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Below you can find an overview of our InDesign training courses. You can follow our InDesign courses throughout the country, both in-company and at a training location of Learnit.

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Webdesign: Five trends in 2017

What brings 2017 when it comes to webdesign? We throw a small glance forward and go into the trends and expectations for the new year.

1. Websites become more mobile friendly

Websites become more mobile. The designs are growing along with that trend. In 2017, websites become even more mobile friendly (really good responsive and suitable for mobile phones). In addition, in 2017 you will see that the number of websites designed in principle for mobile phones (and thus so-called ' mobile first ') is going to increase. Not only the design will be made more and more for a small screen: the content will be cut considerably. (And that obviously has consequences for the final design.) Many web designers will look for the balance: ' Mobile first ' is sometimes quite a challenge in the desktop version.

2. Atomic design comes back all the way

Atomic design is a way of design where you always use things again. (Atoms form molecules and molecules in turn form substances.) If we now look at a website, we all see small elements separately: Search buttons, icons, text fields... These loose elements together form one other element, namely a search field. The search box together with the menu will be the header. And so you go on. New It is not, atomic design. But in 2017, many web designers will look at designs again. The advantage is that you reuse basic elements in different sequences, which will benefit the house style and the overall look and feel of the design. In addition, it is nice to design this way: the small chunks offer guidance. And they are easy to use by, for example, a DTP or communication specialist.

3. Burger Menus win Terrain

Last year, the number of hamburger menus on desktop websites was steadily increasing. The fullscreen navigation associated with it scares some off. (You click on an icon and all of a sudden your entire screen is filled with links...) But this way of navigating also has advantages: the user chooses very consciously to start his navigation route.

4. It may turn 3D

The flat design is becoming less than next year. Thanks to the popularity of material design, depth, round corners and embellishments are back. How exuberant the design will be, we await. We are curious!

5. More user friendly Designs

Many companies do not take any risks when it comes to user paths: they want something that has been proven to navigate nicely and to the wishes and questions of the website visitor. Fortunately, there are a large number of extensively tested UX-designs and frameworks that are more and more the basis of different designs. (Incidentally, these frameworks are also at the root of many popular Wordpress themes.) Of course customization is always best, yet we believe that the popularity of the ' proven ' frameworks contributes a bit to making the World Wide Web more user-friendly.

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Formatting tips for InDesign

Dankzij de uitgebreide mogelijkheden voor kleurbeheer, stijlen en typografie kun je met InDesign jouw materiaal precies zo opmaken zoals jij het voor ogen heeft. In deze blog geven wij je 5 opmaaktips.

Tip 1: Turn on and off typographic quotation marks (smart quotes)

Adobe InDesign: Setting typographic quotation marks Of course, under the Preferences you set InDesign to use typographical quotes (smart quotes), you know, those beautiful ones with a dot and a curl ( and ). But what if you once need the foot or inch sign, which is straight lines (' or ")? Then use the key combination Shift + OPTION + Command + single or double aanhalingstekenstoets (MAC) or the Shift + Alt + Control + the single or double aanhalingstekenstoets (Windows). Turns off the typographic quotation marks.

To switch back to the typographic quotation marks, use the same key combination. This key combination acts as an on/off button. With a Mac, it can be even faster: Just press the Control key when using the quotation mark key.

Tip 2: Nudge Letters with kerning

Adobe InDesign: Setting typographic quotation marks Do you find such an initial (starting letter) at the beginning of a chapter also so beautiful? In InDesign, you create this with paragraph settings, such as in the Control Panel.

However, it is quite difficult to subtly place the drop cap. The best way is to work with kerning: Place a space before the drop cap if you want to move it to the left, for example, to have the O slightly protrude. Don't forget to drop the initials over two characters (space and letter). Set the course between the drop cap and space and enter a negative value in the kerning field:

Adobe InDesign: Setting typographic quotation marks Adobe InDesign: Setting typographic quotation marks
Standard With extra space and
Spacing adjustment

Also the space after for example the I usually needs adjustment. Then place the cursor after the initial and spaieer. With the Spatietruuk, the I also protrudes from the column:

