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Introduction to Affinity Publisher: Making a Takeout Menu

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13 Lessons (51m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Project

    • 3. Affinity Publisher Interface

    • 4. Menu Design Principles

    • 5. Sketching the Menu

    • 6. Setting Up the Document

    • 7. Adding Text to the Document

    • 8. Adding the Rules

    • 9. Making a Color Palette

    • 10. Creating Text Styles

    • 11. Adding the Text Effects

    • 12. Adding the Background Image

    • 13. Exporting as a PDF

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In this class you will learn the basics of using Affinity Publisher while we create a take out menu. We will learn things like how to set up a document, how to add text and images, and how to use styles to make your workflow much easier. This class is great for any level.

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Ben Nielsen

Good design is the beginning of learning


I am passionate about good design and good teaching. I believe that anyone can learn simple design principles and tools that can help them create content that is both beautiful and functional.


Background: I am a media designer and librarian. My masters degree is in instructional design with an emphasis on informal learning.


Motto: Good design is the beginning of learning.

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1. Introduction: hi and welcome to this course on affinity publisher. In this course, we're going to be creating a take out menu for a restaurant and infinite publisher. This is a great introductory activity that will help you to learn the ins and outs of Fame publisher. In case you don't know, affinity, Publisher is a powerful new desktop publishing out from the folks at Surf. It completes their trio of APs, along with Afeyan designer and if the photo to create the most powerful desktop publishing platform that we've ever seen. So in this course, I'm gonna take you through. And did you how offending publisher works so that you can get the most out of it. So let's go ahead. Let's dive in and let's learn how to create a take out menu in affinity, Publisher 2. Project: When you're learning a new program, it helps to have a project to put what you're learning into context. For this course, the project will be to create a take out menu. This is a great project because it helps us learn a lot of different things in if in new publisher, things like how to put text in how to style that text, how to add color and pictures to our document. So it's a super useful exercise to go through, and I hope that you'll take the time to do so. And once you've created your document, please take the time to upload it to the Courses Project page. This helps us all to be able to learn from each other and really improves the learning experience. So all afford to see in your project. As you go through this course in the next video, we'll dive in and start learning the interface and Infinity publisher 3. Affinity Publisher Interface: uh, I want to do is to familiarize ourselves with the Infiniti publisher. Lay out. So if you are already familiar with using an affinity product like a famed designer orphan E photo, the layout should already seem pretty familiar to you as well as if you are familiar with using Adobe in design, much of this will be similar sense. Publisher is acting as a direct competitors to in design. Okay, so when you open it, you'll see this splash screen, which has some different things that you can do with it. But while we want to right now, she's created new documents that we can look around. It really doesn't matter what the document is right now. We will make a new document later for our menu. I'm just going Go ahead and click. OK, so now we are in the affinity publisher interface, and we're just going to start at the top. At the very top of the screen, you will see the menu bar, so these are things like found menu, the Edit Menu Document menu. This is where you can deal with all of the nitty gritty and the different options that exist within infinity publisher. One thing to notice that preferences Air found under the if any publisher menu and then preferences. So if you need to make any personal changes to it, they will all be found here, just like there in the other affinity programs. Next, we have this toolbar up here, which has access to some options that you might want to be able to seek quickly. This includes being able to switch personas. If you own designer or photo and have activated them with publisher, then you will be able to easily switch between those two. Make edits on your vector and raster graphics from inside opinion publisher. It also has options like turning on and off the preview mode so that you can see the non printing marks or not see them. I'm dealing with your snapping and then options like alignment, drawing modes. Those air all found up here right below that, we have the documents set up spread set up in preferences, and then on the left hand side, we have all of our tools, so your selection tools your type tool, your pen tool, you're framing tools. These are all along the left hand side and then we have the pages panel and the assets panel. This panel can be moved around. If you want to move it around or shrunk here, you can see your master pages and your pages and switch between them on the right hand side , we have our studios. So we have things like the color studios, watches, studio, stroke studio. Those can all be found here. This is where you deal with layers and of course, textiles, which will be dealing with a lot in this course. There are lots of different studios in if any publisher and to open them up, you just go under the view menu and drop down to studio. And then you could see that there are a bunch of different studios that you can open up. This is also useful. If you ever accidentally drag a studio out and then x out of it, you can get it back by going to