Just create a duplicate master and apply that.
But then I have to go in and change the footer in 2 places now.
I was using that example to explain the problem but I honestly have 5 different colored footers that all say the same thing. I'm trying to make a foolproof template where someone could just enter the footer once and the whole document with be updated. Any ideas?
Base the second master on the first. Override the footer and change ONLY the character color.
Thanks Peter. I tried that but maybe I'm doing it wrong. FYI, I'm using CS5 on a mac.
This is how I trying to do it:
1. I create a master page (A)
2. I draw a text box and type in my footer in black
3. I create a new master page (B) based on A
4. I override the footer by holding down cmd+shift and selecting the footer
5. I Highlight the text and change the color to red
After doing that If I go back and change the footer text in A it dosen't update in B. If I change the position it moves the position in B so I know that's working. Let me know if I'm doing something wrong. Maybe it's just not possible.
If your version of InDesign supports text variables, then you could set up and name a variable that contains the text of your footer. Then you can add that variable to the various master pages and format it any way you'd like on each master.
Changing all the instances of the footer on all master pages just requires editing the text in the Text Variable panel.
SRiegel has your answer - if you have text variables, then they will do exactly what you want. The basic idea is that InDesign treats text and objects according to different rules, and you were hoping that this particular rule:
"If you base Master B on Master A, then anything from Master A that is unchanged in Master B will be updated automatically when you change them in Master A."
would apply to the text too. As you discovered, it does not:
"If you base Master B on Master A, then any objects from Master A that are unchanged in Master B will be updated automatically when you change them in Master A."
edited for spelling
That worked! I've never used text varibles before. Thanks for everyones help.
Geez, go out to lunch and you miss all the fun. Yeah, variables. Maybe.
I don't think a variable will pick up text on the master page, so the actual text you want to appear in the footer needs to be on a document page someplace. If necessary, open the Attributes panel (Window > Output > Attributes) and set the text you are going to pick up to non-printing.
The variable in this case is a custom-text variable. The required text is typed right into the variable description, and changed by editing the variable itself. This way, no invisible text is needed.
Ah, even better. I've only ever needed running header type variables to pick up text from things like chapter titles or section headings.