Creating & Using Left Page/Right Page Templates for Print-Ready Catalogs

If your organization is using Designer to create & print catalogs, you may want to use left & right page templates to achieve the effect shown below.

The first step is to create two individual templates: one for the “left page” and one for the “right page.” You can design these templates however you’d like, of course, but in the example above, the two templates used are mirror images of each other (the same title data is included in each template, but flipped).

If you plan to include a header, you’ll also need to create a left header template and a right header template (example: you might place the page number and your company name in the lefthand corner for your “left” header template and vice versa for the “right” header template).

Once you have finalized your templates, they can be applied to a document following the steps below.

1. Either create a new document or open an existing one. If creating a new document, select either your left template or right template as the Default Template — this will be adjusted in the next step.

2. Once you’ve opened your document, click on the Body template.

3. In the next window, select Unique Odd/Even — choose from your list of available body templates by selecting a Default Odd template by clicking the Odd button, and a Default Even template by clicking the Even button. Your document should update to show the Default Odd template on all odd page numbers and the Default Even template on all even page numbers.

Follow this same process for applying left page/right page headers or footers. Again, click on the Header or Footer Template (you’ll see “None” if one hasn’t yet been applied).

In the next window, click on Unique Odd/Even to choose your left & right/odd & even header templates.

Learn more about creating templates here!