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The goal in this section is to get you acquainted enough with InDesign that you can open and edit in InDesign File; this is the basics of the basics, step 0, just the facts ma'am. If your boss handed you a file and you need to open it and do something with it before lunch today, start here. Okay, let's dive in! Everyone knows how to create a New File. You go the File menu and choose New, but InDesign it gives you three different options. In this case we want choose New Document, now the New Document dialog box has lots of options and I am going to cover all of these in the later chapter.
But for right now all you need to know is does your document have Facing Pages that is a left and right-hand page like a book or a magazine? If it does you want to turn on Facing Pages, and if it doesn't, turn it off. Next, you want to make sure that your Page Size the final, what's called the Trim Size of your document is chosen here in the Page Size area and you set their Margins down here, that's about it. When you click OK, InDesign creates a nice clean document for you to work with.
Now you can start with an empty InDesign document, if you want to but I find it is usually easier to start with a Template, something that's partially created, and then change the Text and Graphics as I work. I have a template to work with in my Exercises Folders. So I' m going to switch to that and I can open it right here within the folder just by double-clicking on it, or I'll go back InDesign, go to the File menu, and choose Open, here is that file. And when I choose it, there are three different ways that I can open this, down here at the bottom of the Open dialog box, you'll see that I can open the Normal, Original or Copy.
Generally you'd just use Open Normal, that just opens the document unless you edit it. Open Original is good if you're opening a Template file, which we'll talk about in a later chapter and you want to edit that template itself or Open Copy, this sort of make any file a template. Because if you open this InDesign file, it will open it as Untitled, ready for you to Edit and then Save As with a new name. Now I should mention that the Open dialog box also lets be open QuarkXPress files and PageMaker files.
That is, like the old QuarkXPress3 and 4 files and PageMaker 6 5 - 7 files. If you have one of those files, just select in the Open dialog box and click Open and it'll translate it, convert it into an Indesign file. If you have a QuarkXPress document created in a later version of express, like Express 5 6 7 or 8 you can still open that here, but you need a plug-in from a company called Markzware. The plug-in is called QX2ID. Markzware also makes another plug- in that let's you open a Microsoft Publisher files in InDesign. That's great! But in this case, I am simply going to open up this InDesign file by clicking Open, there it is.
There is that template that I'm going to use; I am going to fill it out by adding some Text and Graphics. Now this Template file comes with the exercise files, but there are lots of InDesign templates available on the web, including dozens of free ones on the site that I run with Anne-Marie Concepcion called InDesign Secrets. Here at http://indesign.com/indesign- tempelates there are dozens of free templates that you can download and use, including ones to create Books, Brochures, menus and more.
Just download them, open them in InDesign and you're good to go. By getting your document open, is just a first step on the adventure called InDesign. Next, we need to learn how to get text in here and make it look the way we want.
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