Art Time Narative - Photoshop-InDesign
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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
Photoshop interface and navigating an image
- 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
- You can set the image size to crop to in the properties bar i.e. 100 px (remember the px)
- File > Save as. Choose Photoshop as the file format. Note the .psd extension.
- Image adjustments located under Image > Adjustments
- Adjusting Levels can work to clean-up scanned drawings
- Working with Type - note the new type layer created
Intro to InDesign
InDesign is used to combine text and images in preparation for print.
- Copy the ATN-Template.indd template file from the Workspace folder of your program space on Orca
- Launch InDesign and open the template file from your local harddrive
- Go File > Save and save the file to your Documents folder and title it with ATN-your last name.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
- 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...
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
Your final step in saving your work is to package your
- Save your work File > Save
- Package your document to create a folder of your InDesign doc with all linked images. 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.
- Note the folder name and location. 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 and fonts.
- Copy the entire folder back to Orca/Programs