- WEEK 1: InDesign CS6 Essential Skills and Building Documents with Master Pages
- Getting to Know InDesign
Explore the InDesign WorkspaceIt is very important to understand the Workspace before you get started. The workspace is made up of several areas which includes the document window, pasteboard, the Application Bar, the Control Panel, the Tools Panel, and some other panels that are hidden. See the image below: The pasteboard is the area around the document that is used to store things you will not want to print. This is also where you can place items that will “bleed” into the page,The Application bar is at the top and has all the menu commands you will be using. The Control Panel is where many functions are housed. To access the panels, you will need to go to the Windows Menu. If you are missing one of theThe Tools Panel is where you will find almost everything you need to create your document. In order to see more tools, you need to click and hold down on the lower right side of the icons. View and Modify Page Elements
In this section, you will learn to use the zoom tool and the hand tool. The zoom tool does just that. It zooms in so you can view the document up close and personal. The hand tool is used to navigate to where you would like to be within the document instead of using the scroll bar. You will also work with rulers, grids, and guides which will allow you to place items exactly where you would like and have them aligned.
Navigate Through a Document
In this section, you will learn to navigate through different pages in the document. You could always scroll using the scroll bars on the sides and bottom of the page, but there are other options available. The GoTo method allows you to type in the page number and it will take you directly to that page. Another way is to just use the drop down arrow on the bottom and choose the page number. Work with Objects and Smart Guides
In this section, you will learn to work with objects and Smart Guides. You will be locking, grouping, and ungrouping objects as well. You will need to have these basic skills to move forward in the course. References/Works Cited:
Botello, C. (2011). Adobe InDesign CS5 Revealed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar.