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If you missed it, here’s how to create a new document in Photoshop and Illustrator. In this post we’re going o be approaching the most difficult of the three programs: InDesign.


ID is the most complicated of the three programs we’ve covered, but it’s brilliant for designing for print due to its ability to integrate images with text, which it handles quite well. However this multi-functionality makes it quite fiddly to use. It comes with a lot of new options you may not have come across, if this is your first time in ID. I personally was rather intimidated the first time I accidentally opened it.

As always, the first thing you need to do is to is find your friendly neighborhood ID icon and give it the old click-a-de-clack.

The pinky-purple makes ID the ladies favourite.

Once the program is open you should be greeted by an option window – do not be alarmed, this is how ID makes itself feel special. This window shows you the new document options, or a cluster of your most recently open documents, but as we’re working with your ID virginity, you probably won’t have many of these.

It’s like a fresh layer of snow.

Or you can ignore all that and follow the basic formula of this software by clicking File, then New (Cmd N on mac, Cntrl N on PC).

Document, book or library, what's a girl to choose?

What follows is the appearance of a window full of options you, at this stage, would not have encountered in Ps or Ai: Columns, gutter, margins, and slug.

The ‘More Options’ button is just asking for trouble.

When creating a document with multiple pages, you can choose whether to have them as Facing Pages. Facing Pages are exactly what they sound like, pages that face each other. By selecting this your document will automatically have individual front and back pages, and facing interior pages. Margins refers to the gaps between the edge of the text and the exterior/interior edge of the page – this also helps prevent text being eaten by the center stitching, but more on that later. Slug is an area in which you can write notes and other information so that it can be reviewed before print. I’ve not actually had to use this yet, so here’s a far more in-depth article from About.com. And we’ve already come across Bleed my previous Illustrator tutorial.

Hit the OK button and there you go! You’ve got your first InDesign document. Have fun with that.

Please note that all processes and methods in my tutorials are how I go about using these programs. I’m notorious for making things difficult for myself, so it’s best not to assume that my way is the best way. This is simply how I get things done. As long as you reach the desired destination who cares how you got there, right? </disclaimer>