Diving into InDesign

It occurred to me that in addition to having my artworks on display this May at the St. Agnes Cemetery “Living Room” art gallery and meditation room, it might be a good idea to provide some sort of catalog or booklet so that visitors and guests could see each artwork and find out more about how each piece’s creation and inspiration.

So how do I do this?

Yeah, I could probably bang something out on my computer, with MS Word and Corel PhotoPaint 9, which is like trying to create a working tricorder with stone knives and bearskins.  Highly illogical, Captain…

But instead, I went back to that licensed copy of Adobe Photoshop CS6 that I purchased a few months ago.  Actually, at the time I purchased an entire suite, which had several different Adobe products available.  And one of them was a program called Adobe InDesign CS6.

I can already hear people shuddering.  Apparently Adobe InDesign is harder to work with Elizabeth Taylor on the set of Cleopatra.  It’s more difficult to explain than the infield fly rule.  And it’s harder to get into than a Radiohead concert.

Yeah, I heard all those claims and charges.

So I dove in anyway.

Hesitantly, at first, I created a data page and added some text and a graphic.  I then manipulated the fonts, wrapped the text around part of the graphic, changed the font style and color and outline….

And I’m not going to lie.  Any time I had a question about what I was doing, it was a quick bounce over to Google or to YouTube to look for examples and tips and suggestions.  I mean, this is the year 2013.  If I have this technology in my hands, why not use it?

I kept working.  And as I continued working, I remembered that I’ve worked hard in creating these images and concepts and photos.  I need to show them off with a booklet that really stands out.  I can either display every page in a cellophane protector, and put all the protectors in a three-ring binder; or I can create a detailed PDF with all the pages and make the booklet available for download through one of those online print services like Magcloud.

And eventually, after trial and error and more trial and more error and a couple of Diet Pepsis, I came up with a test page.  I posted it on my Facebook wall.  And my college bud Mark Pisani sent me a note saying that I did a good job for a first try; he then offered a tip or two about how to make the page better.  I tried out the tips.  He was right.

You already know three of the artworks that will be shown at the gallery event.  Here’s my InDesign page for the fourth one that will be on display.  Do you remember this picture?

Yep, I’m including “Night Train to Heaven” in the gallery show.  And this artwork will receive its own “page,” along with every other photo and collage and Dream Window that will be on display that day.

In other words, I don’t just want this to be a showing of my work.  I want this to be the best possible way to present my output, and maybe with this booklet and possible downloaded catalog available as well…

Yeah, you can tell I’m excited about this project.

I sure am.