Adobe InDesign: Setting typographic quotation marks
Standard With extra space and
Spacing adjustment

Tip 3: Right-aligned tab

In InDesign, you use the Shift + Tab key combination to create a right-aligned Tab. This is useful when you want to place a lock point, for example with a dingbat:

Adobe InDesign: Closing point with a dingbat

Or in a table of contents:

Adobe InDesign: Table of Contents

Sometimes it is also nice to use a uitvul character. After applying the key combination Shift + Tab , remove the tab ruler, place a uitvul tab character somewhere on the ruler, and choose a uitvul character, such as a Bullet (option + 8 (MAC) or Alt + 8 (Windows)). You can also choose a point, like here:

Adobe InDesign: Table of Contents with Uitvultabteken

With spaces at the beginning and the end, Corps size and aanspatiering you can taste the justification:

Adobe InDesign: Table of contents with custom Uitvultabteken

Tip 4: Work with relief

For photographic effects with text, you don't have to go to Photoshop within InDesign there are also many possibilities.

Adobe Indesign: Text effects, embossing

Adobe Indesign: Text effects, embossing Effects > Shadow inside and bevel and Emboss:

Adobe Indesign: Text effects, embossing

Adobe Indesign: Text effects, embossing

Adobe Indesign: Text effects, embossing The reflection is what you do:

  1. Copy the frame.
  2. Move the copy perpendicularly down with the black selection arrow.
  3. Choose Flip Vertical in the control Panel.
  4. In the effects pane, set the opacity to 30%.
  5. Use the gradient feather tool to ' omit ' the reflection.

TIP 5: Transparent surfaces and easy to break

Two tips that fall into the category ' Is it a bug? '

Transparent surfaces

Adobe Indesign: Transparent Faces Create an object (s) and place a so-called unassigned frame without fill (partly) over it. The black selection arrow lets you select the underlying object across the parent. After all, that has no filling. Make the unassigned frame a text or picture frame, still without fill, and the underlying object is no longer selectable unless you click the Command key (MAC) or Control key (Windows).

Convenient abort

In the Paragraph pane, uncheck > While no document is open, now it becomes a program preference. Create a text frame in a new document, and the text does not break. Now create a picture frame, put that with the text tool to in a text frame and Ra, RA, in the State paragraph panel, abort again checked! If you do the same with an unallocated frame, then it keeps breaking down neatly unchecked.

Encore

InDesign has some built-in jokes, so called 'Easter eggs'. A nice one: choose from the options of Line pane > Line styles > New and only tap Lights in the name pane. Or Happy or Feet or Woof.

Note the initial capital.; Create a line, for example with the Pencil tool and select your fantasy line in the Line pane > type.

Adobe Indesign: Easter eggs

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Convenient short-cuts in InDesign

Short-cuts zijn even wennen, maar als je dezelfde handeling vaak moet uitvoeren in InDesign zijn ze jouw tijd en moeite vaak waard. In deze blog lees je enkele handige short-cuts, zoals het schakelen naar andere documenten, handig objecten verplaatsen, snel in- en uitzoomen en het aanpassen van de referentiepunten van een object.

Tip 1: Quickly to another document

Quickly switch between multiple tabs in Adobe InDesign If you have multiple documents open at the same time, you can Command + ~ (tilde) (MAC) or Control + ~ (Windows) Browse between the different documents. Shift-Scroll in reverse direction. This works not only in InDesign, but in almost all programs where you can work with multiple documents.

Tip 2: Conveniently move objects with the arrow keys

In Preferences (> units and increments), you Can use keyboard increments > Cursor Key (cursor key) to set the distance that an object makes when you control it with your & Arrow keys.

Adobe InDesign: Set distance Course key

Take an average, for example 0.25 mm. If you want to move an object further, press the Shift key while pressing the arrow keys, the movement then goes 10x as fast. To place an object very accurately: press Command-shift (MAC) or Control-shift (Windows) while pressing the arrow keys, the move then moves in steps of 1/10x.

Tip 3: Zoom in and out quickly

Zoom in and out in Adobe InDesign Would you like to keep an overview on the entire layout of the page, but sometimes also to view details of (very) nearby? You can of course select the options in the pull View /verkleinglaasje from the tool bar. However, it is most convenient to first choose the one viewing option you want, for example pull Display (View) > page in window fit (Fit page in Window)To enlarge a detail with your magnifying glass. You can then OPTION + Command + 2 (MAC) or in Alt + Control + 2 (Windows) switch between both magnifications.

Tip 4: Adjust the reference points of an object

Adobe InDesign: Customizing an object's reference point If you work with the x and y coordinates of frames, you can use the reference points on the left side of the control Panel. But what are they small! Before you know it you have again clicked the wrong one. This can be avoided by Command + 6 (MAC) or Control + 6 (Windows) to jump to the first field in the Control Panel and continue with Shift + Tab To go to the proxy of the reference points. With the arrow keys you can now go to the right point.

And now something completely different

Placing text diagonally in a frame won't be something you need every day, but it's nice to be able to do it. You do this as follows:

  1. Draw a text frame.
  2. On this text frame, draw a second, smaller text frame.
  3. Give the smaller text frame the rotation you want for the text.
  4. Select both frames and create a whole of Via pull Object (object) > Pathfinder (Pathfinder) Add > (add).
  5. Click with your text tool in the result and start typing.
  6. Color the background and set a text bet in Via Pull Object (object) > text frame options, > inset spacing (Inset Spacing).

Adobe InDesign: Diagonally positioning text in a face

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5 InDesign tips to get you started quickly

Adobe's InDesign is a program that allows you to create layouts for print, but also for (interactive) Pdfs, e-books and other interactive purposes: typographic is nothing impossible! All your designs get a sleek, professional look that promotes communication with your target audience. But every beginner who opens InDesign knows the feeling ' closing again and no longer arrives! '. So many possibilities has the world's leading layout program.

Two or three days of help to find the way is more than welcome for many people. If you know the way a bit, some support can greatly broaden your horizon in InDesign. Learnit Training offers both possibilities happy. An in-practice Gepokte and Gemazelde Trainer will assist you during the various InDesign training sessions and has tips and tricks for the beginner and for the advanced designer.

In deze blog geven we je alvast enkele tips:

Tip 1: Place multiple images at once

In many cases, it's a good idea to place images one by one, but sometimes it's useful to place multiple images at once. You do this in the following way:

  1. Select ( file) > (place) (Control + D) multiple images (Figure 1).
  2. With your cursor, pull a rectangle on your page, but don't release the cursor. With the arrow keys on the (extended) keyboard you can create a grid where the images will fit in (Figure 2).
  3. With the arrow keys on the (extended) keyboard you can create a grid where the images will fit in (Figure 2).
  4. The Control key allows you to influence the distance between the individual frames.
  5. After you have released the cursor, the frames will never fit exactly to fit the images. But InDesign has special tools to make the frames close to the images (see red circle in Figure 3).
  6. The selection tool (black arrow) allows you to arrange the individual frames nicely (Figure 4).
     
Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4

Tip 2: More grid options

The ability to create a grid can also be used for decorative effects, such as circular frames and a radial gradient or with the line tool. Also here: Experiment with the arrow keys, but don't release the cursor (mouse button) until the grid is on.

Tip 3: Customizing Guides

Guides drag you out of the rulers you pull out through pull Display (View) > Show/Hide rulers (Show Rulers/Hide Ruler) (Control + R). If you do not want decimals in the coordinates (x and Y values), hold down the Shift key while dragging. The guide will remain on the ruler, without decimals.

TIP 4: Show additional Guides

A double-click on a horizontal ruler provides a vertical guide. A double-click on the vertical ruler a horizontal. If you press the Shift key, the coordinates of the guide do not have decimals.

Tip 5: Using the paragraph lines (Paragraph rules)

A cup with a colored background can be fun:

But what if the twenty-five cups you want to make so all vary in length? In this case, you should use paragraph lines (Paragraph rules). They are in the options of your paragraph pane: pull Window (window) > text and tables (Type & Tables) > paragraph (Paragraph). The Panel option button (Nice Scrabble word!) is always on the top right.

Choose paragraph lines (Paragraph rules) and fill in the settings below.

Now it grows and shrinks the background when you change the text.

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