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Setting Up Layout Rules for a Mobile App Design in Adobe InDesign CS6

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  1. Set up layout rules

Article Description

This excerpt from Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium Classroom in a Book shows you how InDesign lets you work with alternate layouts and helps you adapt your layouts with Liquid Layout rules.

Note: This excerpt is from the forthcoming book Adobe Creative Suite 6 Design and Web Premium Classroom in a Book, ISBN 9780321822604.

Set up layout rules

The document is set up for a vertical orientation only. But a mobile app also needs a layout for a horizontal orientation. InDesign provides for this through alternate layouts and helps you adapt your layouts with Liquid Layout rules.

Each page can have its own Liquid Layout rule:

  • Scale simply fills the new page size with the current content resized.
  • Re-center keeps content centered within the new layout
  • An object-based rule allows for rules that control a specific object; you can pin any corner to maintain its relationship to the edge of a page.
  • A guide-based rule constrains page adjustment along layout guides you position.

You’ll set up a combination of these rules, and then create an alternate layout based on them.

  1. Choose Layout > Liquid Layout.
  2. On page 1, use the Page tool (Shift+P) to select the diagonal red stripes along the left side of the page.
  3. In the Liquid Layout panel, choose Object-based, and for Pin, select Left.
  4. Position the mouse over the handles on the selected object. Tool tips describe how the object will behave when the page is resized.
  5. Still using the Page tool, select The Pluralist logo in the top-right corner, and in the Liquid Layout panel, choose Object-based and set the Pin options to Top and Right.
  6. Select the Spring Collection logo in the bottom-left corner, and in the Liquid Layout panel, choose Object-based and set the Pin options to Bottom and Left.
  7. Select the photo, and in the Liquid Layout panel, choose Object-based, and select the Auto-Fit and Width options.
  8. With the Page tool still selected, test your settings by clicking the Landscape orientation icon in the Control panel. All objects on the page that use Liquid Layout rules should reposition and resize to maintain the intended layout despite the radical change in proportions.
  9. Choose Edit > Undo Resize Item to restore the original orientation.