InDesign: Basic- Using Text and Images

This tutorial was more insightful than last weeks, although we still covered the basics, we managed to use InDesign more this time, mainly inserting text and images. To add text we selected “file” and place, allowing us to choice a text document or file. Then we selected the area in which we wanted to fill. As all the text didn’t fit into one of 3 columns, our tutor George showed us that the text can be continuous through other columns. What was even more interesting is that if you change the size of any text boxes, the text automatically adjusts, so that it flows between the columns.  This is used for when adding images, and is a useful tool as it saves time moving text around and prevents the loss of any text.

The text filled the space of 7 pages, and before we used other pages George explained the importance of different pages and what a “Master page” is. A master page acts as the background page, in that what ever content is on the master page, will be on every other page. This can be used for logos or titles that you what to be visible on every page. Once the content was added, using the tools on the above toolbar we were shown to adjust the text, paragraphing, indenting and capitalising. With these tools it was quite useful because you can set a specific size such as 3 mm indent, therefore they are all the same and consistent.

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On the second page we were instructed to add an image. This was done similar to the text, in that you select “file” and “place” choosing the image desired. By placing the image of the duck outside the page, it allowed us to edit it so it was ready to be included in the text. Using the “clipping path tool” we removed the background from the image- leaving the duck; this was done by detecting edges from the drop down menu. The duck image could now be included in the text, however, to make it look more professional we wanted the text to warp the image.  This was done using the “text warp” opening a window allowing us to manipulate the text around the image, and could be adjusted to meet your specification.

The was the main information our tutor wanted to tell us. However, as additional, we were shown how text can be manipulated with a shape. By selecting the text from “file” and “place” you simply select a shape and the content will be filled. However, by using the pen tool, and path tool, you can manipulate the text so that it moves around taking the form of the shape.

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I learnt a lot from this tutorial, it was rather useful.  This is because it introduced new tools and functions, which I can see me using in future.