David explores using templates and creating a new document.
- [Instructor] When you first launch InDesign, you'll see this thing called the start workspace, which gives you quick access to any recently opened documents. You just need to click on any of these to open it. But in this case, we want to create a new file. So, I could come over here and click the create new button, but instead, I'm going to go to the file menu, choose new, and then document. Now, the new document dialogue box has a lot of options, but for right now, the first thing you need to think about is whether this document is going to be primarily for print or screen viewing.
I'll choose print. Next, you want to choose a page size from this area over here on the left. Or you could come over here and type your own values in the width and height fields. Note that if you work in inches or centimeters, you can change that in the units menu here. I'll change this to inches. Now, does your document have facing pages? That is, does it have a left-hand and right-hand page like a book or a magazine? If it doesn't, then turn off the facing pages checkbox.
Down here at the bottom of this dialogue box you'll see the section for margins. You may need to click this little twirly triangle to open it. Now these add margin guides, they're just guidelines. You can ignore them if you want. Now I'll click create and you'll see that InDesign creates a nice new clean document for me. Now you could start with an empty InDesign document like this if you want, but I find it's usually easier to start with a template, something that's partially created. And then I change the text and graphics as I work.
Now I have a template to work with in the exercise files folder. So I'll head up to the file menu and choose open. Here it is, I'll click that and then click open. Now this is the template that I'm going to use. And in the next few movies, I'll be filling this out, by adding text and graphics. And this template comes with the exercise files, but there are lots of other InDesign templates available on the web. Including dozens of free ones at indesignsecrets.com, which is a site that I run with Annmarie Concepcion.
This page, for example, includes dozens of free templates that you can download and use. Including ones to create books, brochures, menus, and more. Just download them, open them in InDesign, and you're good to go. In this case though, let's switch back to InDesign. Of course getting your document open is just the first step on the adventure called InDesign. Next, we're going to look at how to get text in there and make it look the way you want.
Looking for a more complete tutorial? Check out instructor David Blatner's follow-up course, InDesign Essential Training.