Here’s a tip if you’re working in InDesign on a table-of-contents type of layout and you want to include in a text box both: text that is placed on the left side and a page number aligned on the right side.
The tip is, instead of adding space bars, or tabs and modifying them with the tab menu, or even trying to divide the text into different alignment, or making 2 text boxes, an easy way is to:
Insert the text in the text box that has to be on the left side, then go to: Type>insert special character>other>right indent tab (shortcut: shift + tab) and insert the page number or whatever text you want to be aligned to the right side!
Recently, I’ve been working on a new book layout. This one is mainly photographic.
I’d like to share some steps I took to simplify my design process.
Book Structure Process:
• Set the size of the book, and check it with the printing press
• Open InDesign file and set bleed & margins
• Make grid templates on master pages with guides
• Select fonts for titles and paragraphs and convert them to paragraph styles
• Open images in Adobe Bridge and check resolution
• Make an InDesign contact sheet
• Cut images from contact sheet and place them in the main InDesign file*
• Delete the black frame from images and arrange them on the pages
• Divide the no. of pages by no. of chapters = pages per chapter
• Fit image contents proportionally
• Redistribute spreads taking into consideration landscape/portrait
• After the structure is formed, work more the design
*instead of placing each image by itself and skipping any by mistake.
PS. If anyone thinks there is a better way in one or more of the steps, comments are welcome.