Using In-Design to create newspaper and magazine pages
1. Open In-Design using the ID logo on your dock or find it on
applications in your hard drive.
2. Use the file menu to create
a new document.
3. Choose A4 for your paper size.
4. Click on layout – margins and columns.
5. In the columns box – type in 5.
6. You will now get five column guides on your
7. Find the toolbar on Window at the top and scroll
down to Tools and ensure this is ticked so your toolbar
8. The tools are similar to those in Word, so if you
click on the hand tool you will be able to move
9. This is the text box tool.
Click on this an then draw
a text box on your page.
You can now write words in the
11. You can make placing your pictures and text boxes
easier by using the guides across to anchor your boxes.
Type in 33 on rows, number
and this is what your page will
12. To make your boxes fit to the nearest
Snap to Guides in the view menu.
13. To import a picture go to Place in
the File menu.
14. To create a border/frame on your picture, use the
Window drop-down menu and select stroke. Here
this will allow you to pick the width of your frame for
a picture – it is usual for pictures to have a 1pt
15. The window menu has lots of tools to help your pages
look their best.
The swatches menu allows you to fill boxes with
guide line, choose
The text wrap palette allows you to create a runaround on a picture – which
means you can
the text will run
around your picture.
The type menu
gives you a much bigger choice of
place a picture on the page and
Photoshop and because of the
use of text
boxes the look
your page will be much
cleaner on In-design.
16. Remember that every box you draw is like a stack
cards in a pile, you can arrange them to sit behind
another and layer up images and words – just use the Object drop-down menu and
AS Production Piece
Remember to research thoroughly the type of music magazine you are going to
create. The main way to show creativity is to not just copy from a successful magazine but
to actually use it to help you create something original which follows the format of a
All magazines have a brand identity. This is really important to create a sense of
cohesion throughout the magazine.
• Fonts – you should choose a main headline font, a body font and secondary
• Your front page will have many fonts on it – they are there to distinguish
between articles and to grab the readers’ attention.
• Remember – often less is more when it comes to choice of fonts – a page
that’s too busy will often detract from the articles.
• Be consistent in your choices of colour – have a batch which clearly define
the different pieces of your magazine.
• Text and colour – remember if you are placing text on a background, whether
it’s a picture or a block of colour – can you read it? WOBs (white on black)
are very popular to make a secondary story or an information panel stand out
– say a paragraph on a star’s hits – but make sure your body text is clear.
• Watch out for colours – never put red on green, or yellow on blue – it looks
sickly and is terrible to read! Stand back from your page – can you read it
from a distance?
• Headlines can be as big as you like in a magazine – but more that 150pt and
it will take over the page.
• Body text in articles should be no more than 9pt – any bigger and it will look
• Use standalone paragraphs
headlines – great to
your interview and these can
bigger than the body text.
• Don’t be afraid to leave
space and space around
• Body text in columns should
be a serif
font such as Times New Roman, fonts with curly bits on are easier to read in
columns in 8pt. If you have smaller pieces of text, sans serif fonts are okay to
use. You can break up text with crossheads to break up the column, or use a
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