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Chapter 4. WORKING WITH OBJECTS

Chapter 4. WORKING WITH OBJECTS

Back in the old days of board mechanicals, advertising agencies and design studios had a production area called 1the bullpen. It was the people in the bullpen— called bullpen artists— who actually created the mechanical. Most of them were kids just out of design school; the bullpen was usually their first step up the ladder in advertising or design.

If we needed a simple shape— a line, a circle, a box— on the layout, it was no problem to ask the bullpen artist to draw the shape. Sometimes we could ask for more complicated artwork. At a certain point we had to stop asking the artists in the bullpen to do the work. We had to hire real artists to do the sophisticated illustrations.

The same is true with InDesign. While you can certainly use the program for drawing basic shapes, InDesign is not a full-fledged drawing program. For that you need a real illustration tool, such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw or Macromedia FreeHand.

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