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InDesign and Freelance Writing: Complementary or Opposite of Each Other?

April 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 84

A freelance writer will devote most of his time to writing articles of any niche. There is no subject, no matter how easy or difficult the topic, that the freelance writer will not be able to come up with new or interesting information, with certain exceptions such as law and medicine. The graphic designer, on the other hand, will spend most of his time practicing and mastering the tools he has been provided with, such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. The artist can express his thoughts through the use of his artwork as his medium, in the same way the writer can convey his message through his articles or other written media. However, there is one particular program which the artist and writer may find a common ground - the layout program known as Adobe InDesign.

Adobe InDesign is a very useful and helpful tool in providing a clean layout for articles. It has found usage in magazines, newspapers, brochures, and other publications which require creative layouts. Compared to ordinary word processors such as MS Office, LibreOffice, and OpenOffice, InDesign has the ability to adjust a single block of text into several columns - a unique advantage not found in any of the leading word processor programs. This is very helpful and cost-efficient for layout artists who are also employed as freelance writers as they are able to edit their articles for content, spelling, and grammar, and at the same time modify the layouts on whether to add two or three columns to the articles. The Nested Drop Cap feature is also unique to InDesign, since it adds beauty and appeal to the article, especially if it is poetry or prose. Word processors will require manual editing as well as font sizing only to match InDesign's Nested Drop Cap feature. Freelance writers wishing to put a little style may opt to have their articles undergo the InDesign editing process, if they should wish to do so.

While there are a number of advantages and benefits to the use of InDesign by freelance writers, there exists a small minority of writers and artists who prefer to maintain conservative methods by keeping both writing and illustrating separate and distinct from each other. A rigid freelance writer would claim that the contributions of InDesign to his articles would only be minimal, as if no significant improvements have been added. He would further assert that the program only improves the cosmetic appearance of the article, but not the content thereof. In this aspect, the freelance writer wins, and would claim that InDesign is a redundant program and may be dispensed with.

Where words have exhausted their sense and meaning, the designer prevails over the writer as his creativity knows no bounds, He can likewise convey his thoughts and feelings through his artwork rather than words. For the designer, he would then argue that InDesign is not a word processor, but rather it is a designer's tool to supplement his use of Photoshop and Illustrator.

In cases where the roles of freelance writer and graphic designer are merged in the same person, he would synthesize the use of InDesign to suit his needs. For long articles, he would use InDesign's layout wizard as a supplement with his word processor programs. In cases where graphic representations are indispensable to his articles, the "crop-and-resize" features in InDesign will be of great help.

There are other arguments for or against the use of InDesign by freelance writers, but what is shown here are some basic insights as to why Adobe's program is either beneficial or detrimental. To the freelance writer, he has the choice on whether he will make use of InDesign as a complement to his freelance writing career or not. On the opposite side of the spectrum, a graphic artist may choose not to involve himself with too many words and therefore maintain his artists' genes. Regardless of which side the reader may take, the use of InDesign depends on its user - whether as a writer who seeks an advantage over the competition, or a designer who wants to maximize his talent on artistic creativity.

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