Today’s InDesign tutorial was all about recapping the skills that we had previously learned about the rules of grids, type, and exporting your work when finished.
We were reintroduced to the Baseline Grid today, as we had briefly brushed upon it in previous sessions. The Baseline Grid is a set of guides that (if you so choose) text is aligned to; this grid gives the page a much more consistent layout and allows all type to be processed on the same lines. Text that you might not want to align to the Baseline Grid could include captions, titles, footnotes etc. Although the Baseline Grid is used a lot in publications, not all designers agree that it is the best way forward, some argue that more natural layouts lead to easier reading by the viewer.
Although it seems to be hidden away, options to alter the Baseline Grid are under InDesign>Preferences>Grids.
Secondly, we moved on to a recap of Character Styles, Paragraph Styles, and spacing. Spacing on a program like Microsoft Word is often done by hitting the return key twice to start a new paragraph with a one-line gap in between them. Although you can still do this in InDesign, the method is frowned upon as it makes it harder to edit specific spacing between lines/paragraphs. Changing Space After/Space Before in Paragraph Styles will allow pressing the return key to start a new paragraph with the specified millimetre gap (only one or the other must be changed, not both).
If the user wishes just to ‘go down a line’ with these Paragraph Style rules in effect, they can press Shift+Return; this allows for a ‘Soft Return’, a default space in between lines ignoring any spacing rules that may be in effect.
Finally, we recapped on exportation of our work. To export to a PDF File>Adobe PDF Presets>Press Quality (or High Quality depending). The marks that must be left for a printer are the Crop Marks, the PDF must use the document Bleed settings too for the Bleed to take effect.
Registration marks can be occasionally helpful when it is important to know where the centre of your work is, perhaps for unbound projects.
Hopefully before I know it these tips and tricks of the trade will be second nature to me, as I’m going to have to pick them all up if I hope to fulfil this Editorial Design unit to the best of my ability and to a professional standard. Thanks Neil and Rich!