Introduction: InDesign Bookmark
Need a new bookmark? It's easy to make one!
Step 1: Step 1: Open the Program on Your Mac or Pc Computer.
You can download the program online. Check out prices at http://www.adobe.com/products/indesign.html. Downloading and opening the program can take some time, so be patient. It will be well worth it!
Step 2: Step 2: Open a New Document.
To do this, go to File>New>Document. You can make anything work to your advantage from this top bar from new documents to printing.
Step 3: Step 3: Make Sure the Settings Are Correct.
When you open a new document, it will give you a box of settings to adjust to make sure you have the right kind and size document for your bookmark purpose. In this box of settings, the only thing you will need to change from the default settings is the width and height of the document. In the section boxes, you will want to input your own height and width. For the Width box, insert “2 inches” and for the Height box, insert “6 inches.”
Make sure to include the word “inches” when you are entering the dimensions of your bookmark. The default settings in InDesign measure document sizes by picas, which are smaller than inches. The boxes will automatically set back to picas, so make sure that after you put in 2 x 6 inches for your document size, the picas match the amount shown in the image above. You could also just insert the pica dimensions to save time, but my mind measures in inches, so it is easier for me to just type in the inches and let InDesign do the rest of the work.
Step 4: Step 4: Download an Image Onto Your Computer From Online or Some Other Source.
When you are doing this, make sure that you get a picture that has the right dimensions. Anything over your size of 2 inches by 6 inches should work. If it is any smaller than that, the image will be blurry or have other problems. To download your image from online, left click onto your image and press Save Image. This will take you to a window where you can save your image into your computer.
Step 5: Step 5: Place Your Image Into Your InDesign Document.
To do this, go to File>Place. It will then open a window where you can select your image that you just saved onto your computer and press the button that says Open.
Step 6: Step 6: Put Your Image Into Your Document.
After opening your image, a mini image will appear attached to your cursor that you can place wherever you’d like. I would suggest placing it in the top left corner of your bookmark. This will paste the image onto your document. Then you can make it bigger or smaller and drag the image around until it fits onto your bookmark the way you want it to.
Step 7: Step 7: Double Check to Make Sure Your Image Looks Good on the Bookmark.
By pressing the “W” key on your keyboard, it should show you a preview of how your bookmark is looking so far without the excess pieces of image hanging off the sides. To get out of this preview mode, press the “W” key again. It’s that simple! I use this tool CONSTANTLY when I’m working on any kind of project in InDesign.
Step 8: Step 8: Insert Words.
If you want to add words to your bookmark, go to the tool bar on the left side of your screen. You will see a button with a “T” on it. Click on it. Then go to your image, click and drag your cursor across your image diagonally to make a box. You can then click inside of the box and type your message. You can adjust the size and font of your words in the top tool bar.
Step 9: Step 9: Check to Make Sure the Final Products Looks Good.
Use the good “W” trick again just to make sure the words and image both look good together laid out on your bookmark.
Step 10: Step 10: Print Your Bookmark!
You can do this by going to File>Print and selecting whatever settings you have for the printer connected to your computer. I would suggest using card stock or photo paper for a more durable material. If you don’t have a printer at home, you can email the document to yourself, go to a printing place, and they will help you print it out there. You can then cut out your bookmark and laminate it, add ribbons to it, or do whatever you so desire with your homemade custom bookmark!
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