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In week six we were tasked with laying out an 8 page Cafe Brochure with In Design. So to design this we will need a new document so ether click Command + N or open up File > New and click on Document in your Drop Down Menu.InDesign_11.pngOnce your New Document window pops up, you will want to change the number of pages to 8, the size of the pages to 8″ x 10″, (if your unit of measurement is set points or picas then just put “in” after the unit and it will automatically convert 8 and/or 10 inches to points or picas) make sure your orientation is set to vertical, and finally you will want to click on Show More on the right so that you can set a bleed to 0.125″(industry standard). Also you want to leave your facing pages option checked off and that your Intent is set to print, and when everything is set correctly press OK.InDesign_12So your new 8 page document should look something like this. InDesign_13B.pngAnd if you want to make any changes to your sizes after your document has already been created you can go up to File in your Drop Down Menu and click on Document Setup. Here you can make the necessary adjustments.InDesign_13COnce you have your new document, we are going to start laying out the brochure with background layer first. If you don’t see your layers panel you can find it in the Windows tab in the Drop Down Menu. InDesign_14So open up your Layers panel on the right and double click on the Layer 1 text in the Layers panel to re-name it to background. You will also need to create 3 more layers and name them images, text, and foreground.InDesign_15AAfter creating and re-naming your 4 Layers go ahead and open up your Pages panel and you can find this in the Windows tab in your Drop Down Menu as well if you do not see it on your right. From hear just double click on your A-master layer page to view your master layer in your document.InDesign_16In your master page in the background layer you will want to place a background image that will be applied to all of your pages in the document. So ether go up to File and click on Place in your Drop Down Menu or Command + D and find the image that you would like to set as your background somewhere in you system. After finding your image your courser will be loaded with your image and wherever you click on your document is where the image will be placed. I want my image to extend to the bleed guide so I go up to the upper left hand corner of the bleed guide and when the courser changes from a black arrow to a white arrow I just right click on that point.InDesign_17B.jpg The other object I want to add is my logo and my margins and columns will help me center it vertically but if to align it horizontally you can go to Layout in your Drop Down Menu and click on Create Guides. You can also drag and drop ruler guides manually by clicking on your ruler on the top and side of your document without any elements selected and dragging down to your page.

If your image is too big or too small like mine is, you can re-size and re adjust the positioning of your image to make it fit. But be careful where you click because clicking on the little wheel in the center will only move the image within the frame, clicking on the boarders of the frame will only move or adjust your frame without effecting your image, and clicking on the image between the boarder and the center wheel will move both. To scale them both simultaneously  you will need to adjust the scale on the top of your document.

The last two thing I want to apply universally throughout my document are the boarder and page number, but I want these elements to overlay some images I plan on putting on my tittle, so for this boarder I will put it on my overlay layer. So making sure that the overlay layer is selected and create a box just bigger then your guide lines. Then add a stroke to it and remove any fill colors.

Then to add the page numbers you must first create a text box and place it on your page where you want the page numbers to appear. Once you have your text box selected click inside the text box with your type tool and go to Type > Insert Special Characer > Markers and click on Current Page Number (Shift + Option + Command + N) in the Drop Down Menu. This will put a number onto every page, and if I want to edit any element from the master page on another page, Shift + Command + Left Click on the object you want to edit and you can delete the page number from my tittle page for example without altering the content on any other pages.

Option + left or right arrows adjust kerning in InDesign. When kerning your type you want to optically adjust your spaces. Two vertical characters side by side require a large space, a vertical character next to a circular character requires medium spacing, and two circular characters side by side require a small space. . Command + Shift changes size leading is Option + up or down arrows.

Space your paragraphs apart by going to your Paragraph Styles tab and in the fly out menu selecting New Paragraph Styles. Then in the new paragraph styles window I want to base this text off my other text, so I select that in the General section, then in the Indents and spacing section I set my space after to 9pt. Then wherever I need my paragraphs to be separated by 9pt of leading I just go to the end of that paragraph and select the new paragraph we just created from the Paragraph Styles tab and it should automatically space your text out.

hide/show hidden characters, Option + Command + I or it will be in your Type option in the Drop Down Menu will help you when manipulating the text. Going to Type > Tabs will allow to to set specific perimeters for your tabs and dotted lines to guide the readers eye from the menu item to the price of said item. With the tab window open you highlight the text that you want to apply tabs to and click on the little magnet icon to snap it to the top of your text box. then clicking on the little gray bar just above the ruler will add a tab. You can add as many tabs as you need, then when you have to select the correct type of tab, weather its left-align, center-align, right-align, or align to decimal. Once you have your tabs set to the correct text you simply press tab key on your keyboard and each consecutive tab you press will align it to the next tab you set up. You can also save that style in your Paragraph Styles by left-clicking on the Redefine Style and the little plus next to the icon will disappear indicating that that tab is now part of that style.

When I have all my elements arranged the way I like them, this is what my brochure ended up looking like. Brochure

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