Best to get a piece of paper and fold it the way you want and then write on each page what you want to be on it.
Unfold it - and then follow your template for the page layout
The way I do tri-folds is as follows (sorry if I miss a step going off the top of my head):
Facing Pages off
Width - 8.5
Height - 14
Sub menu of Pages Panel (top right)
Allow Document Pages to Shuffle tick off
Drag and Drop Pages
Move page 2 and 3 beside page 1 (mouse icon should change to show it's attaching to page)
Move pages 5 and 6 to beside page 4
On the Tools Panel there's a pages tool.
Select Page 1 and 6 with the page tool - and change the width of the Page to 8
(this is to compensate for the fold)
Page 1 = outside left page
Page 2 = outside middle Panel (back page)
Page 3 = front page
Page 4 = inside left page
Page 5 = inside middle page
Page 6 = inside right page
Thank you. I was wondering how to use it when I split the page into 3 columns and then try to re-adjust the columns to the correct measurements which I have from the printer. They don't have a template for InDesign.
Thank you for your instructions Eugene.
I am also creating a tri-fold brochure with pages that are 6.5" wide x 8.5" tall.
The folded in pages (outside left and inside right) are 6.3125" wide x 8.5" tall.
Where I'm confused is trying to understand why InDesign is separating the outside left page from the outside middle page.
The outside left page is still a part of the outside spread but there is an unwanted space created between those two pages..
Any advice or thoughts would be appreciated.
My impression looking at the image is that the outside center page is narrow, but it's hard to tell.
Thank you for responding. The outside center page is 6.5" wide x 8.5" tall, so it's not that.
Basically, what's happening is that when I set up the document per Eugene's instructions,
after dragging pages 2 and 3 next to 1 and dragging pages 5 and 6 next to 6,
I resize page 6 to 6.3125" and it resizes correctly (shortening the width from the right side in)
and then when i resize Page 1 to 6.3125", it also shortens the width from the right side creating a space
between Page 1 and Page 2.
I want it to shorten the width from the left side and keep the right edge of Page 1 against the left edge of Page 2.
I've included a screenshot of how it looks just after I change the width of Page 1, creating the unwanted space.
Problem solved. I was able to hover the Page tool over the right border of Page 1 and drag it so it abuts the left side of Page 2.
Doesn't seem to work when the design is already filled with content but worked while setting up a new document.
I think it makes a difference, too, which proxy point you select before changing the page width.
Could you explain what you mean by selecting a proxy point?
When the page tool is active you should see a transformation proxy (a square box with spots onthe corners, the center and the center of each edge) on the left end of the control panel. Select one of the spots on the edge you want to remain stationary.
You are absolutely correct. Thank you!