Start out tips for using Adobe InDesign

Start out tips for using Adobe InDesign

For those who are involved in the print media or the graphic designing world, InDesign is one aspect that is hard to live without. InDesign is a software created specifically for managing the graphics of a document with multiple pages and also multiple sizes. When you need to add graphical aspects for a multi-page document it’s hard to do so in Illustrator as you will need to manage multiple art boards, and in Photoshop you will need different files to do so. InDesign is the solution brought forward by Adobe for this purpose.


Tip #1: Get used to the bleeds and the margins ASAP

Margins and bleeds are essentially the ruler that will keep all your pages in line and will give you the printable areas, measurements and such. Without this tool you will have some aspects that go off the borders. Usually when you choose the printer for the document the bleeds will be setup automatically by InDesign. But the general consensus is having around 3mm as your bleed. This area should be kep blank as nothing will print on it.


Tip #2: Make sure that you get the document properties right in the get go

Nothing is more frustrating than working on a whole design work only to find out that the print margins are off. So when you are initially setting up the document (especially when you are only starting out), make sure that you get all the margins, borders, sizes and print media types set up properly.


Tip #3: Start using the Master pages option

Master pages tool is essential when you are working with a document that has multiple pages. When you use master pages you can set up some elements that will appear on each new page (kind of like header and footer of MS Word). You can set up your Master page by going to the ‘Pages’ palette and double clicking on ‘A-Master’. It will allow you to put up different elements on the page that will appear on any existing or new page upon your selection. Master page elements are non-modifiable unless you make it so; so you can work on the pages without worrying about changing the existing elements that you put on it via Master page.

Setting up frames (to allow your elements to be limited to a specific area), importing different elements from other Adobe works, adding transparency flattening are some of the must-know options of InDesign when you are working with it. As is the case with any Adobe software, practice makes perfect with this one as well.

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