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Create a New Document

Hi and welcome to this InDesign tutorial. My name’s Emma and I’m a trainer here at Bring Your Own Laptop. So we’re going to start off by creating a flyer. I want you to head up to top left of your InDesign page. FILE, NEW and DOCUMENT.

Okay, our intent today is print. We won’t need web. That’s anything you want to publish to your website and digital publishing is anything you’re creating for an app.

Number of pages is 1. Facing pages, we can un-tick that today; we only need that if you’re creating a brochure or magazine that has a left and right hand side beside each other.

Head on down to page size. We’ll be using A4 today, but you can obviously use any of these settings here, or key in a bespoke setting. Our orientation, we’re going to stick with portrait, but you can obviously also have landscape and this is a really good idea to have your preview showing. This just means you can see how it is shaping up on the page. So we’ll stick with portrait.

Columns, we’ll go for 3 columns. You’ll see they’re coming up in the background. You just want 3 for today. It’s just a really good way to have your text and images lined up; just good guides to use. These don’t print, but they are just on your screen for a guide. 4.233, this is our spacing in between those margins, those columns sorry. We can change that to be any size we like.  We’ll stick to the default today, 4.233 margins.

Spacing around the outside of your page, between the edge and your text; it’s quite nice to have a breathing space, just in case your printer gets too close to the edge and cuts anything off. We don’t want to cut off any of that text. So we’ll stick with 12.7, which is that default. You’ll notice that all of these are updating together, and that is because of this little icon here. Once it’s ticked, it’s on. These will all be connected together. They’ll all be the same measurement. We can obviously have this un-ticked, broken chain and we can have the bespoke setting. Like for example down the bottom here, an extra space for page numbers, websites, anything like that in a magazine. We’ll stick to 12.7. TAB on down or move with your mouse. You may or may not see this area here.

Bleed and slug. Just tick on that little box if you can’t see anything. Bleed 3mm, 3 or 5 is quite common. Again, these all updated because this little link is ticked, so keep that ticked to have that all 3mm. Slug, we’ll keep that at 0 today. Basically that is the spacing outside the bleed which I’ll explain in a second. So if you’re happy with all your settings, click OK and here is our page here.

So we’ve got our three columns. Our gutter, we’ve got our margins. This space is our page, the black boarder. And this little extra area here, the bleed, this little red boarder, this is where your bleed is. So anything that you’re going to have off the page, an image or coloured background, you’d really like to make sure that you have 3 or 5mm bleed and that’s where you’ll take the edge of your image to. If you took it to the edge of your page, and your printer cut it crooked, you’ll get the risk of having a bit of a white box around the outside, which you don’t want to have. And the last step you want to do is SAVE.

Head on up to FILE, SAVE, or SAVE AS. It doesn’t matter at this point and just key in, I’ll just call this, ‘My flyer’. Save this into ‘test folder’ or anything you like. I’ve already got one so I’ll just call that ‘My flyer 3’ and I’m just going to click SAVE.

Just to mention these ones here, format, we’re going to stick on this document one. You can obviously have a template so it saves you having to recreate this file every week, week in week out for your newsletter or whatever you might have. You can load up images and text on that page and that would come up as an untitled document as a template for when you need it the same style next time. This one here, IDML, is basically if you need to ‘down save’, but for anyone else who needs to work on this file as well, if they don’t have the version that you have, you can ‘down save’ it to a version that they have and they’ll be able to work on that file and work on it as well. So we’re going to stick to document, click SAVE and you’re done. There you go. Thanks for listening to your first tutorial.

Picking Colour in InDesign

Hi, welcome to this InDesign tutorial. My name is Emma and I’m a trainer here at Bring Your Own Laptop. So in this tutorial, we’ll look at creating colour in InDesign. So before we get started, I’d like you to head up to top right of your screen to see where it might say the word Essentials. You’re going to click and make sure it does actually say Essentials. If it doesn’t, click on this and if you find that if you’ve done that and it doesn’t look like my screen I just want you to click Reset Essentials. This is going to set up your desktop so it’s at its default setting.