view studio and then grabbing it from here. Well, in pop back up his place it back where you want it to be. You can arrange these, however you want to best fit your workflow. One thing to note is that on this second dairy toolbar just below here, where it says documents said right now that toolbar will actually change based on what selected. So if I have a text box here, this is just going become your standard text editing, right? Delete that we get back to our document tools. If I have a shape, then we'll have things like the fill in the stroke and the corner radius so that toolbar will change depending on what you are doing. And then one thing to know is at the very bottom. You have this little tool tip help. So this will actually tell you what you can do with the tool that you have selected on. It will give you a little tip on how to get there so you can see if I switch to the text tool that changes that says dragged to create text, frame, click and object to select it. So each of these will change a little bit to help you know what to do if you aren't quite sure what to do with the tool. So that's a quick introduction to the interface of a free publisher. I hope that you feeling a little bit comfortable getting around in it. You can take a minute to go ahead and play around. Try out some of the tools, see what the tool wires do as you go along, and then in the next video, where you're going to start talking about principles of many design. 4. Menu Design Principles: before we dive into create are taking out menu. We first need to talk about some of the principles of menu design. As with all designed objects, the four core principles of design still apply to many design. Those are proximity, alignment, repetition and contrast. You need to keep all of those in mind while you're designing the menu. If you are unfamiliar with those principles, please go ahead and take my free course on the four core principles of design. In addition to the four core principles, it's important for us to remember what the purpose of the menu is. This is always a good idea when you're designing. Think about what the user will be doing with your designed object. In the case of a restaurant menu, the purpose of it is to help the customer order. This means that two things must be clear as day to the customer. They need to be able to know what is available, and they need to know what the prices of those things are. That means your design needs to support the customers actions. Sometimes you look at menus and it will almost be like they're trying to hide the price. I don't know if they think that that means the customers will order something more expensive, but that just tends to make customers frustrated. And then they won't come back to the restaurant if they have a difficult experience. So you want to make the choices that are available and the price as clear as possible when you're designing many. Lastly, the menu needs to fit in to the customers overall brand. It needs to fit in with other things, like advertising or decor or other print materials that the restaurant has. If the restaurant has a logo that should be present on the menu so that every interaction the customer has with the brand is cohesive. Since we'll be designing for a hypothetical restaurant in this class, it's not gonna be too hard to fit in with the restaurants overall brand. But we still want the menu to feel like it's part of something bigger. So those are just a few quick principles on menu designed to help you as you're going through this course. In the next video, we'll start sketching out our ideas for our menu 5. Sketching the Menu: uh, projects. When we're designing menu, we need to sketch it before we actually start doing the work on the computer. So our next step is to go ahead and sketch. I normally sketch on index cards or sticky notes because I like the sketch to be very temporary. That's how sketching should be. It should be something that you're not committed to something where you're just getting out ideas to try them out. But for this class, as with most of my online classes, I'm going to be sketching on paper on the iPad just so that it's easier to record it for you guys and easier for you to see. So I'm just using a pencil colored pencil and paper here just to be able to sketch out some ideas. What we're trying to do here is a menu, a take out menu four. A place called Timmy's Driving. So I'm just going to start by sketching out a rough wade that it could look and so you can put down anything that you want. So just thinking through what a menu should have men. You could have things divided up different mice so we could divide it up by price. We could have the $5 menu and the dollar menu think Denny's does something like this and then the $10 menu. And then we could have something written here and something right here. Here. Each one could have little details underneath it. This is it. Sketching is just so fast. You're just trying out different ideas. Another idea. I'm just trying out different ideas, and I may combine them together in different ways. When try some columns here. Okay, so those are just three rough ideas and you can sketch anywhere between three. And 10. I wouldn't do any less than three, because that really doesn't force you to get your ideas out there. I'm just going to three right now, just in the interest of time and you having to watch me do this. But I really like this one over here, and I think we're probably going go with something like that in our actual designed. So now that we've got this sketched out, we're ready to start. So in the next video, we'll be talking about setting up the document and if any 6. Setting Up the Document: way have gone over the principles of menu designed and we've created our sketches were ready to start making our menu in affinity Publisher. So we're going to go ahead and we're going to make a new document. Now, you can always do this from the splash screen as long as you leave the box check to open that up. But if you're already