Layout Format, size, margin and column – Learning activities

First post of 2012. I’ve been mad busy starting a new job full-time. I’ve struggled getting into a new routine, but I’m well on my way to establish some sort of study/work plan now.

The two first learning activities of this educational week I’ve just merged together into one post for the convenience of the two.

“1. Use an A4 format to create a sketch, fold and make a layout of an invitation for the governments autumn art exhibition in 2010.

2. Create a new document in Adobe InDesign.
Add correct format size, folds, and pages from one of the sketches previously made.
Export as a .jpeg file, and present it on your reflective journal.”

1. My invite sketches:

So these were just terrible quick sketches really, to put the idea down on a piece of paper.
I have to say, was really nervous starting InDesign, as I’ve never touched it before. Needless to say, my invite didn’t quite get anywhere near perfect. Haha.
Was struggling as never before – although, I find InDesign appealing and interesting.

However, I used a ruler and a piece of lined A4 piece of paper to measure margins,  size and an idea of where I wanted to put the main text, and the info text on the back.

2. So, this was my end result (please don’t laugh, I’m not very proud :p) :

All text and images has been downloaded and copied from

Technical format info:

– Size: standard A4
– Margins: top/bottom 36 pt – right 72 pt and left 36pt
– Colums: 2
– Gutter: 72 pt

I wish I had at least two more weeks on this – it’s really incomplete. But I had to finish it, as I’ve got two more learning activities to go this week.

InDesign is the third Adobe program from the package we are learning.
Along with Illustrator and Photoshop, there’s a lot of similar program functions, short cuts  and tools. Also, the interface is basically the same, and it’s all linked through Adobe bridge, which is really handy.
However, as I’ve mentioned before, I think I’ve been stuck on Photoshop for so long, so when I can’t find the same answer to a problem in Illustrator or InDesign, it’s really frustrating.

I’m really trying to separate the programs from each other, using Photoshop for photography, Illustrator for graphic illustrative tasks, and now, InDesign for layout formats.  However, I wish Photoshop would be the only program I’d ever need 😉

Pure technical, all Adobe programs are quite easy to navigate around in. Learning the shortcuts is essential time wise.

So for now, that is all.
Hope you’s all got a good laugh of this invitation 😉


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