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Creating a successful newsletter means spending less time on repetitive tasks and more time creating the design. In Designing a Newsletter, graphic designer and Adobe Certified Instructor Nigel French teaches effective design and production techniques. He uses Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Bridge to create an eight-page newsletter that's eye-catching and impactful. Nigel establishes an efficient workflow using multiple programs, examines the aesthetics of integrating text with images, and teaches best practices for outputting a final document. Exercise files accompany the course.
The Table of Contents. A quick, easy, and attractive way of doing your Table of Contents is to combine a very brief description of the article with an image of the article and that image can be a copy of the same image that is used in the interior with just a very different crop, as is the case here and here. I had also added a rule above each of these just to make them distinct. So these are paragraph rules and we have two Paragraphs Styles here, TOC head and TOC.
TOC head, if we take a look at this Paragraph Rules, we have a Rule Above turned on, 4 point rule in our Aqua color and Offset from the text 12 points. Notice also that I have this one on Keep In Frame. If I were to uncheck this, you see how that rule is going to go outside of the frame. We would see that better if I had my guides turned on. But we want to get in the frame. This is going to make it easier to align the top of those rules with the top of the pictures.
There is one more thing that we need to do in our work in progress. So I'm going to come over to newsletter28 and that is we need to apply a character style to the page number. So I'm just going to highlight this and then come to Character Style and this one is emphasis. I'm going to apply that there, and there, and there. Now we could set up a nested style to accomplish this in a slightly more automated way, but frankly there are only going to be three examples from issue to issue. It's just as easy to do it as a character style locally like so.
Also, in terms of automation, we could automate the whole thing with if I come to the Layout menu > Show Menu Items, I could be a live Table of Contents where these numbers will be generated from the actual page that the article occurs on. It's unnecessary overkill. It's using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut in this case. So we are just going to type in the actual page number that the content occurs on. There we have it. Our Table of Contents, simple, straightforward and I think visually compelling.
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