Adobe Indesign – getting started

For assignment 5, the output is to be a photo book. Having experienced frustrations with LR book module on previous outings, and feeling the same pain again in A5 preparatory work, I decided to make the move to ID with an upgrade in my Creative Cloud subscription (only an additional £6/month at student rates). This post notes some of my initial explorations into work flow.

  1. LR does not alter original image files, it keeps a catalogue of changes, it makes use of virtual copies (which are virtual), so there is often no tangible file to pull into ID until something is exported. The question is how to do this efficiently, particularly when LR collections and virtual copies are an important part of my current workflow. After some experiment, my approach is to create a publish service in LR that publishes tiffs to a hard drive location. Published folders can be created within the service, where collections can be drag-dropped and published automatically as tiffs. If a change is made to an image, it is flagged for re-publishing and I guess it will automatically update in an ID document once republished. So not too painful!
  2. To view and work with the files easily in ID, Bridge / Mini-bridge seem to be convenient. First install Bridge, drag the working folder for the images to ‘favourites’ to make it easier to locate. Then the magic is to open mini-bridge in ID and the photos are there ready to drag-drop into the document.
  3. Using ID for making a basic photo book was reasonably straightforward with the help of a couple of good Youtube videos to get me started. It was refreshing to have flexibility of layout and output, something simply not there in LR book module. I guess Adobe would understandably not want too much overlap in their products, otherwise there’d be no reason for photographers to buy ID!

In theory, the output can also be shared directly online through Adobe Publish – embedded in this post below.


4 thoughts on “Adobe Indesign – getting started

  1. I’ll be keeping an eye on how you are getting on, Andrew. I’ve been thinking of upgrading too, mainly because having Illustrator would make life much easier for me, but like Anne, I doubt I would use it that often.

    1. Despite the flying start with ID, I didn’t manage to get it to print in booklet format correctly. I’m now waiting on a second hand book for help!

  2. I know what you mean Anne – that is why I’ve put off the change for so long, but as I’ve developed more interest in books, including learning a little about how to make them, the case has become compelling. The subscription comes with a raft of other software; much of which I’ll probably never use but some I will definitely dabble in, like the video editing.

  3. The outcome is certainly very effective Andrew and gives you a clean and professional finish. I need to research something for my final book too but not sur with want to pay another £6 per month unless I would use it regularly.

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