Guided Computer Tutorials

Learning
Adobe
InDesign CS3
By Greg Bowden

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First published 2008
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Module 2: 1 921217 56 1

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Learning Adobe InDesign CS3
Module 1 Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction to InDesign CS3
Starting an InDesign Document............................................................1-1
Looking at the InDesign Screen............................................................1-2
The Tools Panel........................................................................................1-5
The Panel Group......................................................................................1-5
Displaying Panels.................................................................................... 1-5
Adding or Removing Panels.................................................................. 1-6

Creating a Flyer.......................................................................................1-7
Laying out the Page................................................................................1-8
Setting the Ruler Units............................................................................ 1-8
Setting the Ruler Guides......................................................................... 1-9
Saving the Document............................................................................ 1-10

Entering the Heading...........................................................................1-10
Adding the Text..................................................................................... 1-10
Adding a Rectangle............................................................................... 1-12
Formatting the Rectangle..................................................................... 1-13
Changing the Text Colour.................................................................... 1-15

Inserting the Graphic............................................................................1-15
Aligning the Graphic............................................................................ 1-15
Placing the Graphic............................................................................... 1-16

Adding the Second Text Frame...........................................................1-18
Entering the Text.................................................................................... 1-18
Formatting the Text............................................................................... 1-20

Adding a Page Border..........................................................................1-22
Adjusting Objects Set Behind Others.................................................1-23
Spell Checking.......................................................................................1-23
Previewing the Document...................................................................1-24
Printing the Document.........................................................................1-25
Planning Pages......................................................................................1-26
Desktop Publishing Assignment 1...................................................1-27

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Chapter 2: Creating Greeting Cards
Starting a New Publication....................................................................2-1
Setting the Ruler Guides........................................................................2-2
Creating the Front Section.....................................................................2-3
Inserting the First Graphic..................................................................... 2-3
Inserting the Second Graphic................................................................ 2-4
Zooming in............................................................................................... 2-5
Adding the Text....................................................................................... 2-5
Centring the Image.................................................................................. 2-7
FRotating the Front Elements................................................................ 2-8

Completing the Inside of the Card.......................................................2-9
Adding a Border Around the Text Frames........................................2-13
Rounded Rectangles.............................................................................2-14
Printing...................................................................................................2-15
Extension Activity.................................................................................2-15
Desktop Publishing Assignment 2...................................................2-16

Chapter 3: Text Formatting
Starting a New Document.....................................................................3-1
Setting Indents.........................................................................................3-1
Setting a First Line Indent...................................................................... 3-2
Setting a Hanging Indent....................................................................... 3-3
Changing Indents.................................................................................... 3-5
Adjusting Indents Using the Control Panel......................................... 3-5

Using Tab Stops.......................................................................................3-7
Setting the Heading Tabs........................................................................ 3-8
Setting the Right and Decimal Tabs...................................................... 3-9
Entering the Table Content................................................................... 3-11

Removing Tab Stops.............................................................................3-12
Creating a Contents Page.....................................................................3-13
Entering the Headings.......................................................................... 3-13
Setting the Leader Character............................................................... 3-14
Entering the Contents........................................................................... 3-15
Formatting the Contents....................................................................... 3-16
Adding Lines to Text............................................................................. 3-17

Dynamic Spell Checking......................................................................3-18
Desktop Publishing Assignment 3...................................................3-20

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Chapter 4: Laying Out Pages Using Frames
Starting the New Publication................................................................4-3
Setting the Ruler Guides........................................................................4-3
Adding the Frames.................................................................................4-4
The Heading Frames............................................................................... 4-4
The Body Frames..................................................................................... 4-5

Completing the Main Heading.............................................................4-7
Entering the Text...................................................................................... 4-7
Shading the Frame................................................................................... 4-8
Setting the Text Colour to White......................................................... 4-10

Entering the Sub-heading....................................................................4-10
Completing the Body of the Publication............................................4-12
Importing the Text................................................................................. 4-12
Threading the Text Through the Frames............................................ 4-13
Formatting the Text............................................................................... 4-14
Setting the Hanging Indents................................................................ 4-15
Formatting the Text............................................................................... 4-17
Formatting the Prices............................................................................ 4-18

Creating the Reply Coupon.................................................................4-19
Entering the Text.................................................................................... 4-19
Inserting the Lines................................................................................. 4-21
Adding a Border Around the Coupon............................................... 4-23
Aligning the Reply Coupon................................................................. 4-25

Adding a Page Border..........................................................................4-26
Desktop Publishing Assignment 4...................................................4-27

