Text Spacing & Containers
So we've been able to go. We end and flow in our copy. We've been able to apply our style or be able to apply all of our formatting here from our character font point size, letting Koerting tracking color as well as going in and applying some very basic formats with our paragraph returns. Putting the amount of space after and in denting are certain lines. Now, one thing that we have to look at is coming down here. I noticed that the bottom of my text container I have this red plus This red plus shows me that I have more content than my container could hold. I float my copy in, and I've made my copy larger. Therefore, it has pushed the copy out beyond the edge of my container. Zoom out here and I'm gonna open up the text container, which I can do with my selection tool that I can pull on any one of my pull handles located on the corners or the top in the bottom. And I can open up my text container and my text is going to not show that it's over set. Once they opened this far enough that...
Redd plus goes away. Zoom in here so we can see this little bit better if my text container closes up and I can't see the copy. I see that red Plus anything outside the container is still there. It's just that we're not going to see it and print it. And we may not select it when we format are copy. So quick. Way to go. We had an open and close up your containers so that everything stays nice and tidy. Selector container with the selection tool. Double click on the bottom center. Pull Handle that will open your container right up to the point where you're type stops. And where is my type, actually, Stop. Well, let me zoom in here so I can show you what this looks like at the very last bit of your text. You're going to have this pound sign and this pound sign tells you you're at the end of your story. And a story could be at the end of this text container or at the end of a link of multiple containers in a row. We're going to show you that linking feature very shortly. This pound sign is not selectable. All of our other hidden characters here are, But the pound sign is not something we put in. It just simply tells us we are at the end of our story. So again, having the hidden characters turned on and showing very important to see that. So as I zoom back out here, I may have a text container that is too large, and I could always grab that handle on short right up here. But that same feature of double clicking on that bottom center pull handle with a selection tool works both ways. It will close up a container that's too big. It will also go in and open up a container that's too small. If I have more copy than can actually fit in the bounding box of my page, it will open up to the bottom of the page and stay there so won't give me more than my page can handle. So here's what I'm gonna dio. I'm gonna close up my container and bring it back to my guides that I had right here and now I get my red plus right here. And if you're watching, too, it shows that I have one error here because any over set text is going to go ahead and come up as an error. And if I would go to print and I try to print some place, one of the things that's gonna tell me is I have over set text. If I actually have that turned on to warn me, which I didn't have turned on, I have to reset that. So that over set text is important because we have lost that part of the story. So in this case, I have more copy in my container, and I would like to continue this on the same page or on the next page. So with my copy that I have here, I don't wanna have to take this out. Cut this out of here, draw another text container and paste it in here. I want to be able to have this copy flow, no matter what size they have my containers. So here's the trick. You want to go in and select the container and then click on that Redd plus ALS zoom in here. So select the container with the selection tool. Click on that Redd Plus and you will get a loaded cursor, that cursor. It's got the little box around there. It's waiting for you to draw another text container. So as I zoom back out, I can scroll to another page or be on the same page on a minute. Click and drag. You couldn't draw another text container with which my copy links to. But I don't see the Lincoln between knees, because by default, the linking between these containers is not turned on under the view menu. We could go down to extras, and we can show our text threads to see this connection between our two containers or multiple containers. So when I show the text threads, this connection will only show up when I have any of these containers selected. If I click off the container, we will not see that text threat. So what happens is I click on my container. I can see that my copy flows out into the next available container. If I shore up this first container, it simply pushes my content out into the other container. What's nice about this text linking is that I can get rid of any of these containers and my copy just simply re flows into the next available container. If I d delete that one, it's gone. I've lost nothing. Its simply floated into the next available container. Now here's one thing that does happen when people try to go in and click on that Redd. Plus, I tell people, Make sure you select your container. First click on it, activate it, and then click on that Redd Plus to get your loaded cursor to draw your container. If you don't do that and you have that Redd plus, what people will do is they'll click on that Redd plus first. And nothing happens because you've just elected the container so that they think, Oh, I need to double click on this red plus every time. No, the first click selects the container. The 2nd 1 gives your loaded cursor. If you do go in and double click on your red plus and do that, what is going to do is it's going to create a link, and when you click again, it just puts a container the width of your entire page right there. It happens to a lot of people, so I tell people, select the container first, make sure it's active and then click to get the loaded cursor. If you double click it links and put the box right there for you. So once you draw that link, you can put that