Plagiarism is a common problem in most industries. Art and design companies tend to get their work copywrited or have their work patented. In an ideal world people would not steal ideas, they would buy the rights to use it. Sadly with their being not much new under the sun it is very different.
In Adobe InDesign, you can choose to place an image that is just a link to the folder it is in. This means that if the document is used on another computer, the image will not be there, only a box, as the image ‘would not be found’.
Although this method can be advantageous when it comes to avoiding plagiarism, it can be a hassle when trying to show others your work on other computers.
When learning about Adobe InDesign, we were taught the difference between copying and pasting images from the internet and using the place tool. In looking into this deeper, as designers we should consider the differences between taking images off of, say, Google and using our own work. There are pros and cons for both.
By creating our own work, i.e. photography or illustration, we will have more to take credit for. We can also control the quality of the image more than we can if we copy and paste from the internet. From the internet images can be distorted or an image that we like can be at a resolution lower than we need. Secondary sources can be very convenient though.
In considering this, we must question how much credit we wish to take for our own work. If we specialise in just layout design, then it is fine to use other people’s works, especially if, when employed you would work as a part of a team, and it would just be stepping stones for working as a team if we used alternate sources now.
In the lesson last week, we learned about how to create simple documents, and how to insert images. Here is the worked final piece.
This can help us in many ways, especially when we inevitably look into magazine design. I am sure that more complex tutorials will be ahead of us.