in, if any publisher, you can also do it by going up to file and new. Okay, there's a lot of different things to go over when you create a new document. So the 1st 1 is What type is that? Now this is for print. We are going to print this menu because it's for a client. We're not going to use a page preset because we're gonna do our own. But we do want this to be set two inches. So we're going under document units. We're gonna change that two inches because that's what we work with in America. You might have something else. If you're in a different country image placement policy, you can prefer embedded or prefer linked. It just depends on if you want to keep all of your assets together or not. For this one, I'm going to prefer, embedded and actually embed the image into the document because we're only going to be using one image. But if you were doing something like a magazine or a newspaper where you were having dozens or hundreds of images, then you want to go ahead and choose. Preferred linked to keep your documents size down. Number of pages were just going to eat one add default, Master. Currently, we don't have any special masters set up, so we're just going leave Ellen Default, master. And then here we're just gonna go ahead and under layout. We're going to make this the size of half a page of standard letter paper, so that is four point to five inches by 11 inches. 300 GP iess. Pretty standard dp. I stands for dots. Parents showed. That's how many dots going to an inch when the printers printing it out. We want this to be in portrait. It does that automatically because we already made with the shorter side. But we could, of course, swap that if we wanted to. All right, facing pages is turn on. We don't need that turned on because we're not doing facing pages. That's for a spread. I'm not going to worry too much about color. We want this to be in seem like a eight, though, because we're going to print it and then we're going jump over to our margins, and we're actually going to make our margins 1/4 of an inch linked to five. And we want to make sure that our link is turned on on the right, so we'll leave that up and then we just hit Tab and they all changed 2.25 Then we're going over to bleed now bleed. If you haven't done print work before, you might not know what bleed is. Lead is the place outside of your page that you want your images to go to in order for them to actually go to the edge of the page. When a printer prints sheet of paper, they actually protect larger than its actual size because the printer can't print onto the edge of a page, so the print it larger and then they'll trim the edges to make it the right size. So in order for your pictures to go all the way to the edge and we will have a picture that does that with our watermark on this menu. Then we need Teoh. Extend our image into the bleed area, otherwise will get like a white edge when we print it. So we're going ahead and change this bleed to also 1/4 of an inch, and that is set up our document now. So we're going to go ahead and we're going click. Okay, Now there's one other thing that we need to dio in order to be able to set our document up correctly. And that is to add columns. If you're coming from in design, this will seem a little different to you because you could just do that from the document said it before. But here we actually have to go to our view menu and then our guides manager. And this is where we can set up columns so we can go ahead, dragged us here and will change this from one did, too, by moving this lighter and you can see that happen on the page. Now we have two columns. We can adjust the gutter if we want to. I'm using 1/4 of an inch for everything. So I'm going to you do that Here is, well, just for consistency. Stick doesn't look like it will let me do 1/4 inch, while 0.3 is pretty close, all right. This also is where we can adjust our margins if we're unhappy with them. Looks like it not doing 1/4 of an inch. Looks like it automatically set them 2.3. That's fine. Not a big deal. So go ahead and close this and now our document is set up. We're ready to go. One last thing that I want to mention was turning on the preview mode. So if we go up here to this, it kind of looks like a gas gauge to me. But it's actually like a wiper, so we'll just hit that. And that will actually make everything that is non printing on our document. Disappear so you can see the bleed disappears. The margins and column guides disappear as well, so that's always useful If for some reason you can't see those things it primates preview motors turned on. If you want to see how your documents going print, that's very useful to be able to hit that. Well, that's it for documents set up in the next video. We're going to go ahead and start adding text to this, okay? 7. Adding Text to the Document: The next thing that we're going to do is add texture document. Of course, working with text is one of the main points of working in any publisher, so there is going to be quite a bit of text in this document. Text is one of the primary things in a menu, and as a take out menu, this design piece won't deal with images nearly as much as it will deal with checks. So going, go ahead and start laying out or text right now. So let's go ahead and grab the text tool right here. And we willingly this out, according to you, our sketch. So I know that there's going to be a title up here just like that out, and I could just type in title, so I know that that's there. And then go ahead, Lee. Some space, this one body. So we just duplicate that to the other side, will hold down alter option on a keyboard and then just drag and then we can hold down shift. You see, we get that yellow line to you, keep them in line with each other so it will be perfectly aligned on. Then we'll just grab this one and duplicate it down for the bottom. We'll downshift. Keeps it in alignment on a little bit larger. Okay, now we've got our text laid out. That was pretty simple. One thing that you can see here is that when