Thursday, 10 January 2013

OUGD405 - Adobe InDesign Workshop

Used to prepare things for commercial print to be mass produced. One of the strengths with InDesign is the ability to work with multiple page documents. Many of the tools are similar to Photoshop and Illustrator. 

We will always choose new document even if we were making a book.

Letter, legal and tabloid are American equivalent
Letter is A4

By clicking on more options we are able to customise the page to be exactly how we want it.

The gutter is the distance between the columns.

Margin space is the space inwards from the page.

They are all there as guides only so we would have to draw them on if we wanted to.

The bleed and slug is the most important setting.

Design on A5 and print on A4.

Design on A4 and print on A3.

To compensate for any inaccuracies in the printing of the job, anything that is over the image helps as it means that there will be no white space left.

We should always work with bleed and the standard bleed amount is 3mm.

The slug area is the area outside the page. It is larger than the bleed area and is used to contain the printers marks. Registration marks and print marks. CMYK marks etc are printed on to the paper but trimmed when printed. We can add these in just before printing. However we may need to use the slug area when creating a leaflet, to put in fold marks.

Am I working with a spread (book)? We ask this question when dealing with the facing pages option.

Black line is the edge of the page
Purple line is the margin
Red line is the bleed

This will allow me to add more pages, change the size etc.

The layout menu will allow to change margins and columns

Facing pages

Adding in guides (create guides)

Placeholder text is used for text formatting

We can place text in a drawn text box

Text overflow indicator (red mark) by clicking on this we can then draw another box and the overflow of text will fill it.

Preparing images in Photoshop to put on InDesign when preparing for print

1. File format needs to be correct (.tif or .psd not jpeg files)
2. 300dpi
3. CMYK or Greyscale
4. When preparing images we make them the size that they are going to need to be once we put them on the InDesign page

Preparing images in Photoshop to put on InDesign when preparing for print

1. File format .ai
2. Colour must be CMYK

InDesign will make a frame and place the image in it

We can also change the size of the frame to crop the image in InDesign

Another way to resize

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