InDesign basics

SETTING UP YOUR DOCUMENT, BASIC SHORTCUTS, LAYERS, INSPIRATION, ETC.

  1. Opening Adobe Programs and create task bar short cuts 
  2. Making a new document (lit. mag. preset–this is different for other publicaitons) and changing units and increments
  3. Short cut (zoom in and out)
  4. Shuffling pages/making a double page spread
  5. Elements of a spread/page
  6. Pinterest/design inspiration
  7. Importance of layers/beware too much inverse type and dark backgrounds

WORKING WITH TEXT

  1. Text – headlines (changing text size, bold, kerning, and short cut “w” preview)
  2. Font combinations (sans serif vs serif, rules, tips, etc.)
  3. Columns for body text (preset margins/columns, connecting text boxes, using placeholder text)
  4. Text – kicker/intro, pull quotes, rotating bylines, using opacity

BUILDING SHAPES AND USING THE PEN TOOL IN INDESIGN AND ILLUSTRATOR

  1. Changing background color and layers review
  2. Adding color to shapes and making gradients
  3. Drawing custom shapes – using the pen tool (InDesign vs. Illustrator)
  4. (Continued) Using the pen tool, layers, and changing canvas size (Illustrator)
  5. Making art brushes and minimalist style (Illustrator)
  6. Using the trace option (Illustrator)

TBA on the following…

  1. Changing directions of shapes (rotating)
  2. Using pathfinder to combine and manipulate shapes
  3. Tying on a shape or path (pen and text tool)
  4. Integrating files (using Illustrator files in InDesign)
  5. Links (broken links)
  6. Comic book effect (advanced – using Photoshop and InDesign)
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