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Page Layout: Adobe InDesign (Due Date: March 26)

Part 10: Finishing up: Flowing with Multiple Columns

At the bottom of publications, documents, even websites, the reserved area for contact information, tech support, copyright info, etc., is referred to as a “Footer.” We are going to finish up by creating one of those.

  1. At the bottom of the document, create a new rectangle and color it with these settings:
    • Red: 110
    • Green: 86
    • Blue: 84
  2. Use these settings to ensure that its dimensions and alignment are perfectly set:

    The area of the rectangle will actually hang off past the document edge. This is known as a “Bleed.” Bleeds are important because during printing or display, it is the area that extends to the point where if a print job isn’t printed 100% correctly, or computer screens and portable devices aren’t the same size, the allow for viewing without a white background peeking through. 
  3. Lock the Background layer.
  4. Copy the “Twinky History” Column header and use Paste in Place.
  5. Move the “Twinky History” Column header you just pasted down into the brown rectangle area we just created.
  6. Color the “Twinky History” text and color it white.
  7. Retype the Twinky History so that it reads “About the Author” instead.


    At this point, you will need to do a short write up about yourself. Think about some things you like, your interests, and your personal tastes…whatever. Just something that helps to personalize the footer and make it look like this was all you behind this wonderful design. Save that write-up as a Word Document and call it “About the Author.”


  1. Place the “About The Author” document into the InDesign document (notice that the text is black and small, making it difficult to read).
  2. In the Styles panel, Right Click on the History Paragraph style and select “Duplicate Style”
  3. Rename this style as “About the Author Style”
  4. Click on the Basic Character Formats tab on the left side-bar and change the character size to 13.
  5. Click on the “Character Color” on the left side-bar and select “Paper” or white (whichever).

Apply the “About the Author” style to your text. Notice that the text is more visible, but it’s probably not all there (depending on how much you wrote). In my situation, some of my text is missing. And, the problems is that the text box isn’t large enough to accommodate all the text. I could stretch it all out to the left and tell the text box to use two columns but that’s now how I want to handle this situation. I am wanting to manually create two columns (at least, one other column because we already have one).

  1. On your text box, click on this red + sign. 
  2. Draw another text box to the right of your already existing text box.
  3. Make sure there is a small gap between the two text boxes. This is how you manually create flowing columns and text boxes. 
  4. If you want your text to take up more or less space within these text boxes, be sure to adjust the size in the style that you created and not the text itself. 

Save Your Document

When you are done, your page should look like this (In Preview Mode) except for the blue hyperlinks - all text should be black due to the applied style and the fact that you removed the original formatting that was instructed during the initial placing of the text.


 When you are absolutely and completely done with this assignment, go to File and “Export” this document as an Adobe PDF (Interactive) document, and call it: “My Favorite Treats.pdf”

Either email it to yourself or Upload it to your iPad to test it out.