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5 of the most Powerful Tools in Indesign

Indesign is a very different software than both Photoshop and Illustrator, it is not something really used for artistic purposes. It is more similar to something like Microsoft Word, but it very useful, and has some interesting tools of its own. Let me list off 5 of the most useful ones in my opinion for you.

  1. Gradient Tool; This tool is for making a colored box that gradually blends from one color to another color to add an interesting look to your article. To use this tool, you have to press the box under the free transform tool and draw a line near a shape you placed when its selected to insert the gradient you want.

2. Rectangle/Ellipse/Polygon Tool; You want a block? A triangle? A star? Then these tools are what you are looking for. They can add some personality to your piece, to use it you must press the square above the scissors. to use the other tools attached to it, click and hold to see them and select which one you need.

3. Pencil Tool; This is for drawing a tool by scratch if your confident about your art skills. To use this tool, you press what else but the button that looks like a pencil, if you hold click on this, you will also get the eraser and smooth tool

4.Hand Tool; This is a very simple tool, and it is very useful. all you do is select the hand and then drag it across the screen to move the page. Here is a little tip for any new users, if you used the zoom tool and want to zoom out quickly, double click the hand tool.

5.Zoom Tool; This is the tool you use to zoom in and out (zoom out while holding the alt key) of the document at your leisure. To use this tool, press the magnifying glass on the side bar.

Pre-fligthing

Pre-flighting is the process of checking if the digital data required to print a job are all present and valid. Nowadays it are usually PDF files that are sent to a printing company. The PDF file format is a solid standard to exchange pages, ranging from single ads to complete publications.

https://www.prepressure.com/pdf/basics/preflight

E-pub/E-BookS

An E-pub, or more commonly known as an eBook, is a book that is on on a digital device. They started to become more popular around the mid 2000s. They were invented in 1971 by a man named Michael S. Hart. Most entertainment companies and publishers are paying designers to make these, and people would rather read a book that is digital than the real thing, and it helps to preserve them.

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