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2.1 Creating a New InDesign Document

In this lesson, you will learn how to create a new blank page so we can start our brochure design. You'll discover how to change the document size in InDesign and get everything set up ready to start this InDesign tutorial.

2.1 Creating a New InDesign Document

Hey there, in this video, we're going to create the cover for our brochure, we're gonna create a new page and it's gonna end up looking nothing like this, it's gonna end up looking like this. Little more boring but it's our first video, we're gonna learn how to create a page, how to work with margins and what this bleed thing is all about. All right, let's jump in and get busy. Okay, to get started, close down any document you might have opened, or any new document you created in the last video. Let's all go to start, go to new, and go to document. All right, this thing appears. Yours is gonna be different from mine, because I've got lots of recent things I've used. Let's go across to print. Now it doesn't really matter if you're using this for traditional print, send it to a printer for a brochure, or whether you plan on using this as a PDF at the end, it's more to do with the export at the end. But we're gonna start the same way, we're gonna use print, we are gonna use US letter, okay, but obviously you can use A4 if you want. And you can see where it says View or Presets. This is a bunch of other kinda like typical sizes that you can use in their business cards and compact disc. [LAUGH] I assume that it'd gone by now, but hey-ho. All right, so let's click on letter. And over here on the right, let's discuss the basics. So width and height is easy, you can change your units, okay. Mine's gonna be inches. Orientation, landscape, portrait. Nice and easy. Number of pages. We'll just have one to start with. We're gonna do the cover and we'll add extra pages later on. Let's turn facing pages off for the moment. We'll talk about that later on in the course but just having one single page, just have that off. We'll start our page numbering at 1 and the only other thing we'll discuss is margins and bleed and slide. So margins is nothing really, it's just an invisible line around the inside of your page, just to give yourself some sort of, yeah, internal margin, so that there's consistency away from the edges in InDesign. Whenever I'm teaching somebody that's new, without margins you end up kind of like some ticks closer to the right than it is on the left. And margin is just a nice way of having consistent kind of borders on the consistent borders on your document. This particular design I'm gonna move mine up to like one inch. Okay, click one and look over here and because this link is broken, depending on yours I think I remember the last thing you did so I'm gonna put that on and they should all turn to one inch. Doesn't matter, just make sure they're one inch all the way around. And next we're gonna talk about bleed and slug. Okay, so we'll jump out to real Dan. And he'll explain you, about a magazine here that'll show you. It will help you understand bleed. All right, I am back, let's talk about bleed now, in the real flesh. So bleed is, let's say that this is the magazine that we're making with a brochure. Okay, it's US letter and we've got the right size, okay? But now we need to add bleed, and bleed is just a little bit around the edges, little bit extra, okay? That we have to add to a document when we're sending it to physical print. If this is gonna be a PDF, we don't need to add bleed, okay? Cuz bleed is, let's say this picture of this handsome man here, we need it to be just a little bit bigger it's normally about three millimeters or an eighth of an inch. Okay, a little bit extra on outside, okay and that little bit extra gets trimmed off the end. This is magazine here, right, fast producing this. This magazine would be the right size plus my bleeder on the outside. And what would happen is if you were in the printing like we were printing this, they print all the pages separately they perfect bind them, okay. Which means just blowing them along this edge, okay and what you'll see is all these pages like you see a flat it is he might not be in the video but we know magazines are nice and flat, okay. That's not how they come they actually it trimmed down to that size, so what they do is they print all the separate bits of paper stick them together, and they're actually pointing all over the place. Okay, well, reasonably close, but they're all rough around the edges. To get them pretty, just slice off the edges. And that's why we need bleed. Cuz you need a little bit of image to get sliced off and go into the bin, so there needs to be an overlap. Cuz if you had it right at the edges, this page might move and it might leave some white around the outside. You just need to make sure there's a little bit of wiggle room for the guillotine to be cutting off. I'll show you another example. So say this coffee card, or my business card. You can see this image here on my business card. You probably can't but it is a red square probably, okay. I had to make sure that image was three millimeters or an eighth of an inch bigger, okay. And so that when they printed this, they probably printed this on a sheet of a bigger sheet, okay, A3 or A2 sheet, and they stack loads of them on there, okay. And they made sure there's a bit of bleed on each of these business cards, and then somebody gets out a guillotine and cuts them, okay, following something called cropmax. Which we'll look at later on in the course, and a little bit of my business card ends up in the bin. But it means that I get that red line, okay? Or the red image is perfect to the edge and it looks nice. That is bleed and when do you know to do bleed? Basically whenever you go