we click in just double click to get into a box, we get all of our text tools at the top. So we have our font and our text size are decorations, styles and alignments, etcetera, etcetera. There's a lot you can do here with the text tool. We're not going to deal with any of that right now because we're going to do that all through styles, which is really the best way to do it in a layout program like this. So right now, we're just going go ahead and type in what we want to be here on . As I'm going, I can make adjustments based on what I am seeing here. So I'm actually going drop this down because I forgot to add in titles here. Okay, so we've gone ahead. We've added our text in. It's a little bit cramped, will be able to deal with that in this styling. But in next video. We're actually going Go in and we're going at our rules to here so that we've got those in place and then we'll start styling text. 8. Adding the Rules: way are going to go ahead and we're going to create our rules. And there are a couple different ways that we could do this a rule. It's just a line that gives separation to your document. It helps to create visual hierarchy, so we're going to it with the pen tool here. We could do it, actually, by switching to the designer mode and using the line tool. But I don't actually know how many of you have designer available to you. So we're going to try and do this all with just publisher on not Touch, Designer or photo for right now, although we will probably do that, of course, in the future because it's very powerful. So in order to do this, we're going to go ahead and we're going to just drop down a point just dropping down point . We know that there's going to realign somewhere in here, and then the way the pen tool works is you just drop another point to draw a line. So if we want to keep it straight, we hold down shift, so we're just trying to hold it, do a straight line across. We're just going to do that, then, over here on the right hand side, we have our color controlled. And what we're dealing with, of course, is the stroke here. And so we want the stroke, and right now it's black. That's fine. And then if we switch to the stroke studio, we can go ahead and we can actually make that bigger. We don't know exactly what we're gonna want it to be like right now. We don't know what color we're going to want to have or what not. So we can just adjust the stroke for like, four is fine for now, and then we are going to go ahead, and I don't really think I want round caps in this one, so I'm just going change it to square caps. There's a lot you can control here in the stroke panel. We're going go into everything right now, but you can do things like change what you have on the end of it or the start and the end of it. You can change whether it's in front of or behind your fill. We have no Phil cause this is just the line, so there's a bunch of different things that you can do there. If we want to move it around, we just switch back to our move tool, and then we can drag that around. There's going to center for now. We know there's going to be aligned there. Let's draw another line to you. This I'm zooming out by holding down option and schooling, and now we'll grab this pen tool. Oops, need to de select our current life and then grabbing our mental. We can start a new life. So we drop one right there down the center and we'll bring it to right here. Holding down shift. Make sure it goes straight down, and it has remembered our settings from the last line. So it's just kept those which is fine on we will. Using this move tool. We will come down here and we will just copy it by holding down option and dragging holding shift to keep it in line. And you know, we need a little bit more space here, so that's fine. We will grab these items and we'll move them up. Windows shift will keep them in the same alignment. So what we're doing is we're just trying to get a basic layout, and I can use the arrow keys to move at one or 10 pixels at a time. If I want to move it 10 I hold down, shift and hit the arrow key. That's good. What we're doing here is just try and get the basic structure of our menu based on our sketch, and then we'll come back and we will style. 9. Making a Color Palette : way. Start styling our text. We need to determine our color theme. You can make your own color swatches and if any publisher. But I prefer to find a color theme online and then create my swatches. There's many places you can find colored themes online, but I prefer to go to color dot adobe dot com Because there are so many different color options there. They have a place where you can create your own palette, which is super useful. But I like to go to the explore tab and search for something that meets my needs for this menu. I wanted to have a real retro vibe because, you know it's a drive in, so that's kind of an old timey thing. So I'm just going to type in retro into the search bar Surjit. Here you'll get a ton of different options With this. There are lots of good ones, and this just makes a little easier so that you have a theme that works together and you don't have to just make it up all on your own. Well, look at this one. I kind of like the vibe that this one is giving me so I'm going to go ahead and screenshot at Screenshot is command ship for on the mat. I'm just going screenshot the colors. You see, I've got that hex codes there if I want to copy them, But I'm actually just going to use the eyedropper tool to pick these up. Now back in Infinity Publisher, we're just going to go ahead and bring in the image. So we want to place the image which is file and then place, and then it's just save to desktop because that's where screenshots are saved and then our cursor loads up. If you find yourself having any trouble placing the image, it might be because you have a text box selected. If you have a textbook selected, it will say, Oh, that's a text box you don't want put an image in there and it won't always let you place the image. All right, I'm gonna