The Indesign Environment

 

Powering Up with Adobe InDesign CS6

 

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The Indesign Environment

We're going to jump right? And I'm going to just talk to start talking about in design and we're going to do that for the next two days sound like a good plan, all right? Cool, yeah, in design is first of all, I need to kind of explain what it is a lot of people think I don't really know what it is, what I use it for. Well, it's part of the creative suite? Not necessarily you don't necessarily have little sweet, but I'm guessing you guys probably do and that's what I run into a lot of people that are photographers that have only used photo shop, maybe they've kind of looked at illustrator and it scared them and they went back to photo shop that's how I feel when I go to photo shop, I get a little scared and I run away. You know, I've been using photo shop since version one and what are they on version fifteen or thirteen or something like that? But he's a seance, version one and so I just it's in decides a page layout program, so you basically take all your other elements that you get ...

from the other, the other places photoshopped illustrator or other programs like that, but I'm going to pretty much just use those because I figure most of us are in that adobe workflow so you take your photos from photo shop and you take all your vector images, your drawings, and we're going to talk about the differences between the two you take that you put it together and you might have some type elsewhere, but for the most part you want to put type and in design, we put it all together, and then we do something with that we the printed or make pdf sor would make digital books or whatever, there's a lot of different things that we can do, and actually tomorrow that's we're going to talk about at the end of the day is output and different types of output in different considerations for output. But that's something I want you to be thinking of as you're working along either today with me, when you go to work on your project, is what's happening to this at the end? It's kind of like if you just said, I'm gonna take some photos and start working on photo shop, but you don't really know what you're doing those photos you just took a picture and hoped it was good enough, but no, I know when you're out there, you're considering, you know, lens and lighting and what the final product is, right? So it's the same kind of thing, what am I doing with this? Product at the end is it going to print there's a lot of different considerations and if I'm just making a pdf toe look at on the page on the web page or something like that so always be keeping that in mind as well we're gonna talk about those as we go along but that's just something to think about before you jump in and start doing stuff because like in photo shop if I suddenly just start creating something on photo shop and I've made it seventy two d p I and it needs to go to print already throwing out terms that you we haven't even started two minutes and we're throwing out resolution terms but you know you think about these things ahead of time and you realize if I don't do that at the beginning I can't go back and magically at it we talked about magic being the key yesterday yeah, we got to create our own magic today so it's kind of the key two things today so I just want to keep in mind to think about what you're doing to the product before we started. So then we need to actually launch in design or open it and I'm starting from the very beginning with this how to open the application what it looks like what the icons look like and there's a lot of different icons for in design because there's always been designed related files were going to create, and your icons might look different depending what version you have because adobe loves to change their icons. So there's always a little different. Look, when we get into things so the first thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to find where the application is it's either sitting in the applications folder. Perhaps you might have it in a doc. If you're on a mac, you're goingto you might have it down in your doc here. You might have it in your start menu if you're on a pc and I remember to data use my pc commands a cz well, because sometimes I forget that everybody's on different, different applications. Yesterday I was in a mac only program, and I was like, I don't have to remember any pc commands. This is great, but I will try to remember and shout those out to you so you can actually, like, say, come down here to your doc and look for the iconic may be in there. If it's not, you can put it in there might be in your applications folder, and it might also be sitting. You might have a file just sitting here, and actually I'm going toe. Copy this out to the desktop just so I can see it kind of big we can look what the icon looks like and so that's what the c s six icon looks like it's going fairly similar in some of the earlier versions, but the thing that will remain the same is the extension dot I n d d if you have your extension showing you may or may not on your desktop, but if you don't, you can always get information on the file and do that. But dot ion dd is an indesign document file, so you can double click on an existing file if you'd like. We can actually launch mine from the dock, and I'm going to be presented with the new document that's here, it just might lay out, and it probably will look something like that. It may or may not. You may actually be able to see the desktop back behind on. I'll show you why that is in a minute, but you may you probably will be greeted with this big grey nothingness that's there. All right? So we want to actually create a new document or open one from scratch so I can go up to the file menu, make sure I have my must possess turned on the railing up to the file menu. And choose open and navigate out to a file and like I said, there's a lot of different in design documents that might be out there, but the I n d d is an in design document has is not one of the peripheral files, and I would open that, but I want to do is I want actually create a new document because we're going to go and we're gonna look at all the parameters that we have to put in to a new document. And again, this is thinking ahead to what we're going to do with this file, so when you file new and choose new document, we get our new document dialog box. We're going over some of these most of these if you don't see everything that's on, if you don't see bleeding slug, especially down here in the bottom, you want to make sure you click this button that says more options. Dobby has this thing where they like to close up all their stuff and sometimes the only thing that's hidden it's not really saving any space it's one thing and that's the one thing you need and you can't find it too remember click more options, so I just always I'm telling myself, look for the more options, but if I can't find it when I'm sure it's in this panel or this dialog box so quick that you get a few more options that are down there, I'm going to skip over the section at the top, this document preset first, because that's, the last thing we're going to do in this new dialogue box, I'm going to come down here to intent, and in c s five, your choice was print or web and n c s fivefive, I believe it was the same and cia six, they added, digital publishing, digital publishing it for doing the digital magazines, you're going to use it and integrate with the android aps or you're going to integrate with apple's new stand on the ipad. That was what you would chooses to do publishing if you're going to go to the web or you're going to make a pdf that's only going to be read either on the web or on a device, you could probably choose web for that I'm