Chapter 5: Creating Menus Using Frames
Starting a New Publication....................................................................5-3
Laying out the Page................................................................................5-3
Inserting the Column Guides................................................................ 5-3
Setting the Ruler Guides......................................................................... 5-4

Setting the Frames...................................................................................5-4
The Headings........................................................................................... 5-4
The Appertiser Items ............................................................................ 5-5
The Salads and Soups Section................................................................ 5-6
The Seafood Specialities Section............................................................ 5-7

Entering the Main Heading...................................................................5-9

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Creating the Sub-headings...................................................................5-11
Entering the Appertisers Heading...................................................... 5-11
Copying the Appertisers Sub-Heading.............................................. 5-13
Copying Both the Image and Text....................................................... 5-14

Entering the Menu Details...................................................................5-15
The Appetizers....................................................................................... 5-15
The Salads and Soups........................................................................... 5-18
The Seafood Specialities....................................................................... 5-20

Inserting the Bottom Graphic..............................................................5-22
Adding a Page Border..........................................................................5-23
Printing...................................................................................................5-24
Desktop Publishing Assignment 5...................................................5-25

Chapter 6: Using Styles In Publications
Starting a New Publication....................................................................6-1
Importing the Text...................................................................................6-1
Paragraph Styles......................................................................................6-2
Displaying the Paragraph Styles Panel................................................ 6-2
Formatting the Main Heading............................................................... 6-3
Creating the Sub-Heading Style............................................................ 6-3
Applying the Style . ................................................................................ 6-5
Adjusting the Styles................................................................................ 6-6

Creating the Numbered Points Style....................................................6-7
Defining the Style’s Formats.................................................................. 6-7
Creating the Style.................................................................................... 6-8
Applying the Style................................................................................... 6-9

The Lettered Point Style.......................................................................6-11
Defining the Style’s Formats................................................................ 6-11
Defining the Style.................................................................................. 6-11
Applying the Style................................................................................. 6-12

Duplicating Styles.................................................................................6-13
Deleting Styles.......................................................................................6-14
Copying Styles to Other Documents..................................................6-16
Character Styles.....................................................................................6-17
Formatting the Character..................................................................... 6-17
Applying the Style................................................................................. 6-18
Changing Character Styles................................................................... 6-19

Desktop Publishing Assignment 6...................................................6-21

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Chapter 7: Multiple Page Newsletters
The Front Page.........................................................................................7-1
Starting a New Publication....................................................................7-3
Formatting the Pages Panel...................................................................7-3
Laying out the First Page.......................................................................7-5
Inserting the Column Guides................................................................ 7-5
Setting the Ruler Guides......................................................................... 7-5

Inserting the Frames...............................................................................7-6
Creating The Heading............................................................................7-6
Entering the Text...................................................................................... 7-6
Adding Lines to the Heading................................................................ 7-8

Entering the Title of the Newsletter.....................................................7-9
Adding a Drop Shadow.......................................................................7-10
Completing the Page............................................................................7-12
Adding a Graphic..................................................................................7-14
Placing an Oval Around the Graphic.................................................7-15
Filling the Frame...................................................................................7-16
Adding a Page Border..........................................................................7-18
Producing Page 2...................................................................................7-19
Displaying Page 2.................................................................................. 7-21
Importing the Text................................................................................. 7-21
Formatting the Text............................................................................... 7-22
Inserting the First Graphic................................................................... 7-23
Wrapping the Text Around the Graphic............................................. 7-23
Manually Adjusting the Wrap............................................................. 7-24
Inserting the Second Graphic.............................................................. 7-25
Wrapping the Text Around the Graphic............................................. 7-26
Adding a Page Border........................................................................... 7-27

Printing the Pages.................................................................................7-28
Desktop Publishing Assignment 7...................................................7-29

Publishing Project 1
The Society of Architects .................................................................... P1-1

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Module 2 Contents
Chapter 8: Creating Pamphlets
The Page Layout......................................................................................8-2
Completing Side 1...................................................................................8-3
Setting the Frames................................................................................... 8-3
Completing the Top Frame.................................................................... 8-3
Adding the Graphic................................................................................ 8-5
Completing the Lower Frame................................................................ 8-6
Adding a Border Around the Frames................................................... 8-8

Completing Side 6.................................................................................8-10
Importing the Text................................................................................. 8-10
Formatting the Text............................................................................... 8-10
Adding Lines Around the Heading.................................................... 8-12

