How To Use InDesign

If you need to create graphic designs and layouts , then Adobe InDesign may just be what you need. Adobe InDesign is a software application that is recommended and used by many professional graphic designers worldwide to create quality and remarkable prints and publications. It also has become a standard in the field of desktop publishing and graphic designing; hence, it is definitely helpful if you know a trick or two in using the said software application. You can create just about anything from business cards to invitations to posters and even books using Adobe InDesign. Here are some tips and suggestions on how you can use Adobe InDesign.

  • Adobe InDesign can be intimidating to look at especially for an inexperienced user. But every great thing starts with a small step. Open the InDesign program to start using the said software application.
  • Once you opened the application, you will be directed to a window that asks you if you want to create a new document or if you want to select and open a recently used item. If you are a first time user, there are a lot of templates available that can help you jumpstart your Adobe InDesign experience.
  • After choosing what kind of document you will create, you will be directed to the Adobe InDesign work area. The work area can be overwhelming at first glance because it is composed of a lot of panes and palettes. The menu bar is located at the top, the tool palette is on the far left side and last but not the least, the control palette can be found under the menu bar. The white area at the center of the screen is where you will see the work you are doing. It is where you add design elements like texts, images and other objects to your project.
  • Explore the menu bar. Learn and familiarize yourself with the actions, options and features that are available to you. You can also try to learn the keyboard shortcuts for the functions that you use often to save time and make your work using Adobe InDesign faster.
  • Located underneath the menu bar by default is the control palette. Keep in mind that the contents of this palette changes as you select different tools. This way, the important actions and features are easy to access while you work. If you are not sure about what a certain icon or control does, hover your mouse over it and a label will appear to let you know what that control does.
  • The tool palette on the left side of the screen holds all the text, color and editing tools that you need in using Adobe InDesign. Again, you can hover your mouse cursor over each tool to see what each tool does. Try to familiarize yourself with the icons for faster editing. You can also try clicking and holding the mouse on a tool to see more tools that are hidden from view.
  • There are other palettes such as “Attributes”, “Color” and “Effects” among others that you can use to produce a remarkable document. You can access these palettes by clicking “Type and Tables” in the “Window” dropdown menu in the menu bar.

Knowing all these information, you can now start exploring some more by trying out the different tools and options. Once you get more familiar with the controls, go ahead and make your first Adobe InDesign project.


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