Last week we introduced you to Adobe InDesign, the industry leading software for typographic layout and image placement. What makes this program increasingly useful is its user- and design-friendly interface, particularly once you’ve learned your way around the software. For a review of how to get started with InDesign, please see last week’s #TechTipThursday.
This week’s post aims to expand your deepen your knowledge of, and expand your skill set with, Adobe InDesign. Some of the concepts addressed by this post may not be immediately relevant to your use of the program but may become increasingly useful as your level of familiarity and design needs change.
Understanding Links with Text and Objects
Learn what linking an object means, and how to update and create links between objects in InDesign
Learn how to utilize layers in your design and how to manipulate and customize those layers to make your design process as smooth and efficient as possible.
Look Like a Pro Using Shortcuts
Learn the keyboard commands for frequently used functions in InDesign. This skill will make your design process a breeze and make you look like a pro!
Prepare for Printing
Learn how to export your finished masterpiece as a high quality PDF document that is suitable for printing. Also, learn how to create and save PDF preset options for exporting quickly.
Packaging your files
Learn what it means to package your file and how to appropriately name, package, and save the bundle of files that make up your document (fonts, images, InDesign Document, logos, pdf, etc). The Package command keeps everything in one place and is perfect for when you need to share your work with other designers.
The tutorials for these topics, in order, have been helpful as other members of our team learn to use this software. If you have any questions, or difficulty duplicating the steps detailed in this post, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.
*This post was drafted by Erin, an Instructional Technology Collaborator.