Setting Paragraph Styles......................................................................8-13
The Section Heading Style................................................................... 8-13
The CD Heading Style.......................................................................... 8-14
The CD Contents Style.......................................................................... 8-15

Completing Side 5.................................................................................8-17
Importing the Text................................................................................. 8-17
Formatting the Text............................................................................... 8-17
Placing Lines Around the Heading..................................................... 8-19

Completing Side 2.................................................................................8-20
Importing the Text................................................................................. 8-20
Formatting the Text............................................................................... 8-20

Completing Side 3.................................................................................8-21
Importing the Text................................................................................. 8-21
Formatting the Text............................................................................... 8-22
Placing Lines Around the Heading..................................................... 8-23

Completing Side 4.................................................................................8-24
Importing the Text................................................................................. 8-24
Formatting the Text............................................................................... 8-25
Placing Lines Around the Heading..................................................... 8-26

Adjusting The Columns.......................................................................8-26
Checking and Printing..........................................................................8-28
Desktop Publishing Assignment 8...................................................8-29

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Chapter 9: Using Tables in Publications
Loading the Sample File.........................................................................9-1
Inserting a Table......................................................................................9-1
Setting the Table Frame.......................................................................... 9-1
Setting the Table....................................................................................... 9-2
Adjusting the Column Width................................................................ 9-3
Changing the Row Heights.................................................................... 9-4

Completing the Table..............................................................................9-4
Formatting the Table...............................................................................9-5
Shading the First Column...................................................................... 9-5
Selecting the Whole Table....................................................................... 9-6
Vertically Centring the Text.................................................................... 9-7
Indenting the Text.................................................................................... 9-7

Cell Borders..............................................................................................9-8
Formatting the Heading.........................................................................9-9
Text Wrapping.......................................................................................9-10
Adding a Second Table.........................................................................9-11
Setting the Frame................................................................................... 9-11
Inserting the First Graphic................................................................... 9-12
Formatting the Table............................................................................. 9-13

Importing a Microsoft Word Table.....................................................9-15
Setting the Text Frame.......................................................................... 9-15
Wrapping the Table............................................................................... 9-17
Adjusting the Table .............................................................................. 9-18

Desktop Publishing Assignment 9...................................................9-19

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Chapter 10: Table of Contents
Table of Contents...................................................................................10-1
Loading the Sample File....................................................................... 10-1
Looking at the Styles Used................................................................... 10-2
Looking at the Styles Used................................................................... 10-2

Creating the Table of Contents............................................................10-4
Setting the Contents Heading.............................................................. 10-4
Including the Chapter Title Style........................................................ 10-5
Including the Sub Head Style.............................................................. 10-6
Including the Sub Head point Style.................................................... 10-7
Saving the Table of Contents Formats................................................ 10-7
Placing the Table of Contents............................................................... 10-8

Changing the Contents.........................................................................10-9
Formatting the Table of Contents.....................................................10-10
Creating PDF Documents..................................................................10-12
Setting Bookmarks..............................................................................10-14
Turning on the Bookmarks................................................................. 10-14
Exporting the PDF File........................................................................ 10-15

Desktop Publishing Assignment 10...............................................10-17

Chapter 11: Creating Magazines
The Page Structure................................................................................11-1
Starting the File......................................................................................11-2
Master Pages..........................................................................................11-2
Creating the Left Master Page.............................................................11-3
Setting the Master Page........................................................................ 11-3
Adding a Header................................................................................... 11-4
Inserting the Footer Image................................................................... 11-6
Inserting Page Numbers....................................................................... 11-7

Creating the Right Master Page..........................................................11-9
Applying Master Pages...................................................................... 11-11
Deleting Master Pages........................................................................11-12
Editing Master Pages..........................................................................11-13
Completing Page 1..............................................................................11-14
Creating the Page Heading................................................................ 11-14
Saving the Style.................................................................................... 11-15
Adding the Body Text......................................................................... 11-16

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Completing Page 2..............................................................................11-17
Creating the Page Heading................................................................ 11-17
Setting the Style................................................................................... 11-18
Inserting the Content.......................................................................... 11-19

Completing Page 3..............................................................................11-20
Creating the Page Heading................................................................ 11-20
Inserting the Content.......................................................................... 11-20

Completing Page 4..............................................................................11-22
Creating the Page Heading................................................................ 11-22
Inserting the Content.......................................................................... 11-23

Printing.................................................................................................11-23
Adding More Pages............................................................................11-24
Desktop Publishing Assignment 11...............................................11-26

