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Designing a Newsletter
Illustration by John Hersey

Proofing and imposing pages


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Designing a Newsletter

with Nigel French

Video: Proofing and imposing pages

I am going to point out some useful settings for proofing your document. So I'm going to go to File and Print, and if we just want to output two pages to one sheet, two-letter size pages to an 11x17 sheet, then we need to choose Spreads. We have a little preview down here, showing us what we are going to get. I'll then need to change my Paper Size from Letter to 11x17 assuming that our printer is capable of this page size. Since we aren't using any bleeds, we can't print at 100% size.
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  1. 6m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 28s
    3. Overview
      4m 18s
  2. 22m 2s
    1. Saving a custom workspace
      2m 8s
    2. Deconstructing the document
      3m 3s
    3. Using a template
      1m 38s
    4. Setting up the workspace
      4m 58s
    5. Setting up the document
      1m 49s
    6. Creating layers
      1m 7s
    7. Creating the baseline grid
      3m 5s
    8. Creating text and picture frames
      4m 14s
  3. 23m 45s
    1. Choosing images
      2m 17s
    2. Placing images
      3m 24s
    3. Fitting images with object styles
      2m 26s
    4. Cropping images
      3m 9s
    5. Creating cutouts
      4m 26s
    6. Creating partial cutouts
      2m 24s
    7. Fixing a problem image
      5m 39s
  4. 39m 45s
    1. Placing text
      6m 30s
    2. Cleaning up text
      2m 49s
    3. Designing body text
      8m 46s
    4. Designing headlines: 36, 24, 16, 12
      11m 20s
    5. Loading styles
      1m 54s
    6. Applying styles
      4m 35s
    7. Working with text wraps
      3m 51s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Designing the nameplate
      11m 49s
    2. Designing footers
      6m 0s
    3. Choosing and creating colors
      4m 49s
    4. Designing color panels
      8m 16s
    5. Creating drop caps
      4m 19s
    6. Creating department heads
      9m 8s
    7. Designing a review section
      7m 12s
    8. Designing a calendar
      4m 39s
    9. Finessing text
      5m 33s
    10. Designing the masthead
      5m 8s
    11. Designing the feature spread
      3m 10s
    12. Creating pull quotes, captions, and photo credits
      7m 24s
    13. Designing a mailing area
      2m 32s
    14. Designing a table of contents
      2m 15s
  6. 27m 20s
    1. Using live preflight
      6m 8s
    2. Proofing and imposing pages
      4m 33s
    3. Making a print-ready PDF
      4m 15s
    4. Making a screen PDF
      1m 49s
    5. Packaging
      3m 17s
    6. Saving snippets
      3m 48s
    7. Saving as a template
      3m 30s
  7. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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Designing a Newsletter
3h 22m Intermediate Jun 04, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Identifying the common parts of a newsletter
  • Working with multiple stories and images
  • Placing, scaling, and cropping images
  • Using various typefaces and formatting text to fit the message
  • Establishing efficient workflows with paragraph styles, character styles, object styles, and master pages
  • Designing mastheads, footers, and tables of contents
  • Preflighting and proofing documents
  • Creating print-ready PDF files
Subjects:
Design Page Layout Print Design Projects Design Skills
Software:
Bridge Illustrator InDesign Photoshop
Author:
Nigel French

Proofing and imposing pages

I am going to point out some useful settings for proofing your document. So I'm going to go to File and Print, and if we just want to output two pages to one sheet, two-letter size pages to an 11x17 sheet, then we need to choose Spreads. We have a little preview down here, showing us what we are going to get. I'll then need to change my Paper Size from Letter to 11x17 assuming that our printer is capable of this page size. Since we aren't using any bleeds, we can't print at 100% size.

I now need to change the Orientation of my page by clicking on this icon, and we can see things are looking a lot better down there. Since we are not using any bleeds, since we have no elements that go to the edge of the page, we don't need any Marks and Bleeds turned on here. We are able to print at 100% size. I'll click now on Graphics, Output can stay just as it is, Graphics. Send Data, in your early proofing stages, you might consider sending Proxy images, low resolution versions of your images just so that the whole process will be quicker. But when you do come to send the final print, Optimized Subsampling is the one that we want.

So those are some things that you might want to consider, but let's also think about how we can impose the pages and make a really realistic mockup of the newsletter, printed back to back and presented as an 8 page publication. This is going to require that we change our document from reader spreads which is what we have right now with the numbers running sequentially from 1 to 8 to printer spreads where we have the first page next to page 8, and well we have page 2 will be next to page 7, page 6 next to page 3, and pages 4 and 5 as sent to spread, would remain as they are.

Rather than having to shuffle our pages around here on the Pages panel, InDesign has a very useful plug-in called Print Booklet that will do this for us, or at least, it will output a PDF, a Portable Document Format file where our pages are imposed as reader spreads. So let's just take a look at the Setup options here. We want to make sure that we are outputting to a PDF printer. We want the whole range 2-up Saddle Stitch. This doesn't matter since we don't have any Marks and Bleeds, and we don't have any blank printer spreads either. So those two options are practically irrelevant.

Let's go to the Print Settings where we'll need to go to Setup and say that we want to output this on 11x17 sheet, Landscape Orientation, and then we can click OK to that. We might even want to save this as a preset, so that next time that we do this, we can just choose that preset rather than having to change the actual options. Now, we'll now click OK, there is the preset, and now if we look at the Preview, we get an idea of how our pages are going to be imposed. We have a little kind of watermark there on this preview indicating what page is what, page 2 next to page 7, page 6 next to page 3, odd numbered page is always on the right, and the total should always equal one more than the number of pages in your publication. So they should always add up to 9, which they do.

So now when I click Print, that is going to make a PDF file. So here we are in Acrobat with the imposed pages. We now have 4 tabloid size pages derived from our 8 Letter size pages, and to make our mockup, we are going to output first the odd pages, then assuming your printer supports this, turn the page over, and output the even pages. Now before we can do that, we need to setup the Page Setup properties here in Acrobat. We want to say the Paper Size that we are after is Tabloid, and we can now go to the Print dialog box, where we want to make sure there is a correspondence between the Document Size and the Paper Size, good.

They are both the same and then we can choose to output first of all, the Odd Pages, 2 odd pages, turn them over, and then output the Even Pages and you've got yourself a mockup.

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