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Adobe InDesign CC – Advanced Training

Daniel Scott, Adobe Certified Trainer

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71 Lessons (7h 46m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Getting Started with the Adobe InDesign CC Advanced Course

    • 3. Adjusting your workspace for maximum amazingness

    • 4. Setting The Default Font Size For New Documents Adobe InDesign

    • 5. Special features for Typekit & Open Type Fonts

    • 6. Where to get great free fonts for use in InDesign

    • 7. Mastering your fonts in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 8. What the font font guess in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 9. How to pick beautiful font pairings in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 10. Free icons using Adobe Market in InDesign CC

    • 11. How to use the Color Theme Tool in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 12. Using Colour Modes In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 13. Importing Colors & Setting Default Colors in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 14. Finding great colours using Adobe Color for use in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 15. Appearance Of Black & Proofing Colours

    • 16. Draw lot of shapes at once InDesign Gridify Live Distribute

    • 17. How to make arrows in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 18. How to draw complex flowers in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 19. How text boxes can auto expand in Adobe InDesign CC with Auto size

    • 20. Placeholder text alternatives in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 21. How To Add Paragraph Borders & Shading In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 22. Paragraph vs Single Line Composer in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 23. How to make paragraphs span 2 columns in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 24. Mastering Justification In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 25. Mastering hyphenation options using Adobe InDesign CC

    • 26. Optical margin alignment in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 27. The secret power of Keep Options in Adobe InDesign CC

    • 28. Advanced Anchored Objects In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 29. How To Use Conditional Text In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 30. How To Create Pie Charts & Bar Graphs In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 31. The Pros & Cons Of The Various Interactive Types In InDesign CC

    • 32. How To Create An Interactive PDF In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 33. How To Add Interactive Page Transitions In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 34. How To Add Navigation To An Interactive PDF In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 35. What Is Publish Online In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 36. How To Publish Your Adobe InDesign Publish Online Documents

    • 37. How To Add Video To Adobe InDesign CC Documents

    • 38. How To Create Interactive Button Triggered Animations In InDesign CC

    • 39. How To Make A Multi State Object In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 40. How To Add Adobe Animate CC To InDesign CC Files

    • 41. Adding Maps & Calendars To Interactive Documents In InDesign CC

    • 42. How To Create QR Codes In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 43. Keyboard Shortcuts In Adobe InDesign CC That Will Change Your Life

    • 44. How to automatically place lots of text onto multiple pages in InDesign CC

    • 45. How To Make A Cross Reference In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 46. How To Create An Index In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 47. Add Document Name Automatically To The Page In InDesign Using Text Variables

    • 48. How To Use The Adobe InDesign CC Book Feature

    • 49. Changing Preferences For Advanced InDesign Users

    • 50. How To Speed Up Your Workflow For Advanced InDesign CC Users

    • 51. Why Should I Use Character Styles In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 52. Advanced Paragraph Styles In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 53. How To Use & Map Word Styles In With Adobe InDesign Styles

    • 54. How To Create Nested Styles In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 55. How To Create A Grep Style In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 56. How To Use A Next Style In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 57. Advanced Object Styles In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 58. Best Practices For Working Across Multiple Documents In Adobe InDesign

    • 59. How To Use Adobe Stock With Adobe InDesign CC

    • 60. How To Crop Images Inside Of Text In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 61. Using Adobe Comp CC To Make InDesign Layouts On Your Mobile Phone Or Ipad

    • 62. Advanced Use Of CC Libraries In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 63. How To Get The Most Of Photoshop & Illustrator In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 64. How To Create A PDF Form Using Adobe InDesign CC

    • 65. Advanced Use Of The Pages Panel In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 66. How To Place InDesign Documents Inside Of Each Other

    • 67. How To Use And Install Scripts In Adobe InDesign CC

    • 68. How To Speed Up InDesign When It’s Running Really Slow

    • 69. Advanced Exporting & Printing Tricks For Adobe InDesign CC

    • 70. BONUS: Software Updates

    • 71. What To Do Once You’ve Finished You Advanced InDesign CC Training Course

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About This Class

Hi there, my name is Dan. I am an Adobe Certified Instructor and an Adobe Certified Expert for InDesign and I work as a professional graphic designer. This course is about advanced features, productivity & workflow speed tricks using Adobe InDesign. 

This course is not for people brand new to InDesign. It’s for people who already know and understand the fundamentals. 

If you are already happy adding text & images to InDesign documents then this course is for you. Even if you consider yourself a heavy user, I promise there will be things in here that will blow your InDesign mind. 


You’ll learn advanced font tricks using Typekit & Opentype fonts, font grouping & font pairing. Mastering colour features like the colour theme tool and colour modes as well as professional proofing for colours for print. We’ll set permanent defaults for fonts, colours & will learn how to turn hyphenation off for good, once and for all.  

What would an advanced InDesign course be without all the tactics to fully control paragraphs, auto expanding boxes, spanning & splitting columns. You’ll become a Styles master, using nested styles, grep styles, next styles & advanced object styles.  


We’ll make beautiful charts & graphs for your InDesign documents. You’ll learn the pros & cons of various digital distribution methods including Interactive PDF’s, EPUBs & the amazing Publish Online. 

You’ll become a master of long, text heavy documents, autoflowing, primary text frames & smart text reflow, cross referencing, indexes, text variables & the InDesign book feature. There is entire section dedicated to how to speed up your personal workflow & how to speed up InDesign and get it running super fast. 


We look at interactive forms & scripts. There is just so much we cover and I want to share everything here in the intro but I can’t. Have a look through the video list, there is an amazing amount we cover here in the course. 

If you’re one of those people using InDesign and you know there is probably a better way, a faster way to work then this is your course. 

Daniel Walter Scott

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a copy of Adobe InDesign 2018 or above. But you find that 95% of all the features in this course will work with earlier version of InDesign (e.g. CS6). A free trial can be downloaded from Adobe.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 70 lectures 5+ hours of well structured content. 
  • Create PDF Forms
  • Master Long Documents.
  • Advanced Fonts
  • Master Styles
  • Shortcut Sheet
  • Create Charts & Infographics
  • Create Interactive Documents
  • Workflow Tactics
  • Shortcuts & Speed Tips
  • Advanced Creative Cloud Features
  • Tips for working with Photoshop & Illustrator
  • Using Scripts
  • Exporting, Prepress & Printing tricks
  • You will get the finished files so you never fall behind. 
  • Downloadable exercise files & cheat sheet. 
  • Forum support from me and the rest of the BYOL crew. 
  • Techniques used by professional graphic designers. 
  • Professional workflows and shortcuts. 
  • A wealth of other resources and websites to help your accelerate your career. 

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for people who already know InDesign and want to take their skills and speed to the maximum level.
  • This is an advanced InDesign course, so you’ll need basic InDesign skills to find this course useful.
  • This course is perfect for anyone that already knows how to insert images & add text.
  • If you a completely new to InDesign try my InDesign Essentials course before starting this one.
  • This course is perfect for anyone that has completed my InDesign Essentials course.

Download the Completed files here.

Download the Exercise files here.