Okay, we’re going to have a look at swatches here. This is what we have by default. You can delete these if you just click on the top one. Hold SHIFT, click on that bottom option, then click in that little trash can. It will delete those default settings; however you might need those later on, so let’s just leave those there. We’ve also got our colour panel. So click on this palette, head over to this little drop down menu and make sure that you’ve got the CMYK option for print. Okay so we’ve got our Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and K is Black. So if I just take you through these. This is our Cyan colour. 100 the Cyan. Blue, got our Magenta, got our Yellow. You can obviously key this in as well. 0 and TAB down, click 100. Making sure I click TAB as well, just so it registers. So those are our four colours. Today I want us to work with 0 Cyan, 100 Magenta, 0 Yellow and let’s add 20 Black. Click TAB so that it registers. We’ve created our colour here, it’s a darker pink. Look on this drop down menu and click ADD TO SWATCHES. So you’ll see here now that this colour that we’ve created does appear underneath that default setting list. Here we go. You can name this. This is our default setting, it’s what the options that we chose it to be, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black.  So we double click on this. We can click here and tick that option and click. Whatever you like. Whatever you want to name it. Click OK. You can also do a slow click. Click once and once again. I can name that, this way as well. Cool. Click RETURN. So that’s our first colour.

The other that we can do this is, when we’re in our swatches panel, you click on the drop down menu here. I have a couple of options. Click new colour swatch and we will get this box that we saw earlier as well. So okay, we can un-tick this if we like. We want to name it ‘green’, carrying on down here. Cyan. Let’s make this 50. Click on TAB. Make this a 0. TAB Make this 50. TAB. Let’s make this 0. And remember to TAB at this point as well. So we’ve created a green here. I can click OK, but if I do have any other colours I want to create, if I click add. Okay we’ll create one more colour, let’s make this 0. Let’s make this 70, 0, 20. So we want to make the Cyan a colour as well. Let’s make this 50. Make a purple colour. ‘Purple’, and click OK. You’ll see this now comes into some libraries and we’ve also got this in our list here as well.

Okay, making sure that we save our file. CONTROL or COMMAND, S for save, or FILE, SAVE. That just means that when we close down our document and reopen it, we do have those colours that we created in this document as well. Okay, thank you for listening to this colour tutorial.

Adding Images & Logos

Hi, my name’s Emma and I’m a trainer here at Bring Your Own Laptop. So this tutorial is about importing images or logos into your InDesign file. So what we need to do is head up to FILE. Top left of your screen. Head on down to PLACE. Click on PLACE and up will pop your place box. So navigate to find your images. Mine’s in ‘images’ and here’s my image here. You can just click OK. You can actually tick this option which says ‘Show import options’. I’m not going to do that just at the moment. And also this ‘Replace selected item’. So we can have that un-ticked for now. We’ve got nothing on the page, but you might want to have that ticked if you have a box already on that page or you want to place the image that’s there. If you select that box that’s on the page and then click this icon, it will obviously replace it to the image that you’re after. In this case we do need to see more options but I don’t want to have this ‘Show import options’ box show up every single time. If I just hold down SHIFT when I click Open, I will get this import box here, which is quite useful. If you’ve got a logo with different layers to it, you can turn that on and off; anything like that, but in this case it’s not useful for us, so I’m just going to click OK. And what you’ll get is a small thumbnail. You can drop that anywhere on the page. Just click that here and I’m on my black arrow so with that I want to move my image just over to this top left hand corner here. I don’t want it to go to the edge of my page. I actually want it to go over the edge of my page. And that’s if I was wanting to have bleed on the edge of my page. So I need to have my image that goes right to the edge, so when my printer or myself cuts that, I don’t get a weird white gap down the side. In this case with my flyer, I don’t want to have bleed, so I'm just going to move that into that margin space that I created when I created my document. You also need to make this a bit larger. You can’t just drag out these little icons in the corner here with my black arrow without holding down anything. All I’m doing is resizing that box. I’m just going to click undo and to resize my image and my box I need to hold down a few shortcuts here. I need to hold down the COMMAND for a Mac or CONTROL for a PC and my SHIFT key and just drag out any of these little icons in the corner or the side. What it will do is actually make your image larger or smaller, depending on what you're after. I’m just going to take it to that edge of that margin space. I’ve let go of my shortcut keys now and you'll see I do need to move that down slightly just to fit in to that margin space there.

So just to see how things are shaping up, when you’re on your black arrow (this icon up the top here), if you just click W on your keyboard, you’ll see that you get a preview of how your page is shaping up, without all those messy lines everywhere. Once you've finished looking at that, do click W again, just so you get rid of that preview setting. The long way is also choosing one of these options here as well. We chose the preview option and now we’re viewing it back in normal.

I need to bring in a logo, so I’m going to do the same thing. FILE, PLACE and I’m just going to take you through that same process. I’m going to click on my logo here. Don’t need to do any of these options and I’ll just click Open and I’ll drop that on the page. Again I do want this to be a bit smaller, so I’m just going to hold down those shortcut keys. Just drag in. CONTROL or COMMAND then SHIFT. Just drag in that side there. I can also, If I did move my box and I don’t remember my shortcuts, I had my box at this size here you can head up to object, down to fitting and I’ve got a couple of options here. Fit frame proportionally (Fill frame proportionally sorry). Make it larger, you do have the other options. ‘Fit content proportionately’, and all those other options down below. I prefer to use the shortcuts, but whatever works for you.  So there we go, just got my bottom corner here. I’m just going to make sure I do a save and I’ll do that W option as well, just to see how my page is shaping up. So that’s how you bring in an image or a logo. Thanks for listening.

