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  Canvas 6™ Technical Manual Project
Part 2C - Create The Master Pages

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The next phase of the master page setup is to add a footer and some page rules on one of the master pages then copy these new objects to the facing master page. Before adding any objects, we either want to setup a grid or place alignment guides on the master pages for objects to snap to. We first need to decide how best to do this.

Regardless of whether we use a grid or guides for page layout, we are going to setup the grid anyway because we can setup the alignment objects much more quickly with the grid.

19. Start by clicking Layout > Grids. In the dialog, enter 36 points for the x line distance and 18 points for the y line distance. Click the "Snap to X" and "Snap to Y" check boxes, then click "OK" when done.


20. Next click Layout > Display > Show Grids, then click Layout > Snap To > Grid. We chose this particular grid configuration because it aligns with the margins.


21. One alternative is to create alignment objects on a guide layer. This is the best way to create guides for two reasons:

a.) First, you can position the alignment objects precisely using the Transform palette or Object Specs palette (not even QuarkXPress™ allows positioning of guides in this manner). When dragging alignment guides from the rulers you can't position them with the Transform or Object Specs palettes. Also the zoom factor affects the position of alignment guides and you have to experiment with it to place them exactly where you want.

b.) Second, you can either lock the individual alignment objects, or you can lock the entire guide layer to prevent them from being accidentally repositioned.


22. Following is the step-by-step procedure for creating alignment objects on a guide layer. Using the Document Layout palette, activate the Master Page Guides layer. All the alignment objects will be added to this layer. That way they will be available on every page.


lightbulb.gif   Tip: If the document uses column guides Canvas will automatically create a guides layer for them. Create the column guides first, then activate the guides layer to add the alignment objects to. If you were to create the column guides afterwards, you would have an extra guide layer that you may not want.
23. First click Layout > Display > Hide Grids then use the Line tool linetool.gif and drag a vertical alignment object from the top edge of the page to the bottom edge over the left margin. When the grid snap is active, there is no need to constrain the line with the Shift key.


24. Next drag a horizontal alignment object from the left edge of the page to the right edge over the top margin.


25. Select the horizontal alignment object and use Ctrl-Shift-Drag (Windows®) or Option-Shift-Drag (Mac®) to duplicate it. The mouse pointer will display a plus sign indicating the object is being duplicated. Drag it over the bottom margin and release the mouse before releasing the modifier keys.


26. Similarly, Select the vertical alignment object and use Ctrl-Shift-Drag (Windows) or Option-Shift-Drag (Mac) to duplicate it. Drag it over the right margin.


27. Using the selection tool, marquee-select the page. This will select all four alignment objects at once.


28. Use Ctrl-Shift-Drag (Windows) or Option-Shift-Drag (Mac) to duplicate all four alignment objects and drag them to the facing master page.


29. When you release the mouse, the alignment objects will have been duplicated on the facing master page.


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