Between Image and Word - Photoshop - InDesign
Using the Epson scanners in the Computer Center. See: Scanning - Mac
- Scan one drawing from a station connected to a scanner
- Save as TIFF to your cubby on Orca. See: Connecting to Orca programs at File Space Overview
- Go back to your station and copy your scanned image to your local harddrive
Intro to Photoshop
- Open your scanned document in Photoshop
- Zoom: Cmd +/-
- Hand tool: Space Bar
- Image resolution and image size
- Image > image Size to see the overall size of your image
- for print, image resolution should be at least 300 dpi
- File > Save as. Choose Photoshop as the file format. Note the .psd extension.
- Image mode
- All images must be in RGB mode. Go Image > Image mode and set the mode to RGB if it is not already
- Rotate your image Image > Image Rotation
- Image adjustments located under Image > Adjustments
- Adjusting Levels can work to clean-up scanned drawings or bring added depth the dull snapshots
- Adjustment layers are a more flexible option
- Working with Type - note the new type layer created
- Think carefully about when to use type in Photoshop vs. type in InDesign
- Working with Layers
Intro to InDesign
InDesign is used to combine text and images in preparation for print.
- Create a new folder on your desktop. Name it yourlastname_partnerlastname.
- Copy all images your are going to use in your project into a subfolder (called images) in this project folder
- Navigate to Orca/programs/between-image-word/handouts
- copy BETWEEN.indd file from handouts to your project folder on your desktop
- Launch InDesign and open the BETWEEN.indd file from within your project folder
- Go File > Save As and rename it with yourlastname_partnerlastname.indd
Margins and Guides
- Note the margins of your document. Make sure to keep your text and artwork within this boundary
- Add a Guide to help you place and align objects on your document
- With the black arrow select tool, click and drag from the ruler area into your document
- Select the Text tool and drag diagonally to create a frame on your document, start typing.
- You can also Copy and Paste text from other applications
- Using the black arrow tool select a corner of the bounding box to rezize
You can flow text between multiple text boxes
- Text boxes that are too small to contain all of the text will have a red + box in the lower right corner
- Click this box and the cursor changes to the "Text Loaded" cursor
- Click anywhere on your document and a new text box will be created flowing text from the previous text box
- Use Guides and your Margins to snap text boxes into alignment
- Select the text you want to format (Command A to Select All is a useful shortcut here)
- Change your type using the character and paragraph options in the top property bar
Add an image
By default, images placed into InDesign are only linked. It is important to have a good file management strategy to keep your images properly linked to your InDesign document.
- Make sure nothing is selected in your document before you place your graphics!
- Go File > Place to place your image
- Locate the image on your local hard drive that you want to place and click Open
- Your cursor changes to the "Image Loaded" cursor. Click your cursor where you'd like the image placed.
To resize your image
- hold down the Command AND Shift key then grab a corner of the bounding box and drag to resize.
- Note what happens if you forget to hold down these keys...
To crop your image
- click and drag the bounding box (without holding down CMD+shift).
Move your image
- To move a frame together with its content, use the black selection tool to click the image outside the content grabber.
- To move imported content without moving the frame (that is, to pan content behind its frame), drag the content grabber.
Text wrap around an image
- Select the image and from the top properties bar choose the text wrap option you'd like
- Move a text box near/over and image to see the text wrap around the object
Wrapping it up
Placed images in InDesign are by default only linked to the original image files. There are advantages to this but it can create problems when moving files around. You must move your graphics and images together (see File Management strategies above).
Packaging your project for print
Your final step is to "package" your InDesign document. This should be done when you are finished editing your document. This process creates a new project folder, a copy of your inDesign project file, a subfolder called "Links" for all of your linked images and folder called Document fonts for your fonts.
- Save your work File > Save
- Go File > Package
- Click Package
- Add any special instructions and click Continue
- Create the package folder.
- Note the package options. You can accept the default of packaging the top three options from the list.
- Name your folder yourlastname_partnerlastname_final. Save locally first, you will eventually copy this over to Orca/programs.
- Click Package.
- Click OK at the copyright warning
- InDesign will now create a new folder that contains a copy of your project as well as all linked images in a Links folder.
- Copy the entire folder back to Orca/Programs/between-word-image/workspace/Book-final-versions.