go ahead and around preview mode so that I don't have the grace over my image while we're making these swatches. Now we need the swatch, its studio open on the right and then in the menu. We're actually going to go ahead and we're going to add a document palette. We could add an application palette that would make this available across our different documents or a system palette, which would make it available across our different programs. But for now, I just want a document palate just for this document that we're making. So click add document Palate is currently unnamed. Go to rename palette and call it retro, all right, but we have no colors in spout, so we need to add them so back to the little menu in the top right and will say at a global color. We want to be a global color because that will then allow us to change the color if we need to and change everything that we've applied that color, too. So then we're just going to use this eyedropper tool in the global color dialog box. Everybody go pick up our colors, click on the color that the eye droppers picked up and click Add the little white corner of the swatch tells you it's a global color, all right, we'll do that again, and we'll just do that for each of them. Okay? And so there you have it. That's how you add a color palette to your affinity publisher document, and from here on out, we can go ahead and we can use these colors in our paragraph styles. I'm just going, Go ahead and I'm going to lead the screenshot because we don't need it anymore. And in the next video, we'll start talking about styling artist. 10. Creating Text Styles: way are finally ready to start styling this menu so that it doesn't look like just a bunch of black text on a white background paragraph. Styles are one of the most powerful features of desktop editing software, like offending Publisher. And if you've watched other videos of mine, you probably know that lack of textiles was one of the major things that was lacking in a famed designer. Now that they've actually built the whole textile studio, they've actually added that into a friend designer as well. So you can now do it in both. We're just going to stick here in the publisher persona because, like I said before, I don't know what you all have, and it really doesn't make a difference which one you're using to do this in. But we're going, go ahead and we are going to style this text. If you've never used paragraph styles before, then this might blow your mind a little bit because it just it can save you so much time in styling your text. So we're going to use this textiles panel right here, and we're going to go ahead and we're going click in on the text that we want to stop, Which is this Timmy's drive in text, and then we'll go ahead and at the bottom of the textiles pain, we will choose the new paragraph style, which is the plus next to the pill Crow here and click that and we're going to call this one menu header. And so, within the paragraph style dialog box, you can adjust anything that you want to about your text. So anything that you could do in the text tool bar you can do here. The difference is this will create a style that you can then apply over and over and over again. So I kind of know what I wanted to you here. I'm gonna go ahead and I'm going to choose the font copper plate, and I'm going to make it bold and so you can see it applying as we go here to the word Timmy's. Next we're going and change the font size. So remind changed that you can't see how big it's going to be here. Try 36. For now, we can always change this later and it will update automatically on then we want to you change the color of this to go ahead here and under text, fill one click that and we're going to choose Grady in because we're going for that kind of retro vibe. We can click on one side and then color, so they called stops. And so we just want change the color in this stop. We're going to change to our swatches and then change to our new panel, which is retro. Everybody said that as red. Then what I want to do is take this next stop, set it to read. But then I won't go in to my color, and I'm going to change to my HS else lighters, and I'm actually going to drop the luminous on that one. Okay, It looks like it's having a little bit of trouble except an ingredient. So we might have to fix that with the fill tool, which is fine. You'll see that there are a ton of options as you go through here. You can change so many things about your paragraph styles. You can get very done into the weeds on this, which is what's so powerful about it. But for us on this project, the last thing that we really want to do is check our spacing. We want to go ahead and remove this space after so that our words are next to each other. You can see driving bumps up after that. So we're not forcing it down. We just want to get rid of that space after and then we want to go ahead and do our alignment to the center. Of course Center spelled the British way because affinity is made by Sarah for British company and then we can click. OK, so now we've got this style and we need to come and we need to fix the Grady into across the text. So we come here when grab this fill tool and we're just going to you drag out on, we can adjust. Where are changes that here. Now that we've done that, we want to update our menu header to match our selection. So what is Click Update Menu header And then hopefully that will hold our Grady int and will be able to apply elsewhere. One thing I think I might want to edit here you might change to copper plate, got they pulled rather than just copper plate. I think that will work a little bit better for us. Okay, Now, let's go ahead and let's try applying this to our drive in text so we can just click Many header, and it just comes right out like that. Now, I want these to be on the same line, so we might need to adjust our text slightly. But what I do know is I'm gonna want it rotated so I might be able to actually expand my text box and get them on the same line. So