overview of inDesign

Hey all,

There is a program in the Adobe master suite called inDesign. This program is geared for layout design, and image with text composition. I wish i had this program for my senior sem. in fiction.

As a precursor inDesign kind of works like a website. There is a root folder that everything has to be saved in. So create a folder, “inDesign_link” or something, and keep all the files you use or save in this folder. Unlike photoshop or illustrator, inDesign links files in a document rather then importing.

Lets make a magazine article.

open inDesign and select new document. I suggest a vertical orientation, but do whatever pleases you. when the document opens you will notice a 1/2 in. margin, this does NOT show up in print or jpeg, it is specifically for reference only. Now, create another folder inside the inDesign_Link folder, call it images or pics. find a picture you like and place it in the images folder you just created.

You DO NOT want to drag and drop with indesign. Under the file menu, select PLACE (command D).  placeChoose your image and press open. You will see a thumbnail image attached to the selection tool. click on the spot you want your image. Think corners or places that draw the eye.placing


There are two frames around the image. In the tool bar there are two arrows. one is solid black (selection tool) the other is white (direct selection tool). The selection tool adjust the frame space, or how much area the image will consume. The direct selection tool adjust the image size. This means that you are able to make the image large than the frame, or the frame larger than the image.

InDesign is great for text and image layout. In the tool bar there is a “T” icon, or the type tool. Rather then clicking randomly on the screen and start typing it is important to make a text box.  With the type tool selected click and drag diagonally to create a text box. This box can be adjusted after, so don’t feel stuck.

This is really basic InDesign functions, so play around and explore. There will be more to come. Next time will cover “typing on a path” which allows for some pretty cool effects.

Mi. Molnar

~ by michaemo43 on February 17, 2010.

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