Chapter 12: Magazine Covers
Starting the Document..........................................................................12-1
Inserting the Background Image.........................................................12-2
Completing the Front Cover................................................................12-3
The Top Text ......................................................................................... 12-3
The Bottom Text..................................................................................... 12-5

The Back Cover......................................................................................12-6
Desktop Publishing Assignment 12.................................................12-7

Chapter 13: Creating Multimedia Products
Loading the Prepared File....................................................................13-1
Naming the Page...................................................................................13-2
Inserting a Movie Clip..........................................................................13-3
The Movie Clip Settings.......................................................................13-4
Looking at the Movie Clip...................................................................13-5
Creating the Second Page....................................................................13-7
Duplicating Page 1................................................................................ 13-7
Naming the Page................................................................................... 13-8
Inserting the Movie Clip....................................................................... 13-8
Exporting to PDF................................................................................. 13-10

Adding a Third Page..........................................................................13-11

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Setting Bookmarks..............................................................................13-12
Setting the Paragraph Styles.............................................................. 13-12
Creating a Table of Contents.............................................................. 13-14
Exporting to PDF................................................................................. 13-15

Using Buttons......................................................................................13-15
Opening the Master Page................................................................... 13-16
Adding a Button.................................................................................. 13-16
Adding Text to the Button.................................................................. 13-17
The Button States................................................................................. 13-18
Adding Text to the Other States........................................................ 13-18
Making the Button Interactive........................................................... 13-20
Testing the Button................................................................................ 13-21

Creating the Painting Button.............................................................13-22
Creating the Backgrounds Button.....................................................13-24
Formatting the Two Duplicated Buttons.........................................13-26
The Painting Button............................................................................ 13-26
The Backgrounds Button.................................................................... 13-27

Exporting to the PDF File...................................................................13-28
Desktop Publishing Assignment 13...............................................13-30

Chapter 14: Creating Books
Loading the Sample Files.....................................................................14-1
Starting the Book...................................................................................14-2
Adding Documents to the Book..........................................................14-3
Adjusting the Page Numbers..............................................................14-4
Shuffling Book Documents..................................................................14-6

Removing Book Documents...................................................................... 14-7
Saving Books..........................................................................................14-8
Synchronising Styles and Swatches....................................................14-8
Printing Books.......................................................................................14-9
Exporting a Book to a PDF File.........................................................14-10
Including Bookmarks in the Book....................................................14-11
Formatting the Table...........................................................................14-13
Creating the PDF Document.............................................................14-14
Desktop Publishing Assignment 14...............................................14-16

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Chapter 15: Useful Features
The Command Bar................................................................................15-1
Library Items..........................................................................................15-2
Creating the Library File...................................................................... 15-2
Storing Text............................................................................................. 15-2
Storing Graphics.................................................................................... 15-4
Storing Photos........................................................................................ 15-6
Deleting Library Items.......................................................................... 15-7
Using the Library in Other Documents.............................................. 15-7

The Eyedropper Tool............................................................................15-8
Copying Text.......................................................................................... 15-8
Copying Graphics................................................................................ 15-10

Typing Text Along a Path...................................................................15-11
OpenType Fonts..................................................................................15-13
Embedding Files..................................................................................15-13

Publishing Project 2
Home Bodies......................................................................................... P1-1

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Introduction to InDesign CS3

Desktop Publishing is the process of combining text and graphics on a computer screen
to produce publications. It is used to product newsletters, greeting cards, restaurant
menus, advertisements, pamphlets, books or catalogues and you will produce these
types of publications as you progress through these tutorials.
Programs such as Microsoft Word are useful programs when simple Desktop Publishing
activities are required, however, when detailed publishing is desired, a specific page
layout program is needed. The program you will use for this is called Adobe InDesign CS3
and it gives you total control over the appearance of pages. You will still use programs
like Microsoft Word and graphics programs such as PhotoShop, but as support programs
to the page layout program.

Starting an InDesign Document
1

Load Adobe InDesign and you should receive the InDesign Start Screen, which has
the four labelled sections shown.

Create new Documents

Open Documents

Help files

Training Tips

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2 Click on DOCUMENT under CREATE
NEW to start a new document.

3

When you start a new InDesign document the program needs to know the
required page measurements.

4 Set the PAPER SIZE box to A4, turn
off FACING PAGES, the ORIENTATION
should be set to PORTRAIT (or
normal) and select OK.

Looking at the InDesign Screen
1

Look at the labelled diagram at the top of the next page and refer to regularly until
you are familiar the various sections of the InDesign screen.

2

At the moment you are looking at the FIT PAGE IN WINDOW screen. That is, the
page has been reduced to fit the size of the screen.

