#TuesdayTips – Navigating Adobe InDesign with Bailey Earls

Adobe InDesign is a popular software application used for desktop publishing and layout design. InDesign can create designs for magazines, newspapers, presentations, books, posters, flyers and brochures, among other things.

Although it’s a commonly used application, it can be intimidating to navigate at first.

Simpson College Student Media uses InDesign for the layout of The Simpsonian and ID Magazine, their student-run newspaper and magazine publications.

Senior Bailey Earls is The Simpsonian’s Layout Editor. Here are a few of her tips for using InDesign efficiently:

Use the command+d Function

“Download any photos you plan on using before hand, that way you can easily use command+d to pull them up,” Earls said. It’s a quick and efficient way to insert photos for your designs.

Make a Template

“Always start from a previously used document that way you can set things to the side of the screen you want to use later,” Earls said.

Double Check before Downloading

“Check fonts and formatting beforehand to make sure that the document downloads properly,” Earls said. “(W) is a great key to use to preview your creation.”

When in Doubt, Force Quit it out

“When in doubt, force quit the document when you’re trying to download it,” Earls said.
“InDesign can be a pain when it comes to downloading your creation.” If the document is taking too long to download onto your computer, you can (file+force quit) in order to pull up the document from your files.

If you’re completely new to InDesign, Adobe offers several helpful tutorials for beginners to use for free. You can view them here: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/tutorials.html?filters=%7B%22topics%22%3A%5B%5D%2C%22level%22%3A%5B%5D%2C%22stage%22%3A%5B%5D%2C%22creative_fields%22%3A%5B%5D%7D

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