Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating thumbnails , part of Designing a Poster with InDesign CS4.
Before you sit down at your computer and start designing, it's a good idea to make thumbnail sketches. Some graphic designers draw elaborate and detailed thumbnails that are things of beauty. I am not one of those. My thumbnails are hastily drawn, almost childlike, and won't mean much to anyone but me. And that's okay, because I'm not planning on showing them to anyone. I make them solely to clarify my own thoughts, to give me a road map of where I'm going.
It's tempting to skip this stage and start trying to work things out on the computer, but this can waste a lot of time. No matter how fast you are in Photoshop or InDesign. Chances are you'll end up tinkering. Moving an element a few pixels this way or that way, scaling an image a bit bigger or bit smaller, working on an idea endlessly, that no matter how much you refine it, is ultimately just a bad idea. And before you know it, several hours have gone by and you have achieved nothing. Making thumbnails can help you weed out the bad ideas from those that have some merit and it's only these potentially good ideas that you need to pursue when you sit down with computer and software.
So before you even turn on your machine, pick up pencil and paper, and sketch some thumbnails. It will save you a lot of time and frustration and ultimately produce a better design.
Adobe InDesign CS4 and Illustrator CS4 Essential Training are recommended prerequisites to fully execute the techniques in this title.
- Generating ideas for layout and design
- Combining InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
- Establishing a workflow that blends maximum efficiency with maximum editing flexibility
- Choosing appropriate typefaces and imagery
- Choosing colors that convey the message
- Making the most of images
- Creating mockups for client approval and in preparation for printing