Guide on How to Use InDesign: Part II

In this article we continue describing the basic information on how to use InDesign. With the help of Indesign you will be able to create amazing design templates, interactive documents in PDF format, and even impressive videos for Adobe Flash Player. With our guide you will learn how to use InDesign standard functions. This text is aimed at students and beginners that only have just started using the software and need basic information. Also, we consider that you already know how to work with graphic editors and modular grids. For more information we advise you to check the first part of this tutorial on our blog.

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How to Use the Adobe InDesign Program Package. Part 2

Let’s talk about master pages.

It is convenient and efficient to use master pages for repeated layouts or layout elements. For instance, you may want to use a master page to include a consistent header and footer on each page, and to include page numbering.

To create a Master page: By default, InDesign has a set of master pages. You may choose to edit these, or to add more master pages, right click on the Pages palette > New Master.

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In the Pages palette, click on the page icon (Shift-click to select multiple pages), then in the pop-out Options menu for the Pages palette, choose > Apply Master to pages.

You can also just drag and drop the Master icon at the top of the Pages palette onto the page icon that you want to attach to the Master.

To detach a page from a Master Page, click on the page number, then use the Page Options menu to choose > Apply Master, and choose [None] (or drag the [None] icon onto the page icon in the page’s palette).

You may lay out text boxes and image placement boxes in the master pages to create sets of standard layouts for your document. For text, simply use the type tool (T) to drag out a text box. For images, use the rectangle frame tool (F).

To activate the boxes, press ctrl + shift + left click.

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To choose a tool, click on an icon in the Toolbox. Once you move the cursor over the page, the cursor will change to indicate which tool is in use. Some tools are applied by simply clicking, others, you drag.

There are several groups of tools:

  • The Select tools are used to reposition, or pick page elements for editing.
  • Drawing tools create shapes and text.
  • Transform tools alter the size and shape of page elements (rotate, scale, etc.).
  • View tools help to navigate pages.
  • Color Picker tools choose stroke and fill colors.
  • The Window View buttons hide and show the Pasteboard.

Let us take a look on how to work with the text.

Text Blocks

Drag the Text tool to create a text block, then type into the block. You can also draw a shape with a tool such as the oval or polygon tool, then type into the shape. Format text with the Control Palette.

If you don’t see the Control Palette, go to Window > Control. The Control Palette changes depending on what tool is in use. When the Text tool is in use you see attributes for formatting text. The control palette will enable you to change the font and size, and insert a special character.

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Paragraph Styles

Use paragraph styles to format regular blocks of text. Headline, subheadings, and body style are the most commonly used paragraph styles. You may also want heading and footer styles. In addition to font and size attributes, paragraph styles can include indents,

lines before and after, line height, etc. To edit paragraph styles in the paragraph palette, right click > Edit.

how to use indesign assignment completedCharacter Styles

Apply Character styles to selected text within a paragraph. Open up the character styles palette by clicking on Windows > Styles > Character Style, which is the same as paragraph styles. To edit, right click in the palette > Edit. To create a new character, select the Create New Style button located on bottom right corner of the character styles palette pop up box.

how to use indesign example analyzedPlacing Image Files

The most common way to insert an image is:

  1. Go to File > Place…
  2. Select the image file from the dialog box and click OK.
  3. When you return to the page you’ll see the “place” cursor.
  4. Click. The image will appear on the page as an object.

To move the placed image: Get the Select tool and drag the image to a new position. To scale, rotate or flip the image, use the same transform commands as you would on any object.

To adjust the color or to run a filter on a linked image:

  1. Open the image file in an image editing program such as Photoshop for bitmaps or Illustrator for vector graphics.
  2. Make your changes and save the file.
  3. Return to InDesign and, with the image selected, go to the Links Palette Options menu and choose > Update Link.

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