• InDesign Training Course, Worcestershire

    Posted on 23rd February 2018 by Greta Powell

    Design Marketing Materials in InDesign

     

    This course was tailored for the client who runs a boutique hotel, spa & golf course in Worcestershire. The brief was a straightforward one, the delegate was a complete newcomer to the software who wanted to bring her outsourcing costs down by designing her own marketing materials in-house. One of her pressing needs was designing some marketing materials printed externally in time for Mothers Day which is coming up very shortly. Whilst learning the software she created designs in the form of name badges, leaflets, small brochures and so forth.

     

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    Design & Typography

    Posted on 12th February 2018 by Greta Powell

    Design & Typography – A brief history

     

    Type is possibly the most beautiful thing about a spread. It’s the element that defines the document in so many ways. Its not often on the Greta Powell blog that I post from external sources but I felt this was an article about type worth sharing.

     

    Text is never simply text—typography, or the way type is arranged on a layout, has a huge influence over the visual impact of a message, setting the tone and mood for the reader. Type design has a long and fascinating history, and the digital fonts we use today often have incredible origin stories. “

    Grace Fussell

     

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    Magazine Design Training Course with InDesign

    Posted on 11th February 2018 by Greta Powell

    Magazine Design Training Course with InDesign

    Last week saw a return to an old client – the department of life sciences at the University of Nottingham to deliver a two day training course using InDesign to create and layout magazines. As part of their course the MSc students on the Biological Photograpy and Imagine Course put together a magazine /book containing their work over the past year. This includes interviews, articles and, of course photography – which is where I come in to show them how to work with the InDesign software.

     

    This particular InDesign Course has evolved over the years and today the students learn not only how to use InDesign but also how to build their magazine from scratch incorporating a brand (which they create during the two days), a typographical style and image placement among other things.

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    Adobe InDesign Training – Using Grids

    Posted on 2nd February 2018 by Greta Powell

    Adobe InDesign Training -Using Grid Layouts

    Why use a grid layout in InDesign? Although many designers like to ‘break the grid’ and work without the best designers will have already put in many, many hours already working within grid rules before opting out. Grids provide the solid structure, the flow of the document layout, they are the skeleton that the flesh of position and balanced are based on. They naturally guide the eye across the spread, draw its attention to a specific piece of content.

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    Adobe InDesign Photo Grid

    Posted on 6th January 2018 by Greta Powell

    Creating Photo Grids in InDesign – Tip 2

    Continuing with the InDesign Tips by showing how to create a Photo Grid in InDesign.

     

    You want to bring in more than one image into InDesign?

    That’s easy, go to File >Place hold down control /command and mouse click on the selected images then go to the Open button

     

    The cursor will now be loaded with the images and you can place and position them in the same way as a solo image

     

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    Adobe InDesign Magazine Design

    Posted on 5th January 2018 by Greta Powell

    Adobe InDesign Training Examples

    One of the InDesign courses I run on a regular basis in Nottingham is a mix of tailored content with the overall aim of producing an end of year magazine /book. The first part of the InDesign Training focuses on the basics of the software and how the tools, panels and frames work to creative beautiful creative looking publications. Once the structure is in place the course then builds on the design elements, how to use colour, type and layout to produce a working theme.

     

    The overall objective though is for the delegates to produce a magazine /book that encompasses all the elements of their year long university course including their photographs, research and course modules.

     

     

     

     

    InDesign Training Course the Midlands

     

     

     

     

    InDesign Training – Results

    The following images are examples of the magazine /books designed and published by the delegates. They show what, with practice, can be achieved from taking an InDesign Training Course over a couple of days. 

     


     

     

     

    InDesign Training Magazine Design

     

     

     

    It’s not that InDesign is a huge piece of software or even highly complex its how you work with it and what you want from it which is why tailored training is very effective. Once we have identified what you need to do then tailoring the course towards that goal is straightforward. If you are interested in private InDesign tuition please get in touch for an informal chat. Remember the Adobe Courses are run in all cities, towns and counties across the UK. 

     

    Thank you for visiting my site

    Don’t have a good day – have a great one

    Greta

     

     

    Pantone Colour of the Year – 18-3838

    Posted on 28th December 2017 by Greta Powell

    18-3838 – Pantone Colour of the year

    So sometimes I do ‘get it right’ – my website had a major overhaul earlier this year but we opted to keep the same colour theme as the previous one and yes its pretty much the same shade as 18-3838. Its very rare when training most days that Pantone Swatches don’t get a mention, its normally the opposite

     

    Short History of Pantone Colours

    Pantone began life in the early 1950’s owned by the printers M & J. Levine Advertising but the foundations that are known today were founded in 1962 when it was purchased by a long term employee Lawrence Herbert who’d been there since 1956 (my birth year – weird or what?)

     

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    Adobe InDesign Tip 2 – Placeholder Text

    Posted on 9th October 2017 by Greta Powell

    Adobe InDesign Tip 2 – Placeholder Text

     

    Following on from last months InDesign Tip of ‘Live Distribution’ this week we take a look at the various ways you can personalise your workflow a little more by tweaking with InDesign’s Placeholder Text Feature.

     

    Placeholder Text

    Did you know you can select which language type set you want your placeholder text displayed in?

     

    Position your cursor in an empty text frame

    Hold down Control & Select fill with Placeholder Text from the Type Menu

     

     

    InDesign Placeholder Tip

     

     

    A placeholder option box pops up giving you the choice to fill your frame in an alternative language format

    Click OK to apply

     

     

     

    Create your own Placeholder Text

     

    Create a text document in Word or Notepad

    Fill it with the text you want to appear as Placeholder

    Save and Name as Placeholder.txt in to your InDesign folder

    Return to InDesign

    Insert Placeholder Text into Text Frame as usual

     

     

    Don’t have a good day

    Have a great one

    Greta

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