going to choose print print gives me the most control if I feel like I'm going to go to print and other applications, I will choose print because print is giving me the higher standards that I need for printing something, and then I can always, as I say, dumb it down later to the web, right, so I can always worry about that later, someone she's print. It's going to ask me how many pages I want my document. I'm gonna start with one I could always adam on the fly let's you know you've got a twelve page document. I never know how long my documents gonna be, so I keep it is one page and I have this option of facing pages or not. I prefer not to have them on that's a total preference facing pages. Basically, if you notice it changes the margins down, if you watch the margins down here the bottom when I choose facing pages, it changes it from having a margin where it feels like if I don't have facing pages of stand alone pages, it sees each page as its own thing, so I have a top bottom right and left margin edge of my page by doing facing pages it's going to put two of them together in what's called a spread, and so it knows that were those two pages hit each other is the inside margin and these air the outside margins. So a lot of people for books like the facing page is I just personally don't because everything I do is in facing pages or an on facing pages, and then I export to a pdf if I'm going to print, most printers will want to actually take those single pages and do it's called pagination by themselves either through their they're printing software or something like that I want to manually do it so I like to give everybody single pages again it's a preference and we'll see that we get into the pages panel later, I'm going to skip the primary text from fright now we're going to talk about that when we get to master pages, we believe that unchecked, I can choose a page size from here, so I have some that are built in some of these are kind of created on the fly, the ones at the top these are the ones that you'll probably see the letter legal you've got some european sizes as well. You've also got a u s business card and a compact disc I love the compact disc want it basically just a little booklet that goes in a compact disc for like for three quarters squared something like that, so I'm going to choose something easy, like letter if I don't like the sizes that air there, I can always create one on the fly. I'd come down here and either used the up and down arrow keys to change the size or I can select everything in this box and type in a new size may we were going to do a postcard, we wanted to be six, I'm gonna hit tab it's going to bring me to the next the next box and do six by four when I do then hit tab again that's my orientation changed because it knows that it's six inches wide so it's a landscape orientation it's wide as opposed to a portrait so I can flip those two back and forth and here's a little tip instead of trying to select all the text that's in a frame or in a box any time we put a value or anything inside a box and in design if you just click once on the icon of the word to the left of the box it's elects everything saves you a lot of clicking saves you repetitive stress injuries and just trying to help out. So I just know that sometimes when I try and triple click it just I usually end up getting something like everything but the end and I type in four and it's a sorry for end is not valid, right? So just a little a little tip there how many columns we want to have in this text? Now I can this is not going to make my text frames all be, you know, two columns if I change that it just means it's making margins on the page it's going to take the amount of space that we had minus the margins and it's going to make it two column and put a column line down the middle but I still have to make two column text frames so for me unless I'm doing a newsletter that I know every page is going to be laid out the same I leave it at one column because it any time we were in a page we can always change that so I just tend to leave that but if you do want to put columns you can and you could put gutter and that's how much space is between each of the columns that's there so maybe we want a quarter inch space between age all right so we could do that if we wanted margins is pretty important especially if you're going to print but even if you're not going to print nobody likes to see something go all the way to the edge even on a pdf you wouldn't want your text to be all the way at the edge of your your virtual paper right and just kind of look it's weird we're used to seeing seeing a little space around the edges more reading a book or even a digital book so a margin is just how much space between the edge of your copy and whatever else you have and the edge of the paper and that's it so for prime time I do something like a quarter inch margin right when I type in here let's say I wanted this to be a little bit bigger we're going take this half inch and when I hit tab, you notice they all changed. So all of my measurements changed a half inch and that's because of this little button right here, this is keep all measure or settings the same. So when I typed in one, it automatically fills it in the other. I can click that, and now it won't do that question. Yeah, how did you get two inches it's for your measurements? I get changes, I will show you that a second it's actually set into its our preferences on just a second. We'll we'll jump back out to that. So yes, oh eso mikael measurements the same. Then if I have that turned off and I type in quarter inch and hit tab on lee, that measurement is going to be at quarter inch, right? So I can change that. So that really comes in handy. We're doing something like point three, one, two, five and I have to type that four times let's actually go back and make this my quarter inch all right, and then bleeding slug. Most people don't really use the slug anymore, so I'm not really going to talk about that. You may or may not use it if you use that you probably are, you know how to use it, but a bleed is what you need when you're printing you need to have if you want your image or your text or whatever to come all the way to the edge of the paper, you have to do what's called a bleed so you can't print even on a on a copier or on a press. You can't have stuff come all the way to the edge because incan toner wraps around the side of the paper, so it just doesn't work and on on a machine you have to have somewhere to pull so you can't have it coming all the way to the edge. So if you want text or images to come all the way to the edge, you have to extend the image past that that by whatever mom we put in here and then come back and trim the paper. So that's kind of what? The bleeders so if I want a picture to come all the way to the edge and on a day and a half by eleven sheet, I'd have to print it probably nine by twelve. With a bleed to accommodate this extra eighth of an inch all the way around and then the reason we want to come past it and not just to the edge is because no matter what we're feeding it through paper wise it's going to bounce and you'll get that sliver of white down the side otherwise so we make it come all the way past the edge so even with the bounce it's fine even when we trim it a little crooked it's not going to be noticeable all right so that's what a bleed is so we're gonna go ahead and set an eighth of an inch bleed and if you don't know how much bleed if you're actually going to print then ask the person was printing it what's a common bleed about and they're going to know what will work for them so eighth of an inch is generally what I do and before we say ok and open this this document I want to save this preset because next time I set up the same exact thing I don't want to have to go through this