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.


  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.

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

  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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