When working for print, there are different factors we need to take into consideration then with web. We need to know what our publication will look like when it is printed, like what is the intent of this publication, weather it will be a one page or a two page spread, what size the publication prints out, etc. Firstly the color will be printed in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta,Yellow,Black) instead of RGB (Red/Green/Blue) and this is important for file management. If you are going to be printing something out, you need to make sure the files you are working with are formatted to CMYK.When first opening up In Design you will be greeted with a similar set up to Photoshop and Illustrator, With your Drop Down Menu on top, the tools to your left, and the layers on the right. If you are greeted by a welcome menu, you can just go ahead and close that window to get a better look at your Drop Down Menu, your Tools on the Left and Layers/Links, and Pages. If you don’t see any your Tools or Layers or anything else you can find them in your Drop Down Menu under Window.Adobe In Design is a program that incorporates elements from other programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Microsoft Word, into one place for you to lay it out properly for whatever medium you plan on publishing to. This means more so then those other programs, In Design requires a little more fore sight before creating a new document. In design expects you to at least have some idea of what your end goal is with the document you create. So to start open up a new document by going to “File”>”New”>”Document” inside your Drop Down Menu or simply pressing Command D on your keyboard.You will then see a New Document window, here you will be prompted to set up all the options of your document. For this exorcise just make sure to select “Print” as your intent and lets just create a one page document by deselect “Facing Pages” option. Also make sure your page size is set to “Letter” and that the “Orientation” is set to vertical.Once you have all of those options selected, click “OK” and your single page document should looks something like this.Unlike Photoshop or Illustrator, you will notice that this new document comes with an outline around the boarder. This will not show up on print it is good visual aid when it comes to placing content in our document. If you press (W) on your keyboard you can switch to your print view, where you will notice that blue boarder in your document disappear. Feel free to witch between these views as often as you like.
Now that you have a document to work in, you can begin testing out some of the tools on the left:
- The Select Tool (V) can be used to select boxes and also link content like images and text by loading up your curer with that content. To load the courser with content just open up “File” in your Drop Down Menu and selecting “Place.”Then you can ether click anywhere to place the linked content on your page or click directly along the top left hand corner of a box to place in inside those perimeters.
- The Scale Tool (S) will allow you to scale the content and the frame of what you’ve placed simultaneously. Using the Select Tool (V) to scale it will only change the size of the frame or the size of the image within the frame.
- The Rectangle/Oval and other Shape Tools can be used to create boxes that can be filled with anything from text to colors and images.
- The Type Tool can be used to write out things and it allows u to edit the font and u cane use the select tool to place type instead of typing it as well.
On the left you should be aware of your Pages, layers, and Links for now.
- Pages give you a birds eye view of the document and provide a good place to switch between the different pages of your project on the fly.
- Layers are extremely important in Illustrator.
- Links can be used to locate or link to the native documents that are currently linked to this document.
- Paragraph Styles allow you to customize entire paragraphs. This will help you customize your alignment, tracking, and space after. You can ether edit the text and then in the fly out menu to the top right of the Paragraph Styles tab and click on New Paragraph Style. If you have your text edited and just want to create a new style from your design click the Apply Style to selection, but if you are creating a New Paragraph Style from scratch you will need to manually edit your text in the New Paragraph Styles window and selecting the preview box will show you your changes live if you have something selected. In the General section you can base your text design of a preexisting style if you want your preferences to carry over to this new style. In Basic Character Formatting section you can select a different font if you wish and all the other character options. In the Indents and Spacing section you can set your text alignment and the space after (for formatting vertically). In the Paragraph Rule section you can apply line by selecting rule above and then checking of the Rule On checkbox. In there you can make your change the weight, type, color and tint of your lines as well as your weather the rule will be applied to your column or text and the offset. The left and right indent options on the bottom of the section will push your line left or right depending on what the indent is set to (Use dialog boxes and anything else at your disposal to measure your indents). Click on the new paragraph and select Edit Text Styles.
- Text Frame Options allows you to center text vertically since paragraph Styles don’t have that option.
- Character Styles allows you to customize individual letter characters. You can ether edit the text and then in the fly out menu to the top right of the Character Styles tab and click on New Character Style. If you have your text edited and just want to create a new style from your design click the Apply Style to selection, but if you are creating a New Character Style from scratch you will need to manually edit your text in the New Character Styles window and selecting the preview box will show you your changes live if you have something selected. In the General section you can base your text design of a preexisting style if you want your preferences to carry over to this new style, here you can also create a shortcut. In Basic Character Formatting section you can select a different font if you wish and all the other character options. In the Color section you can change the color of your characters.
- Object Styles allow you to customize frames with custom strokes
- Tabs allow you to add custom tabs in your paragraphs.
Once you have your document laid out the way you like it you can consider printing it out on a low run digital printer for a brochure or a higher run printer if you are printing for a magazine.
Shift the baseline in a paragraph: Option + Shift + up arrow/down arrow
Change the kerning between characters: Option + Shift + left arrow/right arrow
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