From hate to love.


A turbulent relationship with Adobe InDesign.

Adobe InDesign… Simply put, six months ago I dreaded any project that I received that required me to use it.

It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly I hated about Adobe InDesign, but sure enough, after five minutes of attempting to simply add a text box, I would be swearing so much, that from outside the studio, it probably sounded like a bottom of the table Sunday league manager trying to organise his back four.

This is worse than when David Moyes was in charge at Utd.” I thought.

Now though, I can’t get enough of the bloody thing. It’s great. It literally has the capability to support you to design just about anything. Previously, I had the misconception that you used InDesign to purely design booklets, pamphlets and brochures. How wrong I was.

Since joining Manifest in March, I’ve used InDesign every single day – in fact, it’s pretty much the program of choice for all the designers I work with. Everything is done in InDesign, with the exception of editing photographs, which is done in Photoshop, and using Illustrator for the good old branding projects that come our way.

The majority of the projects I work on are print based and as for getting things print ready, InDesign takes care of that for you. I used to find myself wasting time creating my own crop marks and making sure all the text was outlined when I was exporting from Illustrator. Forget all that with InDesign. Its handy little export dialog box allows you to add all these within a matter seconds saving you bundles of time.

Along with the print work, we also use InDesign to produce pitch documents and project presentations. One simple feature that helps when designing these is the ability to have ‘Master Pages”. These are where you’ll place company logos, headers and footers and other elements that you want to appear on every page. Well, no one wants to waste time copy and pasting something onto a 60 page document do they?

“I love you more than Wayne Rooney”

So, if you simply want to further your knowledge with Adobe’s graphic programs or you’re just interested in designing for print, I would strongly recommend getting to grips with InDesign. Don’t let all the buttons and panels put you off. At the end of the day, they’re there to help you. And help you they do.

Adobe is always good at supporting their users, so a great starting place would be here – If you’re not a tutorial kinda person, just get stuck in. If you’re familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator you’ll find a lot of the tools can be used in the same way anyway, just maybe in a different place!