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When you need to do just one thing-design a newsletter-and do it fast, this efficient, to-the-point, highly visual guide delivers. Designers Katrin Straub and Torsten Buck show novice InDesign newsletter producers like you each step of the process-from acquainting you with standard newsletter elements to setting up the document, using typography and artwork effectively, and publishing for print, email, and the Web. Simple, direct, step-by-step instructions are linked to large four-color illustrations so you can ...
When you need to do just one thing-design a newsletter-and do it fast, this efficient, to-the-point, highly visual guide delivers. Designers Katrin Straub and Torsten Buck show novice InDesign newsletter producers like you each step of the process-from acquainting you with standard newsletter elements to setting up the document, using typography and artwork effectively, and publishing for print, email, and the Web. Simple, direct, step-by-step instructions are linked to large four-color illustrations so you can see exactly how to use InDesign to turn your own content into a well-designed newsletter.
|1||Set up document||7|
|2||Work with text frames||15|
|3||Creating and applying styles||33|
|4||Add lines and color||63|
|5||Images and tables||79|
|6||Print and publish||105|
|App||Embed or link graphics||119|
Posted November 7, 2009
Posted February 18, 2005
Creating a Newsletter in InDesign, Visual QuickProject Guide, by Straub and Buck, is a lot of fun and only 129 pages. The QuickProject Guide walks you through the process of creating a professional looking newsletter and describes InDesign¿s workflow. I like the large colorful page titles, i.e., ¿create graphic frame,¿ ¿add byline,¿ ¿create color swatches,¿ because they make it easy to find information in the guide. I wish the authors had provided the graphics that illustrated their example newsletter. Not that I need them. The guide does a good job of demonstrating how to place original illustrations in a layout. I want them because they are amusing and I would like a finished copy of the example newsletter to refer to with pride. Perhaps, a QuickProject companion Web site will follow that¿ll provide graphics for future QuickProject examples. The newsletter layout, the QuickProject creates, offers impressive professional touches like, ¿justified bylines,¿ ¿auto incrementing page numbers,¿ ¿justified photo captions,¿ ¿color coded table of contents¿ and ¿automatic page continuation.¿ We learn to recognize professional work by following along, like on the job training. The instructions are usually easy to follow but not always. Straub and Buck describe procedures and techniques well but only apply them once; the reader doesn¿t get much time to build up experience before being required to apply them. I expect this terseness is intended to keep the Guide thin, but it adds time to completing the example newsletter. I struggled with inserting colored background frames for the table of contents into the flow of the document. The extra bits of information at the end of each chapter are helpful for trouble shooting. Grappling to apply new techniques quickly keeps us on our toes¿ not altogether a bad thing. The guide explains how easy it is to place and change graphics in a layout. InDesign and Photoshop communicate through the links palette. Modify a photograph in Photoshop and update its link in InDesign. As soon as a modified photo¿s link is updated, the layout is changed. InDesign preserves formatting from word processors too but embeds text instead of linking it allowing InDesign¿s formatting features to become available. Updating a link to a word processing document would erase InDesigns¿ specialty formatting. The guide explains InDesign¿s export options well. Preserve documents as ebooks (ebook) or Internet presentations (screen). Send them directly to your desktop printer (print) or export them as packages ready for deliver to a professional print shop (press). I exported my newsletter as a .pdf for print (desktop printer) then opened it in Acrobat and added movies. Perfect for delivery on CD. Creating a Newsletter in InDesign is colorful and easy to read guide. Great typography! A good way to begin using InDesign. I¿m looking forward to more QuickProjects.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.