Love InDesign

InDesign is a great tool for creating posters, flyers, magazines, newspapers, brochures and books. It has some features that will make your job easier and you’ll love using it.

If you’re not very familiar with it, perhaps you should read my InDesign tutorials.

1. InDesign layout options

InDesign gives the possibility to see all your pages in the same file. It’s very useful especially when you want to set up a layout for facing pages. It’s easy to use the same design for many pages and visualize all of them at the same time.

So the first thing to do is to create a new document: File > New > Document (Ctrl+N) and select the format that you need for your design. When you want to add more pages go to the Pages button and press Create new page.

InDesign layout

2. It’s compatible with Adobe Illustrator

When you work with InDesign, it’s super easy to import shapes and illustrations directly from Adobe Illustrator. If you want to edit them, InDesign helps you with that as well. How do you actually do that? Just drag and drop your beautiful Illustrator file into your InDesign file. After that you can use the same commands as in Illustrator to modify the shapes as you wish.

3. Creative image masks

You can draw any shape you want, and place any image that you like inside it, just by using drag and drop. If the image does not fit in perfectly, choose Fill frame proportionally. And your image will take the desired shape.

InDesign image masks

4. You can play with typography

Typography is very important for any publication. InDesign gives you many ways to play with text and arrange it in creative ways.

Use ellipse and hold Shift to create a perfect circle. Select Type Tool and click inside the circle and the shape will be transformed into a text frame. Feel free to use any shape you want to experiment with typography for your publication.

InDesign Typography

5. Export options

After you finished your design, is time to save your work and forward or share it. InDesign lets you export your files in many different formats such as PDF print, PDF interactive, JPEG, PNG, etc. You just have to go to File, choose Export and you can choose what format you like. Click the Save button after you have chosen the desired format.

If you want to know how to export your PDF to use it for print and for Flipsnack at the same time, check out this article.

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