In Vogue

Imaging Week 4


This week we were told to get magazines to class. So I found my magazine stock, and took those with the classic ‘glossy magazine’ layouts, along with some tracing sheets. Our exercise was to find pages in these magazines, figure out how many columns it had, and trace the layouts. This helped me understand how magazine formats worked. Initially, I had no clue what was going on and how many columns each page had. But if you superimpose the 6 column Indesign grid on any of the pages. it soon becomes clear which format the page is following.

After this, we learnt how to create paragraph styles which helps shorten the time taken to edit text.We also learnt about jump lines that help guide text where to move next and continue once one text box ends. This is particularly useful when there are articles which start on page one but continue on page 3.

Drop Caps are singular big capital letters,which, like the name suggests, drop down into the paragraph instead of looking like a normal letter with a large font size.They are used to signify the beginning of a chapter/article. But to show the beginning of a new paragraph, one cannot keep using drop caps. So an indent in the text is used instead. We also learnt about character styles, and how to use both character style and paragraph style to create a nested style.Character styles are especially necessary when a single word needs many settings, for example: LOREM IPSUM. This one word has five settings- Uppercase, Bold, Italics, Underline and Strikethrough. It is pointless to keep clicking on individual words and then finding 5 separate options, so we can create one character style that includes all these functions.

We also learnt about hidden characters/non-printable characters in a document. The pilcrow(¶) is a symbol signifying hard enters and the beginning of a paragraph. Hard enters signify a new paragraph, while soft enters(shift+enter) are to provide some breathing space between two paragraphs.

Our task was to take help from the magazine layouts we just traced, and create a new booklet using the same. I created a booklet about Haikus.

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