1. Introduction: Hi there. My name is Dan and I'm an Adobe certified instructor and Adobe certified expert in InDesign. I was named Max Mazda, Adobe Max this year, which is Adobe's big conference they have every year. Now this course is about the advanced features in InDesign. We're going to talk about productivity, speeding workflow techniques. This is not for people brand new to InDesign. It's for people that already have the fundamentals. If you are okay placing images, working with text, then this is the course that's going to take you to the next level. Even if you consider yourself a pretty heavy InDesign user, I promise you, this course is going to blow your InDesign mind. You'll advanced fun tricks using Typekit and Open Type Fonts, as well as font grouping and font pairing. You'll master color features like the color thing tool and color modes, as well as techniques for professional proofing of colors for print. Also on the default slight fonts, colors and tuning being drifted, hyphenation often once and for all. We'll explore tricks for creating, aligning and distributing shapes, as well as more advanced drawing tricks, even tricks on how to merge up more background or completely remove it. What would an advanced InDesign course be without tactics to control out paragraphs fully? Fun tricks like expanding textboxes, splitting and spinning columns. You'll become a styles master using nested styles, grip styles, nick styles, advanced objects styles. Your work is going to become super amazing, super-fast, superfluid. We'll make beautiful charts and graphs in InDesign. You will finally learn all the pros and cons for all the various digital distribution methods, including things like indirective PDFs, ePubs and the amazing new publish online. You become the master of long takes hippie documents as well as interactive forms and scripts. There is just so much we cover. I want to cover it all here in the intro, but there's just not enough time. For a detailed list, go through that video course list that'll outline everything that we cover. If you are one of those people who knows there's a better, faster way to work in InDesign, follow me. We'll go from good InDesign to a super amazing in InDesign. Excited. Design is awesome. 2. Getting Started with the Adobe InDesign CC Advanced Course: All right. Time to get started. The main thing is to download the exercise file. So, there will be a link on the page here somewhere to download those exercise files. The other thing to do, is have what's called the completed files, and it just means on every video, you'll see a link and it'll just be where I'm up to the end of that video. So, the InDesign document, the INDD file. So, you can download it. If yours isn't working, just compare mine with yours. Yeah, that's it. Let's get into the videos. 3. Adjusting your workspace for maximum amazingness: Hi there. Welcome to the workspace video. We're going to start with just some housekeeping to make sure we're all on the same page. Then we're going to move into some more advanced workspace features. Hang around for that. There's some gems in there. To start with, we're going to make sure we've got our units and increments all the same. You do it up here, on a Mac, it's under InDesign CC Preferences, and go to Units. If you're on a PC, it's under Edit, and down the bottom here, Preferences and Units. So find here, the other thing to note that if you're changing your default units from say, millimeters or picas or inches, I mean if you need to do it with no files open. If I'd have a file open and do it, it'll change just for that document. As soon as I close it down and opened up a new document, you'll go back to the default and that can be really annoying. So nothing open. Let's go to our Units and Increments. Now, depending on where you are in the world, you might be on picas. It's an old school style from newspaper days. I never use picas, so I'm always switching mind to millimeters because I'm in Europe much of the time. But if I've got clients in the US, I'm switching into inches. We're going to use inches for this course, just because most of the people watching these videos are based in the US. That's all you need to do. Click "Okay." We never change the stroke. It's always done in points. We're going to click "Okay." Now that'll change the default for EVA. The other thing I'd like you to do is, if we go to "File" and go to "Open", I'd like you to go to "Exercise Files." In 01 Spring Flyer, if you haven't downloaded the exercise files, there's a link on the page here somewhere. I want you to open up the INDD file dot 01 Spring Flyer. If you're using an older version of InDesign and playing alone, a lot of this stuff will still work, but you might have to use the IDML file. This will allow older versions of InDesign pre CC 2018 to open them up and work fine. If you're in CC 2018 or above, just use the INDD files. Let's click "Open.". Hi everyone, I will pause myself quickly here just to add a little update about the new version of InDesign, just before we get started. InDesign has changed one little thing here that might be a little confusing, so we'll address it now. In the very next part of this video, I'm going to ask you to go up to here, get to "Window", and go to "Workspace." I'm going to say, go to the "Essentials" and then "Reset Essentials." The new update, what they've done is, they've shifted Essentials and the renamed it, called Essentials Classic. That's the one I want you to go for. If throughout this course I say go to Workspace and click on "Essentials", actually go to "Essentials Classic" place. That is it. Not too big a deal, but it's easy to get out of the way here early on, and carry on with the course. Now first thing is, is I'm going to go to up the top here. This is going to change my Workspace, I'm going to make sure that tick is on Essentials, and I'm going to click "Reset Essentials." That means everyone's going to look the same. Then the thing that I'm going to do is, see this little pop-up menu here, this little chevrons, I'm going to pop-up mine, and have this open for the entire class. It's up to you, it doesn't matter, but that's the way I'm going to work through this course. If you are on PC, I'm pretty sure it's up here on the left, if you can't find it that exact same thing as here, Window, Workspace and you can see here Essentials, same thing. That's the boring housekeeping stuff out of the way. Let's look at some more advanced Workspace features. It's to do with this pasteboard area here, this lighted grain, in the background. Now a lot of people, me included, I like to copy things and move it over here and start working on alternate layouts, but there's not a lot of room in here, which is [inaudible] started making a couple of versions. If I start dragging it, there's just no room there, and there's definitely no room at the top, by default only gives you a tiny pasteboard area. If you're like me, and illustrated, it has like a giant [inaudible] pasteboard area. You end up doing lots of work, all over the place. We can adjust that here, in InDesign as well. Now there's two ways to do it per document. If I've got this document open, I can say just this document preferences, go to "Guides and Pasteboard", and down the bottom here is where the defaults are. Mine's 8.5 by 1 inch. 18 and over here by maybe by five inches. Click "Okay." You'll see it has a much bigger pasteboard area. Some people love a big pasteboard area, some people don't. One of the other things though, if you make it really big say like 15 inches on the vertical, if you have another page, you can you see they're actually quite physically far apart. That's not a big deal, but that's just something to be considered. Now, if I open up a new document, any random document, you'll notice my pasteboard area is back to the teeny tiny size. To get round that is nothing open, I'm going to close both of these back up, close, close, close and have nothing open. If I change my settings now, it'll change for forever. You can go in here and change it up to a bigger size. I leave mine as default, just to match my students when they come into class. We're going to leave that there. Before we get out of here though, I'd like you to show you under General, this thing here, Show Start Workspace. This is the new workspace in 2018, where it shows you the documents you've been working on. Some people don't like that. They want to see all the panels like it was before. You can just turn that off there. Click "Okay." It means when it starts up, it goes to this view. But that's totally up to you, it annoys lots of people under Preferences again, I'm going to turn that back on. I've grown to like it, but I know a lot of people don't. One of the other things people don't like working with, Interface, over here you can click through and just change it back to old school InDesign, up to you. I'm going to go to this default here of this medium dark, let's click "Okay." Next thing we can do to make your kind of starting a job a lot smoother and a lot faster, is to adjust the default pages. Because whenever you go to File, New Document, you've got Print and you've got some defaults. US later has defaults. But there might be things in here like you might always be using two columns and the margins you might be changing. You might have things that you do every single time, you like, man, every time I have to do that. What you can do to change this by default, it's got to close and go to File, come down to Document Presets and click on "Define." We're going to double-click the "Default." I'm going to be working under prints and pick your page size. It might be A4 or Letter, whatever you want to adjust. Here you might be saying, I'm using landscape the whole time. Not using the landscape here all the time but down here as well, columns, I want two columns and I want to go to that, kind of nice and full like that. What I tend to do as well as margins, I break this little link here, so that on the bottom I always have a like a thicker bottom paste on the bottom of my margins, contains the page numbering in the document title, and say you always working in, you need to have your presets. You could type in point 1-5. Cool thing about that now is, if I click "Okay", whenever I go to a new document, and I picked print US Letter. Now you can see down here I've got two columns. My margins of the one-inch there and my preset is all set for me. You might have two versions. You can have more than one under File Definitions. You can click on "Define" and you can just create your own. Casey might create a new one and call this letter alternative 1 or letter for a specific client. It will appear in your new documents. You might be in charge of a larger studio. You can grab your default and you can save it, save it onto the network drive, and people can come into the same option and load it in. You've got some consistency across documents. Before we go out, I am going to edit mine and put it back to normal. I'm going to go change this, and we'll cut this out and I'll see you in a sec. One last thing to make your life a little easier in InDesign is the Pages Panel. Let's open up any old documents and open up my Spring Flyer again, my Pages Panel here. I actually, I'm going to push that all the way out, so I can see everything, In the big menu on the top here, you'll notice if I actually add a bunch of new pages, they stick vertically and that's fine. But it would be a lot more better use of space if they stick side-by-side and you can do that easily under the big menu. You then go to View panels and go to horizontally. It just means they stick side-by-side, and especially if you've got like a nice big screen, you can have this out. You can see, you can have actually quite a few on the screen at one time, rather than have to scroll up and down. The other nice thing you can do is, you can go to the flat menu here, and you can go to the panel options, and these thumbnails are quite small. You can adjust them to say large or extra large depending on your preference. There's jumbo as well. Just make some of the details a little easier to know which page you're jumping to. One thing though, if I go to "Essentials", and "Reset Essentials", it's going to remove that. It'll stay for the new documents now, but if you have a reset it, it'll go back to default. You can get around that by going into here, and just creating your own New Workspace, I'm going to call mine Dan. It just going to look like this. If I need a reset as, I can go to "Reset Dan", and it's going to stay the same. I hope you found some useful pots in getting set up. I know that's boring. You came for some more exciting advanced InDesign. Let's move on to the next video now, bring on the fonts. 4. Setting The Default Font Size For New Documents Adobe InDesign : Okay. So, every time you draw a new textbox, type or draw a text box, it's defaults to Myriad Pro, 12 point, but no space after and hyphenation turned on by default. Okay. So, I never use Myriad Pro and I'm never 12 point. So, how do we change the defaults? The trick is just to close down the document you have opened, so, you got nothing open. You'll need a switch from this Start Workspace up the top here, to any of these other ones, so I'm going to use Essentials. Make sure you're on your Type tool and any changes you make up here now will be the default for any new documents. So, let's say, most of my work gets done in Roboto. So, I'm going to pick Roboto Light and it's going to be 10 points, and in paragraph down here. Hey, I want to turn hyphenation off. I dislike your hyphenation and I'm sick of tuning you off. With that done, if I open up a new document now, I'm going to use that plain old empty document. Grab my Title, draw a type box, Fill it with Placeholder Text. That's Roboto Light and it's 10 point, and there's no hyphens. Thank you very much InDesign and goodbye Myriad. All right. Next font feature. 5. Special features for Typekit & Open Type Fonts : Hey there. In this video, we're going to look at Typekit and OpenType fonts and how awesome they are because they let us do things like this were this is a font, we've downloaded free from Typekit. But because it's an OpenType font, it allows us to do things like this. You can see the S, there's an alternative S with a bit of a softer edge. You can see this G here is different from the one at the top. This A is kind of more like we draw a hand drawn. This L, look at the center. Also, you can go bananas and just throw them all in and make a mess. Let's go now into InDesign to learn how to make that beautiful fonts all like this one, a beautiful mess. First up, let's make a new document and we're going to use US half. So, we're going to go to Print and we'll go down to Lette-Half. If you can't see some of these options, you can see View All Presets, it will drop down some other ones. So we're going to use Letter-Half and I'm going to make it portrait. I'm going to set the margins to zero and bleed at zero and that is all going to be good. I'm going to turn off Facing Pages. Click Create. Let's bring in an image. So let's go to File and go to Place and I want to find in your Exercise Files under 01 Spring. There's one called Modern kitchen white yellow background. Okay, and I'm going to drag it from the top all the way across and it's going to be a little bit bigger than I need and use the black arrow just to lift it up so it fits there. I'm going zoom out a little bit. I'm going to work in my little pasteboard area over here. I'm going to grab the Type tool, drag out a nice big box and type in Spring Sale. Now, Typekit. Typekit is a service provided by Adobe. It's free, what kind of free? It's part of your Creative Club License. If you're paying for a license, you've got this. You've got access to it. To get to it all you need to do is have your Type tool on your Character Formatting Controls and up here where you pick Fonts, let's go and pick Add Fonts from Typekit. Okay, and this is where you end up. Typekit is just fonts. This commercial use. They're just really nice fonts. You can get fonts from free sites and that's fine, but Typekit has some really kind of versatile fonts and OpenType fonts which we're going to explore the kind of benefits for in a second. Now, when it comes to Typekit, not everybody can use it mainly because of things like firewalls in bigger companies. So what I'm teaching students, about 80 percent of them can do Typekit fine, but there are 20 percent of the people who are working at big large corporations who don't allow this kind of like fonts sinking thing to work. So if you can't make yours work, talk to IT department and they'll probably tell you, no, you can't do it. But for the people that can, you want to go to Browse and along the top here you can type in, you can see I can type in anything I like. Get a sense of the font before you start working. Over here on the right, it's a nice little way of saying, actually, I want to look at a script font please or hand drawn fonts. Okay, just a really nice way of re-ordering and finding the font you want. So the one I want, I know I want lust. I'm going to use lust and you can click on Sync. I've already synced mine. What will happen is it will take probably 30 seconds to a minute and then the fonts will just start working in Indesign. There is nothing else you need to do. It's a really cool little system. So let's jump back into Indesign. So, I'm going to select my text and up here I'm going to pick Lust and I'll pick just Lust Regular. I'm going to make mine a lot bigger, 72, 72 is too big. Enough that I can see both of those words side by side. Now, why did I pick a Typekit font? It's because it's an OpenType font. How do I know it's an OpenType font? Is because pretty much all of them that I've got from Typekit are OpenTyped fonts and OpenType fonts are just a kind of more complex font. If I go to my Font menu here, so I got my Type tool and I drop down on my fonts. So, see this one that say TT next to them? These are fonts but they are quite simple. They don't have these ligatures and glyphs that I want to show you and