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Adobe InDesign CC - Essentials Training Course

teacher avatar Daniel Scott, Adobe Certified Trainer

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      InDesign Tutorial Basics Course Introduction


    • 2.

      Exercise files & projects


    • 3.

      What does Adobe InDesign do?


    • 4.

      What are the differences between InDesign and PageMaker, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark?


    • 5.

      How to change MM to Inches & changing UK to US dictionary in InDesign?


    • 6.

      New document in InDesign - what is bleed & slug?


    • 7.

      How to create your own RGB & CMYK colors in Adobe InDesign.


    • 8.

      How do I steal colors from a logo using InDesign?


    • 9.

      How to color the background of a page in InDesign?


    • 10.

      Importing resizing rotating & flipping images & Logos inside InDesign.


    • 11.

      How to Import text from Microsoft Word into Adobe InDesign.


    • 12.

      How to group, ungroup & rotate images in Adobe InDesign.


    • 13.

      How to make a dotted line, dashed line & borders in InDesign.


    • 14.

      How best to preview your work in Adobe InDesign.


    • 15.

      How to make a simple PDF from InDesign.


    • 16.

      How to save your InDesign file as a JPEG.


    • 17.

      Why should I use CC Libraries in InDesign?


    • 18.

      How to share your InDesign files with others by using package document.


    • 19.

      Class Exercise 1


    • 20.

      Ideas, Inspiration & starter templates.


    • 21.

      Working with other people's InDesign documents, missing images.


    • 22.

      How to find missing fonts in InDesign?


    • 23.

      How to replace images in InDesign?


    • 24.

      Opacity, transparency and see through ness in Adobe InDesign.


    • 25.

      Why is InDesign adding [Converted] and making me save as.


    • 26.

      What if I can’t find the InDesign file - can I open the PDF?


    • 27.

      Creating a new company newsletter or brochure, what are spreads.


    • 28.

      How to use a Master Page in Adobe InDesign.


    • 29.

      How do I add automatic page numbering to a InDesign file.


    • 30.

      Removing a masterpage & deleting parts off the master page in InDesign.


    • 31.

      Production Video 1


    • 32.

      What is Effective PPI & Image resolution in the InDesign links panel.


    • 33.

      How to add drop shadows to an image or logo in InDesign


    • 34.

      What is TypeKit used for in Adobe InDesign?


    • 35.

      How to add the Copyright, Registered & Trademark symbols in InDesign


    • 36.

      Where can I find the different versions of letters in InDesign - Ligatures.


    • 37.

      How to add placeholder text & lorem ipsum & get a word count in InDesign


    • 38.

      Importing Text from Microsoft Word & keeping or removing the formatting


    • 39.

      Creating Columns in a text box using Adobe InDesign?


    • 40.

      How do I justify text & turn off hyphenation in InDesign?


    • 41.

      What is a the space after & leading in Adobe InDesign?


    • 42.

      How to underline text with a full width line in Adobe InDesign?


    • 43.

      How do I make a paragraph style in Adobe InDesign


    • 44.

      How do I update a Paragraph Style in Adobe InDesign?


    • 45.

      How to us Find & Change to remove double spaces after a period or full stop.


    • 46.

      Stealing colours from images, is there a format painter in Adobe InDesign?


    • 47.

      InDesign Class Exercise 2 - Magazine Spread


    • 48.

      How to bring in lots of text into InDesign at once?


    • 49.

      How do I import paragraph styles from another document?


    • 50.

      How do I insert completely blank pages in Adobe InDesign?


    • 51.

      How do I create a gradient in Adobe InDesign?


    • 52.

      Do I need to use layers in Adobe InDesign?


    • 53.

      Opacity advanced, mater marks and Transparency Effects in Adobe InDesign


    • 54.

      How do I add rounded corners to an image or box in Adobe InDesign?


    • 55.

      How to add a large first letter to my text aka Drop Cap?


    • 56.

      How do I increase the space between letters in Adobe InDesign aka Tracking or Kerning?


    • 57.

