Indesign is Adobe's professional page layout software. QuarkXpress is still around for now, but after using both a lot over the years... I'm not at all surprised why so many people have converted to Indesign.
If you have something that's more than a few pages long, such as a newsletter, catalog, magazine, newspaper or book, you're going to need a page layout software like Indesign or Quark. With Indesign, you will be able set your type or manuscript, and combine it with files from both Photoshop and Illustrator. Most importantly, it has the tools you need to work with long documents including styles, master pages, table of contents, index and more.
Bitmap vs. Vector vs. Page Layout
Understanding the file formats is key to knowing what software to use for a project. For a good explanation on this, please see my blog posting: So just what do I need to know?
Lessons and Training
As a professional designer who has regularly worked with Indesign from the first version (and Pagemaker before it), I have an in depth knowledge to share. Many types of people including graphic designers, authors, business professionals and students have greatly improved their understanding of Indesign through of our lessons. We will focus on your needs and the way you need to use Indesign for your particular work. If you are just getting started or feel you have some gaps in your knowledge, I will help you with the fundamentals and help you round off your skills. If you already know what you need, I will help answer your questions and get you past your hurdles.
Topics can include but aren't limited to:
- Beginner to Advanced
- Learning and customizing the workspace and preferences
- Learning the tools and pallets
- Creating and working with text
- Placing graphics and text
- Cropping, resizing, rotating and moving objects
- Using text wrap
- Master Pages
- Adjusting margins, columns, page size and using layout adjustment
- Inserting, deleting and moving pages
- Working with style sheets
- Anchored objects
- Creating shapes
- Pen tool
- Creating Professional typography
- Creating a brochure, newsletter, book or other layout
- Table of Contents
- Sections and numbering
- Working with the Book feature
- Soft proofing and color management
- Setting crops and bleeds, preflight and checklist for preparing for professional offset printing
- Creating a press ready and client PDF
- Working with linked Photoshop and Illustrator files.
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Real world techniques, tips and tricks
- Adobe Bridge
- Lots more!
For pricing and more information, see Lessons and Training.