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Basics to InDesign


The magazine looking images above were created with Adobe InDesign.  Don’t worry, the text itself is pure garbage.  However, the arrangement of images is text is the fun part.

Honestly, this is my least favorite application out of the three (out of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign).  This has similar tools to the others, like the selection tool, line tool, basic shapes tool, eyedropper tool.

The key tools, though, are on the right toolbar.  One of the most important tools is the Paragraph Styles tool that you can see by going to Window > Paragraph Styles if it’s not already present.  Now the main attraction of the Paragraph Styles tool is that you can essentially set the formatting for all of your text here.  For instance, you can create multiple styles and have them vary by font, font size, color, style, and many other options.  This is useful if you’re working on an extensive project with multiple pages of text.  If you set the text with the Paragraph Styles tool and you make any changes to the style, then the change will occur throughout the project.

The images above were created with the Paragraph Styles, importing images (using Command + D), basic shapes, and text boxes.  The headliner image that has the guy’s hand sticking out over the “Snowboard California” was created by going to Object > Clipping Path > Options… Then I selected the “Photoshop Path” I had created earlier.

In order to get the text to avoid the images, I selected the image and went to the top toolbar and selected “Warp around bounding box” at the top, it looks like a little gray box surrounded by lines.  However, this makes it where all of the text boxes are dodging the images, regardless of order on the page.  To make it where some text boxes aren’t dodging, select the text box, go to Object > Text Frames Options… and a dialogue box should pop up.  At the bottom of the dialogue box, there should be an option to Ignore Text Wrap.  Click that option and it should make it where the text stands strong.

For the nifty lines along the edges of the pages, I simply used the line tool and drew one vertical line, copied it enough times so that it was on both pages, and then went to “Align Top” in the top tool bar.



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