How to add Text to a Flyer

Hi, welcome to this InDesign tutorial. My name is Emma and I’m a trainer here at Bring Your Own Laptop. So this tutorial is about bringing in text to your flyer. So a few ways you can do that. In this case I’m going to bring in a pre existing document. So FILE, PLACE, (the same way that you’d bring in an image or a logo). I want to find my document. In this case it’s a word document. You want to click on this and just click OPEN. I don’t need to have anything ticked here because I don’t want to replace any selected item on the page. Click OPEN. I’m just going to drop that in, clicking once.

Okay here’s my text. There is a bit more than what we can see. If I click on this little red icon, that’s got a little red plus in there. Click on it once with my black arrow and click once again in no mans land, you’ll see I’ve got more of my text now. I do want to try and fit that on the page, so with my black arrow again, I'm just going to drag out this icon here. I could do it with any one but I’m using this middle one and you'll see now that more of that is fitting on the page.

I want to change the number of columns, just so we can fit a bit more in. At the top here it says 1 (number of columns), I’d like to change that to 3. It’s looking better. So what I want to do is change my font and my size. So if I double click here, anywhere in this text. My TEXT TOOL is activated and that now will allow me to select my text. I could have done an EDIT, SELECT ALL as well or used a shortcut. Okay, we’ve got a Character Formatting Controls option just up the top here, so I can change my font which is this arrow here. We’re actually going to use GOTHAM and I’ll stick with BOOK. I’ll change the size and make it a bit smaller; going to do 8 for now. And this one is my LEADING. I’m actually going to make this a little bit larger. This is spacing between your lines. I’ll just space that out a little bit.

Okay, I’ve got two titles, one here and one here. I’m going to make this a bit bigger and highlight my text. Dragging with my mouse; make this bold and make it a bit larger. Okay, to save myself having to do that twice, what I can actually do is click on my EYEDROPPER TOOL. Clicking once here and dragging across with my mouse over the top of my second title and the style will carry on through. When you’ve done that, go back to your black arrow or your TYPE TOOL. We want to select this area here. You want to head up to TYPE. Click on this option here, because I need bullets in my file. Okay let’s clean this up a bit. I’m going to click RETURN after this text. Go back to my black arrow. I’m just going to drag this up a little bit. I do have a website to put down the bottom and I do actually have a title to put up the top here, so that will do for now. Okay, I’m going to put in some text here. I don’t have that existing text. I’m just going to use dummy text for now. I’m actually going to head up to here (so I'm one step ahead). I’m going to grab my TYPE TOOL. I’m going to click, hold my mouse and drag out a box, just in this area here. That way my text will flow. You can see that icon flashing there. If I head up to TYPE and click, FILL WITH PLACEHOLDER TEXT. This is just text I can use for now until I come up with an intro for my page. If I highlight that text and make that larger, it’s a bit easier to read. Let’s go with GOTHAM again. Bold in this case and I’m going to change the colour of that. SWATCHES. Bring my fill colour for my type to the front and just click on any colour here; dark pink. Okay, my black arrow, click off and you’ll see how things are shaping up. Close this tab.

Alright, I do need another larger title as well so I’m going to grab my TYPE TOOL and just drag out a box. In this case I’ll just put dummy text and type it (you can’t really see it at the moment) ‘Title to go here’. I’m going to highlight that text. I’m going to do a CONTROL or COMMAND A. I’m going to change the colour of that so that I can actually see what I’m doing; white. Let’s make this larger. We can use shortcuts, but we won’t worry about that for this tutorial. Let’s go GOTHAM again and bold, a little bit smaller and I’ll make that capitals. Okay, back to my black arrow and I’ll just move that down a bit. Right that will do. Thanks for listening to this tutorial.

