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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

State of The Tavern - InDesign - Livestream - Content - Oh My

So, I recently gave up on trying to learn from the official InDesign "textbook". Shit was all Greek to me.

I never decided on a birthday gift from Rach last month, and remembering that +Zach Glazar had suggested Lynda.com for my InDesign lessons (not inexpensive), I decided on a one year sub with associated project files.

I watched the first 25 minutes of the lessons and I'm beginning to grok it. I really am a audio / visual learner it seems.

First up will be the PDF for the Swords & Wizardry Light Elementalist class. I'd like to submit that to OBS this weekend.

Next will be taking the corrected and updated Swords & Wizardry Continual Light file and laying that out with the assistance of Zach. He mentioned we should do livestreams / recordings of our joint sessions. While it may be entertaining to see me flounder the idea is a learning experience for others looking to start working on laying out their own projects.

Clan & Hammer fits right in there too. Heck, by then, layout should be an easier process ;)

Amazing how focus starts to fall into place when real life health scares for the family fade into the background.

3 comments:

  1. I think the problem is that InDesign (and probably most other layout software) is based on the metaphor of an old-fashioned pasteboard. Unless you laid out books in the 1980s or earlier, the use of a pasteboard and associated tools isn't very intuitive. Therefore, if your source for instruction doesn't spend a whole lot of time explaining the underlying principles in detail, you will be confused.

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    1. Yes, that's true, and I can't remember a single professional desktop publishing software that doesn't work that way.

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  2. Everything else stops when family is at risk. Let's hope things stay nice and boring when it comes to our loved ones' health and safety.

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