      How do I get text to move around an image or shape using text wrap?


    • 58.

      Why can’t I put text over anything that has text wrap applied?


    • 59.

      How to draw an arrow or triangle or star in Adobe InDesign?


    • 60.

      How do I put an image inside other shapes like a circle - cropping?


    • 61.

      What is Adobe Stock?


    • 62.

      Where can I find free images & icons that I can use for my business?


    • 63.

      How do I add bullets and numbered lists in Adobe InDesign?


    • 64.

      How can I create a table inside Adobe InDesign?


    • 65.

      How do I convert tables from Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel into Adobe InDesign?


    • 66.

      How do I get images to move with the text in Adobe InDesign?


    • 67.

      How do I create a Line Break, Column Breaks & Page Breaks in Adobe InDesign?


    • 68.

      How do I make an automatic table of contents in Adobe InDesign?


    • 69.

      How do you change the tabs in Adobe InDesign?


    • 70.

      Can i change the numbering of my pages so 1 starts later in the InDesign file?


    • 71.

      How do I combine Microsoft Excel spreadsheet in InDesign?


    • 72.

      CLASS EXERCISE: Create your own business card.


    • 73.

      How to create a mockup for your portfolio using InDesign


    • 74.

      What to do after this InDesign tutorial course?


    • 75.

      Class project for your own portfolio.


    • 76.

      BONUS: Software Updates


    • 77.

      Adobe InDesign CC 2021 New Features & Updates!


    • 78.

      Adobe InDesign CC 2022 New Features & Updates!


    • 79.

      InDesign cheat sheet & shortcuts.


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Hi there, my name is  Dan. I am a graphic designer and Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) for InDesign. We will work with colour, picking your own and also using corporate colours. You will explore how to choose & use fonts like a professional. We will find, resize & crop images for your documents.

There are projects for you to complete, so you can practise your skills & use these for your creative portfolio.

In this course I supply exercise files so you can play along. I will also save my files as I go through each video so that you can compare yours to mine - handy if something goes wrong.

Know that I will be around to help - if you get lost you can drop a post on the video 'Questions and Answers' below each video and I'll be sure to get back to you.

I will share every design trick I have learnt in the last 15 years of designing. My goal is for you to finish this course with all the necessary skills to start making beautiful documents using InDesign.

NOTE: Adobe InDesign CC 2018 or above recommended.  