anywhere on the same page or another page. I'm gonna put a whole lot more copy in here. I'm going to copy and paste amore in here so that we have lots of copy. So I flow my text container. I see this container. It goes over here. It flows to the next page. I can click on that container activated, and I can click on that overflow on Aiken, Then drag it to the next page and flow it all in. And my copy just so happens to stop right here at the very end. And I don't have any extra because there is my end of story, just miraculously happen to fit exactly in there. So that's how we can create text flow over multiple pages or containers. Now these containers can move around, and I can also apply different attributes to each container. Just because they're container doesn't mean that I can't do something different in the container. I can at any time deleted container from the link in the middle at the first, the last. Whatever it may be, if I do not want this container here on this page, I simply selected with my selection tool and delete it. It automatically, then goes in, reconnect it to the next link in the chain, and I have more. Copy that showing. If I would like to put a link back in, I can simply select the container I want to link it from. Click on that out button. It's no longer a red plus because we don't have overflow. It's actually flowing someplace else. I click on that out button after I have selected the container. Click on that out button. I then draw another container on that's going to Go and insert another link in the chain of containers. Now a story is everything that is in the container or in the whole series of linked containers. So this is what in design calls a story, which is important because when you search or you spell check, you can search in a story or spellcheck just the story. This right here is a story. If I go to my first page. This is a different story because it's in the text container all by itself. So technically, how this is termed as I have two different stories in here, I could search or change this story. Oregon search and change this story a container or all the containers linked to it in terms of what I can do with a text container, There's a lot of things that I can do within a text container. A text container is a box so I can have certain attributes on the box. I'm gonna draw a text container on the side of my content here. I'm gonna fill it with some placeholder text. I'm going to reduce the size of it. I'm gonna pick a different font, but I think is going toe work. Zoom in here and pick a font that's going to work. And there is my container. A couple things that I would like to dio. One of the things is I would like to make this container a different color. Select the container with my selection tool, go to my fill panel and I'm going to fill it with a color. I'm gonna make that a light yellow Now these bounding boxes around the containers don't print. And if I want to see what this looks like without my grids and guides, I can hit the letter W, which allows me to enter into preview mode. And that's also at the bottom of my toolbar here, jumping back and forth between preview and normal mode. You can work in either mode. You will not see your guides or your grids or your hidden characters or your frame edges when you're in preview mount. But in preview mode, you'll see that when I put text inside a container, this text runs right up the very edge. When I fill it with a color, I don't like that. I'm certainly not gonna to do due to containers one yellow container with a totally different text container on top, because I can never get them to be the right size and fit perfectly. So these attributes that I'm going to show you are gonna be based on the object, which is the text container itself. So I would think to edit my type, I would go into my type, but this is a container just because it holds type within design in design really doesn't care what kind of container it is. It's just a container. So editing any type of container, we go into the object menu and work with it that way. So I'm going to set my text frame options from my object menu to go ahead and control some of the settings in this container and what I want to set here. To click on the preview button, I want to set the inset spacing, which is a buffer zone that is going to be placed around all the edges of my container to keep my text away from the edge. Now, if I do any side panels on my pages here, I can reproduce this inset spacing, keeping it all inside this text container instead of dealing with multiple containers. The setting is reproducible, and it's very easy to duplicate this setting over multiple pages, multiple containers. So that's one of the things I can dio. I go in a preview mode by hitting W, and now my text looks normal and it's not fitting up against something right up against the edge. I may also want to go in. They may want to put a text container in here and put something in that is going to be right in the middle of my container. And so if I type something in here, I can go in, choose a fund that I think is going to work. Got a good fun right there, Bungee. What a great fun. Increase the size of that. Now I have my text container. I want to center this left to right and also top to bottom in my container. I'm in a double click. Activate my type tool. We go to my paragraph formatting and Aiken center it in my pen and my container left to right. I also want to send a this top to bottom. So I have a couple different options under the object menu. Again, text frame options. I can set my vertical justification so this type sits at the top or the center or in the bottom of my container right there, regardless of how bigger small my container is. The shortcut for this is here in my control bar the line to the top of my container lined to the bottom or a line to the center. Now, if I were to put a border around this or scale this any size. This is always going to be exactly in the center. So there's several things that I can dio to make my tax container work for me instead of trying to do multiple spaces and returns to get this here, this allows me to put this right in that location without any issue.