Join Diane Burns for an in-depth discussion in this video Strategy overview, part of Adapting an English Layout into Spanish with InDesign.
This next project we're going to create is a little more involved than our Spanish project shown in previous lessons. This is a one page flyer, that needs to be completely converted to Spanish, so that there's an English version and a Spanish only version of the same piece. As we've discussed in previous lessons, the first step is always to get a good quality translation done. By a reliable translation company or individual. We've also talked about the best way to prep the text for translation. Usually you'll need to produce a Word file, from exported text from your InDesign document and give that to your translator.
Once you have the translated Spanish text returned to you and ready for layout, there are a couple of different approaches to doing that layout, in InDesign, that for a one page project like this, work pretty well. One approach, especially when the document file is being created with all the text on one layer, as is the case in this file, is to simply create an additional layer for the Spanish text, as we've done here. You can then turn the layers on and off depending on which language you are printing. Here we have the Spanish text layer, showing, that we can turn that off and turn on the English text layer.
Off with the English and back on to the Spanish text. The other approach is you can make an entirely separate file for the Spanish version of your document. This requires creating a copy of the English file, then replacing all the English text with your new Spanish text, and then finally making copy fitting adjustments as needed. And you can see in this file, we only have one text layer, and it's for our Spanish text. We'll show you both these approaches in the next lesson, but regardless of which approach you choose, it's important to decide on your strategy up front, before you start your project and set up your document in the first place.
Want to learn more? Check out Multilingual Publishing Strategies with InDesign.
- How to get your text translated
- Prepping files for translation
- Inserting special characters in Spanish text
- Creating a bilingual sign
- Setting up different languages on different layers
- Formatting Spanish text
- Translating image files