Indesign basics

by Design Workshop Sydney

The basic workflow for Adobe Indesign is generally the same no matter what the project is, whether it’s creating flyers, web banners, brochures, monthly magazines or tender documents. We show you how to create all of these in our Indesign coursesIndesign-text
The first stage is the initial setup – this can either be from scratch, or by using a template. We show you how to create your own custom templates. The setup would include page size, margins, columns and bleed guides. We would then add guidelines for headers and footers. Automatic page numbering and placeholders for coloured headers, footers and sidebars would be added to a set of Master Pages.
If the document was intended for regular editions a masthead would be placed on the front page, with company logo and placeholder for date and edition numbers. Company colours would be created and saved in the Swatches panel. Styles for Character and Paragraph text would also be saved. And the whole document would be saved as a template.
Then each month or so, new content, both text and images,  is easily imported into the template. Styles would be applied to the text. After the final tweaking and editing is done, the document would be outputted as a PDF usually, or if sending to a commercial printing company, as a Packaged folder which can then be zipped and emailed. This is the basic workflow for most projects in Indesign. Recent versions of the program have also included the capacity to output for eBooks and apps for tablet devices.
More tips can be found at the Indesign Users Group which meets bi-monthly in Sydney, and is a free forum for designers to discuss topics and the latest Indesign features. See many examples of our own clients’ work on our Facebook page.
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