Adobe Pagemaker 7.0 Tutorial

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Adobe bought PageMaker, the original desktop publishing (DTP) software application, from Aldus, then phased it out in favor of its own InDesign. PageMaker 7 is the last in the long line of PageMaker software that revolutionized how newspapers, magazines and even books are designed and put together. It replaced the old style of layout and made it possible to create a wide variety of publications. Here's how to use it.

Basics

  • After you open Adobe PageMaker 7, create a new document (click "File" then "New"). In the Document Setup window, you can determine the size of each page, how big the margins should be, the number of pages in the document and other details. For a standard document, select Letter (click the button to the right of "Page Size") and Tall (click "Tall" next to "Orientation") for a portrait-type layout. If you want all the margins to be the same, type 0.5 for a half-inch in each of the four Margins boxes. When you are set, click OK and the document will appear. Save it (click "File" then "Save" and type a title in the box) before continuing so you don't lose any changes.

Text

  • There are three ways to input text into a PageMaker 7 document. You can type directly into it (click the "T" tool in the side Toolbar), you can copy text from a word processing document and paste it into a PageMaker page or you can import the text from a word processing program. To import a text document, use Place (click "File" then "Place," then find the document in the browser window and click "OK"). When text is ready to import, the cursor will change to appear as a small text document. Click, hold and draw with the cursor to create a box. When you release, the text will fill the box. To copy and paste, open your text document, select all (Command-A [Mac] or Control-A [Windows]), then copy (Command-C [Mac] or Control-C [Windows]) and then switch back to PageMaker and paste (Command-V [Mac] or Control-V [Windows]). A text box will appear with the text inside it.

Images

  • To import an image, also use the Place command. When you have selected an image to import, click OK. The cursor will appear as a small gray box. Click, hold and drag the cursor to the size you want, and the image will fill the box. To resize the image, click, hold and drag any of the eight handles that appear along the edges of the image. If you place an image in the text and want the text to wrap around the image, use Text Wrap (click "Element", then "Text Wrap", then click the center icon under "Wrap Options" for a standard runaround. Finally, select the amount of offset you want the text to be from the image and click "OK").

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