Adobe InDesign is the heir to the original desktop publishing program, PageMaker. It was PageMaker that was the “killer app” for the Apple Macintosh because it did something no other program had ever done: put design and publishing in the hands of a single person. InDesign became popular when Adobe bought the company, and for some time, InDesign leaped ahead of rival, QuarkXPress.
Before you open InDesign CS2, work on your graphics and photos in Photoshop. You can do titles there, too. InDesign was created to be integral with Photoshop, Illustrator and other Adobe products. So tone and size your graphics first, then start InDesign. If you are not used to working with picas for measurements, change them to inches (click “InDesign” then “Preferences” then “Units & Increments”) for both horizontal and vertical. If you are used to working with QuarkXPress and want to transfer the command keys to InDesign, use Keyboard Shortcuts (click “Edit” then “Keyboard Shortcuts” the change “Default” to QuarkXPress). You can do the same if you want PageMaker commands (click “Edit” then “Keyboard Shortcuts” the change “Default” to PageMaker).
Set up a document, say an 8.5-by-11-inch standard page (click “File” then “New” then “Document”) and set the parameters. The default margins are half an inch, but you can change those if you like. When your document is set, click “OK.” Next, import a photo. To do this, use “Place” (click “File” then “Place”). A pop-up will appear to allow you to find your image. Double-click it and the cursor will appear as a paintbrush to indicate a graphic. Draw the size of the picture box you want on the page and the graphic will appear in the box. If you want to move the graphic around inside its box, select the “Position tool” from the side “Toolbar”. It is under the “Direct Select Tool” arrow at the top left of the “Toolbar”. Click and hold on the arrow and a side palette will appear to make the selection. You also can use the “Position tool” to resize the image inside the “Object box”. A brown outline will appear that is the size of the graphic. Click, hold and drag the handles to resize the image. If you want to fit the image to the graphic box, use “Fitting” (click “Object” then “Fitting” then “Fit Content to Frame”). You can move the graphic box around with the Selection tool, the other arrow at the top left of the side “Toolbar”.
Getting text into your document is similar to getting a graphic. Use the “Place choice”, then find your text file and double-click it. The cursor will display as a tiny document. Click, hold and drag on the page to create a text box. Your selected text file will fill the frame. InDesign CS2 uses filters to import text and won’t import all formats. For example, if you have a newer version of Microsoft Word that default saves files as .docx, InDesign won’t see them. You must save them in the older .doc format.