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Help! (with InDesign and Photoshop and stuff like that)

Post by DimitraDaisy » Mon Aug 18, 2008 14:08

Hello!

I need to design a school's prospectus. I would like to avoid Microsoft Publisher if at all possible, if nothing else because I don't have it and I don't want to go out of my way to acquire it. I have Photoshop, but it is my understanding that it is not ideal. Oh, and I would like not to have to pay a fortune for a program what would do this, obviously. Seeing as I don't own a fortune. And I'm not going to get paid for it. Even so, I'd like to do the best possible job of it.

Thanks!
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Re: Best program to design prospectus?

Post by Sootyzilla » Mon Aug 18, 2008 14:38

Scribus may be what you're looking for: http://www.scribus.net" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;. It's free and it can produce professional quality output. Please do not attempt to use Photoshop to design a multi-page document. You will drive both yourself and the printers insane.
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Re: Best program to design prospectus?

Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Aug 18, 2008 19:02

If there's a copy of Quark Xpress just lying around, I would use it. If you'd have to pay for a copy, then I would not.

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Re: Best program to design prospectus?

Post by meepmeep » Mon Aug 18, 2008 19:28

I would suggest Adobe InDesign, because it's quite easy to use (I seem to remember, it was a long time since I did anything like that) and you can probably download it from the internet somewhere.
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Re: Best program to design prospectus?

Post by DimitraDaisy » Tue Aug 19, 2008 16:17

Thank you, all.

There is no copy of Quark Xpress lying around. I used to have one, back in the day, ah, in 2004, but I remember it was so old already it crashed if you so much as sneezed. I do understand that there are ways of obtaining InDesign but it usually takes a while until I have managed to find the correct keygen / crack for things, and I find it stressful. And the driving-myself-crazy thing is exactly why I wasn't looking forward to using Photoshop. So I think I'll give Scribus a try and go the InDesign route only if that doesn't work. If there are any more exciting developments I will post them here.
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Re: Help! (with InDesign and Photoshop and stuff like that)

Post by DimitraDaisy » Fri Oct 31, 2008 18:53

So, a little update, since I'm sure you all can't wait to find out how I'm getting on with this project: I did download Scribus, and I looked at it for a while, and then I decided to make the effort to acquire InDesign, which turned out to be remarkably easy. So now I have that. I thought it would be fairly easy to learn to use it, since I'm quite familiar with Photoshop, but I think I might have been wrong about that one... It took me ten minutes to figure out how to change text colour this morning. And I still have don't know how to go about a million other things I need to do.

Basically, I did this: http://www.sprinkledpepper.net/stuff/esspc.jpg" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; in Photoshop, and I want to recreate it in InDesign (because I've been told that is better for things that will be printed -- is that true? or rather, how important is it?), and I don't know how to make the text arch. I think I've just about managed to find out how to change text colour, and how to apply a drop shadow, but arching text seems to be beyond me at the the moment... As, I am sure, are a lot of other things.
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Re: Help! (with InDesign and Photoshop and stuff like that)

Post by crystalball » Fri Oct 31, 2008 20:16

Ooh, that looks lovely!

What you need to do to get the arch effect is to create a path and then type on it. To do that you need to click on the selection tool (black arrow) and create the arch you want on the page (pressing the shift key at the same time to keep it smooth). Once you've created the shape you want your text to go on, choose the 'type on a path' tool (which is the second option on the type tool button) and then type over that arch you've created. I've kind of simplified it a bit but you should be able to work it out.

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Re: Help! (with InDesign and Photoshop and stuff like that)

Post by DimitraDaisy » Fri Oct 31, 2008 20:32

Ooh, it's you! I feel so much better about having a million and one questions coming up now. (For example, why doesn't it put each new object on a new layer?) How about I pay you back in stories?

I suspected it had something to do with paths but I still couldn't figure it out. I haven't tried it out yet but your instructions sound wonderfully helpful.

Oh, and yes, it is gorgeous, because Ola (http://oladoesntblog.blogspot.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) did the painting for it. She is Georgie's girlfriend, he's a lucky boy.
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