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CAP 105 Lesson 7: InDesign Basics

Essential basics for using InDesign.

Derek DeVries

on 26 September 2016

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Transcript of CAP 105 Lesson 7: InDesign Basics

Lesson 7
InDesign Basics

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Placing Content
Types of Files:

[Preferred].tif, .ai and .eps

[Import] .jpg, .gif, .psd and .png files.
You can also import PDFs, but you won't be able to edit anything in them.
A. Tabbed Document Windows (move between documents like web browser tabs)
B. Application Bar (workspace switcher, menus *Windows only, and application controls)
C. Workspace Switcher (for moving between workspaces or creating new workspaces)
D. Panels (customizable so you can decide what tools/features you want quickly available)
E. Control Panel (options, commands, & other panels for whatever object/s you have selected)
F. Tools Panel (for creating/editing images, artwork, page elements - just like Photoshop; each button may have multiple tools within it)
G. Collapse Button (will collapse the panels to icons in order to give you more workspace)
H. Four Panel Groups in Vertical Dock (just one of the configuration options)
The InDesign Workspace
About Masters
Master: a background that can quickly be applied to many other pages in a document (noted by dotted lines)
More on Masters
To Create a Master:
1) Choose "New Master" in the "Pages" panel menu.
2) Fill out "Prefix," "Name" - can also use "Based on Master"
3) Specify # of Pages
Hyperlinks and Cross-References
InDesign isn't just for print; you can also create digital documents by exporting to .PDF or .SWF and they will retain links to other web content.
In addition to web links, you can also link to content with an InDesign document (think: table of contents, glossary, footnotes, etc.)
Data Merge
Uses a spreadsheet / database of contact information to print envelopes, labels, addresses, etc.
Step 1
Decide what fields you need for your print job.
Step 2
Save the source data file as a comma-delimited (.csv) or tab-delimited (.txt)
Step 3
Create the "target document" that has all of the fields inserted (which will be filled by the data from the spreadsheet)
Step 4
Select the data source using the "Data Merge" panel
Step 5
Insert the fields you specified from the "Data Merge" panel into the "target document"
Step 6
Merge the "Target Document" with the data from your spreadsheet, or export to a PDF file
For Inspiration
I. Content Collector allows users to manage all of the assets for a project
J. Pages View shows all of the pages of a document
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