In It To Design: InDesign

Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing software produced by Adobe Systems that allow users to create posters, flyers and newsletters. It allows creative flow due to its immense, creative flexibility. Users could let their imagination flow free with its different tools and layout.

While I’m Creating… 

I realized InDesign is much harder than it looks.

Once opened, it’s fairly transparent.

InDesign's open page. Photo Credit: Jessica Guan
InDesign’s open page. Photo Credit: Jessica Guan

It took me awhile to understand how to work it and create a Newsletter layout. Basically, you have to click on “new” and then change the page layout to four.

Tricky Parts

While I was playing around with it, inserting pictures was one of the hardest tool to understand.

At first, I kept using the wrong selection tool. Instead of the direct selection arrow, I kept using the selection arrow (still learning the difference between the two.) Additionally, while using the error, you have to hold on to the command button (on Macs) with it or else the picture doesn’t move.

Without command and direct selection tool. Photo Credit: Jessica Guan
Without command and direct selection tool. Photo Credit: Jessica Guan
With command and direct selection tool. Photo Credit: Jessica Guan
With command and direct selection tool. Photo Credit: Jessica Guan

As the two pictures show, the difference between one simple button is the key to a full picture and half picture.

I also didn’t realized for every picture you have, if you are going to print it on another computer, you have to bring the file, too.

In other words: save your InDesign and save your picture files in the same folder or else no pictures will be printed. I’m still not quite sure how this works, so I’ll have to wait until the next InDesign lab to find out! (:

Another big detailInDesign doesn’t have spell check. That was the biggest problem I had to adjust.

Text in InDesign. Photo Credit: Jessica Guan
Text in InDesign. Photo Credit: Jessica Guan

Me. That’s who. I need spell check or else my projects would say “why did did the bananaana crossed da road?” instead of something  that makes sense like “why did the banana cross the road?”

So, to avoid that, I recommend typing everything in Word first then pasting it in InDesign.

Tools On The Internet

… and they’re free! Take advantage of all the free tutorials websites and YouTube provide.

Adobe has a Learn & Support section on its website. It gives the latest news about new updates, changes and features. Additionally, it also provide information about key techniques and essentials about Creative Cloud.

Not only does it provide a video, it also provides step-by-step instructions. Easy and convenient to navigate.

Step-by-step instructions. Photo Credit: Adobe InDesign
Step-by-step instructions. Photo Credit: Adobe InDesign

This video, provided by Dansky demonstrates the overview and breakdown of the basics.

The best thing about this video? It shows a screenshot of what he is doing on the program.

Now, this Megan Helgeson also provided an InDesign tools basics. This really helped me understand the different tools and what each one is used for.

Basics of InDesign Tools. Photo Credit: https://meganhelgeson.wordpress.com/portfolio/helgeson_tools_final/
Basics of InDesign Tools. Photo Credit: https://meganhelgeson.wordpress.com/portfolio/helgeson_tools_final/

With all the unlimited resources, it makes designing with InDesign 10x easier.

After viewing Bēhance’s projects, it makes me excited to start on my own Newsletter and create one that’s creative like hers.

Happy InDesigning!

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