During this project we had an Indesign workshop to help us complete our research books.

Although I am quite knowledgable about Indesign having done my portfolio using Indesign last year, it was great to have a refresher about lots of the different tools we could play with.

Rose started off by showing us how to set up a page in Indesign and how we would set up our document for our book. She encouraged us to make a mock up before making the book in order that we would know which pages when where on our document.

We looked at how to put in grids and how we can drag gridlines from the ruler. This would help us set out the overall placement of our page and how we want it to look.

Next we discovered text boxes and how to create and format them. This enabled us to fill them with placeholder text that is generated by the computer.

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Sometimes when importing a text it does not format is how you would like it to be. We can change the text and format its position using the top bar. If our paragraph has hyphenations in we can take them off on the paragraph setting and uptick the box “hyphenate”.

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We then looked at placing images into the text using the rectangle frame tool. The image would have to be of good quality , for example 300dpi. When we place our object into the box it will look a bit like this.

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From this we have to use the fitting tool to fit the box and the image so they are in the right place and proportional. This take a lot of playing about.

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When we have completed our page or book we can save it in different ways.

The Save As will save it as a Indesign file

The Export will enable us to export it as a PDF ready for print

The Package will enable us to save all of it in both Indesign and PDF  but also keep all the links for the images incase we change and reopen the file without the image sources.

We then got the change to play around with Indesign on our own. Here I created a poster about Flamingos to practice the skills I have just looked at.

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I appreciated having this session as it helped me to rekindle my Indesign skills which I have used in both my portfolio and research book.


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