As you may already know, InDesign is apart of the Adobe creative cloud. Adobe CC is filled with many software’s that are crucial to many different careers. InDesign is the industry standard software for publishing design – but what does that even mean? InDesign excels at projects that require multi-page layouts or master layouts where one theme reoccurs on multiple pages. Pretty much anything with large amounts of text should go straight into InDesign. Now that you know what people use InDesign for, let’s talk about the top 5 tools (in my opinion) that you should get familiar with.
Text Wrap tool: You can wrap text around any object. When you apply a text wrap to an object, InDesign creates a boundary around the object. Using the text wrap tool is really easy. First, select the object in which you want text to wrap around.
The first icon from the left is the wrap around bounding box. Creates a rectangular wrap whose width and height are determined by the bounding box of the selected object, including any offset distances you specify.
The second icon is the wrap around object shape. This creates a text wrap boundary that is the same shape as the frame you’ve selected.
The third icon is the jump object. Keeps text from appearing in any available space to the right or left of the frame.
The fourth icon is the jump to next column. Forces the surrounding paragraph to the top of the next column or text frame.
There’s so much you can do with this tool, and it’s very helpful for designers to incorporate images and text together in a seemingly, beautiful way.
Note tool: With the note tool selected, you can write notes to a part of your document. When you add editorial notes to managed content in InDesign, these notes become available to others in the workflow. For example, you can place text in notes that you might want to put into a story later. As you can see, that is very helpful to keep everyone on track if its a big project or to simply remind yourself of something. The note tool is that simple.
Rectangle frame tool: When it comes to laying out a design before getting all the correct images, this is the right tool. This tool allows you to dedicate a space for an image you intend on placing later on. Recently I had to create a magazine in InDesign and this was a very helpful tool. See, as a designer, you want to always get a layout put together first before anything else.
Gap Tool: The Gap tool provides a quick way to adjust the size of a gap between two or more objects. It also lets you resize several objects that have commonly aligned edges simultaneously, while keeping the gaps between them fixed. It’s a one-step way to adjust your layout by directly manipulating the space between objects.
Direct Selection tool: This tool allows you to select a specific section of an object versus selecting the whole thing. After you select one or more individual points and segments, you can add or subtract items to/from the selection. In addition, you can also use the Direct Selection tool and drag a marquee to select parts of the path or drag over a portion of it to create a selection rectangle.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PRE-FLIGHTING
While you edit your document, the Preflight panel warns of problems that can prevent a document or book from printing or outputting as desired. These problems include missing files or fonts, low-resolution images, over set text, and a number of other conditions. As a recommendation, always have this panel open while working. Sometimes people leave this for last, yet if you have your preflight panel open while working you’ll be able to see issues the second they occur, allowing you to fix it the second it occurs. If preflight is turned on, a red circle icon appears in the status bar when InDesign detects any problems. You can open the Preflight panel and view the Info section to get basic guidance for fixing the problems.
The internet is filled with eBooks. It’s easy to see why – they’re fast, convenient and are a great way to consume and store reading material. They can be downloaded in seconds and many thousands can fit on a single USB stick. eBooks are also interactive, allowing you to search for text, make notes or drawings and follow hyperlinks. An ePub is a free and open eBook standard file format which can be read on a variety of handheld devices. eBooks are popular due to the fact that you can have a collection of books at your disposal on one device. Very convenient for an active reader. Generally speaking, eBooks are also cheaper than the physical copy of a book. So hopefully you’ll dive into InDesign and see what tools you think can help you the most, and test out the reliability of the ones I mentioned.