Full Digi Planner PDF Template - Front Cover

Full Digi Planner PDF Template - Front Cover
At this point in the Design a Digital Planner in Affinity Suite tutorial series, we have created the Digi Planner Cover PDF Template. As started in the introduction, we will be opening a copy of the template and creating our first master page for a more complete digital planner template (see screenshot). In this tutorial, you will learn the following.

  • Open a previously saved template
  • Move design elements from a document page on to a master page

Let's Get Started
  1. Open Publisher and click File - New to open the New Document dialog. In the Templates window, select the Digi Planner Cover PDF thumbnail and click Create (see screenshot). You will get a new untitled copy of the template.

  2. Click File - Save As, name this new file Full Digi Planner PDF and save it in the default .afpub format.

  3. Click the Page 1 thumbnail in the Pages panel. You will see a blue border appear, indicating that Page 1 is active.

  4. You will have the following five layers in the Layers panel (see screenshot).

    Left Side Binder Rings
    Front Cover Placeholder - Place Image Here
    Shadow 2
    Master A

  5. Unlock all of the layers in the Layers panel. Select the top four layers, omitting the Master A layer. Right-click and choose Cut.

  6. You will see all of the objects on the selected layers disappear from the Canvas. The Layers panel and the Page 1 thumbnail in the Pages panel will be empty.

  7. Open the Master Pages panel and double-click the Master A thumbnail, to make that active. You will see that blue border around the thumbnail again and the Layers panel will be completely empty.

  8. From the Menubar, click Edit - Paste.

  9. You will see the contents that we removed from Page 1 appear on the Master A thumbnail and on the Canvas. Because Page 1 has Master A applied by default, the contents will also reappear on the Page 1 thumbnail (see screenshot).

    Note: Let's go back to the Pages panel for a second. Notice that when the Page 1 thumbnail is active in the Pages panel and we view the Layers panel, there is only one layer, the Master A layer. Although we don't see the four design layers, they are there. They have become sublayers of the Master A parent layer. You can see these layers by expanding the Master A layer (see screenshot).

    Now that we have our design elements moved to Master A, let's rename this master to Front Cover.

  10. In the Master Pages panel, double-click Master A to make it active (blue border will appear) and rename the master to Front Cover (see screenshot).

  11. Let's save our work so far in the Full Digi Planner PDF as a .afpub file.

  12. Click File - Save.

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