For this very interesting lesson, Mr Cheo introduced indesign to us! This amazing application is a desktop publishing software application produced by Adobe Systems. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books. InDesign can also publish content suitable for tablet devices in conjunction with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Graphic designers and production artists are the principal users, creating and laying out periodical publications, posters, and print media.
Starting off- The very first practice we did on indesign was extremely fun! we got to learn and familiarise with the basic tools of the application, and this exercise taught us the many different ways how one can make use of the tools available!
Getting the “Stop press logo” : This step is a definite no brainer. A simple drag and drop would do the job.
After adding the logo, we had to add the various text boxes so as to be able to include texts. A text box can be made by simply clicking the “T” icon on the toolbar. Drag and let go of it when you achieve the desirable size.
To create the various columns, do not let go while dragging out the text boxes. While dragging, use the left and right arrow key to change the number of columns you want the text boxes to be. In this case, I had to press the left arrow key 3 times while still dragging it to achieve 3 columns.
Now you may be wondering. Did it take a long time to type out the text in the boxes? No. All you have to do is to follow these simple steps! Okay so once you’ve got your text boxes out, click on “type” followed by “Fill with placeholder text”. This way, you would be able to roughly visualise your layout without having to manually type out paragraphs and paragraphs of words wasting your time!
As you above, i have altered the size of the text boxes, and included a duck. But wait, do you see how the texts are going around the duck, and not through it? This interesting look can be achieved by clicking the “Text wrap” icon in the text bar!