Week 13: Intro to InDesign

Week 13: Intro to InDesign

Week 13 | Overview

  • Understanding the InDesign workspace
  • Working with panels and tools
  • Navigating through InDesign documents
  • Importing text and images
  • Using styles to quickly format texts and objects
  • Creating and saving custom page sizes
  • Creating page guides
  • Adding section
  • Using automatic page numbering
  • Creating master pages and applying them to document pages

In InDesign you’ll:

Work with a document to understand how to navigate, place graphics, and add formatting to text, creating a finished document that can be printed or distributed as a digital document.

An Overview of InDesign

The InDesign Workspace:

Documents in InDesign are located INSIDE the black border. This is your workspace.

Document Window:

Anything INSIDE the black border will appear in your finished page. The area outside of the black border is called the “pasteboard”. You can drag and drop elements you want to use on your page there but you MUST DRAG them inside the black border to show up on your finished file. This is a great way to “temporarily” hold items until you use them.

Download project files here:

  1. InDesign 01 Project_Done
  2. InDesign 01 Project
  3. InDesign 01 Links
Choose File > Open > Open Project Done

Choose Window > Workspace > Typography

Choose Window > Workspace > Reset Typography to reset the InDesign panels to their default positions for the Typography workspace.

Using Guides
Just like Photoshop and Illustrator, guides in Indesign will help you align content on your page and create and organized layout.
  • Margin Guides
  • Ruler Guides
Margin guides define the space around the edge of your document. This is important so that you don’t cut off any content on your page. Margin guides are displayed in magenta. By default, they display 1/2″ within the page edge.
Ruler guides are guides you add to your document layout to align content on your page. You can hide the guides anytime you want.
  • To hide guides:  Choose View > Grids & Guides > Hide Guides or Command+; on the Mac.
  • To view guides: Choose View > Grids & Guides > Show Guides or Command+; on the Mac.

Viewing Modes
The viewing modes option lets you choose whether all content and guides display on your monitor, or whether InDesign displays only content that is positioned on the page and will print.
Various Viewing Modes
 Preview Mode
At the bottom of the Tools panel, click and hold the Mode button, and choose Preview from the available modes. The pasteboard will appear gray and all elements located on the pasteboard are hidden. The boarders do not display around any items on the page if they are not selected.
Bleed Mode
Click and hold the Mode button again and choose Bleed from the menu. This shows the bleed area that was specified when the document was created. “Bleed” is the outside of the page that is intentionally used by designers so that any inaccuracies in the cutting, trimming, and binding process do not create a visible white space along the edge of an object that is intended to print all the way to the edge of a document.
Presentation Mode
Click and hold the Mode button again and choose Presentation from the menu. This mode present your document on a black background. It’s a good way for viewing your document. In this mode  you can navigate through the pages of your document by using the up and down or left and right arrow keys. To exit Presentation mode click escape.
Click and hold the Mode button again and choose Normal.

Working with Panels
The Tools Panel
  • Click on the double-arrow icon at the top of the tools panel. This changes it from a single to a double column.
  • Click the gray bar at the top of the Tools panel, hold down the mouse button and you can drag the panel around.

Changing the Magnification of your Document
OPEN the project files above.
  1. In the Pages panel, double-click on the page 1 icon to display the first page of the document.
  2. Select > Zoom tool and click and hold in the upper-left corner of the Spinnews logo at the top of the page and then drag down to the lower-right corner of the logo. Release the mouse. The area  you’ve selected with the Zoom tool is magnified. If you’ve zoomed too much, hold the Option key while clicking with the Zoom tool.
  3. Select the Hand tool from the Tools panel. Click and hold down on the page in the document window. Magnification changes and a red frame appears,  indicating which portion of the document will be visible when you finish scrolling.
  4. Use the Hand tool to arrange the page so the logo is in the center of your document.
  5. Press and hold the page in the document window. Position the red frame so the entire border of the image is visible, then release the mouse.
  6. To view the entire document: View > Fit Page in Window or Command+0.

Placing and Formatting Text 
Adding Type

Working with Type
When adding type in an InDesign layout, you always place it inside a frame. Frames are containers that hold text but they can also hold graphics or shapes.
  1. Choose File > Open File and open id01.indd.
  2. If you need to, press the Pages button in the docking area along the right side of the workspace. The Pages panel open. In the Pages panel, double-click page 1 to center this page in the workspace.
  3. In the Tools panel, select the Type tool. Position you cursor along the left side of the page, where the left margin guide and the first horizontal guide meet. Click and hold down, then drag down and to the right to the location where the right margin guide and the second horizontal guide meet. Release the mouse and a new text frame is created and a cursor blinks.
  4. Type: Fending off the winter blues with cross-training – in the text frame. It appears in the default font size.
  5. In the panel docking area along the right side of the workspace, click the Paragraph Styles button. Select the Heading style. The Heading style is applied to the paragraph which includes all the text in this frame.
  6. The top line of the sentence is longer than the bottom line. To balance the lines, click the panel menu button in the top-right corner of the Control panel and choose Balance Ragged Lines from the submenu. InDesign will automatically balance the lines within the frame.

Building Documents with Master Pages

  • Creating and saving custom page sizes
  • Creating page guides
  • Adding section
  • Using automatic page numbering
  • Creating master pages and applying them to document pages
Download project files here: InDesign 02


Answer the following questions and post to your blog.

  1. What does the red plus sign in the lower-right corner of a text frame indicate?
  2. How do you reposition an image inside of a frame?
  3. How can you ensure that if your reposition the panels in InDesign to your liking , you can always bring them back to that state?
  4. If you cannot see panels that you need to use, how can you locate and display them in your workspace?
  5. Do automatic page numbers always start with page 1?
  6. If you want to modify content on a page that is linked to a master page, how do you select this locked content?
    How can you access styles created in other InDesign documents?

***NOTE: Save  your files three ways***

  • First – File > Save as and use the .indd extension.
  • Second – File > Package
  • Third – File > Export save as a .JPG
  • Then, open the .JPG in Photoshop and check the image size. Make sure it’s at 72dpi and the color mode is RGB.

Upload finished files to your blog AND to your Flickr feed.

Follow the videos you saw in class and complete the exercises. Post to you blog and to Flickr.



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