I decided to explore Lynda.com for some tips on how to navigate InDesign because let’s be honest… I’m not a tech savvy person so this remediation project will probably be a struggle. I figured that after I had gathered all my necessary photos and slogans/quotes/info for my ads, I would just play around with the program. I assumed I would just learn about effects and be able to cut/manipulate images and backgrounds, but there is actually so much more that I can do.
I watched a bunch of video tutorials. One was on “guides and grids”, which help you accurately size and place images on the layout. You can also create layers that you can toggle on and off, so that you can use the guides as necessary. This tool is super cool because usually when I size images, I just guesstimate, but on InDesign, I can be exact and place them in specific locations/orientations. I also watched a video on “placing art”, which will be extremely important for this project because my ads are going to be very visual (hopefully). The number of videos they have is kind of overwhelming, but at the same time reassuring because at least they’re there if I do need help figuring things out (and TechDeck and other resources on campus). I’m just a little worried that I may not have enough time to learn the program well and create a project I am happy with in time.
I think I’m currently at a pretty good place though. I have a fairly solid idea of what sort of images I would like to incorporate, basic layout, and some ideas about slogans. I’m currently working on my storyboard and playing with InDesign + getting tips from Lynda.com helped give me an idea of what I can realistically accomplish.
I hope everyone else’s re-mediation projects are making progress and going well too!