InDesign

How to use the Effects Panel in Adobe InDesign

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How to use the Effects Panel in Adobe InDesign   Applying effects in Adobe InDesign is something that is fairly straight forward, a simple drop shadow can be applied at the click of a button. However many are unaware of how we can use the Adobe InDesign Effects Panel in a much more advanced way to create some much more stunning effects. When we open the Effects panel in Adobe InDesign (Window>Effects) by default the 'Object' line is higlighted, so if we click the 'fx' button at the bottom of the panel we get a list of Adobe InDesign Effects that we can apply. In this instan...
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Using the Start screen in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign
Why getting the correct 'Design intent' in the Start screen of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign is so important... When usint the Start screen in Adobe programs its really important to get the Design intent correct, essentially it comes down to one of two intents, we have a 'Print' intent or a 'Web' intent, also it can be referred to as 'Hi res' and 'Lo res'. Essentially the 'Design intent' is dictated by how and where we are going to be publishing the document, if we are using Adobe Photoshop and we choose a Print intent (see screen grab below) the presets change to being all ou...
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5 ways to place images in to Adobe InDesign!

Placing in multiple images in to Adobe InDesign
5 Different ways to place images in to Adobe InDesign When placing images or any external content in to Adobe Indesign there are many different options, here we are going to go through the 5 most useful ways you can place images in to Adobe InDesign. 1) Placing one image at a time To place any image in to Adobe InDesign we first need to go to File>Place and find the image we want to import. We will then have a loaded cursor with a preview of the image on the end of it. There are two ways we can now place the image in to Adobe InDesign we can either just click once and the image is...
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5 Reasons Why Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) Is Becoming Essential For Marketers

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These days, online content rules - and Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) is becoming the go-to tool, for marketers. In the digital world, communicating information in a manner that captures the attention of the viewer is paramount to your online marketing success. The ability to edit, manipulate, create and shape memorable images puts your brand on the radar and creates valuable lead opportunities. Imagine being able to churn out promotional images, brochures, logos, social media images and other graphics yourself, instead of hiring a designer and awkwardly trying to communicate your vision to t...
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What is an interactive PDF?

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If you think that a document is always a document, then you should think again. Whereas for centuries it was only possible to fill documents with text and imagery, in the modern world, where the internet and technology reign supreme, no longer are documents only created in physical form, they have become electronic as well – and that opens up all manner of possibilities. Indeed, paper-based documents are already dinosaurs in the digital age, as email, eBooks, HTML and even electronic administrative forms are very rapidly replac...
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5 Signs it’s Time Your Business Invested in InDesign Training

InDesign display on screen – 5 Signs it’s Time Your Business Invested in InDesign Training
Businesses and SMEs in particular often run on tight margins. There are so many things that need to be paid for – marketing, office space, IT, staff, the list goes on – that turning a profit and making sure you’ve got enough money to pay yourself at the end of each month is no mean feat. Indeed, if it wasn’t for your entrepreneurial spirit, you wouldn’t be succeeding at all. But, an entrepreneur you are – and, as such, one of your key priorities is always to make savings wherever you can in your perpetual drive to improve your bottom line. It is with this in mind that you realise that...
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How to Place Images in a Grid in InDesign

How to Place Images in a Grid in InDesign
One of InDesign’s most useful features for creating all manner of documents – be they PDFs, brochures, eBooks, pamphlets or what have you – is the ability to place multiple images at once in a grid frame that is automatically created to your specifications. And the best news is that it is very simple to do. In this blog we’ll walk you through step-by-step exactly how to place as many images as you like in InDesign, all arranged neatly in a grid with the frames filled proportionally. Sound good? Cool – let’s get down to it. How to Place Images in a Grid in InDesign First up, open a n...
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Top 5 FREE InDesign Template Resources

Top 5 FREE InDesign Template Resources
Mastering the holy trinity of Adobe’s creative design software is no mean feat by any stretch of the imagination. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign – each of these are massive programs, hugely powerful and capable of being used to create pretty much anything in graphic design that you could possibly think of. The designer needs to be able to use all three. In Illustrator it’s vector-based artwork. In Photoshop, it’s raster-based. And in InDesign, you put all of your artwork together to make your beautiful brochure, magazine, poster, eBook, or what have you. As you can imagine, or even alr...
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How To Create A Fanzine With Adobe InDesign

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No more sticking text onto bits of paper and photocopying, there is now a much easier way of creating your very own Fanzine – all you need is a few basic skills in Adobe InDesign.   For those of you who are a bit hazy on what a Fanzine is, let me explain. Fanzines have been around for more than 100 years. They first took the form of science fiction publications in the late 1920s, and are essentially amateur magazines produced by fans. Indeed, Fanzines – or ‘Zines’, as they are also known – have become an exclusive form of magazine up until the present.   The most influent...
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Why Adobe Creative Cloud Is The Ultimate Tool For Business

For years, Adobe have been the number one company for building creative design software. And for good reason – the design software suite from Adobe is simply the best. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a designer that would genuinely refute this assertion. Each of Adobe’s flagship programs – Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign – are extremely powerful tools in their own respective rights. Photograph manipulation is practically infinite with Photoshop. Graphic designs are implausibly good with Illustrator. And what you can’t put together in an InDesign document simply can’t be put together a...
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