Adobe InDesign is a desktop publishing software that is made for the creation of physically printed things, such as magazines, newspapers, or brochures, and for the creation of digital layouts, such as e-books and digital magazines.

It was the successor to an older program called “Adobe Pagemaker”. It was released in 2002 as the first native publishing software on Apple computers, later to be introduced universally to all operating systems in 2005. Since then, it has dominated the market and is commonly used by people in the industry for printing and digital publications.

Tools Used

There are many tools used in InDesign, but I’ll share with you what five tools I think are the most valuable and powerful tools to be used in this program.

Page Tool- The page tool in Indesign is to make various different page layouts in a single document. The page tool allows you to make pages of different orientations, such as landscape or portrait, along with pages of different sizes. This can be extremely handy due to the fact that you may need more than one layout.

With the essentials menu bar, the page tool is the third tool on the list, appearing like a page with a mouse pointer on it, and you can utilize it by clicking on a page while having the page tool selected. You can change the orientation of a page, change the sizes separately from the rest, and even allow the text to conform to your changes.

Gap Tool- The gap tool is another one of the most powerful tools that I enjoy using a lot. The gap tool is the fourth tool on the essentials toolbar, and it appears as a two sided arrow with two lines on either side. The gap tool allows you to nudge different parts of the page apart, and can allow you to evenly adjust the amount of space between different objects in the document.

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GAP TOOL! How it will look when you use it.

This is used by hovering over objects, and if you get parts of the document to highlight, then you can drag around, allowing you to adjust the parts of the document.

Pen Tool- This is the eighth tool on the essentials toolbar and appears as an ink pen icon. The pen tool is also in Illustrator, and it allows you to create simple objects by creating anchor points, lining an object. The pen tool is utilized by clicking or dragging to create shapes. You can also hold down pressure on the pen tool in order to make curved lines, or change the points in it.

Type Tool- The type tool is the sixth tool on the Indesign Essentials toolbar menu and it pretty much does what the name says. It appears as a large ‘T’ on its icon. It allows you to create and format text, letting you utilize fonts and change the size of said fonts. You can apply it into shapes and frames within Indesign, and it’s easily the most important tool for words.

Type Path Tool- The type path tool is underneath the type tool itself and in order to access it, you must right click the type tool and select ‘Type on A Path’ from the menu. This tool is handy because you can type on a path, so decorative text can be achieved. You can make a line, then type and it will follow the line/path you made.

Preflighting! Spread your wings and fly-

Or fix, not fly. Preflighting is a tool that will be your savior when using InDesign. It’s a tool that checks the quality and integrity of your document before publishing it, and it is an invaluable tool. As you edit your document, Preflight will list off errors and problems that would hinder the printing and proper function of the document. You can dismiss errors or handle them, and Preflight will keep you notified as these issues arise. The things preflight can manage are links, colors, images & objects, text, and the documents itself.

Preflight is on the bottom of the InDesign window, and you can access it by clicking the arrow pointing downwards on the ‘Errors’ tab. It will also show the number of errors down there too, along with a nifty green light for the all clear, no errors, and then a red one for when their are errors. It’s a lifesaver especially if there are errors you might not notice off the bat, such as text being so long and the box for it too small, so you lose words. It’s extremely handy when there’s a huge document with many, many pages, you’ll need to be able to check things fast.

EPubs! E-Publishing!

An EPUB is an e-book file format, and it can be downloaded on digital devices for digital reading, such as computers, tablets, etc. It is the technical standard and it overpowered the original Open eBook standard that was previously the most used. EPUB is also the most supported by all devices and by most companies.

EPUB cropped up in 2007, particularly in October, as a successor to the Open eBook format. It gained popularity and was commonly used because of what it supported, unlike its predecessor. It had the ability to support precise layouts and special shapes and structure, which was also helpful for creators of comic books, brochures, and photography things. It also supports having changeable sizes per device, and it would change to fit the formatting of various devices.

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