Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics


Lesson Info

Paragraph Rules

We're gonna do what's called paragraph rules. That sounds something you have to do, it's a rule for something you have to do. What it really is, is a line, a paragraph line, right? So what I'm gonna use this for, is if I want a line to always be underneath some text or behind some text. Maybe we want a box to travel with text, and we don't wanna actually put a box back behind and have to keep moving text with it. So we can actually do that using what's called a paragraph rule. And keep in mind, it's a paragraph, so it's gonna affect the entire paragraph, so it works great on single lines. Sometimes double lines, but it can get a little funky. But maybe like a headline, maybe we've got a headline here. We've got some sub text underneath it that we wanna have this called out with a banner. So I can put my cursor in the paragraph, go to the paragraph menu, and come down and choose paragraph rules. And again, this is an actual rule, like a line. Let's turn on preview. And I can choose rule...

above or rule below. Well, let's say we're doing an underline, so we'll do rule below. And I turn that rule on. Now I have a rule, and it's set to go to the entire width of the column. So I can choose column or text. So in this case let's just do text. Let's make thicker for one thing. And if it's an underline it automatically says, oh you must want text color. But maybe we don't. Maybe we want an entirely different color. Maybe be we also want it to be a different line. Maybe we want it to be a wavy line. We can do that as well. Or if we want a dash line or whatever. So let's stick with a solid. The other thing I can do, is I can put a rule above. I can do both at the same time, which is nice. And if I set them the same they might look kinda nice. But I need to move this up, obviously. So it says rule above, let's actually move that offset up here. And then I can choose how thick that needs to be and choose a color, whatever I need to be. So let's work with the rule below. Maybe we offset that ever so slightly that way. So we can have a headline like that. We can choose to move the line in or out which are the left and right indents. Let's actually move this in a negative direction. So I can do that, and do the same thing with the rule above. Move that out a little bit. And I can have that set, and again, if I save that as a style, then every time I want my headline I just tell it headline, and then my lines are there and ready for me to use. I'm actually going to change that. We're going to take off the rule above and just stick with the rule below. And that's still turned on. And what I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna make this pretty thick. Let's make that 30 points. Let's actually make that 50 points cause I'm gonna have pretty big type there. Whoops, and I said okay. Don't hit return, it closes your window on you. I meant to hit tab so it actually took. And I wanna move that up. I want that to sit back behind the text. So I'm gonna keep moving that up till it sits back behind. So it looks like a box, but it's not really. It's just a line, a really fat line. And again, I can choose whether or not it goes to the entire width of the column, or sticks with the text. And the reason I like this, is as I change this to say the headline, of course that line continues. I don't have to keep changing the size of that box. So having that back behind gives you some really interesting options that are there. In fact, I'll open up another one that I have. Which is under paragraph rules here. I've got some interesting banner headers that I've done. So I've done things like this. This headline deserves a banner. Let's just take the word headline out, or not, let's actually select that and delete that. You'll notice it changes. That banner's back there. Well how did I do that? Let's actually look at the paragraph rules. What I did on the rule above, apparently on here, is I used a dotted line, and I've told it it's dotted, it's this orange color, but I've also told it the gap color is also orange. So I get this nice rounded... those are actually a set of dots. If I change this color you can actually see that those are dots with a colored gap in between. So it gives you that kind of look to the banner. So that's what I've done for these rounded headers that are there. And again, I could save that as a style. Call that a banner header. In fact I think I may have a style set up here. It's the bubble banner. I can just come in here and say... actually it's supposed to look like that. And this one was supposed to be the bubble banner. So it's just a matter of putting that style in there, you've built that in there and put a style and assign it really quickly.

Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® enables you to create rich documents and layouts that combine graphic elements, images, and text. Advance your design skills with Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics with Erica Gamet.

In this class, Erica will help you tackle complex design projects and share best practice techniques in Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud®

You’ll learn how to:
  • Manage multi-page documents and use master pages
  • Automate your workflow and save time
  • Select character and paragraph styles
You’ll learn about advanced exporting options and she’ll offer tips on taking advantage of the extensive selection of assets in the Creative Cloud® Libraries.

If you’ve mastered the basics are are ready to advance your design skills, don’t miss Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® Intermediate: Beyond the Basics with Erica Gamet.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced. Recommended prerequisite: Adobe® InDesign® Creative Cloud® for Beginners

Software Used: Adobe InDesign CC 2015.1



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