Inde What?

InDe what? Is the first thing that came to mind when I found out that we would be learning about this editing program for this course. I don’t know about you but I’m not the type that can catch on to these programs and tools easily. I work better with researching short cuts and trail and error working with the program. SO I took it upon myself to research on the porgram and wanted to share it with all of you.


Now let’s get to business. My first confusion was why are we learning InDesign and Photoshop. I quickly learned that there is a difference between the two programs and what to use them for. Photoshop is a program that you should use when you’re creating and editing photos and raster (pixel) based art work. Where InDesign is for laying out printed materials; that’s what it is designed to do. This could be brochures, newsletters, ads, business cards or books. Virtually anything that is made up of a combination of blocks of text, photos or other artwork. Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 11.29.17 PM

Now that we have the basic covered lets explore the … fun stuff. I was able to find these two outlines of short cuts for the program on Pintrest. Both have some similar consistent shortcuts as well as a few different ones. Now there is a few I’d like to point out which I consider the basic essential tools.

InDesign 101 by Alysha

1) Copy – shift/command ‘c’

2) Cut –  shift/command ‘x’

3) paste –  shift/command ‘v’

4) selection – ‘v’

5) Rotate – ‘r’

6) zoom – ‘z’

7) scissors – ‘c’

8) pencil – ‘n’

9) pen – ‘p’

10) Hand (navigation) – ‘h’

Hoping these quick fixes will help you through the processes of mastering InDesign!



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