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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.
Here's where we left off with the InDesign file. This is wireframe of our newsletter. The blue frames will contain text content, the red frames, picture content, and the green frames will contain any elements that will repeat from one month to the next. These colors are determined by the colors that we have chosen for our layers. These are just our selection colors so that we can clearly tell what content is what. Now if I just zoom out on the whole of our eight-page document here by pressing Command+Minus or Ctrl+Minus, then we can see that we have all of these frames drawn.
There will still be some frames that we need to draw on the fly as it were, things that pop up that we couldn't have anticipated but we essentially have our whole publication mapped out. What I'd like to do next is place pictures into the picture frames. Now to make sure that I don't, by mistake, drag pictures into a text frame or a page furniture frame and I'm going to lock both of those layers and I need to make sure that I have my pictures layer targeted. I'll now go back to Fit in Window view for my first page, Command+Option +0 or Ctrl+Alt+0 and I'm now going to switch to Bridge which I can do by choosing File > Browse in Bridge and what we see is the contents of the Desktop.
The exercise_files folder, I'm going to double click on that to open it and then the newsletter_final folder and in there, the Links folder. We see the two images that I had rejected earlier on, I can choose to not show those by just putting a checkmark next to the No Rating status and I want to switch my Bridge from Full Mode to Compact Mode. So from the View menu, I'll choose Compact Mode and that will leave me with just my Content pane and hide all the other panes.
I am now going to drag that over to the right there, perhaps so I'll make it a big taller and skinnier. Click back on my InDesign window. So it's now just a matter of dragging the relevant content into the relevant frame. Here is the picture for our lead story. Drag that into the red frame. Why did you do this? You will find the picture is not going to fit the frame. Nothing to worry about that, it's something that we'll address in the next step. This one goes up there, and that one goes there, and then we have that one goes there, and I'm now ready to click back on InDesign and advance to the next spread. I could have set up the fitting beforehand but rather than do that, I'm going to do that in a separate step after this, just so you see how useful it can be. And here is that editor. Here is the subject of the main article.
So it's just a question now of moving through all of the eight pages and dragging in the relevant picture into the relevant frame. You can refer to the finished version of the document before this. We also have a separate folder for the review section, for the restaurant reviews. So I'm going to go ahead and do this. We'll pick it up in the next movie with newsletter05.
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