Wyoming Clouds 2015 (one of many to come)
In making the decision to document 2015 using InDesign, that meant I needed to know what size of document I’d create. I surfed all the various places to get photo books printed, and decided in the end to go with Artifact Uprising. Two main factors helped me come to this decision.
1. I could have 200 pages max at basically letter size. That should be enough to tell the stories of 2015 (the 8.5 square can have up to 380 pages!).
2. Their customer service. This is huge for me simply because I want concise answers. I emailed questions about the proper setup of an InDesign file to a few places, and A|U was the clear winner. This was a part of the response:
You can use inDesign to work on your book by designing in the software and then exporting jpgs to upload into your book. When designing for your book – design the pages as .25 larger on both sides to allow for the trim. So – for ex: a 8.5×8.5 book needs to have a 8.75×8.75 page size – a 8.25×11 book needs to be 8.5×11.25. Setting your page size this way will allow for the proper trim. Also – do not put any key objects such as text within a .25 area around the exterior sides – it will be trimmed off for final bind. Please be sure to use to export your jpgs as sRGB files at 300 DPI for best results and color accuracy.
Then – simply upload your jpgs and drop them into place using the full bleed page template that doesn’t have a border.
Thank you. That was what I needed.
So – let’s dig in. I’m going on the assumption you’re somewhat familiar with Adobe Products, what the tools palette is, etc. If you’re completely new, I’d strongly suggest you watch some videos here.
You can download the blank 2015 InDesign template I’m using over in the Digital Freebies. This has been created in InDesign CS6.
I usually have it set to Typography mode – just a personal preference. To change that mode, click on the drop down box in the upper right hand corner.
When working with InDesign, I open up Bridge first, then InDesign, then open the InDesign file. A key element for a smooth workflow for me is mini bridge. You open this up by going to Window–>Mini Bridge. Just make sure it has a check mark next to it – if it doesn’t, click on it. This allows you to find your photos while also looking at your document and then dragging and dropping the photos.
When opening up the document, you should see a bunch of vertical lines. These are the nine columns per page I use. Why so many? Because it gives you more flexibility when laying out your content – you don’t need to ‘color in the lines’ – span a few columns if you want. Here’s a great article about magazine design with columns. One I found when doing more research on this.
TIP: If you don’t want to see the columns (or grid: View –> Grids & Guides –>Show Document Grid), select any tool other than the type tool and hit W. Hit it again to bring them back.
There aren’t many text boxes in this file. To add text, select the text tool (the T), and drag out a box in the document. Then start typing.
Before you can put a photo in a document, you need to create an image ‘container’ for it. Choose the box with the x in it in the tools palette. That’s your image holder. With that tool selected, drag out a box where you want a photo.
To add an image, navigate to a photo on your computer, then simply drag and drop.It’s probably not fitting in there well (as in, it’s HUGE!). Not a problem. Right click on the photo (with the black arrow tool) and select ‘Fitting’ and then, ‘Fill Frame Proportionally’ (usually what I do). Then, if it’s still not quite right, select the white arrow key and click on the photo. Now you can move the photo around and resize it without changing it’s container.
Ok, that’s just barely scratching the surface, but now, head on over to Terry White’s video with some tips. I absolutely love his teaching style. This video should help you along a bit farther – it’s long (~45 min) so set aside time for this one or watch it in smaller bites – it’s one I head back to time and again when I forget how to do some of these basic things.
If you’ve got questions – leave them in the comments – starting like this is a bit difficult simply because I’m not sure what you want to know.