Boston-based Pariah Burke is a creative professional trainer, and a design, publishing and digital publishing workflow expert. He is the author of a range of books including ePublishing with InDesign and Mastering InDesign for Print Design and Production

Can the new Liquid Layout behaviours in InDesign CS6 save you time repurposing a publication for different print and digital page sizes? That’s a question Digital Arts readers have been asking us with increasing frequency. 

To answer this, we brought in InDesign and print and digital publishing expert Pariah Burke. And what better way for him to answer that question than by reworking one of our own layouts from the November 2012 issue of Digital Arts?

Whether you need to repurpose your print publication for the various tablet sizes and orientations, or you’re working with a client who changed the page size of a project at the eleventh hour, adapting layouts to different pages dimensions is becoming increasingly common. 

In some cases, as you’ll see below, that’s simply a matter of scaling everything on the page uniformly. In other cases, with different types of publications and various starting and ending page dimensions, InDesign CS6’s Liquid Layout behaviours, coupled with a few productivity best practices you should already be using, can do all the heavy lifting of page reformatting with a minimum of manual clean-up.

However, in certain cases, Liquid Layout behaviours aren’t going to be of any help at all, but with what we explain here and some practice, you’ll learn how to tell when it’ll be of help. 

In all cases, we’ll work from an A4 format (297 × 210mm or 11.7 × 8.2 in) of the Digital Arts feature layout and strive to get it down to A5 (210 × 148mm or 8.3 × 5.8in), while preserving legibility and style. The processes and steps would be the same if we started with a print layout or a design for a full-sized iPad or Android tablet, and needed to adapt it to the iPad mini or other 7-inch tablets.

Time to complete

30 minutes


InDesign CS6 or later

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