again and I shall make changes backto letter really quick because we don't want open a postcard won over the whole letter here so I've settle these settings here and I want to use that again and again so I'm going to click save preset so the very thing is we can have tons of presets so what I do is I might call it, I might call it what it is, you know, just driving call it, you know, letter, quarter inch margin and an eighth of an inch bleed or something like that, I might call it abc client letterhead or postcard or business cards or business cards with bleeds or something like that, I would have something descriptive that makes sense to me, and I say, ok, and the next time I go to create a new document, I just pull it from this, choose it from his pull down menu, right? So I just choose letter quarters margin, eighth of an inch bleed and the next time I just open that up, choose that and click ok, and then I've got my new document before we looked in the document, I'm gonna go in the preferences and tell you how to change that before I forget. So when we're setting preferences for in design, most of them are only for the document that you have open. If you have a document opening, start changing preferences, your only changing the preferences for this document, some of them are what I call sticky there across all the all the different documents, but most of them are not so what I do is I because I can't remember which are which, and so I just one of you know, be totally safe, I close any open documents and any preferences you set with no document open becomes the default behavior for all new documents, right? So we wanted to set preferences with nothing open. If you're on a pc, you're preferences air under the edit menu for on a mac there under the indesign menu. So go down here to indesign preferences and I'm going to come down I can either to start with the general tab, which has a keyboard shortcut to it we're going talk about those in just a minute I come down here and find what I'm looking for, I want to come down to units and increments and this is so that we can set it because by default it's in pikus and points instead of inches because everybody uses pikers and points, I don't even use them any more used to, but I don't anymore under the horizontal and the vertical ruler choose your measurement, so for work and centimeters, whatever we need to work and change it to whatever you want to work in. The great thing is you can always change that at any time, so I can actually if I have rulers turned on a just an apple are and they didn't turn on so that's great, we will see if I can get those turned on show rulers all right, well I don't have a document open if I had a document open it would actually show up so I'm going to do the new document again use that pre set that we just made and say ok I have my rulers here the great thing is even though my rulers aaron inches at any time is low key word shark but you can right click or control click on a ruler and change them to another measurement just for this particular doctor mint so it's kind of nice if you suddenly want to work in centimeters or millimeters I do that all the time I work in millimetres from time to time when I want a very small amount of space you know I don't know what a tenth of an inch is I know it's a tenth of an inch but in my mind I work in eights of inches you know I want to work something very very small so we can always work in another unit even though we have inches or whatever as our standard and that works in any dialogue box I go back to that new dialogue box I just did a command or control and control on a pc or command on a mac and to open up a new document any time of filling it of value I can use something other than whatever unit I've set up so this case I might know that my page I might have gotten something from europe and it's set up in centimeters on I want to measure everything the same way I want to work in inches because that's how I work but I wanted I'm measuring it and I said oh it's twenty five millimeters wide or whatever so I can come into any value box and type in twenty five and I can type in c m for centimeters and then when I hit tab it actually converts it to interest for me which is really nice this comes in handy especially for things like drop shadows one of the drop shadow default is like point o nine seven five inches again I don't know what this is in my head it's about a tenth of an inch what what's a tenth of an inch I don't know but I know my drop shadows looked really good two millimeters it's all type in two millimeters to mm instead so just know that you can do that any value box if you need some other type of measurement let's go back to our new document that we created so when we created this I suddenly have this document I have a lot of colored lines on here and I'm going to zoom in and I did my keyboard command command and space bar so it should be controlling space part of pc I believe and so when I open that up I see all these different lines so the black line here you can kind of see that the black line is lined up at the zero point that is the edge of our document so the black line all the way around is the size of our document and even though I might be bleeding and running this on a nine by twelve sheet or something at the end I set up my document to the final trimmed size so I set it up to eight a half by eleven even though I'm goingto put bleed stuff out there it's going to have to run on a bigger sheet of paper or maybe I am just making an eight and a half by eleven pdf but I still like to have the bleed so I make sure my image goes far enough that I also don't forget not pull my image out far enough and you see that white sliver even on a pdf that would bother me right? So eso anyway I set it up to the exact trim size that's what the black line is the purple line and side here this is our margin so we want to make sure is that when we're putting stuff on this page especially for going to print I'm going to soon we're going to print for a lot of this today so I will talk about some of the other applications when it's not pretty for the most part we set up this saying we're going to print at least first we're going to print this, whatever it is we're making and then we're going to do something else with it maybe maybe digitally, so we want to make sure that we don't have anything closer to the edge than this purple line and the reason for that is if we get too close let's say we had a picture and it was really close again things shift won't it gets printed and if it's a little tilted, you're going to see that that image is a little off center on the page, so by having that nice quarter inch margin it gives our eyes of buffer so we don't notice it so that's, what the purple line is we want to keep everything inside that line and the red line appropriately the bread line is the bleed line, right? So the bleed this is where if we want something to come to the edge, we actually draw it all the way out to this space here to give us that space to come back and trim it off that make sense all right, so I'm going to zoom out I just did a commander control zero which zooms out in fits everything in the page let's talk a little bit about some of the tools so you guys are all familiar with the dhobi products, you know, they love their their panels and their tools and their things docked on the side and it's actually a really good system, because you can keep neatly tucking things away. And the nice thing about in design is as you took it away, your canvas gets bigger toe work on. So your candle laptop, especially like you all are today. It's, it's a great way to keep things, you know, give yourself more real estate on the screen. So let's, talk about some of the tools first and then two pair of some of the panel's first in the first one is the