impress you with next. So if you are picking a font, try to pick ones that either have an O or Tk next to them for Typekit. These are OpenType fonts as well. You might notice on your computer, you might have like Helvetica and then another Helvetica MT or M key or something called Pro, often that will be the difference between that font as a TrueType font or that font has an OpenType font. They look exactly the same for the kind of letters and numbers, but it's when it gets to these close and ligatures that it'll change. So what I want to do is first of all, I want to make it white for no reason and grab my black arrow. Now, if you can't see this little O down the bottom here, you can go to InDesign, Preferences and go to Advanced Type and down the bottom here, these two little check boxes you can turn on. If you get sick of that little O, you can turn them off here as well. So turn those both on and you're going to click okay. Now, why are these great and why do I love them and get a bit excited by them is that the person that designed this font made some decisions. They decided that the A is going to be this kind of like the A that nobody draws. Same with the G. Nobody writes their G's like that, you might. But normally you do kind of just like a loop and a dangly bit. Dangly bit is not the technical word but a descend that goes down. But also, potentially, the font designer has made some options for you to pick from and that's called stylistics sets. You can find them down here with a little O, click on them with the black arrow. You can see if I click on this first one, awesome. So it's changed out these three. So those were decisions that this font designer has made a second option for them all. Turn them on and off, you can see the A, the S, and the G all change. Putting that off, you can see this one. You've probably seen some people designing a flyer and all these kind of like curls and whips into send these all linked together and your like, "Man, they spent ages with the pin tool". Often, no. They've just come through and found a good OpenType font with some good ligatures and switch them out. You can see there's a bunch in here. So this is doing it for every single thing in this box. Some cool swashes. So you can do it individually. So I can just highlight this S here and you'll see it pops out of the bottom the options for it, anyone for the S. Let's look at the L, there's quite a few options for this one. I want to, which one do I want? Not that one, that one there. This has always been far too long kind of going through and deciding which bits we're going to use. I might switch that G out to the alternative to that. Can you just kind of work your way through and decide what you'd like to do and how far you want to customize this thing? Awesome. So, I hope you get access to Typekit. Even if you don't, just go and check the font that you might be using already for work or for a job or one that you just like might already be an OpenType font and there might be some stylistic sets. Not all fonts have them. Most of the exciting ones are either hand drawn of these more kind of like title display fonts, less of the body copy ones. So you can skip on to the next video now. What I'm going to do is just kind of design. I'm just going to lay this out about there. I'm going to add a rectangle so it can be seen. I'm going to push it to the back. The easiest way to do that is with your black arrow is hold command and the first of the square brackets which is often next to the P on your keyboard, or if you're on a PC, hold down the control. It's first square bracket. Now, I just kind of move it down one place, and I might lower the opacity for a little bit as well. All right. Let's save this one, and for this course, I'm going to create a folder on my desktop, New Folder and I'm going to put everything in here. It's going to be my InDesign Advanced Coursework. This one is going to be the Spring Flyer v1. All right. On to some more fun awesomeness. 6. Where to get great free fonts for use in InDesign: All right. So, we've already looked at Typekit. So, we're asked where to get great fonts from. Fonts Squirrel is a nice place, but my favorite place where not a lot of people have heard of is Google Fonts. So, com. You come in to here. You can do the same thing as before. You can delete this and say, Spring Sale, and it'll give you a bit of a demo of it. Now, just like Typekit, you can decide, I only want to look at display fonts. You can see there that Abril Fatface is a lot like Lust. I'm going to turn them all back on. The font that I want is Roboto. It's really a common body [inaudible] font there. Source Sans, and Open Sans are probably the most commonly used at the moment. They're just a bit nicer than say Ariel or Helvetica. Some of you might be gasping at the Helvetica comment, but Roboto is quite nice. I'm going to type in Roboto, and I'm going to download too. So I want the Roboto just the regular one. I'm going to hit plus. I want the Roboto Slab. It's kind of like a nice chunky one, and click this. So what these is meant to be used for is for website fonts, but there isn't a cool little option that not many people know about. If I click on this "Families Selected." First of all, it'll look like this. Click on "Customize" and you can go saying I want the Slab. I want all three sizes, please. For Roboto, you can go through and just tick them all. I want all of these guys to use. Clickety click. Once you've got them all, at the top here, there's this little mysterious button. It's the download button. Click on this, and it will just download those fonts to use on your computer. They are TrueType fonts, not OpenType fonts. We looked at OpenType fonts earlier, right? OpenType has extra awesomeness. So these are just regular TrueType fonts. But in the case of Roboto, it's going to be really good for us. Now, if you don't have access to download them, they are in your exercise files. Where are they? There they are. Exercise files and 01SpringFlyer. Roboto. You can just open them up, and see those TrueType fonts. You just double click on each of them. Actually, you can click on all of them and double-click them all at once, and they'll install. It's the same thing on a PC, just double-click any of those fonts, and they'll install, and they'll be ready to go in InDesign. No need to restart it. So Roboto is going to be the font we use throughout this course. You can totally use any font you like, even Helvetica, but I thought Google Fonts would be a good mention. One of the perks for using Google Fonts over other fonts is that if you do design a brand and it's going to be used on a website if you use google fonts, it's going to be easy to have that font on the website as well as their printed material, so it's kind of like a dual use. Whereas, fonts through Typekit, some of them, not all of them, need to be licensed specifically and separately for use on websites. So before we go, let's go and use our Roboto in InDesign. I'm going to grab the rectangle tool and draw a box that kind of sits over here. I get it. So it actually lines up. My color pen here. I'm just going to drop it down so it's more of a dark-grayish, and I'm going to grab the type tool. I'll click, and drag the box down here. Paste in my text. Select it all. Make sure it's Roboto. Move it up here, and I'm going to have to use Roboto. Probably, the bold visions that can be seen. My kind of T's & C's. Font selected. I'm going to use paper, and I'm probably going to make it all caps. These double T's at the top here. Back Arrow. Don't like it in bold? You can carry on now to the next video. I'm going to go and play with the fonts, decide on sizes. But you, my friend, meet me in the next video for some more font amazing stuff. See you there. 7. Mastering your fonts in Adobe InDesign CC : Things you didn't know about your font menu. I'm going to grab the Type tool, drag out a type box, paste some stuff in. I can't see it because I've got my Preview on. Switch it back to normal with the W key. I'm going to make this a little bigger, so we can all see it using one of the shortcuts I use all the time. It's select all the text and hold down Command-Shift and then, the greater than key or the full stop period key. The comma key next to it goes down and then goes up. If you're on a PC, that is Control-Shift and use those same two keys. Great. So, I've got my text, actually I'm going to select that with the whole box. I'm going to go back to my Type tool and up the top here, I'm going to drop this down. There's been some additions to InDesign that people haven't noticed. One of my favorites is, let's say I've picked Lust for this, and I go back in there, see this little wavy line there. Somehow magically, if I click on this, InDesign will cut down the fonts on your machine and the ones you have installed and try and find ones that are very similar. You can see, pretty amazing. Like it's picked the other Lust ones, but it's also picked ones that you can see here, Carina Pro, very similar. It's just really handy if you're like, "Oh I like this font, but I wish I had something similar but different." You're going to make sure you turn it off again otherwise your font list is pretty small. Another thing to help speed up is that, let's say you're working at a company and use the same fonts over and over again. Instead of having to scroll through all your list to find them all, you can have this little star system. So, let's say that I used Roboto a lot and Roboto Slab, where are you Roboto Slab, and I've been using Lust and let's say I need Helvetica as well. So, down here somewhere Helvetica, where are you, buddy? There it is, then into the star on. What's really nice about once you star them is that, say you're working on your document. I can go back into my font menu and I can just turn on. See this option here and it just has my stars. So, instead of having that ginormous list, I can click on here and just go to my Type tunes. Actually I just want one of these guys. You can pick from the dropdown list as well, to pick my third option. So, it's super handy. But, remember you can turn it off otherwise your font list will forever be just these five. Another option, I don't use very much, you can show just the Typekit ones, ones that have been downloaded from Typekit. Often this will indicate the ones that are a bit more special because you've spent some time downloading them. Can be useful, but the super useful one is this filter. Now for me, I keep meaning every time I get a new MacBook Pro I'm like, this time I'm going to go through and put all my fonts into some sort of like groups; handwriting, display, Slab Serif, for that sort of stuff, never happens. But now, InDesign has added magic in this filter here. You can go through and somehow, for the fonts on your machine, it went through and went, let's look at these script fonts and it put them all in one big group. I don't know how it did it, but it's magic. Same thing at the top here, we got my Slab Serif sort together, all my Handwritten fonts just needs to be one for- I feel like I got a lot of fonts that are like animal shaped like letters or cactuses or Christmas decorations. It's decorative but it has none of my cactus fonts. Now, let's go back to handwritten fonts and I want this one to be, I'm going to use Felt Marker. Actually, I really don't like Felt Marker, I'm going to use Market OT. Cool, just like the rest of them, you're got to turn them on, otherwise, you'll be stuck with this list. Sorry, turn it off, go back to all classes and we're back to our full list. All right, hope you found something awesome in that little font dropdown list. I know I use a lot, especially favorites. Let's get onto the next bit of font greatness. 8. What the font font guess in Adobe InDesign CC: Okay. So, there's two ways to make this work and neither of them are InDesign. So, you're going to have to jump to either Typekit or Photoshop, I'll show you both. I'm going to use Photoshop. So, in Photoshop, let's all go to Open, and I want you to go to your Exercise Files and go to 01 Spring Flyer and it's Font Match 1. Now, this is just JPEG, okay, it could be a PDF, if you don't have the font, and you just want to know what that font is, maybe this one in the middle here. Grab the Selection tool and draw a box around the font you want to pick. And then go up to Type and there's one in here called Match Font. If you've got an earlier version of Photoshop, maybe 2015 and this is not going to work. But you can see here I selected it and it just goes off and picks it. I know that it's Roboto Slab because I originally picked this font. But there's no physical way that Photoshop can actually pick, it's actually just going and checking on its database and seeing and trying to match the font style. You can see here, there's my Roboto Slab Light even picked the white, so good. Actually, I think it was Roboto Slab 100 that I used. But it gives you some other options as well. How good is it? It's pretty good. If it's a photograph that you've taken with your cellphone, I find that less useful. But if it's just a JPEG you've pulled off the Internet, or an image from a website, that seems to work pretty well. So, let's hit Cancel, and let's look at another version of picking the font. Let's jump to the Typekit website. Okay, if you get a Typekit and just go to the actual Homepage, the or click on this little icon here and come all the way back to the beginning outside of browse, there's this little option here. So, I can grab the Font Match 2, click hold and drag it, give it a sec. I'll show you what it looks like, that's what it looks like. It's just little snapshots of JPEG so there's no light edit or text, so there's bits and pieces all over the place. So, in Typekit it's gone through and gets the font. Actually, I want to pick this one up here, not that font I'm looking for this guy. So, to grab as much of it as you can. You might have to tie things up in Photoshop, maybe to delete a background or to make it a little easier for it to guess says, "Please select a single line of text." Next step it tries to get the words. So, you can help it, you can see didn't get healing because of this little flourish at the top here. So, I'm going to type in healing to help it out. Pretty good recognition, though. It's click next step. You can see here it's picked Lust. I know it's Lust. You know it's Lust because of works that using it but it's gone through impact Lust any other options is given us lots of Lust. There's another one here that's very close and it's one that can be sync from Typekit which is code you can see click Sync and it will download. You can see some of these ones are paid ones and some of them can be synced. Why can somebody synced and some paid? That this one here Lust Display Italic as part of your Typekit account but this one's not. It's just it's still Lust but it's a different font and you can go off and purchase that if you need it. So, there's two ways of deciding how to pick fonts. Now, there are a couple of other services like What The font? Okay. Go to It's pretty much exactly like Typekit. All right. So, the last option is to use your cellphone. There is an option and it's an app that Adobe has, it's called Adobe Capture. Let's jump in here now and take a look at it. All right. So, here are my phone, I've got an Android phone, this app the Adobe Capture one is available both on iPhone and Android, so I can open it up. Now, there's a bunch of different options and here we're going to stick to type for the moment because that's the topic we're in, the little plus button on the bottom right. Now, this is me and what it's looking for is you to find a bit of sample ticks. I'm using my business card. Why? Because, I know the font so I know if it gets it right or not and and line it up. Now, what I've found is that looking to write but I tune them is done the bottom left is tuning the flash on game. Okay. Click the button awesome. So, it's got it. Now, you need to kind of like help it and say by dragging these corners here. No harm. I drag in these corners here. Okay. I'm not going to grab both of them because they're the same font but different whites are not going to try and confuse on papers. I guess you can pick this one and click back relax and it pick the total right one. It impresses me and you can see Museo Sans Rounded and even the White correctly. So, it gives you other options. Okay. There's lots and then you can see some of them are pretty close. All right. Even though the different fonts that be very similar. So, where this gets even better is you can click on the Edit and the top right and you could play around with font size. Okay. You can go through and decide on you can see this the font style. Okay. Which is basically the white. You can slide on all the different whites you can play around with. You can play around with checking living actually that's what it is doing them tracking, you can track it and check it out. Okay. Because what you're kind of doing now is you're building character style that you could use in InDesign. So, let's have a look at this change that takes and just look at a sample bit of text. There, now, my leading is being mixed up. Like here now, yeah. So, you can play around with this. You get the idea, right? It's- it recognizes fonts, what really magical is the arrow in the top right. Once I click on this one, I can create a Character Style and give it a name and this one's going to be that's just I'm going to use this for Maynooth Furniture now, because I love it and I'm going to use it for I don't know headings I can't think of anything. And save it to my library going to save it to Maynooth Furniture one, click Save and it's going to appear in InDesign. Magic and then, I could start using it as a character style. Too good. Okay. That's going to be it for picking fonts and so here we had a couple of different ways of doing it. I love this fun version especially when you're out and about and you're like, "Oh, I love one of this one." I'm just going to appropriate or steal ideas from other people. Cool. All right. Let's get on to the next video. 