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Have you just getting started with your InDesign training? It can be a little daunting at first. Don’t worry, follow this intro tutorial and I’ll show you how to create a simple flyer. You’ll learn to setup a new page, learn how to insert images & text, how to use colour & get your document ready for the printer. Here we go…
This is the final layout:
Are used when designing a magazine style document where pages will be seen together across the ëspreadí (like a Womanís Weekly). Having this feature turned off will display the pages one by one.
You can create preset columns guides in your document. This allows you to get a consistent page layout on every page. It is common for magazines & newsletters to use a 3,4 or 5 column layout.
The space between the above columns.
Visual guides used to keep consistent layout through a document. These are also useful guides if your printer does not print to the edges.
Click this button on the right of the New Document Panel to see the Bleed & Slug below.
This adds an external margin to your paper. If you plan to have any content running right to the edge of the paper you can run your content into this bleed area. This way when a commercial printer prints your page onto their oversized paper they can trim/cut your pages without leaving any thin white lines behind. Normally set to a size of 3mm.
Used to hold non printing information like dates and document names. This feature is not commonly used by designers.
Creating our flyer
File > New > Document
Fill in the below details
Set your ‘environment’.
The InDesign workspace consists of the tools palette, floating palettes, the page itself and a pasteboard area. The floating palettes remain where ever they were placed the last time InDesign was opened.
InDesign has a number of default environments, and you can save your own.
Set the environment to ‘essentials’.
The pull down menu top right lists all the default environments. Choose essentials
Reset essentials to default.
Colours for our flyer
GG Green (CMYK) = 55, 0, 100, 0
GG Orange (CMYK) = 0, 52, 100, 0
GG Dark Green (CMYK) = 60, 0, 100, 55
Red, green and blue is how the computer displays colour on-screen. This mode should be used for any image that will be displayed on a screen e.g. Websites & Powerpoint documents. Use this colour mode also if you plan to print on your home ink jet as these types of printers are set up to accept RGB images.
This colour mode is used for commercial printing. Use this colour mode when creating images to be printed at a professional printers.
Creating swatches (CMYK, RGB & Pantone)
1. Make sure you can see your Color Panel (Window > Color).
2. Click the Panel Option button from the top right of the Color Panel
3. Choose CMYK from the list.
4. Type in the correct amounts into the C,M,Y,K fields.
Alternatively you can click any colour from the small rainbow colour panel at the base of
the Color Panel.
5. Click the Panel Option button from the top right of the Color Panel
6. Choose Add to Swatch:
You’ll see your new colour appear in your Swatches Panel:
1. Click the Panel Option button from the top right of the Color Panel
2. Choose RGB from the list.
3. Repeat the above CMYK steps from step 3.
1. Click the Swatches Panel Option button from the top right of the Color Panel
2. Choose New Colour Swatch:
3. Choose Pantone Solid Coated or Pantone Solid Uncoated depending on the job.
Note: These two colour libraries are the most commonly used in New Zealand. If youíre unsure which colour book to use – consult your printer.
4. Type in the Pantone number you want:
5. Click the Add button.
6. You will see your new Pantone Swatch in your Swatches Panel:
Drawing a rectangle
1. Choose the Rectangle Tool
2. Starting in the top left draw a rectangle that covers the document including the bleed.
3. Make sure your fill is at the front of the colour panel.
4. Fill with GG Green.
5. In your Colour Pallet change the tint to 25%:
Importing (place) images
1. File > Place (InDesign Exercise Files > 01-GG-Advert > Pictures > GG-Flower.psd).
2. Check that the ëReplace Selected Itemí is UN-checked. Otherwise your image will be placed inside your green box causing them to be stuck together.
Note: All images placed in InDesign are ëlinkedí files. This means that InDesign will always look for the original file. If you move or delete the original image, InDesign will show an error and not print correctly. Make sure you donít lose your originals.
3. To check what is linked and where the link is located on your laptop choose Window > Links.
4. You can use this Panel to relink images. You can also check a variety of options using the Links Panel Option icon . In here you can Embed your image, breaking the external link and keeping a copy of the image inside the InDesign file. However bear
in mind that this will make the file size large and potentially slow InDesign down.
Resizing & flipping images
1. Choose your selection tool and select your image.
2. In the Application Bar (along the top) select the Flip Horizontal button
Choose your selection tool and drag any corner of your image holding the CMD + Shift keys (Mac) or CTRL + Shift keys (PC).
1. Choose the type tool
2. Click and drag a box out on the page.
This will create a fixed width and height box that you can fill with text.
Leading is line spacing. Itís purpose is to allow the designer to alter the density of blocks of text. Newspapers are quite dense and as such use a tighter line spacing value than you would find in magazines, brochures, or posters.
All fonts have a default leading seen in InDesign just under the font size.
Exporting a job to print/pdf
1. With your finished file open choose File > Export.
2. Name the file and choose Adobe PDF (CS4) or Adobe PDF Print (CS5 & 6) from the drop
3. Click Save.
4. Choose High Quality Print from the Adobe PDF Preset menu.
Note: If this file is going over to a commercial printer they may have PDF settings that they can send you. If not, High Quality Print is a good all-round preset.
5. Choose ‘Marks and Bleeds’ from the menu on the left.
6. Choose Crop Marks.
7. Either choose ‘Use Document Bleed’ or Manually type in the bleed depending on how you’ve set up your document. If you donít require any bleed, ignore step 6 & 7.
8. Click the Export button & send/email to your printer.
Done! Hooray.I hope you’ve found this Indesign training useful.
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