Exercise files: Download here

Completed filesDownload 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. InDesign Tutorial Basics Course Introduction : Hi there, my name is Dan. I'm a Graphic Designer, and an Adobe Certificated Instructor for InDesign. I'm lucky enough to help Adobe directly... with a lot of their help videos on their website. Also, I get to speak at their Annual Conference... which is Adobe Max, which is a very cool conference. In this course, we're going to learn how to use InDesign to a really good level. Now, InDesign is absolutely one of the essential tools... for anybody that wants to work in Desktop Publishing, or Graphic Design. This course is for complete beginners. There is no need for any experience... in InDesign, Graphic Design, or Desktop Publishing before. We'll work through real world projects... starting with a simple and easy flier, to get us started. Then we'll work through a longer brochure, company newsletter. We'll make business cards... and take control of a longer document, like an Annual Report. We'll work with color... picking your own colors, and then working with corporate colors. Together, we'll explore how to choose, and use fonts like a professional. Working with images, we'll resize, adjust, and crop. Throughout the course there are projects that you can complete. You can use them just to practice... but you can also use them if you want to add them to your portfolio. As part of the course as well, there's exercise files, so you can play along. At the end of every video, I save my file to see where I'm at. That can be really handy for you... if you're getting a little bit lost, you can compare yours with mine. I'm going to give you every single design tip and trick... that I've learnt over the years... because my goal is for you to get to the end of this video series... and have all the skills necessary to make beautiful InDesign documents. This is my Blue Steel pause for a while look... otherwise I finish the video, and I rush towards the camera to turn it off. And it kind of ruins it, like this. 2. Exercise files & projects : All right. So exercise files. Hi everyone. I've just paused myself here to add some super important new information that's come out in the latest version of InDesign. InDesign has changed the initial view you see in InDesign. We all just need to make one simple change here at the beginning of the course so that it's not confusing when you get started. Everyone open up InDesign and open up any documents. So File, New, Document. Click on Print and just click on any of these. I'm going to use US letter. This is the view that you see now in the latest version, but this entire course was filmed in the slightly different workspace. It's not going to change anything we do in the course. But what you need to do is go up to Window, go to Workspace, and go to this one here that says Essentials Classic. Click on that, and it goes back to how this will look throughout this course. One other thing to quickly double-check is go to Window, go to Workspace, and once you've got these techniques to Essentials Classic, go to Reset Essentials Classic. Just read it all to make it look like the rest of this course. All right, friends, that is it. Do the workspace update and continue on, on your merry way. Let's get this guy started again. All right. So exercise files. As part of this course, they're free, you can download them from a link just here. Now, as part of this course and an addition to the exercise files, I have something called the completed files. It just means at the end of every video, what I do is I save where I'm up to and upload it to every video. You'll see a link on the page somewhere for that. You better download it and it's helpful for you if you are doing the same video and yours just not coming out the same and you're like, "How did he do that?" Or, "Why is mine different?" You can open up my file, compare it with your file and just see what the differences are in the call completed files. The other thing you can do is there's lots of, they're not called homework, but the kind of things you can do by yourself, I set some tasks. I'd love to see those projects. Depending on where you're watching this video, it might be the comments that you push, put a JPEG in of what you've done. There are some places that have special places for projects. But any which way, social media, I'd love to see what you are making. The last thing I'd like to do, it's a bit early, I know, but a review. Reviews and likes are things that really helped me while I'm doing these courses. Helped my business and helped me grow and make more courses. A review, once you're happy with the course, even if you're not happy with that, feedback would be great. Leave a review at any stage. Now could be a good time, maybe later. 