9. How to pick beautiful font pairings in Adobe InDesign CC : In this video, we're going to look at font pairing, basically just two fonts, a heading and a body copy that work well together that different fonts. We're going to work with Typekit font pairings and Google font pairings just to break out of using the exact same fonts over and over again. We'll give you some tools to go and find some nice new stuff. Okay, so let's say that you are like me and you end up using the same two fonts for everything, you just need to escape that. Well, say, you're a little bit new to design and you just want to know what looks good together. The easiest way is using the term called font pairings, so I just go to Google and just type in font pairings, and decide on like I'm going to use Typekit. The good thing about this is I just switched to images and it just gives you an idea because we've used Typekit, it's going to be fun to have access to. You don't have to like go off and try and work out what the font is, and yeah. You can just go through here and let's click on any of these ones, and you can start to see this person here. This is just a really nice way of looking at it and going actually I like that combination. I think I like this one, so you can go into Typekit now, download Gibson, and whatever that one's called, and start using it in your designs. So, that's a nice easy one. You can do the exact same thing, obviously, for Google Fonts and nice pairings, and find something you like, I like that, which is Open Sans Condensed, and Lora as the body copy. Now, another really cool place is something called Now, what you can do is you can come down here and you can look at Typekit Pairings. Click on it. Now, the one thing you have to do is you have to wait a long time for this page to load, because there's so many fonts. Fonts on a website take a long time to load. So, you need to give this literally walk away and give it like one to five minutes to load, and because it'll just load with probably Times New Roman until it's downloaded the font. You'd be like, "It's not really good," but now what you can do is you can see a really nice version of all of these as well. The Typekit fonts. So, the same thing is looking at the images, but it gives you actually direct links to these font Typekit to some really nice stuff in here as well. Okay, so that is font pairing, so that Dan does not keep using Museo and Roboto, and Lust over and over again. 10. Free icons using Adobe Market in InDesign CC : Okay, so to get our free icons, we need to use the Adobe Creative Cloud app. Now, on a Mac, it's up the top here, you can see this slight little Creative Cloud icon, click on that. If you're on a PC, it's in the bottom right of your desktop and you'll find a similar looking icon. If you can't find it in either of those places, you might have to go to your Applications on your machine and try and find the Creative Cloud app and open it up. Inside of here jump to Assets, and we're going to work in Market. Now, Market is the place where we've got lots of commercial use, free to use in your designs icons, mainly icons. There are some graphics and textures and some UI design in here as well. Now, this little thing goes on forever, so you're going to have to use a little search icon and what we're looking for is a tag, or a price tag, or a swing tag. Now, you can see there's a lot of tags you can pick from. So, go through, find the one that you want to use. I'm going to use just this first one here and then click on it. One thing you can do when you're clicking on the icons in here, the ones you want to use, if you find an SVG version, a Scalable Vector Graphic, that probably is the best to use. Why is that there a vector? All it just means is that you could easily change the shape and the colors. If it's a jpeg or png, you've got to do stuff in Photoshop and it becomes a little harder to do. So, it's an SVG, I'm going to click download. I'm going to create a library. You probably, depending on if you are using libraries already, you might just have one called My Library. I'm going to make one, create a library and call it, this one's for a company called Maynooth Furniture, that's one we'll do a lot of work with. I'm going to click return to the Download to it, I'll show up, I'm going to click on it again and close that back up. Now, in my CC libraries panel, if you can't find it, it's under Window, CC Libraries, and I'l now change it from My Library to this new one that I've made called Maynooth Furniture. There's my tag. I can drag it out and the only problem with dragging this particular one out, it's ginormous. Whoever made it and put it up to the Adobe Market, you can see this draw and tag. So, maybe it might be a little easier if you right click it over here and say Place Linked, and you get a little place gun where you can just drag it out and give it a size. So, it's way too big to start with. That's an okay size. I'm going to shrink it down and I'm going to rotate it around. So, I'm going to drag it over here, rotate it around, so it's kind of in there. Now, what I want to do is, I want to put some text on it and I want to put black text on it. I don't think I have to change the color. THere's not an easy way of changing color in InDesign and it's not really a job for InDesign to get in the SVG and change the colors of it, or the shape. It's really a job of Illustrator. It's easy to do, what you've got to do is double click it over here and it'll open up in either Photoshop illustrator, whatever was made in, this one was made in Illustrator. The easy thing to do is grab the Y arrow, click on any of the colors you want to change, and in here I'm going to go to Properties and I'm going to got to Fill and I'm just going to pick a random color for the moment. Hit Save. You will notice that my Library is here. It's updated. If I jump into InDesign, you'll see it's updated over here. If this one hasn't updated, you go to your Links Panel and do nothing, it just automatically updated. So, you don't have to do anything, don't go to the Links Panel. So, it's a nice, easy connection. Now, if I make a change in here, save it, it updates in InDesign. So, that's the Creative Cloud Market option and there's just so much in here. You'll find loads of icons. I use it quite a bit for UI web design options. So, if you are doing more design for digital, some really nice stuff in here as well and a free commercial use, and often these things are editable. You'll be able to open them up in Photoshop, or Illustrator, or InDesign and be able to change the text and fonts and colors. There's lots of good stuff in here. So, that's the Assets Market in the Adobe Creative Cloud app. But before we go, I'm just going to bring this to the front, same shortcut as earlier, Command Shift and use the second square brackets next to the P key. It's when I'm across. It will bring it all the way to the front, or right click and go Arrange and say Bring to front. I'm just going to rotate him around, get him to line up here, and this is where you can go off to the next video because I'm just going to put a few returns in, play around with this and get it so it all fits. I'll select all this and I want to lower the leading as well, so, a nice little shortcut is hold on the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a PC and use your down arrow. That'll make it bigger, I want the opposite of that and use up. Up would decrease the leading automatically. Or you can do it obviously in your Character, and there it is there. That's your leading. So, I've got them nicely together. That looks good to me. Before we go as well, remember I've got open type fonts and this one here, font that I have used, type tool, this one's called Market OT. Is it in Typekit? It is. Market OT, its a Typekit font, you can download as well and because it's open type, click down on here, you can say Stylistic set eight. Can you see the ends change to be a bit more clear? I think, I like that where it's a lot clearer in. A little scribbly, but it's probably a little easier to understand, and remove that little tag off them. Now, definitely go to the next video now. See ya. 11. How to use the Color Theme Tool in Adobe InDesign CC : Hi there. In this video, we're going to use the Color theme tool to steal colors from an image, and then get to reuse it throughout the document. Going from the random green that we picked to some colors that actually start matching the background. So, first up we'll start with the Color theme tool. Now, the Color theme tool is hidden over here. You might be on your eyedropper tool, so just click and hold it down to make sure you're on this top option here called the Color theme tool. Now what it does is, you can click anywhere on your page. Doesn't really matter where actually. Click over here. You'll notice that InDesign goes through and picks five color switches from your images. Why do we do this? It's so that we can start matching colors, because this green in here, it doesn't really match the colors in the background. It's randomly picked from Illustrator earlier on. What I want to do is actually pick colors that match this background image, let that lead the color themes for this flyer. You will notice though that even though I clicked on my image, and I actually picked the green from these tags, so it doesn't really matter where you click on your page. It grabs all the colors from the entire page. What I'm going to do is, I'm going to click off and actually delete this tag. Actually, I'm going to cut it. I've got it in my clipboard, so I can paste it back in. Now, if I go to that Color theme tool and click anywhere, you'll notice that I get colors but they exclude that green color now. Great. So far, I like these four colors. What I can do is, I can click on this, and add it to my swatches. Here's my swatch panel down here. Or I can add it to my creative cloud library which is open over here. What you can also do is, see this little triangle here, or it's a little arrow. Click on that, and you can go through him pick versions of that. It's defaulted to colorful, but we can switch to dark, deep and muted. They all look very similar. I'm going to be using the colorful ones in this option. What I'm going to do is I'm just going to add them to my swatches over here. You can see over here, it's created a color groove with these colors inside of it. So what I'm going to do is actually, I might add all of these to my library, because I'm going to show you what I'm going to do. I'm going to paste that across. So, that little option there adds them to the library, and there's the four colors from my Color theme tool. Next thing I want to do is I want to use it to recolor this tag. So, I'm going to paste my tag back in. Remember, I cut it before, so I'm going to paste it back in place. I need to move it down one. Click Command and first square bracket on a Mac or Control first square bracket just to send it backwards. I'm going to double click it over here in my library. It's going to open up Illustrator. Here it is an Illustrator, and you can see, because I'm using my libraries, the color swatches come along which is really handy. So, I'm going to select it, and I'm going to go over here and pick one of these. Probably this one from my tag. Hit Save, close it down, back into InDesign. Give it a second. It updates there, and eventually will update over here. Next thing I can do with the Color theme tool is I can actually just use it like an eyedropper. I can click on this color and actually say, I want you to be the orange color. Click on the text. Click on that background, but there I can say, I want that to be there. I want you to be that color. You can move your way around the document. But we only have a couple of squares to color in, so that's going to be it for me. 12. Using Colour Modes In Adobe InDesign CC : Hey there. In this video, we're going to look at color modes in InDesign. What are color modes? Basically, it's how these colors interact with their background colors. So, this black here isn't just transparent, it's doing something a little bit nice with the background. You can see this orange box here or this orange circle has a nice kind of interaction with the background as well. These are called color modes. Let's go and look at how to make those now. Color modes are kind of an advanced thing mostly done in Photoshop, but you can do it here in InDesign and I'll show you what they do. Let's grab the Ellipse Tool, and I'm going to click hold, and drag out a big ellipse. If you hold shift while you dragging it and it makes a perfect circle. If you hold down the option key on a Mac, as well, so shift an option or if you're on a PC, it's shift and alt. You can drag from the center. That can be kind of handy. Because I'm going to drag this up here and I'm going to put it, I'm just making kind of a background thing. I'm going to send it all the way to the back, and then move it in, so it's just above my image there. Now, I'm going to pick one of the colors, and pick this orange here, and color modes are in effects. We're going to go to transparency, that's the one that I use the most. You can go to object effects along way and go to transparency, it doesn't matter, you get to the same place. What we're looking for is this one here called blending modes. Normally is what it is by default and was going to look at some of these other options in here. Multiply often gives us kind of the thing we're looking for and that's what I'm looking for, just some sort of like connection with the background, because if you just go to normal and lower the opacity, it's kind of like this washed out kind of color. Whereas, if you use one of these blending modes, you can get some more interesting connections with that black background color. Now, multiply is not the only one, go through the range, and see what you might want to do. You can see there's some interesting effects. So, I'm just doing it because I want a different effect. I'm going to go to hard light. Let's go crazy. So, that is blending modes. We'll use it quite a bit in this course and the other thing I want to do is this thing here maybe this image is just a bit too bright. So, I'm going to grab the Rectangle Tool and I'm going to use another color mode. The one I use the most is multiply. So, I'm going to put in a big rectangle over the top of this. I'm going to fill up with black which is the top here. Pick on black and I'm going to send it to the back again, bring it forward one. So, it's just above my image and I'm going to go back to that transparency mode. We're going to use multiply and I'm going to lower the opacity down a little bit. So, we get this kind of like nice- darkening the background, that's all I'm doing. All right. That's it for color modes. Let's look at the next color trick. 13. Importing Colors & Setting Default Colors in Adobe InDesign CC : Hi there. In this video, we're going to do a couple of things. We are going to import existing colors from other documents. We're also going to bring in brand colors from other brand companies and put them all together in our swatches panels groups. We'll also change the default colors forever, so that whenever you make a new document, you'll have colors ready to go. We'll also show you how to clean them up at the end as well. All right. Let's get started with that. Okay. So, next color trick is going to be, let's say that we've got this document here, but we need to bring in the Maynooth furniture brand colors. We don't have them in here. We could start creating them by having this little new color swatch here, and double clicking this, and typing it in, if we know the CMYK colors. That's fine. But let's say that we already have done that work in another document, we sort of pull it in. It's easy to do. So, in your swatches panel, it's under Window, Color and find Swatches. Go to the little hamburger menu here. Click on that and go to Load Swatches. Now, there is a fancy way of exporting specifically just swatches. It called ASE file, but that's a Adobe Swatch Exchange file, but nobody does that all. There's an easier way to do it at least, is you can actually just point an InDesign file that has them. So, this is just an old article that we've made. I know it already has the brain colors on it and they want to steal them from it. So, all you do is click on the indd file. You'll say, give it to me, please. Click open. You see there it looked in it and it found all of these colors: MF purple, pink, green, and yellow. Cool. So that is an easy way to steal colors and pull them through. Now, the only trouble with this is if I open up a new document, and go to document and click okay and create and you can see it's gone back to my defaults. So there isn't the Maynooth Furniture of Colors in it anymore. So, the way to get that in there for good, let's say that you're working for Maynooth Furniture, and you just want them in there permanently. So, what you can do is like lots of things in InDesign to change the default, just have nothing open. Back to the screen, go from Start to Essentials to kind of open it back to life, and in my swatches panel here, do the exact same thing. Just go load swatches, pick the InDesign file, click okay. You can see there they are. What happens now is if I go to file new and open up any old document, you'll notice that there they all are, ready to be used. Quick, simple, easy, awesome. Another thing we can do is, I'm going to change the default because let's say that I'm going to close this all down. Let's say that I am a freelancer. Okay, which I am. I do lots of work for different clients, is that Maynooth Furniture maybe is just one of my clients. I have got lots of them. So, what I'd like to do is I'd actually like to put them in a bit of a group and bring in lots of other ones. So, you can put them in color groups. So, I'm going to click all of these, click the first one, hold shift, grab the last one, and then see down the bottom is a little folder. They call them color groups. Look like a folder and act like a folder, and I can double click this and say you