toolbox, so I'm just gonna grab it, gonna come over here. This is the tool box by default. This is one long strip, and we could make some changes to that, but I'm going to grab this little gray bar and I was going to grab it and drag it it's going to float. And when I do that, you noticed that gave me more room off to the left side. It made my canvas a little bit bigger and the next thing I'm going to sit these little double arrows at the top and I just want to hit him one more time. I want these in a double column and again that's just a preference I just like him all side by side and we're gonna look at a couple of the tools now but for the most part will look at the tools as we get to each section. Some of them are very specific, but a couple that I want you to be familiar with to start with are the two pointer tools you know, there's two of them if you've been in any other page layout program, there was always one page makers that way cork is that way was that way I don't if it still is, but there was one and it kind of flip flopped as you needed it and designs getting closer to learning which one you need and flipping it, but it is kind of confusing that there's two of them and I'll make sure we know the terminology by the end of the day we're going to be using him over and over again. We have this selection tool, which is the solid tool or the black arrow tool and we have the direct selection tool if you notice I have these tools tips that are just popping up in the way I'm also going to change that preference really quick because sometimes having all those yellow boxes that can get kind of annoying actually so what I want to do is make sure that I have those going back on my preferences so edit preferences on a pc or in design preferences on a mac and I just wanted to tell it that we have the tool tips right here I under the interface tab I just want to tell it normal and that just gives me a couple seconds of hovering before that pops up I just find that to be a little less annoying I could move my cursor around and not have those yellow boxes but the nice thing is if I do need to know what some things called and also they've really gotten really good at the tool tips and they've started explaining when you roll over something what it is you can do with that tool so that's really handy as well let's go back to our pointer tools we've got her selection tool solid tool or the hollow tool which is the direct selection tool and the difference being that would use the selection tool the solid one that's when you're working with frames or containers. So as we start looking at putting images in we put images we have the image framing the image itself working with the frame or the container we use the solid tool working with the content of that frame we use the direct selection tool and we'll see that as we go along of course we also have a type tool down here a little tea that's here and then a zoom in a little bit see if we can see this so on the teacher, you know, there's a little bit of there's, a little triangle at the bottom, and that just means that there's more tools underneath there's an actual hidden tool underneath there if I click and hold that my tools pop out, so I have some other tools that are hidden, otherwise your tool box would be just massive, so they put a lot of them together, so if I click and hold on that, I could see all sorts of other tools that are hidden underneath there, and so the type tool has one of those, and we'll actually look at that tool in what one hundred pin tool actually does as well. So the type tool that's for creating type frames, working with type working also with tables, which is also just type. So any time we're working with type, we're going to use the type to all the other thing that you notice when we were all over the tool is that it has the little keyboard shortcut next to it and, you know, it's it's, just a letter t that's really great until you have your cursor in a text frame and you're typing t to get the text tool or whatever till you're trying to hit and you're just typing he's all the way across or whatever I do that a lot for one of the other ones whose keyboard shortcut is w and I'm like, why is it not changing and realized I just type woul across my type frame, so we want to kind of keep an eye out for that? I want to talk about keyboard shortcuts in a minute we can actually change those if we don't like him, so that's the type till we're going to use that a lot today, the last one I want to show you just right now is down at the bottom so we've got these two buttons that air down here and we've got these air the view modes writes, we've got the normal view mode that's what's on right now that's my w keyboard shortcut if I hit that hit w it goes away, everything else goes away and what that's doing is when I'm in normal view mode it showing me everything my page, my guides, anything that I have set to not print will also show up. I can see everything I put on the page, anything that's over here on what's called the paste board it's just sitting off to the side, but when I hit the w key, it goes into what's called preview mode, which is this button here and it gets sort of everything that isn't set to non not print everything that showing shows up, and this is a great way to see what your page is going to look like at the end, we've got a couple more underneath there, one called the bleed and us that shows us that little extra eighth of an inch that we had this is great for when you put an item in here and you wanted to bleed to actually make sure that your images are all the way out to that bleed mark doesn't do any good to have the bleed mark and then not actually draw your images out to the bleed mark, and I get that all the time from designers. So even even then it's hard to remember. Oh, yeah, and you'd actually pull that out to the bleed, marcus well, and the other one that we have is presentation mode and presentation would get sort of absolutely everything, all your tabs and everything, and you can scroll through and look at your pages without any distractions at all. So that was a pretty cool in which should escape to get back out of there. So those the different presentation moons and our tools and then when I want to put my tool bar back, I could have it floating if I like, but I'm actually gonna grab it just by the great top again. And I'm going to bring it over to this left side and can you see where it turns blue along the left side? That just means it's ready to dock it in there so kind of wedges itself in there and goes back in that way some of the other panels that we have our thie application frame I told you when you we opened it up we can actually close this file we see this big grey frame that's the application frame so it's kind of like a tray where everything is already sitting all your panels and your your documents are going to sit there on the pc you're probably used to this. This is what applications have always looked like when they first changed to this and the adobe programs, we had a little bit of a freak out that's mac users because what do you mean? I can't see my desktop back behind. This is weird. Well, we can go back to that if we like. If this freaks us out, I'll show you why I really like it. Actually, once I got used to it up under the window menu, I have something called application frame. If I turn that off now I can see my desktop. This is how I mean it was used to seeing it as a mac user, but why I like it is if if I don't have it on as I do now I don't know if I do a new document it's just sort of this floating window right so we're kind of used to that's how it wass but when I turned that application frame back on and I do a new document just doing command and control and to bring up a new one I get a tab and so as I create new documents it's creating these nested