Templates play a central role in the process of setting up and using a production process.
They make it possible to not only create content quickly — such as articles or layouts — but also ensure that this content contains the required (and allowed) components and styling for the publication in which that content is used.
This article describes how to work with article templates in Studio for InCopy.
For details, see Creating an article (template) using Studio for InCopy.
Set up the article with the components and styling that is required for the publication in which the article is used. In a typical production environment, multiple article templates are set up.
Tip: In Studio for InCopy, text variables that hold content specific to Studio can be added. These can be very useful for setting up templates. Following the same functionality as regular InDesign text variables, these text variables make it possible to insert a variable in an article to automatically display the name of the Brand, Status, publication date and more. Because text variables are dynamic, the value of the text variable on the layout can be updated automatically. For more information, see Working with Studio text variables in Studio for InDesign and InCopy.
Note that the template is used as the source file when users create a new article. When doing so, they must choose an available template to base the article on. Make sure therefore to also use a descriptive name.
To open an article template in InCopy for editing, double-click it in the Studio panel or the Dossier panel while holding down the Alt key.
To instantiate a new article based on a template, do one of the following:
- Double-click an article template
- Right-click an article template and choose Create Article