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    Brochure Design with InDesign 2 of 5


    by Chad Neuman

    See Part 1 first for support files.

    Step 1
    Open “Brochure.indd” from the first part. If you haven’t done so already, complete the first step and download the support files. We have a six-page document. The first page is the brochure front cover and the last page is the back cover. The rest are spreads.

    Step 2
    Navigate to the first page by double-clicking on it in the Pages palette (Windows>Pages).

    Step 3
    Before designing the cover, let’s create a background color that will be used on all the pages. Click the Rectangle tool and click-and-drag a rectangle from one corner of the bleed to the other. Drawing it over the border avoids having the printer print any blank areas, in case the printed is barely off, which would look unprofessional.

    Step 4
    You may have just black and white available in the Color palette, so let’s fix this (if it already has color, skip this step). Click on the Color palette on the left. Click on the top-right area of the palette near the down arrow. Choose CMYK or RGB, depending on what the printer needs. Many old school printers will use only CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) while others will work with RGB (red, green, blue, traditionally meant for the computer screen). If you don’t plan on printing your project or are just using this tutorial to learn with our example, choose either one. It will turn back to CMYK once we click on the Fill color in the toolbar.

    Step 5
    Change the background color by changing the Fill of the rectangle. To do this, make sure the rectangle is selected (click on it with a Selection tool if it isn’t selected). Next, click on the Fill at the bottom of the toolbar.

    Step 6
    The Color palette should still be open. It should be set to CMYK by default; if not, just change it by clicking the top-right corner down arrow and set it to CMYK. Change the Cyan levels to 50 percent and set the rest to 0 percent. This allows for a soft tone for a background that will be complementary to our section headers.

    Step 7
    Set the same background to the rest of the pages. We can do this two ways. The first way that would take longer would be to draw out a few more rectangles, one for each page or spread. But here’s a shortcut: with a Selection tool, just zoom out and Option-click (PC: Alt-click) the first rectangle on page one and drag it to pages two and three. Release the mouse and then click-and-drag the side bounding box handle to lengthen it across the entire spread. Repeat this to duplicate the rectangles for all pages. Make sure the edges go up to the line of the bleeds of the borders.

    Step 8
    Now let’s begin add elements to the cover. Go to File>Place and select “balloon1.jpg” and place it by clicking Open. Click somewhere outside the rectangle to place it. IMPORTANT: Be sure to click outside of the rectangle so we can move it on top of it as a separate object and not inside the rectangle.

    Step 9
    This brochure should be photo-intensive, but let’s be more creative than just placing photos on it. Let’s also place them in a photo frame or Polaroid-style image. Besides photos, we will use text creatively to get our message across. Go to File>Place and place “photo_border.jpg.” Be sure to click outside the rectangle background.

    Step 10
    Move “balloon1.jpg” to the front by selecting it with a Selection tool and going to Object>Arrange>Bring to Front. Click-and-drag the “balloon1.jpg” file on top of the photo border.

    Step 11
    Click on the photo border image with a Selection tool. Let’s make the photo border fit the photo by resizing it. If we just click-and-drag the side bounding box handle, it will crop the image. We want to resize it, not crop it. So be sure to hold down Cmd (PC: Ctrl) first and then click-and-drag the side bounding box handle to resize it to fit the balloon photo.

    Step 12
    Let’s make it one object. With a Selection tool, click-and-drag around both of the objects and go to Object>Group.

    Step 13
    Repeat steps 8 to 12 and place “balloon9.jpg” and “balloon5.jpg.” Once they are grouped with the photo border using the same steps, with the Selection tool, click-and-drag them onto the cover.
    Make sure if something is selected when you place the photos, uncheck Replace Selected Item so it doesn’t replace another object.

    Save the InDesign file as “brochure.indd.” In the next tutorial, we’ll start designing the cover, applying various design and layout considerations.

    Continue to Brochure Design with InDesign 3 of 5.



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