12 Column or Grids
Hi there. This video is all about creating something called a baseline grid. Some of you will know where that is. Some of you won't basically, it's lots of squares like this to add a bit of visual consistency where things start lining up, allowing the design to kind of breathe a little while you're working. Everything has its place, everything is lined up nicely. Let me show you how to make one and why you might use one. All right. So we've done a little bit of this before, but we're going to go into a little bit more detail now, especially with the grid. Okay. And something called a baseline grid system. Let's do the columns first because they're easy and they just kind of recap. So I'm gonna click on my word homepage. I'm going to say I want a grid. I wanted to be layout, I want it to be, I'm going to turn it to one and I want to make sure that it's my 13, 66 wide. Okay. So then I know I'm kind of within those gaps. If you do then want to use a 12 column grid, which a lot of designer...
s do. And you can type it in there and just use this kind of columns to add a little bit of consistency throughout the web pages. I don't want to add consistency for this particular one. Um also you can do six. Does't have to be 12. Okay. It can be four to something that's easily divisible. Okay, But I'm just going to use one now. We're going to introduce this thing called a baseline grid. So you can have both a layout and a square grid. Okay. Both of them. And I'll show you what they are basic. If I zoom in here, you'll see that at the moment. I've got a square grid. Okay. And it is ah four pixel grid. Okay. And I think my colors are, the capacity is quite up quite high. I'm going to turn it up to really strong so you can see it a little clearer on the video. So basically what I've got now is XD said every I'm just going to give you a guide. Okay. Every four pixels is going to draw a little square. And it just allows you when you're designing to add some consistency. We're going to cover this more and more because it's it's not a hard topic but it comes more obvious later on when we're working through fonts and a few other things and you don't have to use a baseline grid but I'll show you what it does. I'm going to switch to our old version of the wireframe. Okay. And in here I'm going to click on the name and do the same thing. Turn on the square grid and I'm using eight here OK. Instead of four. And what it's going to allow me to do is can you see there's no there's no consistency. Can you see this one kind of see the lines here. Just that one kind of they're all just kind of over the place and I'll show you what I'd end up doing. Double click to go inside and what I want to do is I want to china just this so that it's, that's, it will snap okay, so it starts snapping to these grids so that you've got at least some sort of like consistency across these guys. So I'm going to click on him, drag him out so he's lining up and you can see now there's a bit of, it's just one of those things if you're new to design. When I first started in design, I was like, why would you bother? All the grids? Then after a while you start realizing there's just a, I don't know when things start lining up and kind of consistently left and right lined up. There's a relaxing of the design kind of like takes a breath and kind of goes, okay, everything kinda lines up, which is nice, but for a long time I just didn't care. But I do now. Okay, you can see here, I want the spacing is, you know, I want this to be consistent with this, so I'm going to go into this one and just bring it in, especially we're not using columns. A grid system is really handy just to lock it all in, make sure the types all locked in. You can use your Cherokee to type it around your starting filming. That's just a quick little introduction of what use a baseline grid for why you'd bother. We're going to turn it on in this version, we're not going to have it so dark and what side should it be and we'll look at this later on but basically divide whatever your body copy size and by half that's going to make life a lot easier. So I'm going to use 16 point and one for my body copy. I know that because I use point on everything if you don't know yet, don't worry you can change this later on But I'm using 16 points. So I'm going to divide it by two which is eight pixel squares and I'm going to turn this down so it's not so deafening, visually deafening. I'm going to introduce a couple of shortcuts. I might have done this before, but it's command shift and apostrophe. We'll turn on the layout. Okay, so these kind of like giant column. If you do just command apostrophe, it turns on the grid so you end up kind of toggling that on and off quite a bit. So I'm just holding down my command key which is control key on a pc and just clicking the apostrophe key and just goes on and off all the time to get things to line up if you can't get yours to work with that shortcut, it's whatever appears these are the two that you want on your computer and you can see in my case just command apostrophe. Alright, so I've created my columns, I've created my grid system. What I'm gonna do as well before I go is I'm going to turn it on and I'm going to set it, I'm going to make this the default. So whenever I make a new page, it's going to do this. Saying with the layout, I'm going to make this the default so that every new page has this. If you decide to not move on with the grid, I'll understand it's okay. But for now let's jump into the next video.