are Maynooth Furniture. Twirl it up and I've got those colors ready to go, whenever I start a new document. Let's bring in some other clients. So, let's go to the flat menu. There's Load Swatches, and let's have a look at Brand Colours for FedX. There they all are and I grab you guys and all right. Put them in a color group and we've got FedX as well. I want you to do the last one by yourself. There's another one there for Google. So go through and put them into a group and I'll see you here in a second. We're back and there's Google loaded. There's one condition to consider when you are working with us. You can see I've got Maynooth, FedX, and Google in there. If I go to my old document we were just working on, this one here, because this was created before I was working through all of those projects, you can see in here they don't have the default. So, it doesn't update them through every document, every new document you work on. So, there are some drawbacks. It's not going to throw it into every existing document, just on every single new document. So, handy, knows handy's that could be. A way to get around this is just to make a document. So, if I make a document here, and so this document untitled, it's got all of these in here. I can just save this onto my server somewhere if we're sharing it, or I'm just going to put mine on my desktop in my InDesign advanced coursework, and I'm going to call this one Dan's Brand Colours. Close it down, and he doesn't do anything other than he has those guys, and we can do this exact same thing back at my fly here. I can say actually go to here, go to Load Swatches, and let's find Desktop, you, and Dan's Brand Colours. I'm just using him just to bring through all my clothes. That's his only job in the world, blank page, but he has the swatches. So you're sick of swatches? Not finished yet. We've got a little bit more to go. I want to show you some other cool stuff. So I'm going to close this down and not save it. With nothing else open, there's a couple of things we can do, is that these guys. These guys are the ugliest color mixes ever. They're just like, the green you'll never use, the red that's not quite nice,100 percent yellow. Just these colors here if you don't like them and you never use them, they always use magenta. It's kind of like a color that I use for a warning and this stuff. But let's say I'm not going to use them. If I delete them from here, there's a little trash can. That's deleting them forever. Every time I make a new document, I'll just have these brand colors. I'm not going to now because as a trainer I need to have these colors in here whenever I start a class because, yeah, I just do. So you can delete them and they've gone forever. Can you delete registration? Registration is one of those weighed ones where you should never use it. If you're not sure what registration black is, it's all the colors. It's 100 percent black, cyan, magenta and yellow, and just if you're not too sure what that is either, just don't use it. Use black. Registration shouldn't be in there, but you can't delete these guys in brackets. Cool. One last thing I'd like you to do is not the last thing, but it's just another thing. Let's have a look at that file we're working on, is that sometimes you get to the end of the job, and you're like, man, there's just stuff in here like there might be lots of different unnamed colors and it's just really hard to work on. What you can do is there is a nice option in here so have nothing selected. Black arrow, just click in the background, nothing selected. Go into here and there's an option in here saying Select All Unused. This is really nice here. Select All Unused, it goes through everything in the document that hasn't been used, and you gets been it and you're like, then you realize what the hang is cyan that goes selected. Actually, I'm not sure. I can go to my separations panel which we're looking a little bit, but it's gone through and ripped out everything we don't need, and I have no idea where that cyan swatches. 14. Finding great colours using Adobe Color for use in Adobe InDesign CC : All right, so the next color trick we'll look at is this one here, which is, and you might have used it before. If you haven't, you load up a create creates, interesting. I like explore and it just allows me to look at colors, just nice mixes of colors, nice five color swatches for a project. I definitely have the habit of using the exact same colors for every single project, so this is a way of me setting new jobs, setting new client going actually, I'm going to do something different. Now at the top here, you can play around with most popular this month or all time and you can decide, "Oh yeah, I'm liking this one." You can either download it as an ASC file and load it using the same method we just used to load Google and Phoenix, or you can just, this one's easy. As long as you're logged in, you can see my little smiley face there. I'm logged into and I can click on save, and it'll say, actually I want to load this into Maynooth furniture. Hit save and hopefully in a second, it'll appear in Maynooth furniture. Let's have a look. There it is there. Go, and I can start using it. That is I'm going to delete this because I don't actually want it. Goodbye. 15. Appearance Of Black & Proofing Colours : Hi there. In this video, we're going to look at pre-pressing. Looking at why colors look like this in InDesign, but looked like this when they print. Where do my colors go? I will toggle back and forth so you can check. Look. Good or bad good bad. Let's go and check that out now in InDesign. So, what's happening? It's basically just the difference between how your computer screen or your laptop screen shows you colors. It uses something called IGB and your printer uses a different set of colors. It uses CMYK. Unfortunately, CMYK can't reach the same kind of richness as IGB. The big difference is that your screen has electricity running through it. Has light being forced out of it with electronics. So, it can achieve some really bright colors and rich blacks, but CMYK which is your printer that sits next to you on your desktop or you send it off to a commercial printer, they use the same set of colors. It doesn't get to use any electricity. Gets to use just plain old white paper. So, there's not the same colors in there. So, there's nothing we really can do about it, but what you can do is you can prepare yourself to proof it before it goes out. So, to do it, it's really easy. You go to View and just turn on Proof Colors and watch, watch, watch. Just kind of washes out, okay. Some colors are affected more than others. So, you saw at the beginning the only intro I toggle go back and forth. You saw, it was really obvious when you toggled it, but often like this thing he would print just fine, okay. I wouldn't be too worried about any big changes but it's handy to check if there are big changes because some documents do have it. So, I'm going to open up a file, you can do it too. Go to file, open and go to your Exercise Files and 01 Spring. Okay, go to the one that says "Proofing colors" open that up. Okay, so, in here I've got some colors that I know I do badly. Okay. So, we're going to check out how badly they are prepare yourselves. Let's got to View, let's go to Proof Colors. Hold on. Okay. So, unfortunately, this is the way CMYK is going to display. It's not going to be exactly the way your screen is it's trying to replicate it as good as it can. Okay. But, on, off. Okay. So, all of these colors have a really rich color depth that you've got to be prepared for losing when it go out to CMYK. There's kind of some things you can do to get around that using something called pen tone colors. But getting into higher costs and some trickier set up but there's something to look into potentially if you want to kind of keep a really strong rich brand color. Another thing you can do is we're just using under-view, we're using the default. So, proof color change this set up on and off. We're using just the generic documents CMYK. What you can do is your printer can send you settings for this specific printer. They might be using some sort of Heidelberg 71243B, some sort of set up file that can seemed it to you. What you can do is you can go to custom and you can load it into there. When you pick it, you can go to custom, pick the settings that they've sent you. When you need to improve colors on, it's going to match their machine a little bit better. Because we talk about CMYK, as being four colors but some printers do use more than four colors. You can use 6, and 8, and 10 colors to get a closer representation of IGB. So, maybe reach out to them say have you you have the proof sit ups that I could use for an InDesign, to really kind of match it. All right. One thing before we go, is we will just talk about rich blacks real quick. So, what happens in InDesign is that I'm going to grab this guy here and I'm going to switch him to black. So, that's what black looks like. If I switched to proof set up, you're going to notice that we all know that when we draw something black and we try and print it, it does this, goes a little bit gray and washed out. A way to get round that, is to create what's called a rich black. Now, a rich black is just 100 percent cyan. You add a few other colors just to kind of back it up. So, imagine grabbing, you've got four colors lying in front of you in a painting. You've got 110 of cyan, which is this fellow and 110 of magenta, and 110 of yellow, and 110 of black. Okay. So, those are the colors that a printer uses. But what you can do, is you can actually mix a little bit of these together with the black and it still looks black but it gives it a kind of a rich feeling. It's called a rich black. Now, there's no absolute 100 percent rich black formula. Some people, let's say I'm going to mix a rich black, so I'm going to create new swatch. So a new swatch. I'm going to double click it and I'm going to call this one instead of black copy, I'm going to call this one rich black. Some people just add little bit cyan, 20 percent cyan. If I click "Okay" you'll notice that it got a bit darker there. Okay. Just let's turn the preview on and off. Can you see it's just- might be hard to see on the video but it's just a little bit darker. Some people just use that as their rich black. I prefer- there's no 100 percent complete definition of what there should be. I like to use 20, 20, 20, and that gives me a bit more ink on the page, but it also gives me a bit more of a rich black. You do not want to go too high. You do not want to put it a 100, 100, 100, 100. Why? Because then the inks will go on top of each other, they start bleeding around the edges and getting bigger, plus often the pages stuck sticking together. Much of you who've ever done that, you've printed a couple of photographs back to back, or right after each other and they start sticking. It's because it has a stronger black mix. The best thing is, to ask your printer. Another thing you can do with rich black is say you want a bit more of a kind of I'm goign to go up to 60, with the yellow. Okay. That will give you a kind of a warmer black and if you do the opposite and go with say 60 in here, you'll get a kind of midnights kind of black. Okay. So, talk to your printer about what you're trying to do. The other thing to consider if the rich black, it should never be done with small type. So, if I grab my type tool here and draw out small type, and I decide that I'm going to use instead of black, I'm going to use rich black, select it all rich black. The only trouble with this is that when it prints, it's so small and so delicate that it's actually running through a printed Okay. Imagine a bit of paper running through, the ink goes on, so the black goes on, nice and shop. Then they put some cyan on it, and then try and line it up and it lines up pretty good. Then put a line on top, so it gets a bit darker. Then try again with the yellow and then the magenta. If there's any small movement in the printers, especially the big commercial ones, they vibrate all over the place and your tights kind of look a bit blurry so don't use rich black ever for type, just deal with just solid black. Got tint on solid black. So rich black is bad for type, but if you types getting large and it's kind of like a slab Sarif, big chunky type, anything kind of above 18, will probably handle a rich black, but to your printer, they might just go, "No way, our print what goes around much for that." But big boxes like this great. Big chunky bits of type that you might be using for [inaudible] here at text. Definitely, icons, yeah, that will work too, but small type, no good for rich blacks. Basically, that's the reason everyone tells you not to use this registration, I wish you can delete it, you can't because what that does is it goes- can you see it goes really black. That's awesome. But, if I use registration black, it will stick together. It will print especially the type, we talked about a second ago, if I do that for registration, it's really going to be bad. There's going so much ink on the page, these little type is going to bleeds. Do not use rich black, even though we can't delete it, just needs to stay there. So, before you finish go view to improve colors back on and if you are just working digitally, and you going out via email, or website, or publish online, or Epub, it doesn't matter. You're going to be printing an IGB and not actually printing it only, it's going to be saving it as a PDF. So, do not sweat that stuff. But, definitely give it a check before you send it to the print to see if there's any kind of horrible changes like we have in front of us here with those colored bars. All right. I hope you learned something there. Let's get on to the next video. 16. Draw lot of shapes at once InDesign Gridify Live Distribute : Hi there, in this video, we're going to do cool things with Gridify where we drag out as a one image. No, it's a couple of images, all at once. All the same size plus things like this where I draw a line and then grab it and I drag it down and then I make loads of versions in between. I'm not sure what I'm doing there, but let's learn how to do that plus a few other cool little tricks here in InDesign. Okay. So first thing is create a blank document. I've got no margins. I've got US letter, half letter and I have got a landscape, any shape you like. We're going to make it. I've saved as Roar Cycles Catalog. So, you use the Gridify tool, you pick any shape, so rectangle, ellipse or polygon, anything you want. Start dragging out with your mouse. Keep your mouse held down. So don't let it go like that. Hold it down and before you let go, use your app error, and in the right error, now it'll just keep adding circles, going back the other way so left and down. We will get rid of them. So let's have a little practice with how many innate. You can drag out loads of them and then just keep dragging out with your mouse, hold shift if you want to be perfect circles, and let go when you're ready. You have lots of little circles or squeeze or stats and delete those. I'm going to grab the rectangle tool and do something. So I'm going to drag it out, and then type rights twice and up once. So, I have got kind of a group of six now. See the spaces in between them, you can adjust as well. All you need to do is hold down on a Mac, the command key or on a PC, the control key. So holding that, I haven't let go of my mouse. I'm also holding down the command or control key and use the app error. You'll see it pauses the spaces more there in the middle, and down arrow gets rid of them, just keep tapping the down arrow. It's a bit of finger gymnastics. You're like, is this really that easy? Maybe not, it's cool gridify is awesome. Left and right does the gaps horizontally. Horizontally, I mean vertically. So you can do a nice grid like that, and delete that, draw another one. Another thing you can do is I'm going to make the same kind of cube shapes. I'm going to switch to this one here, the Gap tool, the tool you never use, the photo down. Its job is, you can see, I can click and drag and it starts adjusting the space in between different boxes. So, it's just a really handy way of keeping the exact same measurements by moving things around, and you can also hold down a couple of keys to get some other tricks. Hold down the shift key and I would just move one of these. Another key is holding the alt key on a PC or the option key on a Mac, and you can see it kind of like changes to moving like a huge kind of connected chunk. Now, the shortcut is hold down the command key on a Mac or control key on a PC and you can see I can close them up or open them up. So, a couple little shortcuts you'll never remember exactly, but smash away the keys when you got the gap tool and it's really easy to kind of eventually find the one you want. It's really good for handy for margins. Say you've got some logos all lined up, you just push the margins away a little bit, you can see I can kind of do that. Holding different keys gives me different effects. They will get the same effect, but yeah, I can grab all of these and just move them up. That is the gap tool used with the gridify tool. Another thing you can use for the gridify tool, so I'm going to select delete and delete them, is you can do with text boxes which is handy. Grab the text box. Start dragging out and I''m going to drag it across and use my right arrow, just like with the rectangle tool I get boxes, but these guys are all linked, texts boxes. So, if I get a type and go to fill a placeholder text, genius. All right. So it's worked with the shapes and it's work with text. What if it would work with images? It totally does, and this is probably its best use and I'm not sure I waited to the in to show you but go to Exercise Files, go to 02 and go to Image 1-6. I clicked on the first image here, held shift, grabbed the clip on the sixth one and it selects them all. So let them all selected. A little side note before we do the main event trick is that can you see six is in the brackets there? If I use my