InDesign: Introduction

Today we had a new tutorial workshop focusing on InDesign, rather than Photoshop- which we have been doing previously.  This was a fairly basic introduction into the main functions in order to gain a general understanding of how InDesign works.

Our tutor, George spoke a lot about what InDesign can be used for, e.g. posters or books.  This is because it is recommended for layout and structure use, and is designed in order to help users in the most effective and efficient way.  Unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of time to use InDesign in todays tutorial, however, we first covered the options you can change when creating a document, depending on your purpose.


We wanted a simple document, however, George introduced us to things such as: bleeds, columns and slugs, which all help the structure of the document.  A bleed around the edges is very important when printing because it means you can set the print to ensure it does not have a white line around the image. Once the document had opened I experimented using the basic tools of InDesign, such as the text, shape, colour and line tool.

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