What font did you use

While looking at the draft jobs for the text-object, I saw some really good fonts used to create your word. What font did you use? Was there a font you tried that didn’t work? For the sunflower text-object I used Arial Black.

Job 3–thoughts on images

Image Quality and Resolution
Any time you are working on a print project you want to use the highest quality image you can. What may look fine on your monitor (72 pixels per inch) won’t translate when it gets printed out (300 dots per inch). When you place your image it should be larger than your text-object so that you have more options for manipulating it. It is hard to give a specific file size or resolution because it depends on the message that you are trying to create.

Best Composition
Image selection can impact the look of your job, so choosing the best composition in your image depends on on the message you want to convey. If you want people to see more of the image than the image should contain small items at a pretty high resolution. This way if you won’t have to increase the size and more of your image will be seen. If you want your image to be more about texture than you can get away with a smaller resolution size because most likely you are only going to use a portion of the image and aren’t you aren’t so concerned about keeping the image in proportion.

Picking your font is also a consideration. You want to choose a font that you can expand each letter enough to contain more of the image. We’ll learn more about making adjustments to text in the next couple of jobs.

Look at the following examples. the image is to the left and its application with the text-object on the right:

sunflower-blue    sunflowers-example3

sunflower-sky    sunflowers-example2

sunflowers    sunflowers-example4

When manipulating your background image, you’re going to want to pay attention to which selection tool you use.

Selection tool (filled arrow) vs. Direct Section tool (hollow arrow)

I think of the selection tool (filled arrow) as the tool that selects items at a bigger overall level – the selection tool picks things that are frame related. The direct selection tool (hollow arrow) is for selecting items that are at a smaller level – those items that are inside the frame. For our example, we have two things in the frame: the text object and the image. If I wanted to select the text object AND the image (to move or resize) I would use the select tool. If I wanted to select just the text OR just the image then I would use the direct select tool – selecting directly at individual items within the frame.

Thoughts on Golden Radio and Rule of Thirds

In this week’s class reading the concept of The Golden Ratio and the Rule of Thirds was introduced. Have you heard of these before? Do you practice the Rule of Thirds in your photography? I have an iPhone 5 and have turned on the Grid option so I can use that for the camera. For me, this has to effects: 1) it visually helps me frame the image to take advantage of the Rule of Thirds, and 2) it reminds me not to just snap a picture but rather take some time to think about the result. I’m not a photographer and have plenty of images that may document an event but they don’t always tell the story very well. So this helps me.

Next time you walk past a bulletin board, take a few minutes to think about design using the Rule of Thirds and see if any of the flyers on the board following that rule. And if any of the flyers have logos on them, are the logos based on the Golden Ratio or π?

And the Golden Ration in nature:

Here’s a couple more websites for reference:

Constructing the Golden Rectangle:

iCloud icon based on Golden ratio:

More logos based on Golden Ration:

Rule of Thirds, Visual Center, and Grids

Golden Ratio and Grids


Job 2 Master page tutorials

I just ran across this nice selection of Lynda.com free tutorials on creating and using Master pages in InDesign. Many of the techniques used in the video are things that we haven’t yet gotten to (like page numbers and the use of columns to guide page layout) so don’t get too overwhelmed with some of the ideas the presenters give. We’ll all get there, I promise!


Welcome Fall 2013 class!

Hope you are ready to be creative! I’m really looking forward to being inspired by your creativity this semester as we take a look at using Adobe InDesign to produce some compelling documents! We’ll be using this site to share resources, reflect on design processes in general and specific functions used in InDesign, as well as to get some peer review on projects. The blog has been used for previous classes so if you ‘re interested in seeing other student’s work, you can look through the archive.

I hope as you make your way through the class, that you will begin to notice things around you that contain design elements and just how important producing a well designed product is. Next time you pass by a bulletin board, I hope that you notice a flyer that stands out…does it stand out for good reasons, good design? I also hope that you’ll begin to think about what you might change to make it look better!

Keyboard Shortcuts and Quick Apply

When working with paragraph or character styles you might want to consider using a keyboard shortcut or other methods to apply specific styles to text.

There are at least two methods you could use. The first is using Quick Apply. Select your text (or object) and hit  Command-Return (Windows: Ctrl-Enter) to open the Quick Apply window. This list will have all your character, paragraph, object, table, cell styles, as well as menu commands, scripts, variables and conditions (much more than we’ll cover in this class). You can choose to show your hide the items that you don’t use to shorten the list.

With the window open you begin typing what you are looking for. So if I wanted to apply the bullet paragraph style to my selected text I would hit  Command-Return and then start tying “bullets” and I’ll see the options narrowing down until the Bullets style is showing. A quick hit of the return will apply that style to my selected text and the window goes away.




Method number 2 is to assign a keyboard shortcut to a paragraph or character style directly in the Paragraph (or chacter) Style Options box.  You must have a numeric keyboard to use this option.

In the Options window, click in the Shortcut box, hold down Shift (Windows) or Command (Mac OS), and press a number (like 9)  on the numeric keypad of your keyboard. (InDesign requires the use of a modifier key for style shortcuts.) Note that in Windows the Num Lock key on the keypad must be down to create or apply style shortcuts.

Also be sure to select Apply Style To Selection or the style is not automatically applied to the text you formatted.

To apply the style, select the text and then hit the number on your numeric keypad and the style should apply itself. (Make sure your Num Lock is on.)



For me, using the keyboard doesn’t really have a place in my workflow unless I can do it with my left hand. My right hand is always on my mouse so its faster to find the paragraph styles panel and click. I also don’t have a numbers lock on my keyboard—I normally use a lap top with a bluetooth keyboard but I don’t have the 10-key addition because I don’t work with numbers.

Find replacement font

Font substitution can be a big issue when you inherit a project from someone else who may have used a font that you don’t have and they didn’t properly package the file to include a copy of the font (we’ll learn more about this in job 5). I’ve found this website very helpful to give some suggestions for font alternatives. You can type in the name of your missing font at the website will try to find fonts that have a similar appearance. The site also gives you options for purchasing the font. Sometimes close enough is good enough and hopefully you’ll have a similar replacement within your font library.