arrow keys to tap along, just use the right arrow and it was toggle through the images, if I click on right. For some reason, mine doesn't update. It used to. There it goes, it updates. It's a little weird, held down, yours will, mine used to work but it stopped working. So, just use your left through my arrows and you can just decide on which image to print out, to drop in first. That's why that's quite useful. So if yours is working, mine's not. There it is, this switches out. Got to give my mass logo for some reason. So, that's one thing. So what I'd like to do is drag out. I'm going to click and drag out, but before I let go, we're going to do our gridify tool, exactly like we did before. This one's got a fixed height and width, because that's where the images came from. But if I use the right arrow, you can see I can do my up one cross two to get my images here. I can remember hold down command and use up and down to change the spacing between them if I wanted to, but that's going to work for me, I'm going to do something it looks like that. That is a super quick and easy way just to dump them all on the page, they're all the same size which is great, rather than trying to import them all and scale them all down together or change them all separately. One thing I might do though is that they have kind of fit in there, but they have got this white area on the outside, but they are all selected. So right click any of them. If you're on a Mac, hold down control and click any of them, if you don't have a right click, and go to Fitting and this is the one we want, Fit Frame to Content. So, that shortcut there, not a sexy short cut but it is one of the ones that I use quite often. Watch this when I hit it, it just wraps the frame around the box. So that's just a really quick way I guess to make them snap to the edges. That particular one just as a side note and works great for text boxes as well. So say you're drawing something and this is my title, and I just, I mean, all this area around here I don't need, they're exact same shortcut, command option C, would just wrap the text box around it which is handy. If you're on a PC, that's control alt C, maybe you want to know or just remember right click. Go to Fitting and Fit Frame to Content will work there. Awesome. You can mix part of that whole shifting things around gap tool, gridify thing is this got a page two and something called Live Distribute. So, and let's draw out a rectangle. I'm going to use my gridify to make it into say this many of them. What I'd like to do is, let's say I want to adjust the spacing between them all. I've got a couple of options. I could drag them out and then drag you out to be the same distance in life and what we call smart guides will try to automatically, you'll see because, magic, do you mean these sizes? See little green areas match the sizes up. But then you got to stretch the top ones out and you want to disperse them perfectly. So, with the more selected, the short cut is a little high to remember. It's a weird shortcut. So, you stop dragging and that's not what I want. I always want the gaps to get bigger. So, if I start dragging, if I hold on the space bar tool, after I started dragging, some holding, holding dragging with my mouse, then hold space bar. Cool. So it's my little squeeze and I just keep to play with the spacing between. I'm going to undo, some of the bottom I'm going to bit drag first. While I'm dragging, holding space bar. It will kind of separate them out, and great from the bottom right as well, so stop dragging and then hold space bar and you can kind of live distribute all of these guys here. Hold shift, and it will kind of lock the height and width and just a really nice way of opening up gaps and can be text boxes, can be images, anything you'd like, live distribute. If you hold space bar first and then start dragging, you end up moving this around or going into that light zoom preview thing. So make sure drag first, then hit space bar. Another thing we are going to do in this super fantabulous drawing modes, is I'm going to actually, I don't want these pink boxes, I want you guys to be on actually page one. So I'm only going to go to page one now. There you go, page one, zoom in. We're going to do some lines. Grab the line tool, and I'm going to make sure my stroke is set to black and I'm going to have the fill set to none. So, I'm going to have a two-point stroke. So I'm just going to draw a line like that. So, what I'm going to draw is I'm going to hold shift while I'm dragging. It gives me a straight line, and another thing I'm going to do is I want a duplicate all that. I'm going to grab my black arrow and you may or may not know this already. If you hold alt key on a PC or option key on a Mac while you're dragging, you get a duplicate. So, and if you just drag it obviously without that key, it just moves it around, but if you hold alt while you're dragging, it gives you another version. This is what brings us into this next cool little trick, is if I do that and I'm holding alt to drag it, but I haven't let go my mouse yet. So I haven't let go, use your up arrow like gridify. There's one in the middle area. It's a little hard to see I guess in this video, because it's only faint. Another one, I go into this weird line. Don't worry about all these lines, but look, I get to kind of like I'm parsing up loads and I just get loads to join them too. Let go of the mouse, and it's a really easy way instead of like maybe Step and Repeat tool. What is it called in here? It's called Step and Repeat. You might have done it in illustrator. So, super handy, super useful. I'm going to draw out a box and same thing, I'm going to give it a full color and hold down alt, drag it across and before I let go of the mouse, up key and it joins the two. I can hit the right key as well, and it gives me a gridify thing going on of that object. I use that one so much, but play around with it. Drag it out holding alt option on a Mac and use the up key and maybe the right key, you can get lots of multiples of it to fill in the gap. So, that's going to be the super fantastic drawing techniques. I'm now going to follow along with other tutorial. So, it's going to be a bit of the production video. So you can continue watching or skip to the next one because we're going to input some images and build out our home page, because we want to actually end up with something nice. So, I'm going to go to file place and I'm going to go to 02 Drawing, find Color Image and drag this one out from this edge to this edge. So, a little big. So I'm going to grab my black arrow. If you're bored already, you can move on and so got this. I want to use my little line tool trick. So I'm going to drag a line that goes holding shifts. So it's a perfect line. I'm going to fill mine with actually white. It's going to be two points. I'm going to drag it, so it's kind of in the middle of the document, something like that. Holding alt down on a PC, option on a Mac and drag it down to the bottom, and before I let go of the mouse, I'm going to use my up arrow because I want this kind of like stripey '80s, I want the say, kind of line going. Maybe past there, great. I'm going to lower the opacity of all of these guys. I just want this stripey line thing going the background. Why we're doing it? It's maybe so I have an excuse to use that little line trick. We're going to bring in a logo so nothing selected. Bring in the I'm going to drag it out so it'll be in the middle here. On page two, I want to tidy this up. I'm going to grab my Type tool. This is going to be my Bike Catalog. No idea that spelled right. I'm that bad. I'm going to change the color because I want to put this in the background. So I'm going to draw this. I'm going to grab the Eyedropper tool. So instead of the color theme to what you've used, the Eyedropper tool just steals colors. You can steal it from images. I'm going to steal from this color here. Let's put it around my stroke sizzle arrow here. He toggles between being the pink on the stroke. Can you see it? To the pink now being in the fill, that's what I want. Okay. So, I want you, and do I want anything else? I'm not sure. Yeah, let's do a slushy thing. So, we are going to copy and paste this, I'm totally now just trying to make it look okay, and rotated around. For the W key, W key is the preview key, just gets rid of all the background stuff, if you haven't already done that. I'm going to grab in, bring my fill to the front, and over here I'm going to switch it to a slightly darker color. Often, it's easy to go to CMYK to switch this around because you can just drag the K slider up a little bit. Okay, and I'm going to sink both of them and send them to the back and then at the W key again, that's what I'm kind of trying to do. All right. That feels like it's got a white stroke on the outside, does it or is it just a bit small? Yes, it just not touch the edges. You could be bold. I can give you a dog in the background, this is such an amazing video then. All right, Bike Catalog, doing it, just finishing some basics. It's not that good. All right, so that's going to be it for this video. Finally, get onto the next one, we're going to do some cool stuff with strokes and arrows and stuff. Let's go to that one. 17. How to make arrows in Adobe InDesign CC: Hey there. In this video, we're going to look at arrowheads and some more advanced stroke things. It's not super exciting but we all need to know how to make arrows and there's some little tricks you can use to help your workflow. All right. I'm on page three and let's look at arrowheads first. So, I've got the Line tool and I drag out a line. I'm going to make it a bit thicker, make sure my stroke is at black and I've got a thickness of five point. Now, the Stroke panel might look like this, where it's quite small, you can then, change the weight. You can double click this little tab here and it gets ginormous and you get a lot more options, and this is what we're looking for. So, the first one is the Start/End. Basically, this is easy where your arrowheads. So, depending on how you've drawn your line, so start is where I first started drawing, so I want the opposite way. I want you to be there, little bobbed end one, it is not the one I like, I just want the triangle. To start, I might do, I feel like an Austin Powers, love nail symbol thing, do one of those. Now, one of the things and the new things of 2019 is that when you scale that up, you end up getting disproportionately sized ends and beginnings. You can see that is joined, almost compared to that because the stroke is the same around the outside. But now what you can do, see scale, it's a new thing. So, I'm going to scale this in bit up, you can see here, I can raise it up and I can make it nice and big there to match everything else there. So, that's a new feature, it's not really a feature but it's something we've all been missing. One of the little tricks I did there was, see I'm making it smaller by clicking it and it just going down one percent at a time, slowly. If I hold Shift and click that exact same option, can you see, it does that at multiple of 10. So, I find this is just a really handy thing for anything. If you want to raise the weight of this but you want to do it in big chunks, hold Shift. Any sort of option here with a number, if I want to make this go up by one percent, I just click it. But if I hold Shift and click it, it goes up by multiples of 10. So, what is that? It's looking cool there, that's nice. I like it. All right. One of the other things for strokes that it's useful is, I'm going to zoom in on this thing here. I guess what I want to show you is, it's a little hard to see. Maybe I'll change the stroke to black, so it's easier, maybe even more contrast. There it is. So, you can see my line here, actually this rectangular I drew, is actually the center of that. So, watch this. If I draw a rectangle, when I let go, you watch the black line straddles there either side. It's a little hard to see but can you see it's actually going left and right of this. That can be a bit of a pain because you're trying to get things to line up but they're lining up to the center bit here. So, what you can do with it select it, is you've got options over here to Align Stroke and by default it's left and right. Here, I can go actually in the inside, or all the way on the outside, or just straddling the center. Another thing you might look at is the unfortunately named Butt Cap. So, if I draw a line here and I make it nice and thick, it's got what's called a Butt Cap which means it's just, if I grab the line again, can you see it just gets thin and then completely butts up next to the end of the end point. So, that's what this one's here for. You probably want to use this third one but the second one here, the Round Cap, it adds up, I don't know, it's just a different style of line. This end one here is a Block Cap where it goes all the way around that side here and then, there's the Butt Cap. One last thing you can do, is if I put an arrowhead on this one and I go you, arrowhead, can you see it used the end of the line as the tip of the arrowhead? That might not be what you need. You might want to go through and say, see it here, it's using the edge of the line. Watch this, it uses the end of the line to start the arrowhead. So, it depends on what you need. Just know that you got a few little options. We're getting a bit nerdy and a bit boring. Let's get on to the next video. I love the next one, it's fun. Let's make that flowery thing in the next video. Bye now. 18. How to draw complex flowers in Adobe InDesign CC : Hi there. In this video, we're going to look to make this floral kind of curly, twisty pattern thing, and at the end, we'll also look at how to change the colors. You can pick different colors to use to get it to fit with your project. All right. Let's go and learn how to do that now in InDesign. Okay, to make that kind of pretty flower-looking thing, we're going to start with the Polygon Tool. So, click and hold down the Rectangle tool or the Ellipse tool and find the Polygon tool. First thing we need to do is if you click once, it'll tell you how many sides and the star inset. The Star Inset is 50 percent is kind of your traditional shape of star. Okay, and if I delete that, click once, and if I change it to, say something like, five percent,it just gives me kind of like dulled edges. So decide on what kind of shape you want. It doesn't matter. They will look and have the kind of different feel for this design. I'll change out my fill colors to a gradient. So I'm going to drag it out, and a cool little trick while you are dragging out and you want to kind of like play around with the star a little bit, add more sides to it. If I use the up and down arrow by themselves, it does griddify which is kind of cool but not what I want. So while dragging out, you tap the space working. Tap it once, that's it. Nothing happens. Now you use your Up and Down, Up and Right. Okay, so Right and Left does the Star Inset and the Up and Down does how many stars you got. So it's totally up to you to see what you want and to just pick- it doesn't really matter. Okay, they will have different looks. So, how many stars do I want? Practiced with about six that looked good. What I'm going to also do is hold Shift so that it's a perfect height and width. Great. The other thing to note is your reference point needs to be in the center so that when it rotates in a second it rotates from the center around. Next thing is we need a gradient. I'm going to have no stroke. Thank you very much, and my gradient, go to Window, go to Color, and go to Gradient. Okay, I'm going to pick Linear. Make sure, if it doesn't fill it, like it did here, it's actually put a gradient around the stroke. You can kind of see it there. You see it's light on this side, dark on this side. So what I'm going to do is make sure I'm going to turn that back to none, and just make sure that you are identifying your Fill. To do it, you see over here is your Color, or this panel here just click on the kind of Fill Swatch just to make sure it's at the front. In here, I'm going to pick Linear. Actually, no, I want Radial. We want the inside color to be a bit darker than the outside. So click on the white house and pick a color from this color weld on the bottom here. But I want it to be like a dark-ish color. It's up to you. And this end over here, mine's pick CMYK, yours has probably gone to the grayscale slider. To change it to look like mine, click on the black house and then click in here and switch to CMYK. Then pick another color. Just make sure it's lighter than the first color. If you get it wrong, you can click on this, toggle them back and forth. Up to you. All right. Next thing I want to do is you can do a spiky sare. It looks quite cool. I'm going to do slightly curved edges, so I'm going to go to Object with it selected. So make sure, let's go black arrow and make sure the star is selected. Go to Object and go down to Corner Options, and we can kind of give it instead of square edges we can give it rounded ones. You can do some fun stuff with some of these other ones as well. They will have a different kind of end result. You can increase them up to make them more bendy to a point, goes to a certain point, it doesn't get any more round. It's up to you. I'm going to go with that. It looks good. Keep going down. Okay. All right. The next thing I want to do is make it quite big. How big? Just make it a bit bigger than your page and I'd like to make it really big but it's a little hard to work on. So I we're just going to make it about that sort of size. I'm going to try and see if it can be in the middle. It doesn't have to be. So the next trick is the kind of rotation and repeating bit. So to do it, we need to find over here on our kind of like Tool bar here underneath the scissors, click and hold down. Yours might be set to the Rotation Tool or the Free Transform Tool. Pick these guys. So, we're going to do rotate first. This has to go first, rotate. Then once you've picked it, double click it, and what it