Get Started with a Document in Adobe InDesign CS6

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You're watching VisiHow. In this tutorial, we're going to show you a few tips to consider when using Adobe InDesign CS6 in Windows 7.


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    To begin, you should open InDesign. You may be able to do that by clicking a desktop shortcut. If InDesign is not on your desktop, click the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen. Clicking the Windows icon reveals a list of your recently used programs. You may find InDesign on the list. It has a pink-and-purple icon with the letters "ID".
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    If you still can't find Adobe InDesign CS6, click the search bar at the bottom of the menu and type "Adobe InDesign".
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    Locate and click "Adobe InDesign CS6" to open the program. Once you have clicked the name of the program, it will begin to load. You will be taken to your workspace. A dialogue box will appear every time you open InDesign. You can use the dialogue box to open recent items or create new items.
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    If you do not wish to see the dialogue box when InDesign loads, you can check the box next to "Don't show again". This box appears in the lower-left corner of the window.
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    We'll quickly create a new document from the screen by clicking "Document" in the "Create New" section on the right-hand side of this window.
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    The first points to consider when using InDesign are margins and bleeds. You should consider this from the beginning because it will affect your printed document. You don't want your logotype, image, or text to be cut when the document is printed. For this reason, pay special attention to the "Margins" area at the bottom. For more information about this area, please view our other InDesign tutorials. When your document opens, you will see the area around the outline on the document. This space is the margin; so, nothing should be created in this space. If you need to, you can change your margins as well.
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    The next thing to consider is the number of pages. When you have a document in InDesign, it is likely that you are working with more than one page. For example, if you are creating a magazine, you may want a general layout that will go between all of the pages of your magazine. In this case, it is easier to create a master page that will apply the same layout to each of the following pages. To do this, click "Pages" on the right-hand side of your screen.
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    A small window will open, and you can double-click on "A-Master".
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    Another thing to consider in the right-hand side panel is "Links". You may not want to copy and paste between Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. With copy and paste, you may lose some of the quality of your images. You can see how many images you have in your document by clicking "Links".
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    The next thing to consider is "Type Tool". This is located in the vertical menu on the left-hand side of your window.
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    Create a text box by clicking and dragging the cursor.
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    Once you have a text box in your document, click "Edit". The "Edit" option is in the menu along the top of the window.
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    You can scroll through the drop-down menu for options that help you edit your document. One of those options is "Find/Change..." It is intended to help you change words in a document.
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    You can also check the spelling by clicking "Spelling".
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