Keep calm and InDesign on

Using Photoshop I made this snazzy visual of the Adobe programs I’ve used.

Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Lightroom and InDesign are kind of like the flu shot; you know getting it will be better in the long run, but sometimes the pain just isn’t worth it. Side effects of using these Adobe programs can include temper tantrums, all-nighters and feelings of deep sadness and depression.

I wish I were exaggerating.

Keep calm…

Similar to the flu shot, the first few days with InDesign can be a bit sore. If the program were to come with a warning label it would include the following information:

  • Hold down the “shift” key when sizing photos to keep them proportioned.
  • Use Photoshop to switch the color setting of your images from RGB to CMYK.
  • Save your project as a package, this way you’ll have every part of your work in one place.
  • Customize your toolbars to make editing faster and easier.

…and InDesign on

Now that you’re “vaccinated” we can talk about all the dirty details of what InDesign can do for you. It’s with good reason that this program is hair-pulling frustrating. You have an infinite amount of possibilities on InDesign. You create the margins, the shapes, the colors and most importantly, the content.

Whether you’re making a bright and fun brochure for a summer camp, a clean and crisp program for a networking event or a rich and luxurious itinerary for a vacation, InDesign has everything you need.

First aid kit 

In case you’re still feeling a bit woozy about working with InDesign take a few deep breaths and watch this tutorial: