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61 - Using Adobe Comp CC To Make InDesign Layouts On Your Mobile Phone Or Ipad


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Hey there, it's real me back again. In this video we're going to look at something called Adobe Comp, it's another app. It's different from Capture, which we've done, it's another free app. So there is Android and Apple, so go download it. Works best on iPad. I don't have an iPad, so I'm going to do it on my phone. Let's go and look at that now. So instead of Adobe Capture, see this second one down, Adobe Comp, I'm going to open it up. Now to be honest, I don't use this one myself but I wanted to share with you, because it's really cool. The only reason I don't use it is because I don't own an iPad. So hit the little '+' in the bottom right. I'll give you kind of a quick demo, mainly because I'm not amazing at this one.

We're going to go down to designing, say the Letter. Now it's all about drawing shapes. So we're going to put in an image. Put in an image, put in a cross, remember that one? I'm going to make it full width. I'm just dragging the corners here on my phone, my very broken phone, with the cracked glass, still works. Let's put in some Heading. So Heading is a box with a dot in the corner. Give it a bit of a tap, I'm going to make it lots bigger. You can see here, on the right there's a little slider for going up and down the font. I'm going to do that. I'm going to drag it. Oops, just drawing a line. Clicking it once, dragging it up. I'm going to put him in the middle there.

To do Body Text it's kind of just multi lines, but then put that dot in the corner, you get kind of like a multi line Text box. I'll make my Font size smaller. It points on the side there. I guess it's just getting the structure down. If you are round and about, and you're like "Man, I really want to do something like this", you can add Shapes. You can add things from your Library. There's no Shapes. You can add 'Images'. I'm going to click on this image that I did there. Down the bottom left is the little 'Import'. I can take a photo, I can go to my 'Maynooth Furniture' library. I'm going to bring in this one. Takes a little while to download, but you can actually build quite a complex design. On my phone, it's near impossible but on an iPad, it's actually quite amazing.

So we've brought that through. I can click on my 'Lorem Ipsum' thing here. And you can pick Fonts, let's have a look at the fonts down there. I'm using the 'T' down the bottom. Using 'Source Sans', like everybody. These are all TypeKit fonts. I'll use 'Lust Script', just because. I can download it to my phone, to use. Actually it's going to download it to both my library as well, so I can start using this. We're not going to spend too much time on this. Text, images, good for structure, it's all Lorem Ipsum, you can go and change the Type. You can use colors from your CC Library. When you're done though, I'm going to close it by hitting 'X' in the top left. Once you're done, and you get back out to here, it's saved, and you'll find that if you go to your Creative Cloud app on a Mac, it's on the top right, and on a PC, it's bottom right. If you go into 'Assets', 'Files', there's an option that says 'Open Folder'. That's where they all download to. You can take a little while for them to sync, but in there, you'll find, you can open up in InDesign. Pretty crazy.

So that's it for my terrible explanation of what CC Comp does. If you're a Web Designer, you can do the same thing for Web Layouts. It will pull in some designs to use in Photoshop, Illustrator, that you can use to mock up a site. Mobile apps as well, but that's it. All right, I will see you in the next video.

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