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Indesign Introduction

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Adobe Indesign is the industry-leader in the creative world for creating posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and annual reports. The program is the best page layout software program, providing great features for truly stunning designs. InDesign also includes support for high-resolution displays, as well as the ability to generate and edit high quality independent QR (Quick Response) code graphics.

In the Adobe CC Indesign version several enhancements have also been made to the font menu, including the new Type Kit, as database of over 500 free fonts. The workflows for EPUB (Ebook) Export have also been simplified and added to.


In Indesign courses workflow consist of three elements: importing text, images and illustrations, the layout of which are then manipulated. It’s possible to create text within Indesign itself, or import it from a word processing program like Microsoft Word. Photos and diagrams can be manipulated in image-editing applications like Adobe Photoshop, before importing into Indesign. Basic vector graphics can be created within Indesign, but for more complex illustrations we use Adobe Illustrator, and likewise import into Indesign. Indesign focuses on all the layout work, including text and graphic styles, master pages, page numbering, tables of contents, etc.

Once completed the document is then exported in one of three ways: as a PDF destined for print output, or placed into a Content Management System. Alternatively it can be sent as a packaged folder to send off to a commercial printer. And in recent years as an Epub file for Ebooks or Apps for Android or Macintosh.

In all cases, however, the workflow process is essentially the same: we have the initial document setup, then we add text and images, and output into one of the formats above.

An example would be the creation of a DL (Document Lengthwise) size flyer, three of which fill an A4 landscape sheet. When setting up a new document we leave the Facing Pages and Master Text Frame settings at default. The number of ages is 1, and the page size is 99 by 210mm. Margins for a DL flier would be smaller than for an A4, 7mm all round, for example. If the document has images or colour that should print to the trim edge of the paper, we establish a bleed guide to which we then scale those elements.

This is due to the print job being tiled and printed onto larger sheets, possibly of 16 or 32 to a sheet, which are then cut to the required size. High-speed trimmers are not 100% accurate, however, so it’s necessary to provide a 3-5mm margin of error, most of which will be trimmed off. Leave the slug at zero since this is only used by newspapers and magazines. When we hit OK our new document is created, consisting of a bleed guide as a red border, a paper edge represented by a black border, and the margin for text as a magenta border.

We may also create non-printing guides by clicking and dragging from the white space of the rulers with the Selection tool onto the page. The x and y measurements appear in the top left fields of the top Control panel. The file could now be saved as a DL template file for future use.