3. What does Adobe InDesign do?: Now, what is InDesign? Basically, its a big Desktop Publishing. Its like a big version of Microsoft Word. Now, Microsoft Word gets you to a certain level... but never gets you to that kind of a Pro level. Its quite intuitive, you can teach yourself a bit of it. I've got a full course on Word, if you want to go check that out... it gets into a lot more of the detail. But InDesign is where you kind of... where Word finishes, InDesign starts. Now if I'm working in a design agency, or a desktop publisher... or a marketing, or a communications place... and I need to make a flier, a 1-page little flier... InDesign. If I need to make a series of business cards... InDesign. If I need to make some corporate stationery... InDesign. Magazines, brochures, short ones, long ones... if I've got a 400-page book that I'm actually producing... InDesign is the place to go. It is by far the most essential tool... in that kind of Desktop Publishing world. Some of the products for Adobe, there are direct competitors... that are just as successful... but InDesign doesn't have one. There's Quark and PageMaker which are kind of-- They're just really old versions of InDesign. You can still use those things. And they do a similar sort of job... but you'll find, in terms of an industry tool, getting a job... and just-- Yeah, InDesign is the place to be for that type of work. Now that my friends, hopefully, is what InDesign is. 4. What are the differences between InDesign and PageMaker, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark?: So what is the difference between InDesign, and say... Quark, Photoshop, Illustrator, PageMaker, FrameMaker? There's all sorts of other programs out there. Let's quickly talk about where they all sit. In terms of InDesign, it has some direct competitors. One would be Microsoft Word, which is... it's more of an amateur program... you're not going to get a design job with it... and it has quite a lot of limitations. You can do some nice stuff in Word, but really... that's the kind of entry level program, and then you move in to InDesign. Now, other competitors to InDesign would be... the main one would be QuarkXPress. When I was learning, when I was doing my degree as a Graphics Designer... we all learned Quark. As soon as I left my degree, to get my first job... InDesign got launched... and all those tools that are-- I started actually teaching Quark way back then. And it just, it slowly, but surely, died a death. I'm sure that people who like Quark right now are-- They are still making versions, and there are people still using it... but it's a very, very small percentage of work. Pretty much, any kind of new work is all done in InDesign. Some legacy files you stumble across occasionally are done in Quark... but we don't use Quark very much any more. I don't use it at all. I haven't used it for probably about 10 years. It's a long time I dead. Now PageMaker is made by Adobe as well... and you're probably never going to touch it unless you are... it's for really big things. Say I need to put together... a scientific document about... some sort of medical treatment medicine that we're making... I might open up PageMaker... because it allows many people to work on one document... it updates it, and tracks it. If I was going to build a nuclear reactor... I'd probably document how its made, and how its been maintained via PageMaker. It's a big old program, so not a lot of people using that one. Definitely not for creative design. It's all about InDesign. The other products that might go hand-in-hand... with InDesign, is Photoshop and Illustrator. Generally designers will know Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign altogether. Now where they separate out, Photoshop's nice, clear, different. InDesign is a layout program. You bring in images, bring in text, and you combine them in amazing designs. Photoshop, you open up photographs, and you manipulate them, make them better... change them, mess with them, fix them up. And when you're finished with them, you bring in to something like InDesign. If I was making a flier... its a 1-page flier, and I start making it in Photoshop... I could probably get away with it, and it would be fine... and I could make it work... but that would be using Photoshop for what it's not meant to be used for. You can do basic stuff like that. But as soon as you have to have multiple pages, Photoshop just falls over. You can't do multiple pages... you can't have master pages, or headers and footers. And it doesn't deal with 'Type' very well... because it's mainly a photo editing program. So that's where Photoshop gets used. Illustrator is the one that is... its reasonably close to InDesign, it can do a lot of the same things. Illustrator is mainly for people illustrating. But what I use it for, mainly in the design field... is more logo work, and making icons. It's really kind of geared-- All the tool structure is around doing those things. But if I were to do a 1-page flier... it would look great in Illustrator, or InDesign... it wouldn't really matter to me. I'd have both programs open, check for the ones open. I'm good at both of them, so doesn't really matter. Where InDesign gets used, if its-- If I have to start doing things... say its going to be a monthly newsletter or flier... then there's some tools in InDesign... that may help the flow for doing monthly stuff. The other thing for InDesign is multiple pages. Illustrator can do it... you can have, what's called Artboards... but if you got a really image heavy document, and you start getting past... three, four, or five pages... you'll find Illustrator starts grinding to a halt. Get to 10-20 pages of images, and text, it's quite hard to use. It starts struggling as a program, whereas InDesign... you can have a 