tabs kind like tabbed browsing that we're all used to so I like that because it's all together the other thing is if I have this set to fit in window like I do and if it come down to the lower right hand corner not not to the right hand corner of my panels but of my layout board here when I grabbed that and make it smaller all my documents are also getting smaller at one time I have those floating windows and I suddenly want to shrink each one down I have to do each one individually so that's a really handy way to do it and because I was application frame it's always giving me the most space that I can for my document and I can always come up here to the minimized maximize window and click that and it automatically fills everything full screen and because I have that application frame on as I move panels like I did with this one it makes it bigger for me so that's one of the great things about that application frame even if it did freak us out a little bit in the beginning but we're all right now the next panel is this control panel so it's this thing all the way up here all this junk across the top and it's photoshopped users you guys here in studio at least our photo abusers you guys are used to this and it's a contextual menu whatever tool I pick it changes if we don't like it, we can we can close that off, but I'll show you in a second how to do that right now I can see that if I'm on the type tool, I have type specific information I grabbed one of my selection tools it suddenly is looking at things like page metrics and, you know, different things strokes and fx and things like that so it changes depending on what tool I've chosen if I don't like it, I have a couple different ways to get rid of it. I can either grab this teeny tiny little grab handle here and pull it off and I can float it so that's kind of nice or aiken docket in one of two places the top where I had it or down at the bottom and I'm not going to do the bottom because I have my mac doc and that just gets in the way but I also can close that off I can come up here to the window menu and this is where most of our panels live almost all of them live here and we have a panel called control so that's the control panel we could just click that and we'll go away I could always bring it back the same exact way and if I want to dock it back where it was I'm just going to drag it up till I get the blue line up there and a weasel it in there or not come on weasel in there it's not going to let me wedge it in there I'm kidding a spinning beach ball for some reason we're going to leave that right there for right now I have no idea why wants to do that all right we will dock it yep is not it's thinking about it all right we're just going to let that float right there that's what we're gonna do with that and just be kind of in our way for a few minutes that's all right? I could live with that all right? So we're gonna leave that there and say we can figure out later why that's not not docking right so let's look at some of these other panels that air here and actually I'm going to close this guy because he's in my way all right, so I'm going to get some of the other panels that are off to the side. So as photoshopped users like said you probably used to it, but one of things I can do is make these smaller and shrink them all the way down to icons if I want get him out of my way again. That gives me more real estate space on my board. It's like pull it out shrinking in I also conflict this teeny tiny little button. I love that the buttons were getting smaller and smaller on the panel's pretty soon they're just gonna be one pixel wide. We're going to find them, it'll be great. I can expand all those panels and they become these tabbed panels so I can click on each one this again. Any adobe product this looks familiar to you? I'm sure there's a way we can handle the panel's I like to have him as icons, and I try and shoot him down, but I don't shoot him down too much because otherwise I have to that look exactly saying two paragraph into character, one of them miss styles when it was not so I try to pull out at least enough text toe see what that actually is called I'm just one of the people that can't identify my panels by icons. It's weird on my desktop I love everything to have icons on my panels they make no sense to me I look at this and think what what is that trying to say? I don't know so I like having the words on there so I can see that so does the panels these air here these air set up by default these are actual ones that I created it I created what's called a work space and we'll play with that in a second as well. But aiken grab panels that I want that I that I or once that I want, I can put them in and if I have them in there, I can pull them out so it's at a couple first going to go up to that window menu again that's where all your panel's live and let's choose one that we know is an open let's choose folio builder I know that one's not open and it's just a big panel right now is telling me it needs stuff and that's fine, we're not really going to worry about what's in here and I just want to have this panel open so I'm just kind of open that panel great it's a big panel I can't even close in love, it was put that in there and let's also put one in here for we'll do our scripts panel and so put that in there and you notice that opened up a couple other ones the's air just ones that go together but I didn't want those I just wanted scripts, so I'm gonna grab scripts by the tab just grab it here on the tab name and drag it down and what I'm going to do is come over to these that I don't want and just took the little x close him up all right? So I've got a panel here and I'm gonna open one more panel let's open up oh our notes panel and do the same thing and pull that out and close that one and I want these two to be nested together I like the way these are grouped so I'm going to grab this tab and just drag it up until I get a blue line at the top there and nest those together now I can move these together they make sense to me for whatever reason to have those together. I also could drag those out to the side bar if I want to I can grab this folio builder let's do him and I can pull it over here and I get this little blue line telling me it's going to go in this new segment down here or I can drop it between any of the existing ones and will become part of that set is well so it's a nested set I could say oh, it makes sense tohave folio builder with my swatches or not let's put it down here by itself so now it's a separate panel all by itself that makes sense that we've nested him together I also can pull them out and put them in as a set so it's I want scripts and notes to go together as a set I would hold on the option chiana mac are all key on the pc and pulled us down and drag it over and drop it so they go together same thing if I want to pull them out together but hold on the option key and dragged them all out of course these air the little buttoned tabs that we have I can click that double headed arrow and expand them back two tabs when I get something together that I like let's say I love the way this looks I'm going actually take this one and docket at the bottom my son was going to come in here it doesn't want to dock anything for me today it's having an issue I should be able to dock it down here you see a blue line at the bottom of this panel and it will dock it but it is not wanting to do anything with docking it's not having any of that today, so we'll just mess those together so it's a laid that all out and that's how I want my workspace toe look, I want always have those panels open, you can have different work spaces for different things you're doing or if you have somebody else that uses your computer, I know we don't do that very much these days, but in the old days we had, you