does is allow you to kind of type in the rotation that we're going to use. I'm going to use 15 degrees. Instead of clicking on okay, click on copy. You'll notice it makes a duplicate of it as it's rotating. Next thing we're going to do is open up the Scale Tool, and double click that and, decide on how much smaller we want this. I've just picked 90 percent and instead of clicking copy, we'll just going to click the word, "Okay." Okay. Great. So that's the hard work done. Next thing we want to do is just step and repeat, and InDesign, you've got the star selected still as I got Object, Transform Again, and there's this one here, Transform Sequence Again. So it's going to transform, not just what I did last time, which is scale, it's going to do the whole sequence, which is rotation and scale. You can see that it's got a handy shortcut. It's got that shortcut that nobody remembers. That one's the option key on the Mac and the command Key 4. So option command 4, I'm not sure what it is on a PC, sorry. But just check it, it'll be in there. Okay and so I'm going to hold it and just keep on clicking and clicking the mouse until it gets down to a cool little floral spiral thing. Let me grab my black arrow and I'm going to hit the W key so I can kind of see it without all the blue lines around the outside, but that's an interesting shape. Depending on your settings, it runs a look slightly different. There'll be slightly different colors. What I might do is scale this up so it covers the whole background and that is our width floral panel. Okay, so that felt like the end and I did stop the video and I was like, "Man, I didn't like that color." Okay, I picked then washed out colors, so I was like, "I'm going to go change it." And I thought, "Hey, I'll show everyone else how to change the color." So, we could go back to the beginning and change the gradient but there is a nice trick we can do. We can grab the Rectangle Tool and I'm going to have a Fill of None, and actually, a Stroke of None, and a Fill of whatever color you want to change it to. I've got our colors from the new furniture that we're using. You can just mix your own color. I'm going to use the green and I'm going to drag a box that covers the whole thing. It's kind of hacking back some of the stuff we did before, mimic color modes. This color on top is set at Normal. We can change it by going to fx and transparency, and what I'd like to do is go from Normal and play around with things. Multiply, not very exciting. I had a little play around with this while the video was off, and in this case, Color Burn works not exactly how I want. Color Burn, watch this. I wanted to change it to green but Color Burn does a really nice thing. It riches, makes it a lot more rich. Can you see with that off? With this kind of green switched Color Burn, kind of gives it a really kind of strength to it. But, it's not exactly what I wanted. I wanted to change the color. So I'm going to go back to Transparency and instead of Color Burn, Hue, in this case, works. So you must play around with the top color to decide which you want. Watch this. With them selected, I can go through now and decide. Actually, I want to see what it looks like in pink, and I want to see what it looks like in orange, and green, and all sorts of stuff. So Transparency mode set to Hue will give you the option to go off and adjust the color. Maybe get it close to a brand color that you might need to match. All right. Now I'm actually finished for this video. Bye now. 19. How text boxes can auto expand in Adobe InDesign CC with Auto size : Hi, there. In this video, we're going to look at auto expanding text boxes. We've all had this problem where we've got a title, we've duplicated it, we're going to put in another one, but it is just chairs and benches. It doesn't fit and you grab this and drag that out, or you link it to another text box, drama. Imagine now, you could transform this box, so when I paste into it, look at it magically gets bigger, and smaller. It's called the auto-size for text frames. Let's go and learn how to do that now in InDesign. Okay, first up, we're going to be starting a new project that we're going to be working on. So let's get a new document and then let's switch from Print to Web because this is going to end up being an interactive document, okay? It's going to have animations and it's going to go out to some cool places for interactivity. Basically, what that changes is the dimensions. We're going to be working in pixels instead of inches or centimeters. The size-wise, we're going to make ours a full HD, so that kind of a normal, typical presentation from a data projected type and size. So it'd be really common to have neither of these sizes. It's 1920 by 1080. That'd be really common screen size. We're going to use landscape. Pages wise, we'll leave it at one at the moment. Columns, I want to use four in this case and the gutter, I want to get right up to something big like 55. The margins, we'll be getting quite big as well, 150 pixels all the way around. We won't use [inaudible]. Let's hit Create. Great, let's save it and we'll stick it onto our desktop in the folder we've created, InDesign Advanced Courseware. This one's going to be called Interactive Magazine. Great. So first thing I want to do for our text boxes is on page one, I'm going to drag out a text box that goes from, of course, two columns, okay? This one is going to be for tables and I'm going to make it a lot bigger using my shortcut, Command Shift and greater than symbol, and write a quite big, and I using Roboto Light, and as a demonstration for this kind of order of text sizing, I'm going to make the text box fit relatively, proportionately to the word Tables. Cool. I'm going to duplicate this page and show you a little shortcut while we're doing it. I can make a new page and just copy and paste it across, but if I grab this page, and drag it down to this little New Page icon, it makes a duplicate of it, exactly the same as the page one and page two look the same. But in here, I want to put in a longer title. Okay, so this one is going to be Chairs and Benches. The trouble with it is that, yeah, it didn't fill out and that's always a problem in a design, right? Is that you're afraid of dragging these out to making them bigger and making them smaller. Imagine if there was a way to automatically size them. You can totally do that. Now, with your black arrow, have the text box selected. Go up to Object and go to one called Text Frame Options, and then here, there's this third option here called Auto-Size. By default, it is off. What we're going to do is do it by width only, okay. We're going to push it from the left-hand side, and see those arrows. It's going to push left rather than expand both sides. I'm using my hands to describe this. You can't see my hands. So we're going to go from the left and push right. Let's click Okay. What that just means now is that when I start typing, it gets bigger along with it. So it's just a really handy trick to turn on, for especially titles like this. We don't want them, you can have different sizes. So I'm going to duplicate it again to our third option. It's going to get smaller as well as wider. This one here, Shelves and we'll do one more and this one's going to be Bedside Tables. Cool. So Auto Text Frames work both width and height. So if you've got a text box here, and you want it to get bigger and smaller depending on the text, if I go Type and I go to Fill with Placeholder Text and I make it smaller, or I make another box so it just needs to be smaller, it's overset, and all you have to do is the exact same part. Text Frame Options, Auto-Size and do Height Only. I never use height and width. It does some weird stuff. Then I'm going to push from the top, and I'm going to click Okay, and you'll see, as I add more text, and I copy and paste that, it gets bigger and smaller. Deleting it gets smaller. Awesome. Let's get on to the next video. Before we do that actually, then you go, don't need you. All right, now, the next video. 20. Placeholder text alternatives in Adobe InDesign CC : Hi there. In this video, we're going to look at switching out our generic Lorem Ipsum placeholder text for something a little bit more useful for other languages like this, and some not very useful placeholder texts like this, Cat Ipsum. Let's go make Cat Ipsum right now. So, placeholder text alternatives, we're going to grab the type tool, and dropbox on our page. It's going to cover two columns there. We'll zoom in a little bit. I'm going to fill it with placeholder text under type, Fill with Placeholder Text. Remember, by default just fills it with Roman letters. It's kind of Latin. It's all mixed up. It doesn't make sense, and it's just good there as placeholder. But let's say, we're working with our client with a different language. We can sort of undone that. I'm going to go to type, and if I hold down the command key on a Mac, or the control key on a PC before clicking this button here, you get this kind of like little option to pick different kinds of language. I guess not so much languages, it's more the alphabet to be used. So, if you need to be using the Cyrillic alphabet, click OK. You can see there, it's a placeholder text. Same sort of thing mixed up unusable, unreadable, but it's good placeholder text for that language. You'll see there. There was Japanese and Chinese and Arabic. There's a bunch of different ones in there. So, just hold down the command key. So, that's some sort of practical use of it. The next thing I'm going to show you is totally impractical. It's kind of fun, I guess, it depends. So, we're going to replace our Lorem Ipsum with something else. Now in terms of Ipsum, there is a lot of different options. I've jumped a Cat Ipsum, but you will find Hip-hop Ipsums, Starwars Ipsum. Whatever you want. It's going to be mixed up and just placeholder text. This one here, I'm going to decide on, I just want 300 paragraphs, that sounds good. Click Make Muffins. This should be useful. So, I got some placeholder text now. It's kind of just mixed up gibberish about cats but you can find all sorts of other alternatives. I'm going to copy it. To make this work is your default, I'm going to open up Text Edit on my Mac. So, Text Edit it on a Mac or Notepad on a PC. You left the dig through your applications folder to find them. First thing you need to do is paste in your text, and then on Notepad you just save this document as placeholdertext.txt. On a Mac, there's one more step you need to go to format and go to make plain text, and it just kind of removes all the formatting. Then you save it, and just make sure it's called placeholder.txt. That's the rules and it has to be holder, not hold. So, has to be called this. Save it. Where do you save it? I'm just going to save mine to my work folder for the moment. There we go. Where does it go? Just needs to go in the InDesign application folder. So on a Mac, it's pretty easy to find and if you've got it down here in your dock, you can right-click it, and go to Options, and there's one that says, "Show me InDesign in the folder please" in the Find InDesign. Here it is. That's the application folder of InDesign. This is all the guts of the program. If you just move it into the there, so placeholder.txt, dump that in there, and that's what you need to do. I'll leave that in your Exercise File so you don't have to make it. If you do want to have just a play with it and see if it works, so, put it in there, placeholder.txt. Now, if I go to InDesign, open it up and I go to type, Fill with Placeholder Text, nothing happens. I don't have to hold anything down. You can see, I have Cat Ipsum. Now, that's, I know, a little ridiculous it turns out. I like that kind of stuff. So, you might be working with a client that you might find a practical use for that where you've got some like placeholder text that is really useful for you and your client. You can go off and find some stuff, and just as long as you call that file placeholder.txt, it will just become the default for InDesign. If you want to get rid of that, all you need to do is go into here and just delete it, and InDesign will go back to the default. All right. Before we finish this one up, I want to create a Body Copy paragraph style. So, I'm going to select all of the text. I always five click. So, one, two, gives you the word. One, two, three, gives the line. One, two, three, four, gives you the paragraph, and if you do it five times, you get everything including the overset text. I'm not sure if that's a useful shortcut clicking five times. I use it loads. You can just use Edit, Select All, or Ctrl+A on a PC, or Command+A on a Mac. So, they're all selected. Because this is going to be an interactive document, we're going to break out rules in terms of font sizes. I'm going to go up to something like 24. Under paragraph, I'm going to have some space after about 19, and just kind of works from my indirective document that we're making. I'm going to select it all. Five clicks, and I'm going to create a paragraph style. So, under Window, under Styles, go to Paragraph Styles, and in here, I'm going to create a new option. I'm going to double-click Paragraph Style 1, and this one is going to be called MF Interactive Body Copy. Great. Let's click OK, and I was going to drag those panel up kind of out of the way here. Great. So, that's going to be it for this video. We learned how to change the Lorem Ipsum placeholder text to a different alphabet, and we also learnt useless stuff on how to change it to Cat Ipsum. All right. Let's get on to the next video where we do some more practical InDesign amazingness. All right. See you there. 21. How To Add Paragraph Borders & Shading In Adobe InDesign CC : Hi there. In this video, we're going to put lines around paragraphs and put ugly corner affixed on it as well, just because. Now, why is it great? It;s because when I hit paste, look it comes along. It gets bigger and smaller. If I select this one, I've turned it into a paragraph style. So, I get to reuse it over and over again. It gets better. There's a few other options here. We do lines are on the outside. We also do some shading, another naff corner that I've added. Page three, we had to do this as well. You can see if I add more, this little side thing happens. It's just an adjustment of that shading and the last bit of shading awesomeness to have a little look, runs off the page. So, let's go and look now how to make these borders and shading in Adobe InDesign. Okay, so to add our borders around the outside, we are going to select the paragraph. Actually, just have your cursor flashing any where in the first paragraph. Mine is quite a big first paragraph, I'm not sure I like that because lorem ipsum with placeholder text, I can just break it there. So, I'm going to use just this first trunk here, because I'm flashing anywhere inside of it. Along the top here, it doesn't matter with your own character or paragraph, all the way on this side is that hamburger menu. Click on that one and hiding in here is one called Paragraph Borders and Shading. This is the one that's going to add our magic. Let's make sure preview is on and let's turn border on. We'll start with borders. Pretty easy, border on the outside. You're going to have to add some padding around it, so watch this. So, you're going to be using down here the offset. If I increase the offset, can you see. Because they are all linked, they're going to go out all different directions. So make it bigger. So I'm going to have to play around with my space after. I can't control that now but that's where I want to do. You can unlink these and play around like say the right-hand side maybe a little bit. So, that controls how far away from the paragraph it is. I'm going to pick a color from my list. I'm going to use my MF pink and I'm going to play around with one of these borders, up to you. I'm going to use the bottom right so I'm going to unlink them because I just want the bottom right. You can see that icon there indicates bottom right. You might have to play around with them. I'm going to use fancy. Nothing really happens. You're going to increase the pixel number and you can see on my option over here, it's getting just a little bit bigger. Cool. So, yeah, that is it, that's lines around the outside using borders and lets finish up this paragraph style and look at some of the other options. I'm going to click OK. Now, you can see this space here needs to be changed. So there's a couple of things I'm going to do the first paragraph. I'm going to select it all, and then, I'm going to say, actually I'd like my character color to be the MF Pink as well. I want the space after to be more. So I'm going to go to Character. I'm going to go to Paragraph actually and I'm going increase this up. Can you see it's just pushing that bottom paragraph away. So, I'm going to say this is a paragraph style, so I'm going to go to new style. I'm going to double click Paragraph Style 1 and this one is going to be called MF First Paragraph, or let's just call it First Para. Now, when you are working with paragraph styles, there's this thing called Based On. So, what it's doing is, it's using the paragraph style that I already had as it's base, and on top of that, it's going to add some stuff. Basically, what it's going to do is going to add the pink, and the border on the outside, and the space after but it's relying on the font from my, you can see here, MF Interactive Body Copy. Now, that happens by default and that often gets people lost when they later on delete one paragraph style and it affects lots of other ones. So, when you know what you're doing, it's great. It's like you're basing it on top of another one but can get confusing. Normally, unless I'm working on a really big document, I will just have based on no paragraph style. So, it's just a standalone, does everything itself and includes the font, includes the color. I don't have to worry when I delete paragraphs style. Is it connected to another paragraph style? What's going to happen? What are the consequences? So, I just leave every time based