Adding a Shape

Hi and welcome to this InDesign tutorial. My name’s Emma and I’m a trainer here and at Bring Your Own Laptop. In this tutorial we’ll look at adding shape to our flyer. I want to do two different shapes for you today. With my black arrow selected, I’m going to change that to this icon here; the RECTANGLE TOOL. It might be that you see something else. Just click and hold your mouse and you’ll see that you get other options. We just want the RECTANGLE TOOL. Before we get started on that, just make sure that my colour is set up. We can do this afterwards, but we’ll just do it before to save time. So you’ll see you’ve got a little target icon here now. I’m just going to click and drag out, just to fill that space that I want to work with. It’ not quite right, that’s ok, I can actually resize that. I need to hop out of my RECTANGLE TOOL. Until I do I’ll just keep drawing different shapes, so I’m going to go back to my black arrow and I’ll actually delete these ones that I’ve done by clicking on and click delete. Okay this one here, I just need to resize that. I’m just going to drag that down a little bit. If you’re finding that it’s snapping, you can actually zoom in. CONTROL or COMMAND PLUS will just help you drag that down a little bit. And MINUS CONTROL or COMMAND MINUS. Okay I’m going to do one more of those. I'm going to grab that icon again and drag out. I’m just going to do one here. Back to my black arrow and I’ll move this up with my arrow keys on my keyboard. So I’m just going to move also my text box up with my arrow keys.

Okay I’m going to do one other shape, so I’m going to click and hold. And we’ll use this option here, the POLYGON TOOL. Okay I’ve clicked on this and I’m going to double click on that little icon and that will give us a few options here. I’m going to do 50 sides and inset 15%.  That’s how pointy my starburst is going to be. So I’m going to click on OK and I actually want to hold down SHIFT in this instance because if I don’t I’ll get an odd shape. I need to hold down SHIFT to get a perfect, starburst, circular shape. So here we go. If I want to change the size of that now, I obviously need to hop out of my Rectangle Tool, oh my POLYGON TOOL sorry. So I’ve got to my black arrow and delete all the ones that I don’t need. I can also click over and delete. Delete that one and that one and I can now resize that. I need to hold down SHIFT and if I don’t, I’ll get a bastardised size. So I’m going to hold down SHIFT and just make this larger or smaller. My black arrow to move this over on to the page and I’ll actually just change the colour of that. Let’s make it blue. Make that a bit smaller. Zoom in a little bit. Move with my SPACE BAR. Select my HAND TOOL. Let’s make this a bit smaller, move it out a little bit with my ARROWS. Make my text a bit smaller. There’s a previous tutorial for that one. Back to my black arrow. Let’s use that preview option, that W. Be on my black arrow, click W to see how it’s shaping up. CONTROL or COMMAND MINUS. Okay click SAVE. Don’t forget to SAVE. And those are your shapes.

Obviously we can have a circle as well. Holding down SHIFT and having your circle there. Okay that’s all for shapes.

Creating a PDF

Hi, welcome to this InDesign tutorial. My name's Emma and I’m a trainer here at Bring Your Own Laptop. So in this tutorial, we’ll look at making a PDF with our final flyer. So head up to FILE, top of your screen. Head on down to EXPORT. Make sure that you’ve done a Save first. To Export. Up will pop this box here. So this is your InDesign file name and I always like to put high or low res at the end of my file so I know what version it is. Just go down to the bottom here. We just want print; we don’t need interactive. That’s if you’re creating anything that’s got links, email links, buttons, rotations, image gallery etc. So just click SAVE. Okay you’ll get this box here. You’ve got a few options here. There’s a couple of extras that I have, but you’ll just be looking at High, Press or Small. I’ll choose the High option, good quality PDF. ‘All’ is fine, we’ve only got one page anyway. We don’t need spreads. That’s just if you have a left hand side, right hand side page next to each other. You want to see that all in one hit and what we want is this here. View PDF after Exporting. Make sure that that is ticked. We don’t have to worry about Compression. Your pre-set here will determine what they will be. You want the high quality.

Marks and Bleeds. We don’t need Bleeds. We don’t have bleed on our flyer. That’s just if we had the image or our colour box going outside the space here to that red box because we would obviously ask for bleed settings. Okay I’m going to tick all of these and explain those shortly. Output we don’t need to worry. It’s been determined at the top here. And the same with these options down the bottom. So we can just click Export. It’ll export for us. Create our PDF. Mine will open in Acrobat Pro, which it’s doing that now, getting there. Okay, here we are. So here’s my PDF all done.

So we’ve got our registration marks. That’s when your printer would like to compare this to maybe a proof that you’ve sent just to make sure that the colours are still the same. You’ve got these little registration marks, top, bottom, left and right. That is for the printer again to make sure that the colours are set in exactly the same space for when they do their (don’t need this), for when they’re doing their printing to make sure that the pages don’t move.

Our next one here is our crop marks and bleed marks. This is where the printer would cut your document. And this is if we did have bleed that goes to the edge of the page. Down the bottom here we’ve got a file name and time and date if need be. Okay, that concludes our tutorial.

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