400 pages document, and fly through it, and start working. Its engineered to deal with those lots of pages. Same thing with InDesign, you can do some basic Illustrator stuff in there. There's a Pen tool, you can build shapes... and you can make icons, and import them. You can do that in InDesign, there's a bit of a crossover between those two. But if you've got to separate them out... Illustrator is for doing things like branding, logos, and illustrations... and InDesign is all about Desktop Publishing. I hope that helps with some of the softwares... and which ones you should be learning. If you're completely new to this... you can start with InDesign... and probably the next stop would be Photoshop... unless you want to start making your own infographics... and those sorts of things... then you look at Illustrator. I've got courses on all of those, so if you are keen... go check out those ones as well. Alright, that will be it... for the what, and where does InDesign sit in the world of Design. 5. How to change MM to Inches & changing UK to US dictionary in InDesign?: Hi, everyone. In this video, before we get started making this lovely flier... we need to adjust our measurements. By default, often InDesign comes with the measurement of 'Picas'. It just means that whenever-- you see this box at the top here... it's in 'Millimeters', yours might be set to 'Picas'. When I make a rectangle, all the measurements are set to that. Or if you're just switching from Imperial to Metric. So, let's go and change it. On a Mac, it's under 'InDesign CC'. Down here to 'Preferences', and then, down to 'Units & Increments'. If you're on a PC, it's similar. It's under 'Edit', then 'Preferences' is down here... it will have 'Units & Increments'. So on a Mac, that's where I am... All you need to do here is, we're going to change our 'Horizontal'. It might be on 'Picas'... and we're going to switch it to 'Millimeters'. We're going to do this course in 'Inches... just because most of the people watching my videos are American based... but you can switch it to 'Millimeters. I'll show you a cool trick while you're working to interchange between the two. The other thing we might do here is... if you're going from millimeters to inches... you might want to change the default dictionary as well. So down here, where it says 'Dictionary'... just make sure you're on the most relevant dictionary. I'm on 'English USA', you might have to switch yours to the one just up... which is 'UK English', or 'Chinese', whatever your dictionary is. Let's click 'OK'. You can see up here, that little box I showed you earlier... is now in 'Inches', when I try and draw a rectangle... it comes up in 'Inches'. Okay, quick easy short video. Let's go off and start making this flier from scratch. 6. New document in InDesign - what is bleed & slug?: In this video we're going to create our flyer document. We're going to have the page size... this little red line around the outside, which is 'Bleed'... and our 'Margins' all set up, ready to go. Let's go and do that. So, to create our document... your 'Welcome Screen' might look a little different. I've got all these documents that I've previously worked on. I'm going to go up to here, and go to 'New'. You might be on 'CC Files', or something else. I'm going to click on 'New'. If you can't see that, go up to 'File', 'New', 'Document'. We all end up in the exact same place, which is here. So, what we're going to do is... you're probably going to be working in 'Print', we are in this case. And it gives you some presets, you can see here, 'View All Presets'. There's a bunch of stuff we can use. We'll probably never use 'Compact Disc' anymore, anyway, it's in there. 'Business Cards', some useful sizes. In terms of 'Web', and 'Mobile' sizes are done in here as well. So if you're designing InDesign for Web... it's not primarily used for that, but you can. So we're going to use 'Print'. In our case we're going to use 'US'. We're going to do a flyer size, we're going to do 'Half Letter'. If you're following in a country that uses millimeters and the 'A' sizes... this would be an 'A5'. We're going to use half an 'A4', so we're going to do half 'US Letter'. And we're going to make sure-- You can see, you can override it over here. It still thinks I am in Europe, which I am. You can change it over here. Next thing is the 'Orientation', I want to put it 'Landscape'. 'Facing Pages', we're going to turn 'off'. 'Facing Pages', we'll go into a lot more details when we start building... our multiple page brochure, further on in this course... but for the moment, we're just doing a 1-page thing. Turn off 'Facing Pages'. 'Primary Text Frame' as well... it's a little bit complicated... and we'll do that in a later video as well. Just make sure they're 'off' at the moment. Number of 'Pages', you can add them later if you want. We're going to start with 1. 'Columns', we're now only going to have 1 column in this case. We'll look at multiple column layout... when we get into some more text heavy documents later on. 