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The Non-Designer’s InDesign Book: Essential design techniques for print projects by Robin Williams

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1. Introduction to InDesign

The general way to use InDesign is to place some graphics on the page, get some text on the page, and design them into a piece. Putting the graphics and text on the page is the easy part—the fine-tuning is what takes time to master. This book merely gets you started in the right direction.

This primary chapter introduces you to a few of the background basics that you’ll use in every project. It’s not very exciting, but it’s useful, and if it is useful, it is beautiful.

Document setup

As in any other program, to create a new document you go to the File menu and choose “New.” In InDesign, you have a choice of creating a new Document (shown below), a Book (a file for managing individual chapter files in a book), or a ...

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