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Control Panel

Tools Panel

Work Area

Panel Group

Zoom and
Page Controls

3 The double arrows at the top of the
TOOLS PANEL can be used to display
the tools in two columns. Click on
the double arrows to set the tools to
two columns.

4

InDesign has numerous screen sizes which can be selected from the VIEW menu or
by holding down the CTRL key on the Windows system, or the COMMAND key on
the Macintosh system, and pressing a number.

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5 Press CTRL+ or COMMAND+ a few
times to zoom in.

6

Press CTRL- or COMMAND- a few times to zoom out.

7

Hold down the CTRL or COMMAND key and press 1. The screen view will be
changed to show the page in ACTUAL (or 100%) size.

8

Use the CTRL or COMMAND key to try the following screen sizes:

CTRL+5 or COMMAND+5
CTRL+1 or COMMAND+1
CTRL+2 or COMMAND+2
CTRL+4 or COMMAND+4
CTRL+0 or COMMAND+0

50% view
100% view
200% view
400% view
Fit page in window

9 You can also select a zoom from the
ZOOM CONTROLS at the bottom left
of the screen.

NOTE:

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The ZOOM TOOL in the Tools Panel can be used to drag a frame
around sections of your document and the screen will zoom in
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The Tools Panel
Look at the TOOLS panel at the left of the screen. These tools allow you to create and
control how objects are placed in a document.

1 Click in some of the tools and notice
that sometimes the CONTROL panel
at the top of the screen changes to
show buttons associated with that
tool.

2 Notice that some tools have a small
arrow at their base. These tools have
extra options associated with them.
Try clicking and holding down the
mouse button on the TYPE TOOL to
see its options.

The Panel Group
InDesign houses many of its functions in collapsed panels at the right of the screen. You
can add or remove panels from the PANEL GROUP.

A Displaying Panels
1 Click on one of the panel icons in the
PANEL GROUP to expand it.

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Click on the panel tab or panel label to collapse it.

3 Click on the DOUBLE ARROWS at the
top of the PANEL GROUP to expand
all the panels.
4

Click on the DOUBLE ARROWS again to collapse all the panels in the PANEL GROUP.

B Adding or Removing Panels
1 Drag one of the panel icons onto
the work area. The panel becomes a
floating palette.

2

The panel can then be closed using its CLOSE BOX (x).
3 Drag the panel by its label tab back
into the PANEL GROUP and it should
‘dock’ into place.

NOTE:

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Panels that are not currently in the PANEL GROUP can be added
to the screen by selecting them from the WINDOW menu.
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Creating a Flyer
To illustrate how to create an InDesign document a simple flyer will be created. Flyers
are advertisements or announcements. They can be very effective if you keep the
design simple so that the message stands out. Flyers can announce, events, such as
social outings, meetings and news, promotional events or special offers.
Flyers usually include more, or simply larger, graphics than other publications. In this
exercise you will create the following flyer:

Winchester Manor

Open Week
17 July to 24 July

Winchester Manor was built in the fifteenth century as a country retreat for the
Duke of Winchester. Since then it has played host to numerous famous people
including King Henry VIII and Sir Issac Newton. Now the 190 room manor has
been painstakingly restored to its original glory and you can visit this exquisite
English property, and its 10 hectare manicured gardens, during its annual open
week.
For information and bookings call 03 9856 1205 or visit the web site:
www.winchestermanor.co.uk

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Laying out the Page
You should have a blank page on the screen. If you don’t, follow the steps on page 1-1
to start a NEW DOCUMENT.

A Setting the Ruler Units
You will be using the RULER at the top of the work area when laying out this publication
so we will check that the units are in millimetres.

1 Display the EDIT menu, highlight
PREFERENCES and select UNITS &
INCREMENTS.

2 In the RULER UNITS frame set the
HORIZONTAL and VERTICAL boxes to
MILLIMETRES, then select OK.

NOTE:

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You can control most of InDesign’s settings from the
PREFERENCES dialogue box.

The page margins can now be adjusted. Display the LAYOUT menu and select
MARGINS AND COLUMNS.

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4 Set the MARGINS to 20 mm. You
only need to set one if the MAKE ALL
SETTINGS THE SAME icon is turned
on.
5

Select OK to adjust the margins.

B Setting the Ruler Guides
This publication is going to be a one-column document and we can set RULER GUIDES
to assist with the placement of the text and graphics.
1

Set the screen view to FIT PAGE IN WINDOW by pressing CTRL+0 or COMMAND+0.
This allows you to see the whole page.

