George / InDesign

November 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

In the Adobe suite workshops we will be learning about InDesign until Christmas with George. We’ll be going over the basics which require us to produce things within the industry such as a business card, leaflet, flyer, poster, etc. for these InDesign posts I won’t be writing about the things I already know about the program as I find it quite pointless to do so, instead I will write only about what I find relevant and what is new to me.

Adobe Suite is all linked, generally you can transfer documents between Photoshop and InDesign etc. there are aspects of each program that are implemented in one another.

InDesign is a page maker package, combining pictures and text together.

Photoshop was not originally designed to manipulate text, where as InDesign uses multiple page layouts, with a variety of printing options.

InDesign can have a maximum age count of 9999 pages! However this is not not usually the case within the industry as magazines and pages are usually produced in segments, reducing the overall size of the document also.

Template – when a person works on a file it is the same as everyone elses = all the same uniform style

Max page size = 548cm in Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign

InDesign places images into the file itself, this is done so that the file size doesn’t become very large, but this means you want to keep images all in one file, do not move them or you’ll end up having ‘Missing links’.

Export as a PDF to print – compresses everything nicely

Export it as ‘pre-flight’ – all images, texts and fonts used gets put into a folder and you can easily give the file to someone else to work with – but need to provide fonts within the file too.


When starting InDesign – intent asks what we want to do with a document – print, web, digital publishing (iPad and digital applications etc. where you can rotate & pan and stuff). The rest of the settings determine the page layout, size and orientation, columns and margins.

The bleed is how much of the page is extended so you can make an image slightly larger than the page

A slug is there as a reminder for someone to say that there is something wrong on a page – gives room to write in.

Perfect binding is where a cover page has a strip of glue and all the other pages are inserted.

Saddle stitch is where a book is produced where a staple is put right down the centre. With this method, the thicker the pages or more pages there are the more restrictions there are as it becomes harder to bind. The thinner/less pages , the more creep there will be. “Creep specifies the distance pages move from the spine to accommodate paper thickness and folding in Saddle Stitch and Perfect Bound documents.” definition from Adobe website.

We looked at the insertion of text, all of which I am already familiar with.

I’d say I know about 95% of what has been taught in this particular workshop, however I have learnt several facts about print, binding and several terms.


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