Advanced InDesign Knowlege

In this article, I will be talking about 5 different types of tools in InDesign. I will also be discussing Preflight in how it helps us with our mistakes that we made as a graphic designer. And the final the final thing that I will be explaining is the epub/bo0k.

Tools in Indesign

1. Master the typeface menu

One of the best new features in the Creative Cloud version of Adobe InDesign is the upgraded typeface menu. It offers the ability to filter out specific typefaces you’re looking for, as well as to sample those typefaces in your document.

To access the menu, click on the Type (T) tool and then move your cursor up to the top left corner and make sure the button with an “A” on it, Character Formatting Controls, is highlighted, as opposed to the “P,” which is the Paragraph Formatting Controls and which we’ll be using later on. All you have to do is highlight the text that you want to sample, and use the up and down arrows to scroll through different typefaces. This will not actually select the font for you, so when you settle on one click on it to use in your document.

2. Sync fonts with Typekit

Typekit is a super easy way to find new typefaces without having to worry about tracking down licensing, as it is all been researched and is at the site for you. The program comes as part of a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, making it very easy to legally download and add fonts to your work.

You can either access the site by clicking on the option we saw above in the type menu or by heading to type in the main menu and “Add Fonts from Typekit”.

Head to Typekit to browse through fonts, looking for:

  • Classification: Serif/Sans serif/slab Serif, etc.
  • Use: For the web vs desktop
  • Recommended: For paragraphs vs headings
  • Properties: Weight, width, contrast, etc.
  • Language support

Click on the font family that you want, review the typeface options and click on “sync” — the font will be easily synched to your open InDesign!

3. Wrap text around an image

This time we are going to move away from the Text Tool into working directly with the image. Click on the image you want to work with, and the text wrap options — indicated with the orange arrow above. Your options are:

  • No text wrap: (Top left) Text will be layered over or under the image
  • Wrap around bounding box: (Top right) Will wrap the text around the image, pictured above
  • Wrap around object shape: (Bottom left) Also called contour wrapping, it wraps around the shape of the frame you have selected. So if you have an asymmetrical image on a white background, you can surround the image and not just the white square box around it.
  • Jump object: (Bottom right) Skips the object and anything to the right or left of it.

As you may notice, there is not a lot of space between the edge of the image and the text. There are a couple of ways to get around this.

Option one is to create a border on the image before you import it into InDesign. If you want to work with the image in the layout extensively, this is not a terribly convenient option.

The second way to go is to use the stroke button, which appears in the image toolbar, indicated by the orange arrow. In the image above the transparent option is selected for both the fill and the stroke, but all you have to do is change the stroke color to whatever your background color is, and increase the point level to your desired thickness.The negative here is that adding a stroke can partially obscure the image, the stroke goes into the image border as well as outside of it.

I  think it is easiest to use the third option, to create a rectangle the same color as the background and place it behind the image to create a border.

4. Create columns

Columns are as easy as clicking a button. Navigate to the column button above. Then enter the number for how many columns you want, and in the box below it adjust the spacing between columns. 

5. Create a drop cap

A drop cap is when you see the first image or word drop down into the body of the text in a larger size.

The orange arrow points to the drop cap button in the paragraph formatting toolbar, which allows you to decide how many lines high you want the drop cap to be. Next, to that button ,you can also choose how many letters you want to highlight, from just the first letter of the word, or even more if you would like.

To get more information about the tools Click Here.

Pre-Flight

Before in-flight was available,  all of the files had to be checked by hand before outputting to postscript files. DTP and printing house prepress studios had an application called PitStop which was helpful in spotting the mistakes in print ready files. Today you just have to tick the right check boxes in InDesign and preflight will do the job for you.

Preflight will check all your InDesign layout documents and also the documents that you have placed in the layout, like bitmap images and vector files.

It is best to run it at the end when the layout is finished so it does not shut your computer down. The pre-flight panel will tell you everything you need to know about your document. Green light indicates that everything is OK, red one indicates that there are some things that need your attention. Click on the Error tab and expand the arrow to see the mistakes. Info part below will show you detailed information about the corrections needed. To get more information about Pre-flight Click Here.

E- book

An eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book that can be read by using a personal computer or by using an eBook reader. Users can purchase an eBook on diskette or CD, but the most popular method of getting an eBook is to purchase a downloadable file of the eBook from a Web site, such as Barnes and Noble, to be read from the user’s computer or reading device. General, an eBook can be downloaded in five minutes or less.

Some eBooks can be downloaded for free or at reduced cost, however, prices for many eBooks – especially bestsellers – are similar to those of hardcover books, and are sometimes higher. Most eBooks at Barnes and Noble, for example, are comparable in price to their traditional print versions. To get more information about E-book Click Here.

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