Adobe Illustrator and InDesign were easier to learn compared to the earlier Adobe After Effects Workshop. I have previously used InDesign, in my Year 10 work experience at Hyland Edgar Driver Landscape Architects, and it is used for multi-page documents. For single page documents, Illustrator is used. [The images used in this post are not mine.]
As always, we need to make sure we start in a size that we intend to work in. Each time we create anything on Illustrator, it is an individual object. Unlike on many Microsoft Office software, on Illustrator you are able to bleed the project that you are working on, which makes it go all the way to the edge of the paper. You can also make your paper bigger than your project and cut it down afterwards.
Once you have created a shape, you can type of it by selecting the typing tool and selecting the path that you wish to type. This creates a worded outline. On Illustrator, it is all very simple tools, however it is just playing with it all in order to gain the best result. You can also create your own patterns with a shape previously created. On Illustrator [and InDesign], the different layers means that you can print off different versions without having to print off a completely new project.
When saving, always keep the Illustrator file, but you can also save it as a PDF, JPEG or TIFF file format.
Again, we need the file size to be the required document size. We can always add more, or take away pages while editing. If you’re putting a photo in the centre of the page on all pages, then you can make a master page and put guides in. You can put this master page on all pages, or specify which pages you want it on. To add the guides, you drag from the rulers at the top or on the left hand side of the screen.
The information palette on screen tells you how big your object is, and from here you can resize it to the appropriate size. To resize the image, however, you have to transform it numerically. If you drag the sizes in, you simply cut the image.
If you want to continue the text on through several text boxes, click on the red cross that is on the full text box. This links this text box to the next text box, showing the rest of the text. Through InDesign, you are also able to add Illustrator images.
For a final print view go through view then display and hit high quality. The programme saves memory by not having to calculate the display, but this does not affect the print quality. To save, export for PDF, but always save it as an InDesign document for later editing.