2

Select the TYPE TOOL from the TOOLS panel.
3 Move the I-Beam into the top Ruler
until it changes to a pointer. Hold
down the mouse button and drag a
RULER GUIDE down to be in line with
30 mm in the left Ruler.

NOTE: i A light blue line should be added to the document. This is
where the first text block will be placed. We are leaving 10
mm from the top margin so that a border can be added.

ii RULER GUIDES can be moved at any time using the
SELECTION TOOL and they will not print when the document
is printed.

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4 Repeat steps 3 to drag ruler guides
in line with 70 mm and 160 mm
in the left Ruler. This is where the
graphic and second text blocks will
be placed.

C Saving the Document
Once you have completed a page layout, it is a good idea to save it.
1

Display the FILE menu and select SAVE AS.

2

Access your STORAGE folder and create a NEW FOLDER called DTP.

3

Open the folder and enter the name:
Chapter 1

then click on SAVE to save your document.

Entering the Heading
The heading of the flyer will be placed at the top of the document. In this case we will
place a rectangle over a text frame to enhance it.

A Adding the Text
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2 Move the I-Beam to the intersection
of the left margin guide and the first
Ruler guide at 30 mm. The small bar
at the bottom of the I-Beam should
be on the RULER GUIDE.

3 Hold down the mouse button and
drag a text frame across to the right
margin guide then down to 70 mm
in the left Ruler.

4

When you release the mouse button the text cursor (or insertion point) is placed at
the top left corner of the frame.

5

Press CTRL+1 on the Windows system or COMMAND+1 on the Macintosh system to
set the screen to ACTUAL SIZE.
6 Press <enter> or <return> to leave a
blank line then enter:
Winchester Manor

<enter>

7 Highlight the line of text and in the
CONTROL panel at the top of the
screen click on the CHARACTER
FORMATTING CONTROLS button (the
button with an A in it).

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8 Set the FONT box to ARIAL or
HELVETICA, the FONT SIZE box to
36 pt and the STYLE box to BOLD

9 Click on the PARAGRAPH
FORMATTING CONTROLS button at
the left of the CONTROL panel.

10 Select the ALIGN CENTRE button
and the text should be centred
across the page.

NOTE:

When the TYPE TOOL is selected the CONTROL PANEL has
two sections. The CHARACTER FORMATTING CONTROLS for
formatting the letters and the PARAGRAPH FORMATTING
CONTROLS for formatting the paragraphs.

B Adding a Rectangle
The text frame could be filled with a colour and set to have a border. However, to show
you how to use the RECTANGLE tool we will had a rectangle over the text frame.

1 Click and hold the mouse button
on the SHAPES tool in the TOOLS
panel and select the RECTANGLE
TOOL.

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2 Move the cursor (now a cross hair)
in line with 40 mm in the top Ruler
and 30 mm in the left Ruler (this is
on the first RULER GUIDE). This coordinate is read as (40,30).

3 Drag the cursor across to 170 mm in
the top Ruler then down to 60 mm
in the left Ruler. This co-ordinate is
read at (170,60).

NOTE: i The values are displayed at the top left of the CONTROL
PANEL.

ii There are dotted lines in the rulers to help you position
objects.

iii Your rectangle may be filled with a colour or have a coloured
border.

C Formatting the Rectangle
1

The rectangle should have its ‘handles’ displayed, if not, select the SELECTION TOOL
and click on it.

2

Expand the SWATCHES panel in the PANEL GROUP.

3 There are two boxes at the top left
of the panel, the left box for FILL
and the right box for STROKE. Click
on the FILL box.

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4 Click on CYAN (or aqua) and set the
TINT to 25% to lighten the shading.

5 Click on the STROKE box at the top
left of the SWATCHES panel.

6

Expand the STROKE panel.

7 Set the WEIGHT box to 5 pt and the
TYPE box to THICK THIN. This is a
double line with the outside line
thicker than the inside line.

8 Display the OBJECT menu, highlight
ARRANGE and select SEND TO BACK
to send the rectangle behind the
text frame.

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D Changing the Text Colour
The colour of the text in the heading can be altered.
1

Select the TYPE TOOL from the TOOLS panel.
2 Triple click on the heading text to
highlight it.

3 Open the SWATCHES panel, check
that the TEXT icon is selected at the
top of the SWATCHES panel then set
the SWATCHES panel to DARK BLUE.

4

Close or collapse the SWATCHES panel and resave the publication.

Inserting the Graphic
A graphic will be placed at the second RULER GUIDE.