know, cheryl, these computers and you would have your different workspace is set up for yourself. I have different workspaces depending what I'm doing, so I might have one that's just for digital publishing, and I have a lot different tabs that it would use for if I'm doing print publishing so I can save that workspace and say, I really like the way this looks, and I'd like it to be like this when I go to work, when I work on whatever project I like to have my tabs where I expect to see them, my panels, and know that I have all my tools ready at any time so I can save that I'm going to go to this menu over here and I'm going to say, save new workspace. I said I was going to create a work space, I can give it a name, and we'll call this let's call it creative live demo. And I can save where my panel's air sitting and any menu customization I've done this is any you can colorize certain menus you could go in there and tell it what menu what color would like a menu to be so you can find it I'll show you one that actually has different colored men he's turned on I'm not going to select that cause I haven't done anything with the menus and just say it, okay? And so now next time I go to work on something I could just bring up that set of menus. So for instance, I'm going to switch this back over to erica which my current might common work space you know it looks exactly the same and that's because it brought us to the very last state that this work space was in which was all this messing up I did have to take one more step and tell it that I want to reset it back to the way it wass and that's great especially for me because I'm always pulling off tabs to show you something and then I closed them and realize I really need that for the next thing, so I love to be able to go back in there and reset my workspace so I did that let's go check out that when we just made c l demo bring that up boom everything's where I needed to be they have some of that are built in for you, which is really nice. I think the most handy one is the new in whatever version you're in, this is great when you go to a new version and you want to see all the new items that air there or changed items so I can say new in c s six so it brings that upon what one of the things it does is it changes the menus, and it didn't change the menu color at all designs having a little bit of issue today we'll see if we can figure out what those it should show us in different colors. I'll actually turn someone manually, so sure you had to turn them off. I guess she had to turn them on under the edit menu down at the bottom. We have menus and we can come in here and we can tell it what color something is. So it's actually go it's on defaults, it really should be colorized. I don't know why it's not, but we'll come in here and let's say we wanted to always remember where find font was and type I can come over here and choose a different color, right, so I can take make that violet. So when I come up where that sits in the menu it's suddenly colorized so you can add your own colored menus that way what should happen when I choose the new and c s six let's actually reset and see if it shows up there we go just needed to reset it cleared out so new and c s six you noticed that there's there's the violet and the blue and camera but which is which but they decided that in cia six they would show you in one color all the stuff new and c s six and the other one is all the stuff new and c s five point five for whatever reason kevin which is which but they're both there and I think it's kind of confusing but it's nice to see that you could at least see what the new features are usually it's one color everything that's new from the last version so I'm going to reset that and get rid of it and when I go back to my other work space you notice even though I'm in erica I still have the colored menus on there that's great and even if I hit reset they're still on there so what I was going to show you earlier was edit menus I want to turn that off we're just going to go up to the set and say in design defaults which means nothing on their tell it no we don't want to save a new set and now all are colored many's aircon again right the disappearing and reappearing color many is apparently today that makes sense to anybody on the panel's howto move those around and how to save your your work spaces ok we'll do one more thing and then we'll take a round of questions I think if we have any so the last thing I'll show you his keyboard shortcuts how people use keyboard shortcuts excellent anytime you can keep your keep your hands on the keyboard is a good thing the great thing about design is it lets you customize nearly all your keyboard shortcuts and I love that especially because some of the keyboard shortcuts make no sense to me whatsoever or in the case of a couple of versions ago they got rid they changed a keyboard truck that they have been there forever and I thought they'd got rid of the feature because I had never actually chosen the feature from the menu I on ly every use the keyboard shortcut so I thought it was gone and I just freaked out was stepping repeat I you step on repeat all the time just turns out they changed the keyboard shortcut so I went back in and stole my keyboard shortcut back so I'll show you how to do that under the edit menu right down by many is where we just were under keyboard shortcuts you can customize your shortcuts now the great thing is it's got the default set but I can also choose page maker a cork express short cuts so if you're coming from one of those programs recently, you know where you've actually still remember you still have that memory you know reflects in there or as I like to call it deflects we just remember you know what? Which keys to push you can choose one of those otherwise we can start from scratch and just make some changes so what I want to do there's a couple that don't have keyboard shortcuts by default and I want them to have them and it's under the tight menu so I'm just going out of canada should choose anything cause I've got the style of box open but under the tight menu there's a nop oration called find font and that shows you all the fonts they're used in your document I use that a lot I don't like having to come down to the menu item for that, so we're going to sign a keyboard shortcut to that and the other one is all the way the bottom of the tight menu this is filled with placeholder text, so if I create a frame a text frame and I just want to fill in some dummy text I want a keyboard shortcut for that I don't wanna have to go all the way up to the top menu and all the way down, I know it sounds like a lot, but when you're doing that all day long, that's a lot of mousing, right? So when a keyboard shortcut for that as well so there's the two we're going to sign, so in the keyboard shortcuts, dollar box and all we need to do is just start making changes, and it will create a new set for asked me if I want to create a new set, so I need to choose where this item lives. So the product area, the first few are the menus, and those were the menus that across the top here, so it says, you know, doesn't live in a menu if it does choose one of these, some things don't live in a menu just, you know, object editing or scripts or something like that, they just kind of live out there, the tools live in its own toolbar so I can change those tools if I don't like that w you know, if I don't want a phone at a modifier key, so I don't just type a letter and have it suddenly do something for me, I can put that there, but our stuff lives in the tight menu, so we're going to the tight menu and then it's all alphabetical from here, which is really nice, easier to find so I'm going to come here and say, find font I'm just going to click on him and I can see that nothing is assigned to that