Create files in InDesign®


Basics of Adobe® CC: Photoshop®, Illustrator® & InDesign®


Lesson Info

Create files in InDesign®

InDesign is where everything comes together. We've been working in Illustrator, we've been working in Photoshop, and now it comes together into InDesign, and InDesign is a page layout application where we take our content that we've created in Photoshop and Illustrator, put together with type in InDesign. So we're gonna jump over to our InDesign document here, and get a brief overview of what InDesign looks like and how it can work for you. So I've created a couple different files in InDesign. I have a poster and I also have a multi-page donut brochure here, as well as that entire overview that we did at the very beginning of this. This was all created in InDesign. But what you need to know is, how do you actually create something in InDesign, and we start by creating a document. So we go into the File menu. We're gonna go in and create a new document, and we can set this up for whatever we want to do. We have different Intents here, whether we want to go ahead and do it for print, do ...

a PDF or a website, or go in and do digital publishing as well. So, when I go to my New Dialogue box, I have the ability to pick different size pages here. Letter or Legal, any size that I want, or I can just simply edit the height, horizontal or vertical, and the number of pages I want to have in my document. I don't know how many pages I want in this document, so I'm gonna stick with one. I can also create some type of column format on my page here, if I want to have a two or a three or a four column layout, my text or my images, and I can also set my margins top, bottom, left and right. And I click OK. And this is my first page of my layout. I can create as many pages as I want here, I can flow copy in, bring content in, and bring this all together into any type of publication that I want. But, if you've set up your file and it's not set up correctly, you don't have to unplug the machine, re-install InDesign to get it back or quit out of InDesign. Very simple way, go into the File menu, go back under your Document Setup and you can edit your document at that point. You can change the orientation, the size, things like that, and you don't have to start all over. Now, the basics of InDesign are going in, putting copy in, whether entering in copy yourself, getting from a text or a Word file, copying stuff in from a website, whatever it may be. But going in and actually taking the content, logos, graphics, images, and putting these all together and actually build a file from it. And we use InDesign for every type of publication whatsoever. I just got done with 180 page catalog, I've done a 512 page cookbook before, flyers, brochures, you name it, one page, 50 page; 1,000 pages, this is what it's for. Main part, getting copy in, flowing copy over multiple pages, page numbers, and then being able to print directly from InDesign, exporting as a PDF, or directly publishing online using Adobe's Publish Online feature.

Class Description

The Adobe® Creative Cloud is a robust set of tools that can answer any number of design needs. It can, however, seem confusing to the new user in terms of when to use what program for which project. Jason Hoppe, an Adobe® Certified Expert and trusted CreativeLive instructor, is ready to clarify the process and help you dive into each of the Creative Cloud design tools.

He will teach you how to integrate Adobe® Photoshop®, Illustrator® and InDesign® into a more streamlined and easy to follow workflow, as well as:

  • When and why to use Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and InDesign® 
  • How to create shapes and lines in Illustrator®
  • Manipulating images and basic color correction in Photoshop®
  • Build multiple pages and layouts in Indesign®
The class also comes with 13 in-depth Quick Reference Guide Bonus Materials and downloadable assets so you can follow right along with Jason step-by-step.

Learn how Adobe® Creative Cloud can empower your design sensibility, work more efficiently, and save you time. 

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Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.1.2, Adobe Illustrator CC 2015.2, Adobe InDesign CC 2015.2