into commercial print. If you are printing this in the office, you're not gonna need bleed because unless you're planning on glowing it yourself and cutting it up, you're not gonna need it. If it's going for PDF, you're not gonna need it. And but if you're sending it to the printer to get made. And this could be say you're doing an ad for a company. Okay, and somebody has asked you to produce a printer head, they probably would ask for bleed. They will say it needs to be this high, play this wide and it needs an eighth of an inch bleed. Okay, just ask them if they need it or not whoever you're sending it to. And they'll have something called a spec sheet they'll be able to send you, giving you all the details you need. That is bleed, a slug, slug, the short answer is you'll never use slug. It's like bleed, it's a little bit more around the outside, okay? So bleed was an eighth of an inch, slug is a lot bigger, it's half an inch, okay? And you only use that if your actual printer yourself. And you'll add notes to the side. You'll write in the slug. You'll write things like make sure the top of this magazine is glued to this other insert. Like little notes like that go in the slug. I never use a slug. You'll probably never use the slug. There's some people that use it though. You'll use bleed potentially half the time, and you'll never use slug, hope that helped. All right, that is bleed, there's a couple more things we need to do before we get going, so wait around or jump back into the computer. And I won't do the dive this time but we'll get in there and I'll show you how to finish off our page. All right, we're back, let's put in the bleed. Okay, so you might have to twirl down this little arrow here to see the bleed and make sure the little chain link broken, make sure it's connected. Okay, it means when we change one, they all change. And we're gonna put in an eight of an inch which is point, okay. So 0.125 okay, and I can click in any of these other boxes and it should move around or three millimeters. So notice that I can actually just type in millimeters for afterwards. So if I know it's three millimeters, because I do this all the time, right. I have to do stuff for America. Even though my brain doesn't think in inches. So I just type in the measurements, click over okay, and it will convert it for me, it's close enough. It could be higher, okay. It could be a quarter of an inch. Check out what the specs are. I'm just giving you what's kind of like most common. All right, so 0.125 and the slug we ignore. Are you ready, steady? Hit Create and here we are. And if you can't, if yours is maybe zoomed in like this, go to View, let's click on this one here says Fit Spread in Window. You should get back to this. Okay, so what are we looking at? The white area is the edge of the page that's a US letter. There's magenta kind of purple line on the inside is our margin. It doesn't print, it's just there's a visual guide member. We did margins of one inch before. Okay, so just a little visual guy doesn't print. The red line around the outside is our bleed. Okay, so you need to make sure we'll do in the next video where we actually start drawing import images they have to overlap to the edge of the rid. But know that anything in this little kind of area here between the white and the red line is gonna end up in the bin and be trimmed off. If your document is going both at print and it's gonna be used as a PDF to be, say, downloaded from your website or emailed, just add bleed, cuz when you export the PDF for your website, it'll just exclude the bleed as well. So if in doubt, add bleed, it's easy to chop off at the end. Let's save our document. Because at the moment up at the top here you can see it's called untitled four. Let's go to file, and let's go to save, and where you're gonna put it, it's up to you. I'm gonna put mine on my desktop for this class, I'm gonna create a folder, so on a PC it's different, right? You hopefully you can find the new folder button, otherwise, dump over here if you dump, stuff, probably my documents, but I'm gonna put mine, I'm gonna be very responsible, I'm gonna be on desktop, New folder. And I call this one in design tutorial. Create, now I'm j gonna, just gonna go in this folder. The name of the document at the top here is going to be this is what have you do, don't call it anything like brochure. Because you'll end up, this is your first brochure, you'll end up with loads of brochures, okay? So you'll wanna give it a specific name. So what I do I give it the company name. Because I work as a freelancer on lots of different jobs, and this one here is going to be called NZ, no it's VNZ. Is it NZ. Okay it's gonna be in the brochure, often up with the date at the end, okay just to make sure, cuz brochure will get potentially redone every year okay, and then V1, okay never call it less. It's like the kiss of death, okay. And you've all seen it. Final 2, Final new, don't do that. Just call it V1, V2, V3, V4. You're laughing because you've done it. All right, so we've got our name, now we click Save. The one thing we'd do before we go is it say that you're done and you're like, I need to change the margin or the size of the page or the bleed. To do it, just make sure you're on your Properties panel, okay? And which is probably up, okay. If you can't see your Properties panel, go to Window, go to properties. And over here you can see the basics, it's width and height, margins, one thing you won't see is you won't see bleeds, go to adjust layout and you can see bleed. It's a bit more hardcore while a little bit more hidden in there. There you go, let's click OK, and that my friends is how to create a new document, let's jump in to the next video where we start looking at creating and adding color.

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