SESSION 11 | March 30, 2010

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Sample Newsletter

Sample Newsletter Click then click again for larger view


  • 1:30-2:20pm
    • Print 16-page thumbnail version of the Digg booklet.
    • Create TOC for Digg Booklets
    • Print Digg using InDesign’s Print Booklet function for page imposition.
  • 2:30-4:20pm
    • Newsletter Intro
    • Thumbnails
    • Set up newsletter document (8.5″ x 11″ 8-page booklet, choose a column structure, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Reminder: elements do not need to fall In only one column. Use the columns to create a structure to the page.
    • Automatic Page numbers on master pages
    • Import all articles/graphics.
    • Run Find change by list (this accomplished 624 changes at once. Timesave when you do not know how copy was formatted.)
    • Use Find/Replace to get rid of all instances of “(ARA)–”
    • Working time for Newsletter
  • 4:30-5:05pm
    • Working time for Newsletter

Thumbnail Preset:

  • Under General: all pages and spreads checked
  • Under Setup: page size = letter, landscape, thumbnail checked, 3×3 per page
Table of Contents Creation: from the Layout menu click down to Table of Contents. The dialogue box askes what Paragraph style should it look for (Scetion Heads) add that to the box on left by clicking on the ¶ style name in the list, and then clicking on the ADD button. When making the TOC the default is a tab placed after the enrty and its corresponding page number. We looked at using a “Right -Justified Tab” and placed a period in the leaders tab to produce a line of dots leading to the page number. If this does not work well with your design feel free to modify as you see fit.
Print Booklet: Using the “Print Booklet” setting in the file menu  InDesign will print the file in printer spreads (move the pages so that when collated and folded the pages will be in the correct order. To duplex (print on both sides of the paper you must go into the Splash Special Features: Click the printer button at the bottom of the Print Booklet dialogue button. Under the layout drop-down menu click and drag to “Splash Special Features” then click pages tab. Click the “Duplex” drop down menu and choose short edge binding. MAke sure paper size is set for Letter. And scale to fir checked in the appropiate windoes.
Newsletter: for the gardening newsletter you need to use real text — because this gets you used to copyfitting. Making up text, or using placeholder is not how real projects get produced, and it is important to be able to get things to fit.. When you are placing text/graphics remember that sizing photos and adding pullquotes allow you to play with the space. You may rewrite headilines if you think another title would be better. Please leave space on the cover for a contents page and the back page lower half for a mailing panel. MAke sure you are at LEAST 3/4 done for class Tusedy.


  • Refine the Digg document: Make sure there is a cohesive look throughout the document. Cover designs should be solid. Most of what I saw was below your capabilities. Make the piece communicate something visually.
  • The 2nd test next week.
  • Work on Newsletter. should be about 3/4 finished for next week.
  • Gather all “Assets” (stories, images, data) needed to create your Magazine.
  • Remember Reminders:
    • Right from the Welcome screen in both InDesign and Quark are there are links to resources on their websites. Tons of video tutorials. Can’t remember how to to do something? There is most likely a short video tutorial on their sites.
    • You do not need to remember everything — keyboard commands, where things are hidden, etc. — is available under the help menu. What you need to do is “understand the process”, what is involved in page layout and how the programs work.
    • The page layout programs are based on math, logic, syntax and rules. A designers language is all based on aesthetics, style, relationships, space and communication. Learn how to use both to make them work together.

About Andrea

Graphic designer and artist specializing in visual storytelling. I love to mix visuals and text to create pieces that inspire, educate and inform.

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