A Aligning the Graphic
We want this graphic to be in line with the main heading. To assist with this, VERTICAL
RULER GUIDES can be added to the screen.

1 Move the I-Beam into the left Ruler
until it changes to a pointer.

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2 Drag a RULER GUIDE to the right so
that it is in line with 40 mm in the
top Ruler. This will allow us to align
objects with the left edge of the
rectangle.

3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 to add a
VERTICAL RULER GUIDE in line with
170 mm in the top Ruler so that
objects can be aligned with the right
edge of the rectangle.

B Placing the Graphic
When a graphic is inserted into InDesign the PLACE command is used.
1 Select the SELECTION TOOL from
the TOOLS panel and click outside
the text frame and rectangle so that
neither is selected.

NOTE: i If you place a graphic with a frame selected the new graphic
replaces the current content in the frame.

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ii If you place a graphic with the TYPE TOOL selected, the
graphic will be placed as text and not be able to be moved
around the page.

Display the FILE menu and select PLACE (or press CTRL+D or COMMAND+D).

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3 Access the IDcs3 SUPPORT FILES,
open the CHAPTER 1 folder and
select the MANOR image.

4 Click on OPEN or OK to insert the file.

5 Move the PLACE GRAPHIC marker
to the intersection of the second
HORIZONTAL RULER GUIDE and the
first VERTICAL RULER GUIDE, that is,
at (40,70).

6 Click the mouse button to place the
graphic on the screen.

7 Drag the bottom right ‘handle’ of the
graphic to the intersection of the
VERTICAL RULER GUIDE at 170 mm
and the HORIZONTAL RULER GUIDE
at 160 mm, that is to (170,160).

8 The right edge of the graphic is in line with the right edge of the rectangle, but
graphic does not fit in the frame now that the frame is reduced in size.

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9 Display the OBJECT menu, highlight
FITTING and select FIT CONTENT
PROPORTIONALLY so that the image
is resized to fit in the frame.

Adding the Second Text Frame
The information in the flyer will be placed in a text frame below the graphic.

A Entering the Text

1 Add a fourth HORIZONTAL RULER
GUIDE at 170 mm.

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2 Select the TYPE TOOL from the
TOOLS panel and position the
small bar at the base of the I-Beam
at the intersection of the fourth
HORIZONTAL RULER GUIDE and the
first VERTICAL RULER GUIDE, that is,
at (40,170).

3 Hold down the mouse button and
drag a text frame across to the
second VERTICAL RULER GUIDE at
170 mm then down to the bottom of
the page at 277 mm in the left Ruler.
That is, to the co-ordinate (170,277).

4

Enter the text at the top of the next page, pressing the <enter> or <return> key only
when indicated.

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Open Week
<enter>

<enter>
17 July to 24 July
<enter>

<enter>
Winchester Manor was built in the fifteenth century as a country retreat for the Duke of
Winchester. Since then it has played host to numerous famous people including King
Henry VIII and Sir Issac Newton. Now the 190 room manor has been painstakingly
restored to its original glory and you can visit this exquisite English property, and its 10
hectare manicured gardens, during its annual open week.
<enter>

<enter>
For information and bookings call 03 9856 1205 or visit the web site:
<enter>

<enter>

www.winchestermanor.co.uk

5

<enter>

Resave the publication.

B Formatting the Text
1

Triple click on the first line ‘Open Week’ to highlight it.

2 Use the CHARACTER FORMATTING
CONTROLS section of the CONTROL
panel to set the FONT to a cursive
font such as SCRIPT MT BOLD,
EDWARDIAN SCRIPT ITC or ZAPF
CHANCERY, the FONT SIZE to 48 pt
and the STYLE to BOLD.

NOTE:

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You may need to adjust the FONT SIZE depending on the font
you select. Some fonts do not have a BOLD style available.

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3 Hold down the SHIFT key and click at
the end of the second line ‘17 July to
24 July’ to add the second line if text
to the highlight then click on the
PARAGRAPH FORMATTING CONTROL
button in the CONTROL panel and
click on the ALIGN CENTRE button to
centre the text.

4 Highlight the paragraph and turn
off the HYPHENATE button in the
CONTROL panel to ensure that no
words are hyphenated.

5 Click on the JUSTIFY WITH LAST
LINE ALIGNED LEFT button in the
CONTROL panel to set both the left
and right sides of the paragraph to
be straight, except for the last line.