there's no keyboard shortcut assigned to that at all so I want to sign one I'm going to come down here to the new shortcut field and I'm just going to key in the short cut just can actually do it right? So in this case, I'm gonna put f three so I was going to hit my f three key and it's not gonna work either, so I'm gonna have to do something else let's see, I have to change my my settings on my mac ah keyboard shortcut let's do something else let's make it oh, I don't know let's see if one's available that's what will actually have to check if I can let's say apple he do that it's going to tell me command is already excited to export so is where we have to keep finding one that we can use again and again so I'm actually going to try let's just try command eight safely okay, here with command and I we found one have to remember that it's a command nine, it tells me it's, unassigned says what you have to do and the one thing you don't want to do when you're changing and trying to find a different keyboard shortcut, for instance, when I said command e and it's not it's already signed to something else I was they don't want to sign that because it will strip it away from the other item that's there so you can do that if you look at and go, I would never use that, you know, then that's what we're might step in repeat keyboard shortcut went to it's something I don't I think I've ever used and what I'm not gonna use them to steal it back, so we'll strip it away you canada playing leapfrog if you're if you're not careful. So so in this case, I would just say instead of delete and add a new keyboard shortcut, I just want to keep in the new shortcut because if I hit delete it thinks that's what I want to assign as my keyboard shortcut let's go back to that command or control nine here nothing assigned that's good it's not assigned anything, so I'm just going to click a sign now it tells me I can't modify the default set that's good do you want to create a new set? Yes I do so it creates this new one we'll call it also seal demo and now I have that keyboard shortcut assigned even if I go to the type menu and look att thea find font it should be showing me that and it's not should be showing me that it's actually already there find funding should say command nine in here so see if we could figure out why it's not doing that let's just say ok and then we'll just see if I hit command nine what happens? Command nine opens up the fine font dialog box not sure why wasn't showing in here but here it is now a saint command nine let's go back in there do one other thing under the edit menu will come down here keyboard shortcuts and we will come down to the tight menu and I want to do phillip placeholder text and it was going to do if too but I'm sure my keyboard there we go after is working just fine why? I don't know the other was alright f two is unassigned I'm going to go ahead in a sign that fill of placeholder text should now show me f two down below and just to fix that I'm going to go to find fun and try the f three again if three doesn't work that's all right, just try that it's at least now I have my keyboard shortcuts set up f two and f urn control niner there all right, so those air keyboard shortcuts that we signs we can have those set up for ourselves and be ableto work a lot quicker so glad you guys all use keyboard shortcuts you I don't know how many people but I see that don't ever use any keyboard shortcuts and so maybe it's a it's a photoshopped thing, right? All right, cool. Does that make sense to everybody? Howto do the keyboard shortcuts all right, one last thing before we take a couple questions we need toe save our file no grand, we don't have anything in here, so I'm just going to do something little quickly. I'm going to use that keyboard shortcut we just did. We just did the fill of placeholder text, but we have some placeholder text released have something to save because I want to save this file out, so if I hit commander control s it's going to automatically come up with the save as dialog box or it can choose that from the menu let's save it as something. We'll save it out to the desktop and I haven't option for the format have a couple different options in c s six, so I have a document are of a template I have what's called idea mel, we're going talk about that at the very end of the day, so what? I'm going to worry about that so by default it set to save it as an indesign cs six document and it gives it that I nd d extension in design document and that's what we want we'll save that first and we'll talk about templates in a second so I'm saved that out we've got our desktop and look at that it's just like we expected that's what it looked like before you know, this is untitled I indeedy but I also love this weird things sitting over here it's little white violence is lock and it's an ideal k file this is one of those peripheral files I talked about it's an indesign locked file and what happens is when I have a file open I still have that file open even though I saved it. It creates this locked file and it basically is creating a history it's kind of like the history panel in photo shopped for keeps track of everything you've done on ly creates a separate file and throws it in the same folder. But as soon as I close this file let's close up are entitled a document that file is magically gone right it just it's keeping track of it that's great in case in design or your computer crashes has auto document recovering and that's what that's four so don't do anything with that file just ignore it it's going to you know, just make a weird file name that almost looks like the file you're working on that's going some gobbledygook after it and that's a quote, by the way, gobbledygook it's a technical term, right? So I'm going to come in here and I'm going to open up that same document we just had. So again, now I'm navigating out, I did commander control oto open, and I'm going to go out to that untitled document, and I want to save it as a template, all right? So what a template is, is that it's going to open up and have the structure if you're going to use the same file over and over again? So for instance, I'd like a newsletter and I did august newsletter and still opening august newsletter next time and changing everything, because then you might get save happy and hit save and realized that you just ruined your only copy the august newsletter we want to make what's called a template so that we have the structure there, and next time we open it, it opens up a new untitled document, and you're leaving your august newsletter alone, so usually what I do is I would take, say, the august one and get rid of everything except all the frames, and we'll talk learn about all the frames in just a second, but I get rid of everything that's there and save it as a template, so going to file and reduce save as and it's still choosing document, I'm going to choose a template that gives us an I n d t extension, I'll hit save and we'll look at what that looks like. It looks a little different. I'm not really excited about the icon and c s six used to look like a little legal pad that made sense. It was a template we're going keep pulling off a sheet and working from it looks a little weird now, but that's, right? We can still see the extensions I and gt, but what makes that special is that when I double click on this file here, it opens up a new untitled document so didn't open up entitled eight saris just called untitled opened up entitled ten but it's new and when I hit save, if I get safe happy I start changing hit commander control has to save it's a new thing, and it says, hey, you want to save this as something so you don't accidentally overwrite anything, so it saves it as a new untitled I and d d doc akhund that makes sense, right? Cool, so let's close those up let's