Understanding Adobe Indesign CS6

By Tom Gillan

The basics of Adobe Indesign CS6 are easy to follow and anyone can accomplish great things with these. To begin with, all publications have three basic elements. Text, image, and illustrations or diagrams. You can readily import these into a page layout such as Indesign.

Let’s take a moment and go over the basics.

Text is easy to create in Indesign. It can also be imported from any word processing application. You can manipulate the images in image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and then you can import it into Indesign. While basic vector graphics are easy to create you can also select more complex images or diagrams. These are readily created in Adobe Illustrator. You can do the layout work in Indesign using your text and graphic styles. Then you can add in the master pages, page numbers, table of contents and index.

Now that you have your project done you’re going to want to be able to send it to those who need it. You can do this in a variety of ways. PDF is ideal for print or sent through a Content Management System. You can also use a packaged folder and sent it to a commercial printer. Lastly, you can save it as an Epub file for such applications as Ebooks or Apps on an iPad. While these are all three different ways to save your file, they all yield the same end result.

Bitmaps and Vector Images are two different kinds of graphics programs. In a bitmap file the image and text is made up of bits of information such as on a grid with pixels. These pixels are numbered according to colour and brightness value. This is an ideal way to store your photos or continuous tone information. Numbers convert to binary code and store as one to zero. Bitmaps are also called raster images. These are resolution dependant. the image quality is dependent upon the resolution. Pixels that are ideal for printing are 150 to 300 pixels per inch (PPI). If you’re only using them online you can readily keep the resolution at 72 to 150 pixels per inch (PPI). Some printing companies refer to this as dots per inch which references the dots of ink on the page. There is technically no difference between the two and for all practical purposes you can consider them as one in the same.

Vector programs such as Adobe store the information in a mathematical formula. The size of the picture, the radius of the circle and the width of the circle. These are smaller and the easiest way to store your logos, diagrams and text as well as illustrations.

The next program is Adobe and is a vector program. It handles text well and has no pixilation in the text. You can readily import bitmaps or pixel based images in and out of it as desired.

Tom Gillan has trained corporate clients in Sydney in Indesign for over seven years. For more information visit our website at: http://www.designworkshopsydney.com.au/adobe-indesign-courses/.

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