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Instructional Design and Technology in Education

InDesign: What,Why, and How



  • multiple pages layouts
  • projects that require similar text styles are easier to manage
  • integrates with other Adobe products like photoshop, illustrator, and bridge

What is the best Adobe tool to use:

  • Photoshop = raster image editing (photographs) or digital painting (Illustration)
  • Illustrator = Vector artwork (Logos, illustrations, etc.)
  • Indesign = Page layout (books, manuals, brochures, etc.)
  • Dreamweaver = HTML and web code layout and editing
  • Acrobat = PDF creation and editing

Word vs. InDesign

Question: Which is the most painful:

  1. Rappel down a barbed-wire rope in a Speedo
  2. Crawl naked through broken glass
  3. Use Word for layout
  • wrapping text around an image
  • placing multiple images on a page
  • multi-columns
  • color management (important for getting things printed)
  • image management


  • Tools
  • Frames
  • Graphics
  • Output

InDesign Resources
Everything you need to know. period. 37 how-to videos on InDesign CC and CS6
403 on Graphic Design

Indesign Secrets

Blog posts and podcast full of help hints, tricks, and strategies. Entertaining and educational! Anything by Anne-Marie Concepcion or David Blatner is brilliant!

Adobe TV
Nice collection of videos created by Adobe professionals

Adobe Help
Technical help for specific features

Creative Market
Graphics, templates, themes, fonts add-ons, inspiration FREE stuff every week!

Adobe Press
every Monday they offer an ebook deal for $9.99


Kerning Game –

What Font Are You? –

Font Games –

Create your own font –

Colors palettes and patterns –


idesign-rainbowUAF eCampus

Spring 2014 CIOS classes:

CIOS 233 Desktop Publishing: Adobe InDesign

CIOS 255 Microcomputer Graphics: Adobe Photoshop



Author: Heidi Olson

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eCampus courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eCampus and researching eCampus tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

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