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September 2015

L IA T! EC IN SP PR RE

M A G A Z I N E 77

● Awesome Add-Ons ● Publish Online ● Adobe Comp

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By Conrad Chavez

InStep: Adobe Comp CC

Quickly sketch layout mockups on an iPad for production in Adobe InDesign.

A tabloid-sized layout device I sketched decades ago in high school. The slot on top is for floppy disks.

Back in high school I was on the yearbook staff—an early publishing experience that’s apparently common among many InDesign users. It was the B.C. era (Before Computers), so we drew placeholder boxes on printed layout grids. We filled in those placeholders by using hot wax to paste down printed galleys of typeset text and photo prints from the darkroom—a lot of tedious manual work. Because I was into science fiction and video games at the time, I imagined how future yearbooks might be laid out more easily with some kind of computer. I sketched an idea for a flat tabletop device large enough to lay out a double-page yearbook spread at actual size,

and proposed that objects might be moved around its screen with a joystick. When the digital future of page layout arrived just a few years later, it was a lot better than I imagined. The mouse turned out to be a more powerful and agile layout tool than the joystick, and page layout software such as Aldus PageMaker and Adobe InDesign swept away all the knives, paper type galleys, and waxers. I didn’t anticipate that digital page layout could become completely portable, first with laptop computers and now with mobile tablets. With Adobe Comp CC on the Apple iPad, we can design layouts with nothing more than fingers on a touchscreen.

Page layout in Adobe Comp CC on the Apple iPad.

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InStep: Adobe Comp CC

Hands-On Design Adobe Comp CC brings back the fluidity of designing in a paper sketchbook, but with the advantages of digital assistance and connectivity. This free app lets you use touch gestures to work out page layout ideas on the iPad, and you can fill in the placeholders with real content. What advances Comp beyond being a mere toy is that you can send layouts to Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator as fully editable documents that you can take through production and final output. Let’s take a look at how Adobe Comp CC might help work out ideas for the opening page of a feature story while meeting with a magazine’s art director.

1. Set up Adobe Comp CC

A magazine graphic I added to the Libraries panel in Adobe Illustrator will be available to Adobe Comp when I design a new magazine layout.

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Setup is simple. Install Adobe Comp CC from the iOS App Store, and then sign in to your Adobe Creative Could account from inside the app. Comp is connected to Creative Cloud libraries, so you can be more prepared for the meeting by using Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator to add that client’s graphics, colors, and character styles to a Creative Cloud library in advance. After I sign in with my Adobe ID, Adobe Comp CC is ready to use and gains access to Creative Cloud online resources including CC Libraries, Typekit fonts, and assets from Creative Cloud Market.

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InStep: Adobe Comp CC