Ok, so I am just starting to work on getting all of my projects together in InDesign for my first portfolio. I am running across some obstacles.
First off, the margins. Should there be margins? Or is that a design decision I should make on my own? I've decided to do Landscape layout 8.5 x 11.
Secondly,regarding the scale drawings. My site plans and sections are at a larger scale like 1" = 40' or 1"= 16'. These drawings are HUGE and would cover a whole 36' x 48' board. Should I just place these huge drawings into InDesign and when I convert the portfolio into .pdf I should be fine? I have already saved each of these images that I am placing into InDesign as a .pdf file that has been compressed to the smallest size possible, but each file size is still fairly large. About 2-5 mb per image that I am placing.
Thirdly, placing the drawings into InDesign in a 8.5 x 11 will obviously change the scale of the drawing. So is that ok? For example, the drawing of a site plan will state that the image is 1"=16' although its not....will that be acceptable?
I know these questions are somewhat silly, but I am an amateur at this and trying to tackle this portfolio. It's been such a challenge for me as I keep running into problems. Thanks! :)
Thank you Chris! You really helped me out. Ya, that's what I'll stick to. I am going to individually compress and downsize each image when I am converting them into pdfs. Than place them into InDesign. When I am done with the portfolio, I'll do one final pdf conversion and downsize it further. One last question for you, when I place the pdfs into InDesign, they look pixilated and unclear. Is this normal?
The pixelated look in InDesign is normal. I think that displaying images at full resolution slows the processing speed down, so the InDesign default for on-screen display is at a lower quality. You can change this if you go to Edit-->Preferences --> Display Performance. I would recommend leaving it as is, though, because displaying at a higher quality slows things down. If you want to verify exactly what your pages will look like when converted to pdf, just press Ctrl+E and export one of your pages to pdf to see how it looks.
Thank you Rob! That really helps. :)
Meena you can also Preview what the layout will look like [making the images look normal] by clicking View --> Overprint Preview [it should be the first option in the drop down menu.
That is one issue that I don't remember coming across. I would try exporting/printing and to see if they appear in the final image. I'll think about it thought and see if I can come up with an answer. It's just a little more difficult to know what is happening without seeing all of the settings myself. Best of Luck!
Ok, I'll give that a try and see what happens. Thanks!
You can also right click (for those of us with a right mouse button, sorry Mac people) and select it from there. Right mouse button...one of many reasons I havn't switched to Mac.
I am actually using a wireless mouse. So I can right click, hehe. Thanks!
1. never use a landscape layout, gah. it looks like a "portfolio" not a well designed print document.. why do you think magazines are portait.. it look better.. easier to handle.
2. dump the scales. it doesnt matter. they look clunky and ugly, seriously who will notice that its 20 scale or 100 scale..
3. stop worrying about all these presumed rules. just do what makes your work look the best.
4. make something that you are proud of, not in papyrus!!!!