6 Highlight the last two lines of text
and use the ALIGN CENTRE button
in the CONTROL panel to centre the
text.

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Adding a Page Border
A border can be added around the publication.
1

Set the screen to FIT PAGE IN WINDOW (CTRL+0 or COMMAND+0) and select the
RECTANGLE TOOL from the SHAPES TOOL in the TOOLS panel.
2 Move the cursor (cross hair) to
(30,20). That is, 30 mm in the top
Ruler and 20 mm in the left Ruler.

3 Drag a rectangle to (180,260).

4 Expand the SWATCHES panel, click
on the STROKE box at the top of the
panel and set the stroke colour to
DARK BLUE.

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1

Display the OBJECT menu, highlight ARRANGE and select SEND TO BACK to place
the rectangle behind the other elements of the publication.

Adjusting Objects Set Behind Others
You can adjust objects that are set behind other objects. The CTRL or COMMAND key is
used to select the required object. Let’s reduce the height of the rectangle around the
main heading.
1 Select the SELECTION TOOL from the
TOOLS panel, hold down the CTRL
or COMMAND key and click on the
rectangle behind the main heading.

2 Use the top and bottom size
‘handles’ to adjust to reduce the
height of the rectangle a little.

Spell Checking
1

Set the screen to ACTUAL SIZE (CTRL+1 or COMMAND+1).

2 Select the TYPE TOOL from the
TOOLS panel and click the I-Beam
at the start of the second text block.
That is, just before the ‘O’ in ‘Open
Week’.

3

Display the EDIT menu, highlight SPELLING and select CHECK SPELLING.

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4 Check the spelling of the whole
story. SKIP any words that are spelt
correctly and CHANGE any words
that are spelt incorrectly with the
correctly spelt word.
5

Click on DONE to close the SPELLING dialogue box once all the text has been
checked.

Previewing the Document
Before printing the document we can preview it on screen so that any obvious errors can
be repaired.
1

Set the screen to FIT PAGE IN WINDOW (CTRL+0 or COMMAND+0).

2 Click on the PREVIEW button at
the base of the TOOLS panel and
all margin and guide lines will be
turned of so that just the document
is displayed.

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1

Fix any part of the flyer that is not correct.

4 Click on the NORMAL VIEW MODE
button at the base of the TOOLS
panel to turn the margins and ruler
guides back on.

Printing the Document
1

Display the FILE menu and select PRINT.
2 In the PRINT dialogue box click on
SETUP at the left frame and check
that the PAPER SIZE is set to A4 for
the printer you are using.

3 Select PRINT to print the document.

4

Check the printout, make any necessary adjustments and reprint if you made any
changes.

5

Ask your teacher to check your final printout.

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Planning Pages
With any form of Desktop Publishing, careful preparation can save you hours of work.
Basically, four steps should ALWAYS be followed in any publishing process:
1

Create a sketch of the page layout on paper. This is called the THUMBNAIL SKETCH
and it simply shows the rough positions of the text and graphics blocks. It’s
convenient to use horizontal lines for the text blocks and crossed (or hatched)
shading for the graphics. You can also estimate where to place ruler guides, what
formats to apply to the text and the type of graphic that is required.

2

Create the page layout within InDesign.

3

Enter the text and graphics and format them.

4

Print a copy, make any necessary changes, reprint and re-check before final printing.

The following thumbnail sketch could be drawn for the Assignment publication on the
next page. Remember that it is a planning diagram and the final product does not have
to be exactly like it. As you produce the publication changes and improvement can be
made to the initial design.

Guide at 70 mm

Guide at 120 mm
Main Heading
Times New Roman, Capitals, 18
pt, Bold, Centre
Sub- Heading
Times New Roman, 14 pt, Bold,
Centre
Text Line
Times New Roman, 14 pt, Centre

Guide at 70 mm
Graphic
Find a graphic of a
computer

Graphic
Find a graphic about food
Text Box
Times New Roman, 16 pt, Bold,
Centre

Guide at 120 mm
Paragraph
Times New Roman, 12 pt, full
justified

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Desktop Publishing Assignment 1
Your task for this Assignment is to produce the following flyer. It should only cover half a
page.
1

Refer to the thumbnail sketch on the previous page before laying out the page and
use it as a guide.

2

Create the page layout on a new InDesign page

3

You can use fonts of your choice, but remember to have no more than two different
types. The graphics can be found in the CHAPTER 1 folder of the IDcs3 SUPPORT
FILES under the names COMPUTER and HAMBURGER. You may have better quality
graphics than the ones shown, if so, they can be inserted instead of the sample
ones.

4

Once the flyer is complete and checked, print it and ask your teacher to check it.

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