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  • Archive for May, 2006

    InDesign: Libraries

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

    Are you tired of navigating the labyrinthe of your server for a graphic you use 1.3 billion times a day? Who isn’t?
    Stick it in the library.
    Have an InDesign text and graphic design you use repeatedly?
    Stick it in the library.
    Read any good books lately? Different library.
    You can store frequently-used objects for quick retrieval in your InDesign Library and it remembers link location, x and y coordinates and more.
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    InDesign: Doing the Math

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

    Are you weak in the areas of ‘rithmatic and unit conversions? Of course you are…you’re a designer.
    So, stop trying to figure it all out with your fancy calculator…let InDesign do the math for you.
    Really…InDesign is able to do addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and percentages. It can even figure out how many inches 278mm is…and more.
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    InDesign: New Document

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

    Let’s get off on the right foot…
    Creating a New Document in InDesign isn’t rocket science, but there are a few nuggets in the dialog window that can help you get a nice jump on a quality document.
    I really like the Document Presents and the Bleed Guides and Slug Guides.
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    InDesign: Create Outlines

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

    Wanna stick a photo in that headline?
    Of course you do…
    It’s quite easy, really, with InDesign.
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    InDesign vs. Illustrator

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

    There’s a lot of press comparing InDesign to QuarkXPress…and for good reason.
    But what about InDesign vs. Illustrator?
    I love InDesign, and I have since the day it was released. But, to be honest, Illustrator is now my favorite program. Photoshop used to be, but I’m afraid it has been replaced.
    As these three programs start blending functions more and more, sometimes it’s hard to decide where to do what.
    It didn’t use to be this way. The lines were very clear at one point: Photoshop for raster, Illustrator for vector and a page layout program to pull it all together. Anyone creating an entire flier or ad in Photoshop was breaking the rules and anyone daring enough to layout an entire 12-page brochure in Illustrator was…well…daring…or nuts.
    Now I see it every day. People using these programs not necessarily as intended.
    So now where do we draw the line?
    I’ve seen people layout entire broadsheet newspapers in Illustrator and I’ve seen people buy InDesign just to create single-page fliers.
    Who’s right…who’s wrong?
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