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 +====== Tutorial: Creating Multi-Column Layouts ======
 +//This tutorial requires Musink Pro//
 +This tutorial will walk you through creating multi-column layouts for exercise books.
 +<WRAP center round todo>
 +//**Before continuing**//​
 +This tutorial builds on the [[pro:​template_editor:​first_template|]] tutorial. If you have not completed the [[pro:​template_editor:​first_template|]] tutorial, it is recommended that you complete it before continuing.
 +In addition, it will be helpful to read information on [[project:​sections|sections]] and [[publishing:​books|book publishing]] before starting this tutorial.
 +===== Introduction =====
 +Musink does not natively support creating pages made up of two or more columns, but this can be easily performed with the [[pro:​template_editor:​start|template editor]], and an image or PDF editing program. Our plan is to publish each column as its own page, and then to combine pages together using a simple free PDF-editing website. An example image of the outcome is shown below.
 +[{{ :​publishing:​exercise-sections-result.png?​direct&​300 |A page with two columns created with this tutorial}}]
 +===== Create A Template =====
 +We are going to create a template using the Musink Pro template editor. When printed to A4 (paper size), our final product will have margins of 20mm, but this process can be adapted to any page or margin size. 
 +<WRAP center round info>
 +//**Page Sizes**//
 +Musink Template Editor has minimum page sizes for templates. These exist for good reason, but get in the way of what we are trying to do here. To get around these, we make a template for an A2 (large) sheet of paper. The PDFs you generate can still be viewed on a computer screen and printed onto A4 (smaller) paper without problem. When printed at A4 size, the page will have margins of 20mm.
 +[{{ :​publishing:​template-settings.png?​direct&​200|Final Template Editor Settings}}]
 +  - Open (or Restart) Musink and **select Start a new Template**
 +  - Set the **units to Millimeters** by selecting //​Millimeters//​ from the top menu under Edit->​Units
 +  - Set the **note size to 140%**
 +  - Set the **page //Height// to 594**
 +  - Leave page width set at 210mm
 +  - Set the **//​Sections//​ spacing to 36**
 +  - **Select the Odd Pages tab**. When prompted, **click '​Add'​**
 +  - Set the **//Left//, //Top//, and //Bottom// margins to 40**
 +  - Set the **//​Right//,​ margin to 10**
 +  - **Select the Even Pages tab**. When prompted, **click '​Add'​**
 +  - Set the **//​Right//,​ margin to 40**. //Top// and //Bottom// margins should already be 40.
 +  - Set the **//Left// margin to 10**.
 +  - **Select the First Page tab** then **press the delete icon** on the far right of the screen
 +  - **Click File -> Save With Preview**
 +  - When prompted, select //Neutral Formality// (optional), then **Click OK**
 +  - **Save as 'Two Column'​**. You can ignore any warning message that appears about page width
 +Our template is now ready.
 +<WRAP center round tip>
 +//**Note Size**//
 +We have set note size here to 140%, which will produce medium-sized notes if page is printed on A4 paper. This is entirely optional. If publishing fails because music does not fit on the page, you should edit the template to have a smaller note size.
 +===== Publish Your Music =====
 +Restart Musink, and write or open your Musink project. Within this project, each exercise should be broken into its own [[project:​sections|section]].
 +<WRAP download round>
 +//​**Download Project**//
 +{{:​publishing:​exercise-sections-example.musink|Download an example Musink project file that you can use for this tutorial}}
 +  - **Publish your project** by pressing the publish button, or by selecting File -> Publish from the menu bar
 +  - When the //publish options window// appears, **click the //​Change...//​ button**
 +  - When the //templates window// appears, **type the name of your template into the //name box//**
 +  - **Click //​Search//​**
 +  - Your template should have appeared. **Click it** then **click OK**
 +  - We want our bars to all be the same length. In the publish window, find //Stretch Bars Of Last Row// and **set to //Yes//**
 +  - Optional: Find //Space Rows To Maximise Page Use// and **set to //All Pages//**
 +  - **Click //​Publish//​**
 +  - Once publishing has completed, **choose //PDF//** and save where you would like. If you wish to have bitmap images (PNG), see notes on PNG at the base of this page.
 +===== PDF =====
 +Our final step is to combine each odd page with the next even page. Luckily, there are online tools for this available.
 +<WRAP center round important>​
 +Musink is not affiliated in any way with the website indicated here and cannot guarantee privacy or safety of these tools. While use is probably safe, doing the next steps are entirely at your own risk. If you are concerned, software the next steps is likely to be available from many other locations online.
 +  - Visit [[http://​www.pdfdu.com/​pdf-pages-merge.aspx]] ​
 +  - **Click //​Browse//​** to select the PDF file of your score
 +  - **Choose //Merge Two Pages Into One - Horizontal//​**
 +  - **Uncheck //Split Line//**
 +  - **Click Merge Pages** (see warning above)
 +  - When it has finished, **click //Download File//** and save to your computer
 +[{{ :​publishing:​exercise-sections-result.png?​direct&​300 |The Final Result}}]
 +You have now completed the tutorial. Some hints and alternatives are below.
 +===== PNG Bitmap Images =====
 +If you wish to perform this on PNG images, rather than PDFs, you need to use an image editor to combine your published pages into two-columns. We will use MS Paint to do this here because it is on most Windows installations. There are many free programs available on the internet which are much better than MS Paint for this, such as Paint.NET, Inkscape, and GIMP. With a small amount of practice these can be much faster to use than MS Paint. These instructions are for MS Paint on Windows 10. Steps may differ on other versions of Windows.
 +<WRAP center round tip>
 +Although there appear to be many steps below, these simplify to:
 +  - Open the first page,
 +  - Resize the canvas,
 +  - Copy+Paste the second page to the right of the first page,
 +  - Save
 +  - Publish to PNG, rather than to PDF, above, then **Find your ZIP file** containing the published score in Windows Explorer
 +  - **Right click the ZIP file and select "​Extract All..."​** and follow the prompts to unzip your files
 +  - **Open MS Paint**
 +  - From the top left menu, choose **File --> Open** and **Select 0.PNG** (that you have just unzipped)
 +  - **Press Control+A, then Control+X to cut the image**
 +  - **Click //​Resize//​**
 +  - **Uncheck //Maintain Aspect Ratio//**
 +  - Ensure the //By// is set to //​Percentage//​ then **set horizontal to 200**
 +  - **Click OK**
 +  - **Press Control+V** to paste the first page back into the image
 +  - In Windows Explorer, **select 1.PNG** from the unzipped folder, then **right click** and select **Edit** to open it in a new MS Paint window
 +  - In this new MS Paint window, press **Control+A** then **Control+C** to copy the image
 +  - **Close** this new MS Paint window
 +  - **Switch back** to the first MS Paint window
 +  - **Press Control+V** then drag the pasted image to the right so that its top right corner is flush with the top right corner of the page
 +  - **Save your new file** by choosing //​File-->​Save As// then selecting PNG