which I rotating this and then expanding This just looks okay. I just need to eliminate the spaces there. Okay? I'm not happy with the way that this is looking centered, and so I can make the change to that just by again, opening up the edit menu header and going down under my spacing and just choosing left again. So that's looking better. And, like, kind of what I was envisioning. We can come back and we can adjust that text further as we g o. All right. So next we are going to go ahead and we're going to style are sub menu headings in here so same thing as we did before. We're going to go ahead and we're going to you new paragraph style, which is bottom left of the textiles studio. Ruin called this many of subheading. Okay, so then we'll go to our font just like before. We're going to change this. This time, we're going to change it to copper plate. We want the font to be a little bit larger. So we're going go with. We don't want it to push across. So we're going go with 14 year, we're going to go ahead and change our color. You don't want a Grady int on this one. I'm just going go to our swatches and we're going change it to our bluish gray color. That is not showing up super well against the background right now. But we're going to change the background later, so I think it will work fine. We could make changes as we go along. That is the best part about using textiles is you know that you'll be able to make changes across your whole document simultaneously. Save yourself a lot of time under spacing. We're going to change this to center because it's almost all the way across it doesn't make that much difference here, but it will further down. And we're going to go ahead and leave the 12 point space after this because we always want there be spacing after the subheading. Then we can click OK on that. And then we can just come into these other text boxes and we can choose menu subheading. Just apply to them, which is really nice to professed. Okay, I'm gonna go ahead and I'm going to make the rest of these paragraph styles. So I will do that in faster speed so that you don't have to watch the whole thing over and over again. But you need to go ahead and make your paragraph styles on your menu as well. - Okay , so that is how we would go ahead and create paragraph styles for our menu. And the last thing that we need to do with styling is actually style these lines. Okay. And this isn't going be hard. We're just going to go ahead and we're going to change the color of our stroke in our swatches, and we're gonna change them to the grayish color, select all of them. And I'm just going to you go to the stroke panel and drop my stroke, too. 2.5 there think that looks more in line with what we've got going on in the text? Alright, so that's looking pretty goes far. Styling ghost. There's one other thing we need to do, and that is. Add some effects to this heading text and then probably resize it to take up the space that way. 11. Adding the Text Effects: thats video. We're going to be looking at how to add effects to text in affinity Publisher. This will help us to finish up the look on our tummies Drive in header So this header really just needs something more done to it just to kind of spice it up a little bit. So we're going to go ahead and add these effects to it the way that you had effects to anything. Infinity publisher is actually under the layers and you go layer and then you make sure that that layer is selected so that is selected. And then you choose the F X button down here at the bottom and that will open up the layer effects dialog box. So there are a lot of different effects that you can apply. Here's the old Goshen blur. You want that and needs or similar to all affinities, different programs. They all have different later effects that you can apply, and you have to make sure that you are clicked onto the one that you want to apply so that you get the options for that. So I want to give this kind of a three d effect to look like it's kind of on a sign and so we're going to you go ahead and we're going Teoh Adenauer Glow and we're going to change it to screen blend mode. We're going to bump that up, and I think right around 80% capacity is where we want to be on. We'll start pulling out our radius. But first I'm going to change the color so that we can see what it's actually going to look like. So it's gonna swatches. Let's add our yellow at a re. Yes, I think around seven, it's a good place for it to be what we can adjust that as we go zoom in here, you can see that coming off now and we can play around with the office that that's pretty fine and played around with the intensity. I think we definitely want the intensity up a little bit because it's too subtle without it , and then next we're going to go ahead and we're just going jump down. We're going to apply a three d effect, bring this down a little bit, so it's not quite so much and you can play with the angle. You've got it coming from different options there. I kind of liked where it started, though. Okay, so we've got our little effect here and there. Definitely other effects we could apply. But I think that's good enough for us. So we go ahead and we'll close the effects panel. And now we just want to scale this up a little bit, and we might mess it up a little as we scale up, make this bigger, and then we're going to raise our font size. And of course, we won't do that from our style. And sometimes that a rogue lift has been getting messed up. So we want to keep track of that, See? Probably have to fix it again. It was good this out cooking here and we'll fix it. Just needs the spaces around it. So the arrow is just the dash, followed by the greater than sign. We just need to get this back on the same life. Okay, so there we have it. We have to me is driving. We've got our menu here, and the last thing that we really want to do here is to add our background image, which will really give ambience to the whole thing and then we will check and see how our color scheme looks against it. How are check shows up against it and we might need to make adjustments to our paragraph styles. But that would be easy as we go. So in the next video we'll be adding image to the background. 