To help me design a dust cover for my book that will stretch over the front and back covers (and spine) and then fold around so I can add some text, etc. on the inside flaps, the fellow who’ll be binding my books has told me to make the dust cover 14.33 inches tall and 26 inches wide.
So…in Preferences/Units & Increments I’ve switched both Horizontal and Vertical to inches.
But when I open a New Document and check Document Presets, I see that the page width and height are in picas.
I’d like to do one of two things:
1. actually make my new document in inches instead of picas, or
2. work in picas instead of inches. A conversion site on the internet says that 14.33 inches is 85.98 picas, and 26 inches is 156 picas. Should I do it this way, and stay in the pica world (as InDesign seems to want me to do)?
Thanks so much,
Either set the prefs with no files open, or type the numbers in inches, followed by the units (in) in the various fields in the new file dialog and ID will convert them to your current units on the fly. You can change the ruler units in any doc by right-clicking on a ruler, or on the intersection of the two rulers to change both together.
Peter—much appreciated. I will try this tomorrow and report back.
Right-clicked at the intersection of the two rulers and, just as you said, was able to change from picas to inches.
Thank you sir!