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Designing a Book Cover
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Putting your InDesign CS5 document on a grid


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Designing a Book Cover

with Nigel French

Video: Putting your InDesign CS5 document on a grid

When creating any kind of design, be it a magazine layout, a brochure, poster, whatever, I like to work with a grid, so that I have some sort of framework on my page that gives me the confidence about where to place the elements on my page. So, that's what I'm going to do next. I'm going to create a grid, and because I want the grid to be on all of my pages, I'm going to create it on my master page. So, I'm going to double-click on A- Master, and I'm going to use this option, Create Guides from under the Layout menu.
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  1. 2m 42s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
  2. 29m 57s
    1. The project brief
      2m 30s
    2. Doing research
      4m 16s
    3. Setting up a document in InDesign CS5
      5m 4s
    4. Setting up a document in InDesign CS4
      6m 4s
    5. Putting your InDesign CS5 document on a grid
      3m 2s
    6. Putting your InDesign CS4 document on a grid
      4m 31s
    7. Setting up the document in Illustrator and placing it on a grid
      4m 30s
  3. 40m 39s
    1. Creating hand-drawn type with the Blob Brush tool
      4m 13s
    2. Using Live Paint to color type
      3m 40s
    3. Choosing typefaces
      3m 42s
    4. Creating a simple illustration using the Pen and Gradient tools
      8m 43s
    5. Applying type effects
      5m 42s
    6. Manual tracing
      4m 42s
    7. Using the gradient and transparency effects
      9m 57s
  4. 17m 27s
    1. Distressed type
      5m 42s
    2. More distressed type
      3m 35s
    3. Using mirrored type
      3m 34s
    4. Using giant wraparound text
      3m 56s
    5. Starting text on the cover
      40s
  5. 13m 7s
    1. Illustrating concepts with abstract shapes and transparency
      6m 27s
    2. Representing the book content with icons
      6m 40s
  6. 24m 8s
    1. Using historic photography
      6m 21s
    2. Using Illustrator to create a simple illustration
      4m 19s
    3. Using gradient mesh in Illustrator to create a simple illustration
      4m 55s
    4. Using Live Trace on a photograph
      3m 52s
    5. Using black-and-white images creatively
      4m 41s
  7. 25m 30s
    1. Developing a book set
      2m 50s
    2. Designing the back cover
      8m 42s
    3. Designing the flaps
      2m 41s
    4. Designing the spine
      11m 17s
  8. 12m 56s
    1. Using spot varnish
      4m 30s
    2. Preflighting your document
      4m 51s
    3. Preparing the PDF
      3m 35s
  9. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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Designing a Book Cover
2h 46m Intermediate Aug 26, 2010

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Join author Nigel French in Designing a Book Cover as he walks through several approaches to creating professional, engaging book covers using Adobe Creative Suite applications. This course covers document setup, composition and layout, illustration, typography essentials, and printing. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Researching the design and brainstorming ideas
  • Setting up a document in InDesign or Illustrator
  • Choosing typefaces, colors, shapes, and imagery
  • Hand-drawing type and using different type treatments
  • Creating illustrations from scratch
  • Using and adapting photographs for illustration
  • Preparing the book covers for printing
Subjects:
Design Print Design Projects Design Skills
Software:
Illustrator InDesign
Author:
Nigel French

Putting your InDesign CS5 document on a grid

When creating any kind of design, be it a magazine layout, a brochure, poster, whatever, I like to work with a grid, so that I have some sort of framework on my page that gives me the confidence about where to place the elements on my page. So, that's what I'm going to do next. I'm going to create a grid, and because I want the grid to be on all of my pages, I'm going to create it on my master page. So, I'm going to double-click on A- Master, and I'm going to use this option, Create Guides from under the Layout menu.

In the previous movie, I made my top and bottom margins a quarter inch. So, not including the top and bottom margins, I now have a type area of seven inches and a width of five inches, giving me a 5 x 7 aspect ratio. So, I'm going to fit guides within those margins, and I'm going to have 7 rows and 5 columns, and because the number of rows and columns is equal to my aspect ratio, I'm going to get grid squares that are almost-- they won't be exactly, but they'll be almost square and I prefer them to be square.

So each of my grid fields here is going to be a square. Looking at that, I'm thinking well, having a 5 x 7 grid or a 7 x 5 grid is perhaps not going to get me as many options as I might like. So, I'm going to double these numbers. I will go to 14 and 10, and I think perhaps the space between each of these grid fields is a little bit too much. So, now I'm going to make that 6 points for both. Click OK.

Now I can return to my document pages, and there we see we have the grid on all three of the pages. Now, since I don't need the grids to appear on the spine, I'm going to delete these two vertical rules that occur on the spine. If I try and select these guides, I won't be able to, because they are master page items. So I need to unlock them. So, I'm holding down Command and Shift or Control and Shift for Windows and just clicking on each of those guides and then deleting them.

Now I'm going to have to live with the horizontal rules, but that's fine. So, I'm now ready to save this as my template. So, I'm going to come to the File menu and choose Save. So, I'm going to call this book cover and then the format I'm going to save in is a template. So it's going to have the extension INDT, which means that every time I open it, it will open up an untitled copy, preventing me from overwriting the original.

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