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Adobe InDesign CC – Advanced Training

teacher avatar Daniel Scott, Adobe Certified Trainer

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Lessons in This Class

72 Lessons (8h 6m)
    • 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

    • 72. Adobe InDesign CC 2021 New Features & Updates!

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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.

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I'm a Digital Designer & teacher at BYOL international. Sharing is who I am, and teaching is where I am at my best, because I've been on both sides of that equation, and getting to deliver useful training is my meaningful way to be a part of the creative community.

I've spent a long time watching others learn, and teach, to refine how I work with you to be efficient, useful and, most importantly, memorable. I want you to carry what I've shown you into a bright future.

I have a wife (a lovely Irish girl) and kids. I have lived and worked in many places (as Kiwis tend to do) - but most of my 14+ years of creating and teaching has had one overriding theme: bringing others along for the ride as we all try to change the world with our stories, our labours of love and our art.See full profile

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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 ma