Saving work completed in Indesign

There are many different save file formats. Each one allows different accessibilities and allows the content to be placed and seen across many different platforms.

SWF save format allows viewers to view content as an ebook. It makes it a fun and engaging way for work to be displayed. I like the fact that people can actually navigate the pages and click on digital content like youtube clips.

Other formats could be the ordanary InDesign file this allows you to go back in and change the content up or PDF files. These are useful when considering your copyright to the work you produce. It has a creation date and things like that so it protects the content.

More In-depth analysis on InDesign tools

Whist practicing on InDesign I have used some of the essential tools. I have really found it helpful but at the same time challenging, the tools I have used consists of:

The rectangle tool

The rectangle tool is located on the left toolbar and looks like a lightly shaded rectangle. You can use the rectangle tool, when you want to create a rectangular shape on the page. You can fill that rectangle with text or a color to make a solid shape. The shape can be stretched. If you stretch the rectangle it can create a thick border in between sections of text or as a recurring element at the top or bottom of a page.

These tools are used to draw photo blocks or graphic elements

The rectangle frame tool

The rectangle frame tool also is located on the left toolbar a few spots above the rectangle tool. You can definitely distinguish it from the rectangle tool because of the way the “x” is inside of it.  The rectangle frame tool you use to create a rectangle place holder. The placeholder is invisible in the finished document but can be used to easily and quickly place pictures or other graphics throughout the document. This is what I did when practicing on it:

I clicked on the rectangular frame and click on “Insert” followed by “Place” and “Image” that was so it dropped a photo into that frame. I then had the opportunity to adjust and resize the photo as needed to make it fit within the frame.

These tools are used to draw photo blocks or graphic elements.

Wrap text around a graphic or text box

To wrap text around a text box or graphic I clicked on the selection tool this is also situated on the left toolbar right at the top, it is a black arrow then I Double-click on the text box or graphic you want to wrap text around. I then clicked on window and selected ‘text wrap’ the one which has lines around the box.

Wrap text around a shape

To do this I would yet again select the black arrow tool that is in the toolbar on the left-hand side of the screen, then I would double click on the shape I wanted to have text wrapped around. I then would do the same as before by clicking on windows and select text wrap but this time I would choose the square with lines surrounding a circle.


To change the opacity of something within InDesign, I would select the Apply Effects button, which is located on the Control Panel. I then selected Object, Stroke, Fill or Text depending on what I wanted to do and the subject I wanted to adjust the opacity of. I then would enter a value in the Opacity box or drag the slider located next to the opacity setting. This tool is good it u want something to appear more see-through and dim down colours

Place holder text

In InDesign you can add placeholder text that you can easily replace with real text later. I used this when practicing making double page spreads. By adding placeholder text it gives you a more complete sense of your document’s design. To do this i had to Use the Selection tool to select one or more text frames, and the clicked Fill with Placeholder Text. I learned that if i wanted to remove or replace placeholder text, i had to double-click in any frame, and had to Select All, and then delete the text.

Through learning the different tools it has allowed me to gain a better understanding to what the software can provide. When creating my document I will save time as I have a understanding of the basic tools that are on offer. Saving time is key when doing a piece of work. In real work situations timing and deadlines can be strict.

Chelsea (2012). Annotation on key tools, previous work on the topic Guidelines for guidelines. St Mary’s Sixth form, Hull on “2012”.




Key controls and pallets

The window menu contains your palette of tools. When using the software, I will be need this for text wrap, stroke (borders on boxes), colour palettes, layers and more.

The object menu contains tools that are applied to specific objects on the page such as arrange, transform, effects.

Making the page appear bigger. Zoom in or out by (bigger ctrl- / smaller ctrl=)

Selection tool (top arrow tool) letter V (use this for most selections)

Direct selection tool (arrow tool beneath) letter A (use this for changing the shape of frames, or for moving photographs within the frame)

Text box tool – letter T (click and drag to draw text box. Type or paste into it.)

