Master items are locked to the Master Layer.
There's no visual controls to unlock them - unfortunately.
You have to CTRL or CMD click (Windows/Mac) to enable them on the page(s).
Note - once you do this you unlink them from the Master Pages.
Any change to the item on the Master pages won't be reflected in these "unlinked" items.
Let me guess...you've just started using InDesign and / or just moved
over from Quark.
This is how master pages work. Anything on a master is supposed to be
the same on every page that the master is applied to. If you need to
override that page you can cmd+shift click to bring it to the live page.
If you need to place images or text into empty frames that should work.
That's incorrect, Eugene. Any attribute on that master item that you don't change on the live page will still reflect a change made to the master item.
For instance, even if you bring a master item to the live page if you move it on the master without moving it on the live page, it's location will change on the live page.
Edit: If you detatch the items from the master, however, you will kill the link between the master page item and live page item.
Well it wasn't incorrect, it just wasn't fully correct.
Yes - the attributes to the object are kept linked to the Master until they are changed on the live page. Then the link is broken
Changing the position or size on the Live Page will result in a position change, therefore the link to the Master is broken, where if you move the master item it won't move on the live page, however the fill/stroke will still be linked.
If you change the Fill on the Live page, then the link to the Fill on the master is broken.
And so on.
You are exactly right. I have been using Quark and I am considering switching to In Design.
Slow learning curve.... do you think one is better than the other? I love Illustrator and Photoshop so I think I will like ID but I am not sure yet? Thoughts...?
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I've never heard of someone switching from Quark to InDesign and then reverting back to Quark.
I've also never heard of an InDesign user that has migrated to Quark.
There's a very handy guide