How to Create a Multi-Page Spread Using Adobe's InDesign

by Elle Smith

Adobe InDesign is an industry-standard page layout program used by designers, art directors, typesetters and electronic production artists. When a new document is opened, InDesign defaults to a single page. If you select "Facing Pages," or add additional pages, the document spread option places two pages side-by-side on the pasteboard. InDesign offers an option to allow multiple spreads to be preserved when an extra page is added or removed.

Launch InDesign. Select "New" from the "File" menu to open a new document.

Add at least four pages in the text field next to "Number of Pages." Check the box next to "Facing Pages" to view the spreads together on the screen. Click "OK."

Select "Windows," then scroll down to "Pages" to open the "Pages" panel if it is not already open in the workspace. Click on the page spread icons in the panel. Click the small arrow in the upper left corner of the "Pages" panel to bring up a side menu. Uncheck "Allow Document Pages to Shuffle" from the menu. InDesign will preserve the multi-spreads if pages are added, removed or rearranged.

Click the small arrow on the upper left corner of the "Pages" panel to bring up a side menu. Select "Insert Pages" to insert a new page into the middle of the spread. Alternatively, click the thumbnail of a page, and drag it next to an existing single page in the spread.

About the Author

Elle Smith has been an advertising professional for more than 25 years. Her work for ABC, CBS and Sony Pictures Television has appeared on radio, on air, in print and outdoors. In addition, Smith has more than 20 years experience in marketing, graphic arts, commercial photography and print production, and is a licensed real estate agent with property management certification in California.