'Margins', we'll leave as the default. Yours might be a little bit different, I can see here, 'Margins' and 'Bleed'. You might just twirl those down if you can't see them. And I'm going to go to this 'Bleed' down here. So I've done my 'Margins', I've left them as a default, 'Bleed'. What I'll do is I'll get the real Dan to jump out... and show you this, because its better in person. Take it away, Dan. So, apparently I am the real Dan... and this real Dan would like to explain 'Bleed' and 'Slug'. This is my example book. Now what happens, when they're printing... we all know that-- say this image at the front here... goes right to the edge, the black is right to the edge. The ad on the back is right to the edge. Pretty much all of these pages... all these ads here, go to the edge of the page. But we know that when we're printing, say at home, or at the office... we can never print right to the edge of a white bit of paper... because the printer just doesn't go that close to the edge. That's the same for big, commercial offset printers as well. So doesn't really matter, you can't print right up to the edge. So what happens is... you print on a little bit of paper that's a little bit bigger. So say, it needs to be 'Letter' or 'A4'. What they do is they print it on a sheet called 'SR A4'... which is just a little bit bigger. And then they print inside of it... and then they guillotine it off afterwards down to the original size. Now, that guillotine is never perfect. They try and align it up perfect... but you need a little bit of wiggle room for the guillotine to maybe... slice it little bit higher, or little bit lower... you don't want it right on the edge... because they might end up with a little white strip. What you do in InDesign is you add a little bit of 'Bleed'... 3mm for Metric... or an eighth of an inch for Imperial... or 0.125 of an inch if you're using Decimal places. What happens is, you just make your document that teeny bit bigger. All the way around. So that the guillotine has got something to cut off, and ends up in the bin. So nothing important there, because it will end up in the bin... but it gets cut down to this final size. Happens especially with magazines, magazines are printed and bound... and often, they don't look this nice. This has got a really sharp, kind of crisp edge... but that never happens when it gets bound. That only happens after its been guillotined. Its quite messy. If you've ever seen a magazine, its been printed... that hasn't been yet trimmed up... actually, the pages are all kind of messed up, not lined up nicely. It's not until guillotining happens, and the 'Bleed' is cut off... before they look nice and tidy. Now in terms of 'Slug'... the cool thing about 'Slug' is, you just won't use it. People doing the design side often don't use 'Slug'... its more the printing or production side of things. So the 'Bleed' is a slight-- remember, just a little bit around the outside. The 'Slug' is a bigger chunk, like an inch around the outside... and in that, you can write notes. So if you're the printer, and you know that this cover is a bit special... and it has something that needs to be glued to it, on a special spot... you could write... "Here's where this gets glued to"... or maybe, this bit gets stapled to this bit, and folded over... or something special. Or, just anything that, maybe help the production later on. After it comes off the printer, it says... maybe this gets put with Part A, and Part B. It's kind of a terrible explanation, but its just notes that the printer adds. It will be trimmed off, and chucked in the bin. I've never had to put 'Bleed' on in my entire career. You probably won't do either... unless you're working behind the scenes... in an offset printer, or a big commercial printer. You won't be adding blood, uh, blood? You might be adding 'Slug' afterwards, and adding these notes to it. So 'Bleed', definitely, 'Slug', pretty much never. Did that help? Hope it helped. You can go back to the other Dan, the disembodied voice talking on the screen. So we know we need a 'Bleed'... of 0.125 inches, or an eighth of an inch. Or if you are 'Metric', you can just type in 3mm. You can see, I can type in 3mm, I just click somewhere else... and it does the conversion for me. I know its not exactly the same, but that's just the way it is. Different people use different sized 'Bleed's. And the 'Slug', we don't use you, so we're going to leave that as is. And let's click 'Create'. Stand back, we have a document. I'm going to zoom out a little bit. Zooming is 'Command -' on a Mac, or 'Control' -' if you're on a PC. What I want to do is show you the different parts here. The edge of the big white box is the edge of our page. In our case, it's the 'US Half Letter'. We've got these two other colored boxes here. We've got the red one, and this magenta one here. The magenta is the margins, they don't do anything... they're just the visual guide to keep everything inside... and away from the edges of the page. We all know that our printers don't print right to the edge... so there's like a consistent box around the edge there. The other one we're going to look at is this red one here... and that is the 'Bleed' we discussed. So everything that goes over this edge here... prepare to get chopped off, and put in the bin. Before we go any further let's go and save this document. So let's go up to 'File', 'Save'. Where are we going to save it? I'm going to save it on my 'Desktop', I'm going to make a new folder. If you're using a Mac, and its a new Mac, it might be looking like this. Looks a little different. Click this little arrow here. Find your 'Desktop'. On the left hand side, make a new folder. I'm going to call this one 'InDesign Class Files'. Click 'Create', and we'll stick... everything we make during this long course into that folder. In terms of the naming, we're going to call this one... 