How to Make the Page One Color in Adobe InDesign CS4

by Elizabeth Smith

    Adobe InDesign CS4 enables you to work with both layout and text, which makes it an ideal tool for designing books and flyers, as well as for magazine production. The program gives you several options for changing the color of a page, so do some experimenting in order to select the one that best fits your end goal.

    Understanding Pages in InDesign

    In any given document, InDesign enables you to change the page color on individual pages or on the master pages. Master pages act as templates, which you can then apply to one or all pages in the document; they are particularly useful for applying and editing overarching design elements that you want to apply across the document. To apply your color to multiple pages, simply change it on the appropriate master and it will automatically update connected pages. For color changes that apply to individual pages, make the change on the page itself.

    Using Full-Bleed Rectangles

    An easy way to change the color of a page in InDesign CS4 is to use a full-bleed rectangle, which is simply a rectangle that extends past the page boundary on the workspace. Before you do so, create a separate layer by choosing "Layers" from the "Window" menu, and then clicking on the "New Layer" button on the bottom of the window. To draw a rectangle, click on the layer to select it, and then click the Rectangle option on the Tools panel, which sits at the left side of the screen in the default InDesign CS4 workspace. Click on any point on your screen, and then drag to create a rectangle. Using the corner handles of the rectangle, drag the shape until it covers your entire page.

    Applying a Single Color

    To change the color of your rectangle, use the Fill button at the bottom of the Tools panel; it appears as a rectangle with a red line through it. Select your rectangle, double-click the "Fill" button, and then choose a color from the color picker that pops up. Once you've applied the color, you may notice that your rectangle covers up other page content. Click on its layer, and then drag it to the bottom of the list to resolve the problem.

    Changing the Paper Swatch

    If you are printing an InDesign CS4 document on colored paper, it can be difficult to predict how your text and graphics will work with a non-white background. In that case, you may need to change the color of a page for proofing purposes. Paper color is governed by the Paper swatch in the Swatches panel, which you can find by choosing "Swatches" from the "Window" menu. Look for the swatch marked "[Paper]," double-click it to open the color picker, and then select your desired color. The color will not print with the final document.

    About the Author

    Elizabeth Smith has been a scientific and engineering writer since 2004. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, newspapers and corporate publications. A frequent traveler, she also has penned articles as a travel writer. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in communications and writing from Michigan State University.

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