Working with Adobe InDesign – Part 4

opening screen

This is brief explanation of opening screen in Adobe InDesign. As you start working on the software, after it opens you will find thumbnail preview of the files which are already opened in it. You will find 2 buttons “Create New” and “Open”. As you click Create New button the dialog box to create a new file opens.

Features of Opening Screen of New File

As you click Create New, a dialog box opens, which has default paper size of A4. We can change the size which we require.

On top of the screen there is tabs for Recent, Saved, Print, Web and Mobile. These are all customized sizes for that particular purpose. For example, in Recent tab, it lists the paper sizes which we have used in the recent most job.

I the Saved Tab, we will find the page sizes which we have used in the recent job. In print job, we will find the page sizes which is regularly used in the jobs which we design for print technology. The default sizes are – A3, A4, A5, Letter, Legal, Tabloid, Letter-Half, Legal-Half, B5 and Compact Disc. You can find these page sizes in Paper-Measurements section.

In Web Tab, you can find the sizes which are customized for web. While designing a job for web, the output should be served as HTML file. There is also page size which is customized for mobile. We can create any design which can be used for mobile purposes.

Page Preset

In the right side of the dialog box, we will find the height and width of the page size, including units of measurement for particular job. We can find units like – Points, Picas, Inches, Millimeters, Centimeters, Ciceros, Agates and Pixels. You can find some of the scales in this page. We can even find the orientation of the page we require.

We can customize the number of pages we require including the starting page number. We can define the number of columns and also gutter (space between the columns) for it.

There is also an option to toggle the facing pages. It is helpful when we are designing a booklet of multiple pages. We can get the track of left and right pages when we switch this on. Otherwise our file will be limited to single pages and not spread, which is the term denoted for displaying 2 pages side by side.

We can also define the margins for the page size we choose, it is customized from minimum 5mm to the maximum limit for the given page. i.e., if the page is A4, we can go till 104.5mm all sides.

We can also find the place to give bleed and slug to the given page, which is the extra size we give to the creative when we create jobs having the paper cut to the edge of the creative.

We can even preview the settings of the page we need before we finalize the page size for creating our artwork. Once we have customized and finalized the sizes, then we will not be able to get them in one place.

Working with Adobe InDesign – Part 4

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