'Good At Heart', because that's the client. I'm going to put a hyphen in, and put in 'Flyer'. And this is going to be 'V1'. Always give it a version number... because you're going to make changes, people are going to come back. V1, V2, or A, B, C is just fine. Never call it 'Final'. Final is like the kiss of death. If you call it 'Final', the universe will send you adjustments... and you'll have to call it 'Final2' or 'Final Revisited'. There's some people chuckling because you probably... got files just like that all over your computer. So we're going to use the 'V' system. Let's click 'Save'. That's it for this video, my friends. Let's get on with the next one. 7. How to create your own RGB & CMYK colors in Adobe InDesign. : Hi there, in this video we're going to look at adding... these sexy colors over here to InDesign. We'll look at color in general, its a little bit long this video... but its the kind of stuff you need to know... if you're going to be getting into InDesign production. So let's go and add some pre-made colors. Before we go any further, let's just ensure your screen is looking like mine. So at the top here, go to 'Essentials'. If yours say something else, it might say 'Advanced', or something else... click up in this random area at the top here, and click 'Essentials'. I'm pretty sure, on a PC its over here as well. I remember, in an earlier version it was all the way over here, on the left. Double check. But find something that looks like that, make sure it's on 'Essentials'. And where it drops down, make sure you click on 'Reset Essentials' as well. It means it just gets it back to square one. This is handy when you're doing something... and you accidentally drag this, and it ends up in a weird spot. That's because everything is a bit mixed up, and you get it lost. So come back to this video, and go to 'Essentials'... and go to 'Reset Essentials', and everything comes back to normal. What we'll also do for this course is-- see these double arrows here? I prefer to have this group of tabs always out... rather than like little click-able in and out boxes. If you've got a really small screen... you might have to keep them all pushed in. For the moment, let's ignore this little thing over here. That's something I've added for us later on. What we're going to do when we're starting a new job is... we've created a new page, but one of the first things you do now... is create a new 'CC Library'. You might do 'CC Libraries' per client... rather than per job. So if you're working at one company, you might have just one. You can see, on my library I've got loads of them. All they are is a place to store things live. As you can see in this case, colors, fonts, images... and the cool thing about it is that... it's shared across all the Adobe products. You might be only using InDesign... but if you start using Photoshop or Illustrator... this library is in there as well... so you can share these colors across. So what we're going to do is... 'CC Libraries', we're going to use this little drop-down. Yours is probably set to 'My Library'. I've got couple of 'My Library' for some reason... but you've got one. I'm going to create a new library for this course. I'm going to call this one 'Green at Heart'. You do the same. Let's click 'Create'. Its just a nice empty library at the moment... but what it's going to do is, when we add our colors... we'll add them to the library at the same time... and when we bring in images, and icons, they'll go in there as well. So, to add colors-- We're going to add corporate colors. If you are just playing around, and you want to mix up any color... watch this, if I highlight this text here, and just go-- What might happen is, in this case... you can see here... that nice little rainbow thing that was here a second ago... now there's black and white, you can switch it up here... this little flat menu, back to 'RGB'... and you get that color thing back again. That happens quite a bit while you're working in InDesign... but if you've got no design at the moment... and you're randomly picking colors for the client, or yourself... you can just use this 'Eyedropper' down here... and it will randomly pick colors... and that might be great... but say you're working for a client that has specific color needs... so we're going to have to put in their corporate colors. So let's go and do that now. One of the things we'll look at is 'Swatches', our pre-made colors. Now, InDesign's given you a couple of pre-made ones... here its 'None', so empty box. There's 'Registration'... and reasonably complicated, but at our level here, we just never use it. I never use 'Registration'. We'll look at it a little bit more in our advanced class. We'll look at 'Registration' and 'Plates'. Just ignore that one for the moment. What you want to do is, use 'Black', not 'Registration'. So, 'Black', then there's white, they call it 'Paper'... because you'd imagine, if you're printing-- If I printed this, and I was expecting this to be white... but