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47 - InDesign Class Exercise 2 - Magazine Spread

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Questions & Comments

Carlos Álvarez Castillo - 9 months ago

Firstly, thanks for this extremely valuable InDesign Essential course that I am enjoying a lot. Here is my Magazine Spread.
Looking forward to starting Project 4: Long business document.

Administrator Tayla Coman - 8 months ago

Looks awesome Carlos!

Bethany Szczepanski - 6 months ago

Here is my magazine spread. Wonderful class. Thank you!

Administrator Daniel Scott - 6 months ago

Wow that's amazing Bethany, I hope you're super proud! My one bit of feedback would be to look at aligning the text that's in the right column so they're all aligned on the left margin. That would look perfect!

Daniel Kyriacou - 6 months ago


I pretty much stuck to the template. Only changes were the colour of the copyright box and I decided to keep the page number on Page 4.

I'm having trouble getting the paragraph styles into my library though. it just keeps loading and nothing is happening. Is there a trick to this?


Administrator Daniel Scott - 6 months ago

I think the work looks great, as for the paragraph style issue, have you tried just closing everything and maybe even quitting the creative cloud app, reopening everything and trying again? This is like the secret trick to fixing most problems!

Juan Zapata - 6 months ago

I could not find a higher resolution image of Lady GaGa, so for this exercise the effective PPI is 58x59 with an actual PPI of 72. I understand that for print specially for a large image the effective PPI should be somewhere around 300.

Administrator Daniel Scott - 6 months ago

Nice work, I totally get the concept and I actually quite like the color pallet. Thanks for your submission.

Laura Branden - 3 months ago

thank you for this amazing course. I've been learning tonnes, and the way you teach is very approachable and easy to consume. I enjoyed my first course so much (AE) that I felt compelled to take a second one. Here is what I ended up doing:

Brian Andalora - 3 months ago

Here is my spread, changing up some colors, adding in an extra photo to fill space a little.

Glenn - 1 month ago

Tried exploring Indesign playing around with paragraph and character style wasn't overly successful but enjoyed the challenge.

Lewis - 1 month ago

Done and done.

Joseph - 1 month ago

Gave it my best shot. Fantastic tutorial as always.

Kerry Gower - 1 month ago

Hello, My attempt

Amarildo Canga - 2 weeks ago

This Program is driving me crazy.

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Video Transcription

Hi there, welcome to our class exercise. What we're going to do is, we've made this one together. I'm going to get you to rebuild the next spread, pages 4 and 5. It uses the same layer, but with different text, and different copy. Now, like the last class exercise, the people that do this exercise are the types of people that end up doing really well at InDesign, and remembering this kind of stuff. So I've created a checklist, like I did before, here it is here.

I've also got it in your exercise files so if you check out your exercise files, under 'Newsletter', there's 'Class Exercise'. There is the 'Checklist'. And also, the images and text you're going to use. We've already imported the text in the earlier exercise so you don't have to do that again. But there's the image of this handsome man here. So, let's go through quickly what you need to do.

So, you need to apply the 'None' to the master page, for page 4. That means, on your 'Pages' panel here, on this left hand 'Spread', that is where we do not need this page number, and this box. So, I've gone through and applied the 'None' to this. If you're ringing, "Holy Molly, I don't remember doing that" you're allowed to cheat and go back to the videos. What you're not allowed to do is copy and paste from this page. That will be too easy, we're learning.

Next on our check list is adding this 'Cafe' image. So add it, and crop it in, so it fits inside that page. I said right Spread, I mean left Spread. What I'd like you to do is check the Effective PPI of this image. Make sure it's 300 or above when you're finished. You don't have to do anything. I just want you to find out where it is. Check it, make sure it's 300, or round about that before you move on. I'd like you to add this box down here. Similar to the one we did in the last exercise. Drop that in, I'd like you to put this text in here. And in this case, you're going to add the Glyph. Can you see, this Glyph here, this registered trademark Find that under the Glyphs panel. And I want you to add it after BYOL. Add this one as well.

I'd like you to steal the color from the image using the Eyedropper tool. See this brown here, that came from part of his arm. You can pick any color from the image to color this box here. I'd also like you to add a Drop Shadow to it. So that's the next thing in our list. Make sure there's a Drop Shadow applied to it. Now, Ligatures, this is this page. Remember, we can pick fancier versions of this. I've picked a fancy H, I've picked a different C, and a G. Go through, sex it up with different Ligatures. Up to you really what you do in this one. Next thing I want you to do is be able to fix one of the Paragraph Styles. It's this one here. You’ll notice it's different from when we were working earlier. This now is Roboto Slab, and it's a size of 17 point. So change it, redefine the style so that it applies to both pages. That's for Paragraph Styles.

Next thing is this text. Needs to be in 3 columns, I don't mind which order you do these mainly because I'm not there. You can do them in any order. So this has to be 3 columns. Apply all the Paragraph Styles to it, so it looks like this. I'd like you to remove the double spaces after the full stop. Remember, there's two spaces on some of them. This one definitely has it. I'd like you go and find, and change, and remove them. And I want you to make sure there's no overset text. By that I mean, see this little box here, it's clear and crisp. If I had too much text, watch this, the text box is not big enough, it overflows and there's going to be problems, mainly, we're missing part of our text. So make sure that the text box is tall enough, or wide enough so that you can fit it all in there.

The last one, is I'd like you to make a PDF. Export it, make sure the Crop marks are turned on, and in this case, I want you to turn on the Spreads when it gets to exporting a PDF. That way, it will export, and these pages will be side by side. When you've finished, I'd like you to send me the PDF. Depending on where you're watching this, it might be a link in the comments, or it might be under the 'My Project' section. Or a screen shot, just something, I want to see what you've done. You might have Flashed it up a little bit. You might have used different images, different colors, different fonts, or you might have got it bang on, and exact. I'll hold you accountable if nobody else will, send me, I can be found by lots of social media. Just to make sure, or give you any tips, or just to say, "Nice work."

Okay, lovely people, let's get into the next project where we work on a nice long document. Kind of cool. I'll see you over there. Once you've finished your homework, do your homework.

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