on no paragraph style. Let's click OK. Because it's part of the paragraph style and let's say this paragraph here, because it's flashing inside, let's just test it. My first paragraph, you can see, it does the same thing. Adds a line around the outside. So I'm going to undo that. So, let's look at doing one of the other options. So I'm going to go to page two. I'm going to zoom out. I'm going to hit my W key so I'm not in preview. Grab the type tool, drag out the text box, fill it with placeholder text. Select that all and because I've got my Interactive Body Copy, I should be able to easily apply it. Great. So, cursor flashing in this first paragraph. Let's look at shading. So, the border is obviously the line around the outside. So, cursor flashing the first paragraph up to our stripey line. I've got my type tool selected. In here, I'm going to go to Paragraph Borders and Shading, and it's shading in this case that I'm going to use. What I like to do is turn shading on, make sure preview is on. By default, it's a 20 percent black. I'm going to switch that out for MF Pink at 100 percent. Again, I'm going to play around with the offsets, so I get something I like. I'm going to play around with that bottom corner again and link it, but I'm going to use a rounded corner down the bottom. Let's move it out the way so we can see. I'm going to increase this up, so it's like, I don't know, it's a popular thing to do. Let's click OK and, yeah, we'll make a paragraph solely out of this one, that's what we wanted. We'll just change the font color. Awesome. So, that's how to do the shading of a paragraph. I might also just to make it look a little nicer, let's do my space after, just a push that first paragraph afterwards down a bit. Now, another thing people do is there's another use. If I go to page three, let's have another little go at doing shading. So, on page three, I'm going to grab the type tool, I'm going to grab the type box. I'm going to fill the placeholder text, select it all. I went and closed my paragraph styles. I'm going to open them up and Body Copy. Great. It's an ugly first paragraph there. So I'm going to make my own. Great. So, with my cursor flashing in the first paragraph, we're going to do one that just lines up on the side here. So, what we'll do is make sure you're in your type tool, you've clicked in your first paragraph. Go to your hamburger menu, and we're going to go to Paragraph Borders and Shading. What we'll do is we'll do shading. Turn it on, and we're going to use a huge negative on our offsets. So, let's break the link. On the right-hand side, I want to go down. You can get it doing negative. I don't want keep to going negative. Now, what you'll notice is it goes down on one pixel. Remember the shortcut we did earlier, if you hold down shift and click it, it goes down in big chunks of 10. Hopefully now, can you start to see? It's going down on that side there. Click it, you might just type it in. I'm clicking away. So, I might go up on the left a couple and down even further. It's just like a visual side mark in now, not covering it. Yes. So, you might use this instead of doing a whole paragraph. I'm going to use the yellow, and I'm going to set it to 100 percent and I'm going to click OK. What's really nice about this and I guess we haven't really done next, you could have drawn a box next to it, is that if I add more text, let's say I copy of this and just paste it a couple of times, you see it comes along for the ride. The paragraph style is nice and updatable, and adjusts to fit the first paragraph no matter how big or small it is. Click on the black arrow, hit W and you can see there's just a nice clear indication of the first paragraph, or it might be a quote or a factoid or some sort of pricing data or something that you have as part of your copy. You can use this as your cue to find that on the page. Let's look at one more option. Page four, I should have copied and pasted this paragraph text but I'm not. You're going to watch me do it one more time. In there, fill placeholder text and select it all. Body copy and let's have our cursor flashing in this first paragraph here and we're going to get this one to run off the side. It looks cool and you can do the titles of first paragraphs. So, we're going to have a cursor flashing. Let's go to our hamburger menu. Let's look at the Paragraph Borders and Shading. Let's go to Shading. Let's click on the Shading and I'm going to pick the green, crank it up to 100 percent. Down here where it says offsets, we're going to break that link and the right will keep fine. It's the left we're going to go into negatives now. I'm going to hold shift so it runs off, actually not negatives, positives but holding shift so that runs off to the edge here. It's just, I guess, a nice thing to have, it runs off the edge, just a nice visual thing. I'm going to have a little bit offset at the top and the bottom and probably a little bit to the right as well. Let's click OK and I'm going to switch out the font color, character, type, paper. So it's that kind of effect. Close it down. Yeah. All right. So, those are three different options. We did borders to start with, and then, we just done variations of the shading to give you different looks. The benefit is, is that you can edit as part of your style and when the paragraph gets bigger or smaller, edit just to match. All right. That is it for this video. Let's go and do some more paragraph awesomeness next. 22. Paragraph vs Single Line Composer in Adobe InDesign CC : Hi, there. Have you ever wondered why sometimes you can see this letter here or these words here? This is I, totally has enough room to fit up here. Okay. It's because by default, InDesign uses something called a paragraph composer. So, if you are a real stickler about getting your lines to break, right, and you are trying to like, "Why is he up here?" and you're trying to use soft returns and line breaks to try and fix it, or non-braking. It's because by default, it's doing this because, it's trying to balance the entire paragraph, not specifically every line. You can turn this on and off. So, with it selected, we're going to go to our Type tool. Up here in our burger menu, it doesn't matter if you're character or paragraph. Let's click on it, and we've got these options here, Paragraph Composer and Single-line Composer. We won't use these two here though we'll ready ones. These are for other languages. If you are dealing with like Arabic, or Hebrew, or Japanese, you might be using these because there are lots of other special things that need to happen. But, if you're just dealing with the English language, or at least languages that are based on the Roman alphabet, you can toggle between these two. So, we're going to keep an eye on, remember, our little SI, and we're going to click on Single-line Composer. Nothing much is going to change, a few of them did. He came up now, so it's trying to balance this thing line by line, like typically how you would imagine it works. Now, you as a designer get to go through and you could now be using break characters to force that down and do it yourself, but by default, InDesign wants to do it for you and balance out the whole paragraph. It's up to you. Now, if you prefer to stay on Single-line Composer, you can go to your preferences and change it in there. Now, that's changed it for this one paragraph. If you want to change that by default, you can go to your preferences. Go to InDesign, Preferences, Advanced Type. If you're on a PC, it's in the Edit, Preferences, Advanced Type. Now, the bottom here, the Default Composer, switch it to single line and it'll be like that forever. Cool. Single-line Composer versus Paragraph Composer. I'm unsure, sometimes I hate it when it tries to force letters where I don't want it. In other times, I like that the paragraphs are all nicely balanced. You might have a stronger view than me and you can change as necessary. All right, that is it for your composer. 23. How to make paragraphs span 2 columns in Adobe InDesign CC : Hi, there. In this video, we're getting a look at the secrets of splitting and spanning columns where we take this first paragraph that I really want to cross over both columns. These guys down the bottom here, I want them to be in separate little columns within a column. We can do that simply and easily within InDesign like this. So, this one spans, this one splits. It's all just one text box, not lots of text boxes all hacked together. Let's go and learn how to do that now in InDesign. All right. First thing we need to do is we've got a single text box here, I'm on page four. Our text box spans both these two columns. I want to split it to match our column guides in the back there. To do it with a black arrow, have it selected, and along here you should be able to see the number of columns. We're going to have two. We're going to match the gutter, which is the space between the columns like we did earlier on. It was 54 pixels, yeah 54 pixels, so they match up. Those shows you only had W to show the preview, is that I want my first paragraph actually to span both of these columns in the text to stuff underneath. You can do it easily, grab the Type tool, click anywhere in this first paragraph, and along the top here we need to go from character to paragraph, then along on the right quite far along, you need to find this little guy. Looks like a bridge or the out to train on for something. We're going to go from none, and we're going to go to Span All, and tada, it goes and spans that whole column. That's really handy especially if you've been in the past just putting him in his own text box. Now, you don't have to, you can flow along with the rest of the text. That can also be kept in a paragraph style, make it super easy to use. So, that is how to span columns. Let's look at how to split columns. I'm going to go to our exercise files. I want you to go into 03 Magazine and double click Magazine Text. What we'll do is we'll copy this out, this little chunk here of Wood Types. I'm going to copy it, we're going to jump back into InDesign, and I'm going to make a space for it about them. Paste that in. Now, what I'd like to do is this wood types, I'm actually just going to make it bold because it's going to be my heading, but it's these six options down the bottom here, I would like them to be side by side in a nice set of columns. Now, I could copy and paste these out into another separate text box, split them into three columns, and then try and paste it back in as in line graphic and that would work, but it's not as easy as this option. So, with all three of them selected with the Type tool, switched to paragraph in the same place we were a second ago. Instead of spanning, we're going to split two. This is going to split this column into two parts. So, we've got two mini columns within another column. So, be useful, super quick. I'm going to add bullet points while I'm here, and you can see it's just a really nice quick easy way to add those columns rather than jumping out into another text box or trying to play around with tabs. All right, that's going to be it for splitting and spanning columns. Let's get onto the next video. 24. Mastering Justification In Adobe InDesign CC : Hi there. In this video we're going to look at justification here it goes right to the edge. We're going to look at what happens when you get these long gaps and rivers of holes in the text. Okay, and kind of tidy them up something like this, and what we'll also do is I'll show you how to turn on some visual guides like this, so that InDesign can show you using its yellow highlighter what it feels is really bad justification, and you can go and make adjustments as necessary. All right. Let's go and learn how to do that now in InDesign. All right. So, playing justifications pretty easy. I'm going to grab my black arrow, click on this whole text box here on page 4, grab my Type tool and I'm going to switch from character down to paragraph, and you've got these options down the bottom here. So, you want this first one here, justified with last lined left, otherwise it stretches out the last lines and goes a bit crazy. So, you want this kind of first justification option. Now, in terms of getting a bit more pro about justification, there's a couple of things you can do. One is, with this text box selected and the Type tool, I don't like the code rivers right? You can see a big one there, there's just a gap that's opened up because it really wants to justify and you end up with these big gaps everywhere. There's a couple of little things you can do. I don't really like justification, that looks good in terms of a block of text on a page, but I find, in terms of readability, I don't like it, but you might, just a personal preference. So with the text box selected, grab the Type tool. What we're going to do is over here in our hamburger menu, we're going to click on this and go into justification and get a bit nerdy about it. There's not much you can do, but I find the best thing we can do to avoid these rivers here is to play around letter spacing. Now, some people might gasp at adjusting the spaces between letters, all the cleaning but I'm okay with it. So, I like to say actually, you can increase or decrease the letter spacing by minus five percent there and plus five percent here. If I click out and watch this, if I turned the preview on and off, so that's it with my little settings down and I find the rivers disappear. You do, though, get, can you see some of these words are just a bit tighter together? It depends on whether you can live with that or not. So, it depends on which problem you want, I guess. Do you want the words to be a little bit tightened together or do you want the words to have gaps and rivers between them? Both are bad but it's, I guess, depending on what you want to do. Now, it depends on the size of your font as well and your text. You can play around with letter spacing of maybe minus two or minus 10 up to 10. Up to you, play around with letter spacing. I find, you can get a little bit of magic happening there. The other thing to do is just make sure that when you are justifying, you use the paragraph composer. We looked at that a little earlier, remember. Single-line composer will deal with everything line by line. What you'll find is that it can look a bit weird in one place and look great in another, whereas if it's on paragraph composer, it kind of balances the entire paragraph and there's a little given tight between the lines. Another thing you can do if you're justifying and you get a bit blind to it after a while, you're just looking at the justification, trying to find the gaps and it gets a bit weird. There's a nice little visual cue you can use from InDesign to show you if there's any bad rivers or just bad spacing going on, and you can do it up on to your preferences, as a member on a PC it's under Edit, then come down to Preferences and we're going to go down to H&J. We're going to go to composition, where is that composition. In here, we're going to turn on this one called H&J Violations. All it means is the J in here is justification and the H hyphenation. We haven't covered hyphenation yet, but violations just means anything that it thinks is a bit weird. Now, I've turned it on and I can't see anything. It's because I'm in preview mode. So I'm going to have my black arrow select it and tap W. You can see in here, it's highlighted the words that it thinks have gone bad or at least have some really obvious spacing in them. Now, we are using quite a large font, so some of these gaps are quite big. So, that H&J Violation just shows you visually where things are being changed quite a bit. This line here, perfect. This line here, it's a light yellow so it's only had a light change where some of these ones here have had big changes that have opened up and have opened up the gaps in here. So, there's quite a bit going on. That just helps you say, okay, that's just a visual cue to help you see where there might be problems. Okay? You can go back into your justification settings and play around with them to try and get the doculars down as far as you can. Now, you probably don't want this on by default. So it will be on all the time now. We're gonna go back into Preferences, turn it off and then move into our next video. So, Preferences, Composition, it's 10 H&J violations off, click OK and the yellowness goes away. All right. On to the next video. 25. Mastering hyphenation options using Adobe InDesign CC : Hey there. In this video, we're going to talk about the exciting world of hyphenation. You might love it, you might hate it, but you need to understand how to make some changes to it to make it really work for you if you are using it. What I've done is I've written this word in here Alexandria. Why? Because I wanted a really long name, like a person's name, I'm going to click on the text box, go to the type tool, and under paragraph here, I can pick the one that says, "Hyphenate." Yours might be on by default, I turned mine off in an earlier video. You can see by default, it does some weird things like hyphenating here, it hyphenated a name, which is bad. Also here, it hyphenated the last word of my paragraph which just is really bad as well. It does all sorts of weird stuff. So, let's look at how to control hyphenation. So, I'm going to go up to here under paragraph in the burger menu on the top right, I'm going to click on that one and go down to "Hyphenation." In here, the really weed defaults down the bottom. These are always turned on. You can say, "Hyphenate capitalized words and turn that off." You can see Alexandria now is on it's own line. Obviously, lots of capitalized words are going to be terrible words to hyphenate. It's going to be like business names and countries and first names, last names. So turn that off and hyphenate last words. This what guy is a lot, last word on a paragraph is like, yeah, hyphenate that by default, a terrible idea. Hyphenate across columns is another one. Can you see down the bottom here? At this line here it ends and then hyphenates to the next column which