I put blue paper in my printer, its not going to actually be white... it's going to be blue, of the paper. So that's why they're all clever with the word 'Paper' there, and not white... but it means white. Then they went and mixed in some really awful colors. These are there by default, you can delete them... you can select them all, and say... "Goodbye, off to the trash can." We'll leave them there for the moment. So what we want to do is mix our own colors. Now, you're going to have to find out what your corporate colors are. You might be working at a company, and they've got a corporate manual... and it lists up their colors. You might have to ask the marketing department what they are... or their designer who's working there, or working with you. You're going to have to figure out what these colors are. Now to create a swatch... go into this fly out menu here, in the 'Swatches' panel. There's one at the top here that says 'New Color Swatch'. If it doesn't have anything-- Sometimes, I've been on my 'Type' tool... and I've got text selected, and its freaking out a little bit... so what I can do is just go back to my 'Arrow'... and I've clicked off in the background... now, I can go through and get a new 'Color Swatch'. I'll pretend I did that on purpose to show you a lesson... but really, I just got lost. Let's click on this top one here, it says 'Name with Color Value'. If you leave that on, you're going to have colors like this... which aren't very useful. They're the actual code for them... especially when you're dealing with a client... say like me, I work for hundreds of companies. So if I type in green, it could be green from any company. So I'm going to 'untick' this, and I'm working for the 'Green at Heart'. I'm just putting an acronym in there. If you're working with Disney, put in 'Disney Green'. I'm working with 'Green at Heart Red'. And what we're going to do is the 'Color Mode'. Now we're going to be using 'RGB' in this class. You might look at your corporate manual, and they use 'CMYK'. The times we've used each of them, 'RGB' is probably the most common. Especially if you're going to be designing something... that's going to be viewed on a screen. So 'RGB' is Red, Green, and Blue... and that's what your screen uses to display colors. 'CMYK' is what your printer uses to display colors. And you'll notice its a lot less... because if you've ever printed something from your laptop, and it looks awesome... and then it prints out on the printer, just a little bit washed out... its because of 'CMYK'. 'RGB', luckily has a bigger color field. It also has light coming out of it, luminance... because your laptop screen is all bright, and its got lights... and it's all going to achieve those colors like the... Toxic green, or a Madonna pink, on 'RGB'. When you use 'CMYK', it's when you're... going to a commercial printer, or an offset printer. And that happens-- Depends on what you're working on. If you're doing stuff, and it's going to be printed in the office... send a 'RGB'. Office printers love 'RGB'. Even if they're laser color printers, they like 'RGB' more. And if you're getting like 10,000 printed, at a large printing house... they'll expect 'CMYK'. They look very similar in terms of their colors... but the codes are slightly different. We're going to use 'RGB'. And here are the 'RGB' colors that I've got. So we're going to list all these out. I'm going to put in '255' for the first one, then '99', and then '88'. You see, its still at pink, but if I click out here... one of the other ones, it changes to my swatch. And what I want to do is... I'm going to add it to my library at the same time, 'Green at Heart'. You might have a different one, lots of different ones... but I'm going to add it to my 'Green at Heart' at the same time. If you're confused by libraries, and you just hate them... you don't want to use them, you can 'untick' this. Let's click 'Add' rather than 'OK'. Why? Just means it keeps this open. So I can add more colors. This one's going to be 'Green at Heart Yellow'. And add another one. '255', I'm 'tab'bing down, I'll click in the next box, '145'. Actually don't click anything, because its pink, not yellow. I think I'll add '2' at the front of this one. So ignore their notes over here. It should be '255', '255', '145'. I am going to click 'Add'. You can see there it appears in my 'Library'. It also appears down here in my swatches, both places. So what I want to do now is... pause... and go through, and add these. I'm going to get Tayla, our wonderful editor... to go through and speed this up, so I'm going to insert mine. See you then. Here we are, and when you're finished... click 'Add', or 'OK'. Either way, it closes it down. Now we need to click 'OK', so its finished. Now, couple of things. You might have clicked 'OK' by accident, how do you get back in there? You just go back into this flat menu, and say 'New Color Swatch'. If, like me, you've spelt one wrong... I've left the green off it, you can just double click it. And it opens up. Put my 'n' in, click 'OK'. If you forgot to tick the box at the bottom... you can select on these guys. See this little cloud kind of icon here? This will add it to the swatches over here. So that's the end of this super-duper, long color nerd fest. I realize we're a bit into this course..