let's close those and close that and I'm going to take questions at any questions on anything we've gone over the how it looks how to save it, how to open it and buddy here throw it open to the internet I guess questions excellent I felt like people are really digging this I can tell because we have questions pouring in let's start with this one from peg weather can keyboard shortcuts be exported to another computer or do you have to set them up individually? Yes, you can export them actually you can save the set so if we go into our keyboard shortcuts and we open up the set we can actually save the set show set we can either take this said this here just opens it up in your text editor and it's a beautifully designed document of all your keyboard truck it's but you can also grab the file it just creates an xml file and I'm sorry forget where it goes because they keep moving is probably in your library application support or your preferences somewhere in there but it would be an external file and you can actually look for it by the name of your file so I could look up seal demo in spotlight if I'm on a mac and find it that way but yeah where it lives this sometimes confusing for me because everything nestles things away and throughout this system, but doing it manually exactly. If you take that while you put it in the same place on your friend's computer and then they have the same keyboard shortcuts. All right. Question from our own seal, jessica she's. Wondering if you can export your post. You can express your workshop, our workspace correct and she's wondering if you ever share your favorite workspace set ups if I ever share my no, I hadn't. Because it's more of ah, preference. I mean, it's, the ones that I use all the time, but it's easily. Something I could share. Yeah, I mean, hit me up for it. I mean, it's not something that normally share it. Just I do it when I moved from computer to computer or also from version diversion, because when you create a new version, you don't have any of those spaces, we have to actually move them over for you. So as I shared with myself, I guess user may so with a couple people interested in how you change increments when you're opening a new document, you know, you went through that, and there they were, wondering if you show how to do that again, okay, howto had to change it to a different unit, yes, it's under preferences, okay? Sorry, unless you have more did you have more than ok cool so under preferences, whether it's under in design, on a mac or edit on a pc, and they come down the units and increments and then open up the horizontal and vertical rulers and change that to whatever it is you want to use and again with the preferences you want to make sure you do it with no document open, otherwise you're only changing the preference for the currently open document, so this opens it for all new ones now anything you already had open, we'll still have those old increments, so it might still be in pike is and points, but you can change that for that particular document. Okay, great shamrock win from philly will says hi from philly so once you close your document, you lose that locked auto saved document. Yes, it goes away, yet the document goes way is just keeping track while it's open, so in case there's a crash or something like that, but I just kind of goes away don't touch it don't throw it away unless you don't have been designed running and you still have that locked up when I've seen that happen once a long time ago and I threw it away because I couldn't open the file because it was saying it's open already it was yeah but for the most part don't touch that file it just kind of appears but it confuses people so I like to point it out so cool we've got one from earlier when you were first beginning and this one comes from stephen s mmm well michelle from new jersey she asks if designed if your design has facing pages can you export that to a single page format when you're exporting to pdf yes you can yeah yeah we'll talk about that too in the afternoon when we go to earth tomorrow afternoon well the export ok absolutely tastic it's more of a just how it looks on screen to you but it gives you it gives you some other options that we'll show you when if you don't have facing pages turned on there's a few things you can't do and what we'll look at that we get there ok would you be covering and going into more detail for templates their help there's a lot of questions streaming in if we have time I might be able to you know we weren't gonna really cover that ok because this is like the intro to in design class but yeah I could go over it a little bit more if we have times okay great. There were a couple people in the chat rooms sally griswold is one of them and wondering if you could tell on dh share again how to create that outer line of the document when you were first setting up the bleed is a bleed line and the line yeah it's just down here if you don't see it at the bottom if you don't see bleeding slug you want to make sure that you click this more options button because that's what it's gonna look like right out of the box so say more options and it's down here and just put in the value and an eighth of an inch is pretty standard nothing I didn't mention that if you don't know your fractions you can always do one eighth oh and hit tab and it actually does the math for you as well in design does math which I love because I don't like math very much and um well I do, but I don't like to admit it and so if I want to come in and I could do that in that math in there anyway and so while I'm in there, I'll show you that if you had eight a half inches but you knew you needed to be a little bit more or it's you know you saw mrs extended by a centimeter which sounds weird but let's say they did that for two centimeters aiken do plus two centimeters I'm sorry let's actually plus in there plus two centimeters and his tab and it actually adds it for you and converse it'll interest for you and in his I c s six actually could do more complex math. And again, if I knew more complex math I would show you but up until that point it could only do one thing at a time plus this whatever so is that all the time for fractions like cause I don't remember fifteen sixteenths ever so I do fifteen sixteen all the time and put that in there so yes so that's how we do the bleed that's in here and again keep all measurements the same if you wanted the same bleed all the way around you make sure this is selected otherwise you have to enter each one individually. Very cool that's exactly what they need. Excellent, thank very good a cool option that you can put infraction exactly that's really handy. Especially brilliant. Weird amount, you know? Yeah. It's nice to feel that maybe I could do more like you can say plus this like I always you know, if I do it was half inches plus three and quarter inches. I would have to figure out you know what the fraction was first I'm saying a quarter but let's say was something else and I would have to do that first and then do the ad and do it all together and now in design does that all for you

Class Description

Go in-depth into Adobe InDesign CS6 with Erica Gamet! This class takes you from the basics, getting familiar with the Adobe workspace, color basics, and working with pages and layers, to advanced type, graphics and table manipulation and working with long documents! It goes all the way from creation through output, whether print or digital. This class is designed for those with a firm knowledge of page layout, such as those migrating from QuarkXPress, PageMaker, or Word, and those who want to get past the basics of InDesign. Though taught on version CS6, the core information also pertains to versions CS4 and up.


Software Used: Adobe InDesign CS6

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