Picture frame tool – Crossed box tool

To insert a picture into a frame: Ctrl d

To make the picture fit the frame: Ctrl shift alt e

To resize with correct proportions: Direct selection tool, click on photo (not the box frame), shift and click on a frame tab, drag to resize

To undo. Click Ctrl z (as many times as necessary)

To arrange (send to back, bring forward) Use the Selection tool, right click on object, arrange

To add rounded corners to a frame. Draw frame, selection tool, click, object menu, corner options

To add effects like transparency or directional feather. Click on object, object menu, effects

Deconstruction of a magazine double page spread (Kerrang)

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The main image on the page is of the lead singer of the band. It is a medium shot as it shows the singer holding the microphone and stand. The image is really strong as it instantly tells the audience what the theme of the magazine double page spread is about. The image that has been used has been specifically tailored to be in black and white, this is so the audience are aware that the style of music is rock. The black and white tones help viewers to look at the whole image and not get distracted by a specific thing. The image also has lots of detail in it and in colour it wouldn’t have the same effects on the layout design.

The page content has a separate column that in encased in a different graphic box and colour. This stands out as a sidebar/ article. This promotes the band’s music tracks.

Supporting images are prominent of the pages of the spread. Supporting images are smaller than the main image but bring more visuals to who the band are and what there about. These supporting images have been used over both of the pages.

Graphics and typography have been used within this double page spread as it highlights specific information that the journalist wants you to get out of the article. For instance the ‘World Exclusive’ icon at the top left hand side of the page emphasises the importance of this article as it is unique and exclusive to Karrang magazine. This makes the readers feel very special because only they know the information given in the article, this also makes the readers feel privileged.

Colour schemes are an important part of a magazine layout as this is the first of thing the audience see. This gives the article visual aid and draws the audience in. In this double page spread there is a consistent colour scheme that has been used throughout. The main background is a black, with white writing in front and elements of red writing and boxes. Because the writing is white on a dark background makes it easy to read and makes it eye catching for the audience. The red gives the page another dimension and makes specific things stand out and makes the double page spread more visually interesting. The red writing corresponds well with the band and the magazine style as it is very much punk and rock.

The colours used give off connotations of the genre of music being talked about been dark, angry, loud and exciting.

The title comes across like it is a quote that one of the band members have stated. The language is very direct to what the readers of the article will understand as Kerrang use this same style throughout most of their articles, this is why this article was best suited to of been placed within this magazine.

The title has been slanted and placed slightly over the gutter this helps to interlink the pictures with the article. They font style looks like it has been worn out that is the affect. This matches the punk theme… ‘THE BEST MCR’ has been enlarged and highlighted in white, that gives a more informal mode of address and the red font contrasts this mode of address.

Chelsea (2012). Writing for magazine, previous work on the topic Guidelines for guidelines. St Marys Sixth form, Hull on “2012”.

After, looking at a magazine layout I Feel that I can identify where and how they have used key features in order for creation. Also can look deeper into why news distributors have styled, the page and content to fit a target audience and a product.

When doing the current task at hand, I will look where I place content, colour schemes and page positioning closer as it can make or break a piece of work.

Page Layouts

InDesign is really useful whether you want to create broadsheets, tabloids, Berliner or even magazines. The software settings are really easy to use and allow users to change features to suite there project. The possibilities are endless, as the documents can be any size required, margins and spacing’s are adaptable.

All magazines and newspapers have similarities. For instance,

  • Headlines – title to the story
  • Stand first – the intro to the story, explaining what the story is and who wrote it. Draws the reader into the story
  • Images – picture to subject, adds visual aids to the story
  • Pull quotes – key facts or pieces of information that are larger than the main text
  • Captions – text under a picture explaining what it is or who took it
  • Body copy – the main story

When creating anything using this software I will have to make sure I follow the structuring of a page, in order for me to produce a high standard product. If I have all the bullet points ticked off then I know I’m on the right lines of success.

Document Intent

When creating anything it is important to understand the purpose and intent for it. For this task I have to create a document for print purposes and for the web. This is stated in the brief.

However, if I was just to create a document for a different reason. I need to consider, where the document will be published. This is so that I match the presets to what I want. If it is for online then the colours pallets will be RGB – short for red, green and blue. If I want a document purely for print then it will be CMYK. In a previous post I have gone into more detail about colour presets.

Also another thing when creating a document is that you have the right page size, number of pages and orientation. This is a fairly straight forward point to make however, when practicing I didn’t have enough pages and was unsure about how to add more. There will be a control that you can use however, when you’re a beginner or don’t know short controls it is better to set it right to start with.

The Gutter the centre of a two page spread (where the staples would be) or the margins between columns or guides. It is crucial that you don’t put text to close to the gutter. Imagine if you was reading a magazine and the curve of the middle part of the double page spread. If the writing was to close it would make it incredibly difficult to read and may even seem like it’s chopped off letters. It doesn’t give a document good readability for the viewer.