February 17, 2022

Indesign: what this application is for

Indesign is the software compatible with Windows and macOS devices. Do you want to know more about this design program? Continue reading.

Adobe Indesign is an application that was born on August 31, 1999, to replace the QuarkXPress software that was used by all designers of the time. With the arrival of Indesign, its use, the way of designing magazines, books, and in general the entire publishing industry was revolutionized. Indesign is the software compatible with Windows and macOS devices. Do you want to know more about this design program? Continue reading.

Adobe Indesign: how it works and how to use it

Woman reading a magazine as an example of the Indesign app and how it works.

This is an application for design computers focused on the editorial part, so you can use it for all kinds of projects such as creating magazines, books both physical and in their electronic version, flyers, newspapers, etc.

It is one of the most versatile and functional tools for designers since they do not require the services of a layout designer to carry out their projects.

Indesign has many functions and tools such as a wide range of templates, both audio and photo formats, and also videos, which makes this application of high quality. Like all Adobe programs (Photoshop or Illustrator) it is constantly updated.

When working with this program or application you can export the projects made in different formats such as JPG, PNG, and even Flash being another of its great advantages because each designer finds a compatible format according to their needs.

As we mentioned earlier, it is a program that is constantly updated to facilitate creative capabilities. Today, most publications, both editorial and other types of designs, are published on the network because almost anyone has a device at hand at all times, for this reason, Indesign has a tool known as Publish Online. And what is it for? Well, with Indesign Publish Online, you can publish the contents on the network with simplicity and agility, so you can launch your projects on the internet as soon as possible.

This is how you can create your digital and interactive publications capturing a larger audience.

What else can you do with Indesign? Uses

Different posters and flyers pasted on a wall as an example of the Indesign application and how it works.

You can use it to design all your stationery, reports, books and magazines. Thanks to the professional tools that this application has, you can do the process of layout and composition of both texts and images as well as create pages with different columns, fonts, and graphics.

Below we will give you a use example of how to create a magazine with Indesign

Woman holding a tablet as an example of a digital magazine and how to create it with Indesign.

Since you have the application, the steps to follow to create a magazine are:

  • Open Indesign and go to File-New-Document
  • Place your story in the page size of your preference. Here you can create a paragraph style for each title you are going to insert.
  • Saves the document.
  • The next thing is to go to Presentation-Table of Contents-Styles. In style, you can choose the Option of Edit if you do not want the option that by default the application has selected. In the Title box, type the name you choose for your table, then choose a paragraph style that will appear in a drop-down box.
  • In this box you can choose between the different styles in the table of contents. Click the title style, and then click Add-OK.
  • Once you have arranged the format of your magazine, add the pages you want to include in the table of contents.
  • Go to Presentation-Table of Contents. Here you will see a box almost the same as the one you had when you started creating the table of styles of the contents. You must verify that it is correct and then click on accept. After this, the cursor will look like a text icon. Click anywhere on the page to add a new table of contents.
  • Save your document
  • Go to File-Export-PDF. Here you will create a document in PDF format with the configuration of e-books in an RGB compressed file that will keep the format of the videos, or audio files if you have included them. This project can be published on your website and can be downloaded.

How much does Indesign cost?

Indesign is not a free app although you can take a free trial period for 7 days. The license is purchased directly from the website as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

The prices are as follows:

There is an annual payment plan for $4,788.00

The monthly payment plan is $499.29

Adobe Indesign is definitely a very useful application for designers and companies since it has everything you need to develop any project that is required.

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