During the rebranding of the magazine, I learnt several new skills, especially in InDesign. One of which is extensive text wrapping skills. While its easy to implement text wrapping onto any frame and therefore making the page look better, its harder to perfect it. For example, below, while text wrapping is on, the letters are digging onto the picture. This makes it hard to read the text.
There’s a way to fix it of course. In text wrap options, its possible to to change the distance between the image and text. By going for 2mm minimum distance, the text is no longer digging into the image. Looks much better.
However, some of the text here elsewhere on the page is too far from the text, thus wasting space, which means you can’t fit some parts of the article in an appropriate place. If we’re to reduce the distance, it would undone the previous step, so we don’t want to do it.
What you want to do is give the effect frame the property of ignoring text wrap. This can be found in the Object tab. This results in the frame ignoring the text wrapping. While this means the text will go through some of the image, this can be ignored by moving the text normally. This results in less wasted space and the other text remains away from the image.
While InDesign has nice special effects, its nothing professional, as InDesign was designed for layouts, not creating good looking images. That’s Adobe Illustrator’s job. Its possible to change the effect of brush, allowing to make different types of strokes. For example, these are quite different from the typical brush lines. Its also possible to replicate this style to other shapes too. With this, its possible to make professional images. I used this to make the redesigned masthead. The best thing about these is that these are vector images, relying on vectors (the things you learnt in maths a along time ago) to construct the image. This means the images cannot be at all pixelated. I wish I knew on how to convert raw images into vector if that’s even possible, as it would certainly boost the quality of my images.
Unfortunately, I found these tricks late into the design process, when I had to redesign the masthead to fit the rock genre. I knew about the potential of Illustrator, however being used to Adobe Photoshop, I found difficult and confusing to use it, so I avoided it. I’ve only discovered this thanks to my tutor showing me on how to redesign my masthead. If I learnt about how to use some of these effects earlier, I would have certainly implemented them into my magazine. It would certainly helped to make my magazine look more professional.