletter, book, or catalog, master pages are one of InDesign’s most powerful features.
To view the default InDesign Master Page:
Alternatively, you can use the navigation tool at the bottom left of the screen to choose the A-Master page.
You are now able to make global edits to your document by inserting text boxes and graphics the same way you would on the normal pages. You can also add columns that will affect all pages related to the master.
Here is a good tutorial on how to set up and edit your master page:
For a more detailed explanation of how the right and left master pages work, as well as how to insert page numbers using master pages, watch this tutorial:
On occasion, you may need to change something about the master just on one page – for example, you don’t want the page number to display on the first page of a chapter. You can do this without creating a whole new master, but rather just override the one you are currently using.
You can create as many masters as you want or need – for example, you want a colored box down the left margin of just some pages; you could create a master that has this look, and then apply it to only the pages that need it.
1. To add a new master, go to the Pages Panel, click on the far right arrow with three lines (circled at right) and choose New Master….
2. In the subsequent dialog box, give it a name if you want and then click OK.
3. Select the appropriate master to change by double-clicking it, and then edit it as you wish.
4. To ap
ply it to a page, drag the master icon onto the page icon in the Pages Panel, or right-click on the page icon and choose Apply Master to Pages and choose the correct master for the page.