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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.
So here is our finished version. When you come to do next month's version, you're going to be using this as the template for that version. Now templates means different things to different people and how you approach the template is largely a matter of preference. You could just do a Save As on the last month's version and then that is effectively your working template. Or you can save it officially as an InDesign template, strip out any content specific to this issue, just retaining those elements that are repeating.
And that's actually what I'm going to do. So I'm going to choose File and Save As and then I'm going to save it as a template. And I'll just call it newsletter and it's going to have the extension INDT. When I click Save, see it's got a slightly different icon there. Now when I close that, Command or Ctrl+W, and what we see here is my original final version. I'm going to open the template again.
When you open a document, you can either open it normally, an original, or a copy. The normal behavior for a template is to open as an untitled document. So there is no danger of me being able to overwrite the original because this is a copy effectively. And once opened, I could now do a Save As on this and continue as Normal. There were no restrictions. This is now an InDesign document, currently Untitled-10, but based upon that template.
But I think what I want to do is strip out some of the content before I actually save the templates. So I'm going to close that one without saving and then open up the template again, and this time I'm going to choose Open Original. And that's going to actually open the template itself. So here what I'm going to do is using my Direct Selection tool, I'm going to select the images. I'll turn my Guides on so we can see the frames are being retained. And I'm going to go ahead and delete the specific content. I think I'll leave the TOC pieces of text there. They can just be typed over to replace them.
The headline, I think I'll leave that. Since it's a placeholder for next month's headline. But all of this text right here, I'm going to select it with my Type tool, Command or Ctrl+A to Select All, and Delete. And that's going to retain the frames. The frames are still there and if we go to the end, we can see the frames are still there. They are still threaded, including this frame here on the pasteboard to contain any over matter that there might be. But the content has gone and I'll just carry on through my document deleting all of the specific content leaving me only with repeating elements like this, and this, and this. They are going to run in the same position from month to month.
So as well as those pieces of content that I choose to leave on my page, our template of course also inherits all of the hard work that we put into the newsletter. All of the Paragraph Styles, all the Character Styles, all the Object Styles, the elements that we put on our mater page and the layers. So next month, it will take you a lot less time to create the newsletter.
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