FrameMaker 9.0 Tutorial:
Master Pages

 

Developed for advanced documentation students by
David A. McMurrey  
Jill Brockmann
Fall 2009
Jana Owens
Spring 2004
Jacqueline J. Pulido
Fall 2000
Thomas A. Moore
Spring 1998
For additional study materials, refer to the FrameMaker resource page.


This tutorial is provided for advanced documentation students on a free, as-is basis, without guarantee of accuracy. If you find any errors or think we should include other tasks, let us know!

This tutorial discusses the following topics:

If you require information about advanced FrameMaker topics, refer to the Adobe FrameMaker User Guide or Adobe FrameMaker Classroom in a Book for the current version of FrameMaker.

Note: For the sake of brevity, we use an abbreviated style for menu commands throughout this lesson. For example, "Select File > New" means "Select New from the File menu."

About Master Pages

FrameMaker documents are made up of three types of pages: body pages, reference pages, and master pages. When you create a new document, these pages are automatically created.

Reference pages and master pages contain reference material and page layout information that is applied to the body pages. You can use master pages to design custom page layouts for different elements within your document, such as title pages, indexes, and tables of contents. For more information about reference pages, see Reference Pages.

Creating a Master Page

This section guides you through the steps required to create a master page. In this exercise, you create a custom master page for a glossary.

To create a master page:

  1. Open FrameMaker, and select File > New > Document.

  2. From the New dialog box, click Portrait.

  3. Select File > Save As.

  4. In the File name box, type chapter and click Save. FrameMaker will automatically assign the file extension of .fm.

    Your screen should appear as follows:

    Status Bar


  5. Grab some Latin text from Lorem ipsum and paste enough to create three pages.

  6. Select View > Master Pages.

    The master page for the right page appears. This master page contains a header frame, a main text frame, and a footer frame.

    Your screen should appear as follows:

    Status Bar



  7. Select Format > Page Layout > New Master Page to create a new master page.

    The Add Master Page dialog box will appear as follows:

    Add Master Page

  8. In the Add Master Page dialog box, type page_one, and click Add.

    You may see a dialog box that warns that the changes you are about to make cannot be undone. Click OK to continue. The warning dialog box will appear as follows:

    Add Master Page



    Notice the status bar at the bottom of the page shows the name of the master page that is currently displayed.

    Status Bar


    The Main Text Frame of the first page of a chapter is usually located lower on the page than the rest of the chapter text. To set up the modified main text frame for the first page of your chapter, create a master page called page_one. Altering the main text frame in this manner will allow space for a chapter title and graphic on the first page of each chapter.

  9. Press and hold the Ctrl key, and then click within the main text frame to select it.

  10. Select Format > Customize Layout > Customize Text Frame.

    The Customize Text Frame dialog box will appear as follows:

    Custom Text Frame

  11. In the Unrotated Size area, type 6.5 in the Width field, 6.5 in the Height field. In the Offset From area, type Top: 3.0, Left: 1.0. In the Columns area, type 1 in the Number box and 0.25 in the Gap box.

  12. Click Set.

The main text frame for the page_one master page now has a modified Main Text Frame. The master page called page_one will appear as follows:

Custom Text Frame


Creating Headers and Footers

This section describes the steps necessary to create headers and footers. For this tutorial, you create a new header frame and then modify the existing footer.

To create a new header frame:

  1. Press and hold the Ctrl key, and then click inside the existing Header Frame.

  2. When the Header Frame is highlighted, press Delete to remove the existing header frame.

  3. Select Graphics > Tools. The Tools Pallette will appear.
  4. From the Tools Palette, click the Place a Text Frame icon. The Tools Pallete will appear as follows:

    Custom Text Frame
  5. Draw a new header frame approximately 7 inches long by 1/2 inches high. (As you draw, the lower left corner of the status bar shows the dimensions of the frame.)

    Once you finish drawing the header frame, the Add New Text Frame dialog box appears and will look similar to the following:



  6. If it is not already selected, select the Background Text option.

  7. Click Add to insert the header frame.

  8. Click outside the header frame to deselect the frame.

  9. Click within the header frame, and type the word Glossary.

  10. Apply paragraph formats as desired. The graphic below shows the word Glossary in Arial 18 pt font. To change your heading to match the graphic, highlight the word Glossary and apply the font as shown below:




To modify the existing footer:

  1. Press and hold the Ctrl key, and then click inside the footer frame.

  2. Select Graphics > Scale.

    The Scale dialog box will appear as follows:



  3. In the Width box, type 6.5. In the Height box, type 0.4, and then click Scale.

  4. Click outside the footer frame to deselect the frame.

  5. Click within the footer frame, and select Special > Variable.

    The Variable dialog box will appear as follows:

    Variable dialog box

  6. In the Variable dialog box, click Current Page #, and click Insert. Your page_one Master Page will appear as follows:




The # symbol is inserted within the footer; this symbol is a system variable that represents the current page number. You can view the page number by selecting View > Body Pages. Your page number will appear in the Footer area of the body page as follows:




Adding Graphics

This section describes how to add graphics to a master page.

Before you begin, download the graphic file:

  1. Select the following link: Lightbulb.jpg

    Note: Earlier versions of Netscape may attempt to display this file directly. To force Netscape to download this file, right-click the link above, and select Save.

  2. Select the directory in which to save the file, and click Save.

To add the graphic to your master page:

  1. Scroll to the top of the page_one master page. Select Graphics > Tools to open the Tools Pallette.

  2. From the Tools Palette, click (Place a Graphic Frame). The Tools Pallete will appear as follows:




  3. Draw a small graphic frame in the upper left corner of the master page (outside the main text frame). Your screen should appear as follows:




  4. Select the graphic frame, and then select File > Import > File. You may see a dialog box that warns that the changes you are about to make cannot be undone. Click OK to continue. The warning dialog box will appear as follows:




  5. Locate the directory in which you saved the graphic file, select Lightbulb.jpg, and click Import.

    The Imported Graphic Scaling dialog box will appear as follows:



  6. Select the Custom dpi option, and type 96 in the text box.

  7. Click Set.

The graphic is inserted into the master page. Your master page screen should appear as follows:



Applying Master Pages

By default, all body pages use the right master page; therefore, after you create a custom master page, you must apply it to your body page.

To apply a master page to a body page:

  1. Select View > Body Pages to view body pages. Your screen should appear as follows:



  2. Before applying Master Pages to your Body Pages, click File > Save.


  3. Select Format > Page Layout > Master Page Usage.

    The Master Page Usage dialog box will appear as follows:

    Master Page Usage

  4. From the Master Page dialog box, select page_one from the Custom pull-down menu. (In the Apply To area of the Master Page Usage dialog box, you can specify the document pages that will use the page_one master page. For now, apply to Current Page.)

  5. Click Apply.

    The current body page now uses page_one as its master page. (Notice you cannot select or edit the text or graphics that you added to the master page. You must modify this information from the master page.)

In this tutorial, you learned how to create a master page and add columns, headers and footers, and graphics to the master page. Experiment by creating your own master pages and applying them to the remaining body pages within your document.


Home

Information and programs provided by hcexres@prismnet.com.