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Designing a Restaurant Menu
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Designing a Restaurant Menu

with Nigel French

Video: Welcome

Hi! I am Nigel French. Welcome to Designing a Restaurant Menu. An attractive and functional menu is essential for the success of any restaurant or cafe. In this course, we'll be using a real world project to create a cafe menu that is readable, elegant, and this is important-- affordable, and easy to update and produce. We'll look at three possible design solutions, ultimately coming up with three very different menus. Most of our work will be done in Adobe InDesign, but we'll also be using Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator.

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Designing a Restaurant Menu
2h 46m Appropriate for all Jan 16, 2012

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In this course, author Nigel French shows how to create a cost-effective, elegantly styled restaurant menu with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. The course develops three menu designs: folder, four-panel card, and single-page, exploring the design considerations for each, such as size, folding, typeface, and paper stock. The course also sheds light on incorporating logos, choosing appropriate color schemes, and producing menus online and in print.

Topics include:
  • Adding text and design elements
  • Adding texture with a Photoshop brush
  • Creating a proof
  • Adding stylized headers
  • Designing menu inserts
  • Placing and cleaning up text
  • Creating a template
  • Adding a textured background
  • Preparing a menu for print
Subjects:
Design Print Design Projects Design Skills
Software:
InDesign
Author:
Nigel French

Welcome

Hi! I am Nigel French. Welcome to Designing a Restaurant Menu. An attractive and functional menu is essential for the success of any restaurant or cafe. In this course, we'll be using a real world project to create a cafe menu that is readable, elegant, and this is important-- affordable, and easy to update and produce. We'll look at three possible design solutions, ultimately coming up with three very different menus. Most of our work will be done in Adobe InDesign, but we'll also be using Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator.

For each design solution, we'll consider the following important factors; size, format, folding, color scheme, typeface choice, the use of texture, and the choice of paper. So let's get started!

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