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InDesign CC – Create a Professional Magazine Page

September 4, 2019


Hello there, and welcome! We will see how to create a professional page project withAdobe InDesign CC.If pronunciation is not good, leave feedbacks in comments.If you have problems, check thebeginner tutorialin this show.Knowing the basis, let’s start creating aprofessional page. We will take for example a page for a travel magazine, talking about New York. This page has all you need to know how to create any magazine page in InDesign.You can download this sample page in the video description.To create a single page it’s enough a singleDocument. As seen in the previous video, you will collect all your pages later through anInDesign Book. Go toFile,New…and then toDocument. Before going on, you must know whichformatthe page must have. This depends on the size of the magazine. We will take for example theA3print format. Don’t worry about columns and all, you can adjust all later. You need to keep in mind thepurple contouraround the page. This represents the safe zone between the edges of the physical page and the parts that will be printed. The sample page we want to make is composed by two main parts: a graphic one, that will contain any photo or image, and the text one, where the article will be written. These will be set differently according to how the page design must be. TheFrame Toolis used to save parts of the page that will welcome photos later. Simply choose theRectangleone and decide where to paste the photos. In this way you will also locate where the text must spread. TheFrame boxcan be edited and movedholding CTRL downlike a normal object. Then we can set the text. Activate theText Toolthrough theT iconon the left. Then click and drag to create aText Framearea. Inside this you will type your text. So just create one for the photo description, and another one for the article. While setting the Text Frame, you can usethe arrowsin your keyboard to add fast rows and columns to arrange your text better. Small squares with a blue arrow inside will indicate you where the text is going on. Then you can start typing. Select theText Frameinterestedholding CTRL down, and then click on such to write in. You can copy and paste text too. You can manage the Text Framesizeholding CTRL down. Make sure it is big enough to contain all.This won’t change the size of the text.If you want tomovethe text later, simply move its Frame box. You can move it carefully usingthe arrowsin your keyboard. To understand better what frames are, check with apreview. Simply go toViewand then toOverprint Preview. The Frames are defining the parts of the pages dedicated to text or photos. But they still remain completely blank inside at first. Then adjust the text a little, using theControl Panelon top. It is pretty used thebig first letterat the beginning of the articles. Managing the Text boxes is fundamental. If you have some overlapped,you need toselect the right one before typing. You canhold CTRL downand select, or use theLayers window. Otherwise you can use theSelection Tool. This tool can be used to add further properties to the text box selected. For example you can add somestrokeorfilling; rule the columns inside or any size or rotation; on the right how the paragraph inside must look up, all on top, at the bottom, or distributed. You can apply these settings to more boxes, just select more of themholdingShift down. Manage the gaps between the boxes using theGap Tool. Another important step is to set thetext distribution. With theText Toolon, go in the extreme right. Choose how to distribute the text, and the padding with the Text Frame container. You can even decide theindentation. Just remember to select the text box interested first, and to do this step when the text content is fine. You can find more advanced options if you click on theParagraph symbolon the left. Let’s now add our image. Simply pressCTRL+Dto open thePlace window. Then browse your photo and place it where you like. If it is placed auto, simply undo withCTRL+Zand place again. When the image icon inside will be in two brackets, the image will be added inside the Frame built. You may need to adjust it. Activate theSelection Toolto set the size of the box. Thenhold CTRLdownto adjust the image inside too. Drag the circle on the centre tomovethe photo inside. Inside the articles it is often shown a short sentence that highlights one of the topics. Create a newText Frameand write inside the sentence that fixes the topic or a relevant aspect of what is written. Then you should put it in the page, but not overlapped, or the content can’t be read. With the text box selected, activate theSelection Tool. TheControl Panelabove will have theWrap Tools, which organize how overlappings must be treated. Choose the one you prefer. The treatment may change if you change the kind of corners that the text box selected must have. Make sure to add some distance between the topic sentence and the article. Another thing that can be done is to write some textoverlappedto get attention. For example we can write ”Discover NY”, in such a way that the article is still visible. Aside, create theText Frameneeded. Then drag it onto your project andmind not touse any Wrap since you want all overlapped.Use theSelection Toolto add some transparency. Don’t forget to add the page number in the corner! When it seems all done, check your project through apreview. Go toViewand then toOverprint Preview. You can set the zoomholding ALT downand using your mouse wheel.This is all! Check the next video to know how to make apromo flyeras well! Bye!

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