12. Adding the Background Image: uh, go ahead and add an image to kind of watermark and background this menu. So that is a fairly simple process. But you kind of need to know what to do and how to work with images and if any publisher for it to work. So first thing I'm going to do is we're actually going to add in a picture frame. So this rectangle tool at the end, we're actually gonna add that in and then in our layers were going to move that picture frame to the back behind our first text friend. Then we're going go to file and choose place. And I have an image here in my downloads of this old car from Cuba, and I got this off of picks a base. So it is a free image. And it was from Noelle buzzer. That was the photographer that took. It s so we're just going to go ahead and we're going to drop that in to give kind of this old timey feel, and you can see that it has dropped in what happens with an image in publisher and in most desktop publishing platforms, it takes on its frame at its full resolution and you can actually grab that and done reposition it in there. But I really like where that's at right now. Just kind of get that feeling. And then, of course, we don't want it to be covering everything up. So we want to go over to our layers panel to our opacity and then slide that down, too. About 50%. All right, then we're going to your head and your preview, and I can see right away that this is just it's not working out for readability, right? So you can't even see some of thes text so we can try lowering the A pass ity of this further and see how that looks. Or we can try changing up our color scheme. Okay, so this I think it needs to be a 50 but this is where we're going to make some adjustments to our paragraph styles. Let's go ahead to our textiles. Let's go to our menu subhead. We'll edit the menu subhead. So let's go to our color and let's try and walk this color out. I'm just looking for how it shows up on there, and I think what we want is to take this and then make it more blue. Let's open this up. See what happens if we go bold. Going bald definitely helps. Will need to make an adjustment to how big this text boxes here. But going bold definitely helps. Don't say. Okay, uh, we drag out. If we hold down command, it will go out from both sides that everything stays centered like it should. Now, let's go the price. We know that the price is really important, so it needs to be visible. And right now it's not. So let's go ahead and ended it. Let's go back here, font to make it bold color. We're just gonna need to I'm actually going. Just go grab the dark part of this color here and see how that works. Okay, that might be too dark. So let's go grab a midway through color. Okay, that's sticking better then let's g o and menu item. And so you can see how useful it is to use paragraph styles on everything, because then we can just make these changes and there's no problem with getting them to show up. - So I'm not super happy with the way that this yellow color is looking now, so I think we're going to try something different to make this work. And I think since we only have yellow down here at the bottom were actually just going try and opacity ingredient in order to apply that, though, we actually need to twirl down our picture frame and select the image inside it so we can imply capacity Grady into it. Then we'll get our transparency tool, which looks like a wine glass actually going. Just drag the straight line up here and then with the toolbar will actually reverse that. And then we can drag down our midpoint. Mostly, we just wanted to fade out around the Miller there, and we don't want this to be zero opacity. So up here in the details, we'll bring it up a little, and then this 100% here, of course, the layers set to 50. So that gives us a nice looking menu. You can read it. We can go ahead and we can hit command one to zoom into 100% and you can see that it's readable. It's easy to make decisions, and it's just a take out menu, so it's not supposed to contain all of the information. It's just supposed to contain enough information for us to make a decision about it. And so I think that looks pretty nice. The one thing that I'm not super sold on yet these winds and I think we'll go ahead and we'll try something else on those lines right now. Let's try this blue that we're using here and let's I know we lowered the stroke, but let's raise the stroke up again. Stood three. Okay, then I think, What's messing with me? It's just this line should be going at the same angle as this text on. We'll just duplicate that by holding option and dragging. And right there, it's like we need a little bit more rotation. Okay, that's looking better. I think I'm happy with that. And so that is how you go about making a menu. And in the next video, we'll just talk about export it and 13. Exporting as a PDF: I think that we're going to do is export this menu as a PdF. So to do that, we'll just go up to file and we will choose export. And we're getting a warning about overflowing text that just has to do with the way we set up this header. Two minutes driving it just It thinks there's something outside the box, but there's not, because that's all we want it to say. So we're just going to go ignore and continue, and then we get all of our export options and the one that we want is pdf the red one. Just go have pdf for export. Some areas will be rast, arised, harassed. Arise DP I we want that to be 300. We're just going to choose preview export when complete so that we can open it up and see what it looks like and then include bleed. We would want to include the bleed if we were sending it off to be printed. But if we were just sending it for a client approval, we wouldn't want to include the bleed because that might confuse them. So we're gonna not include it for this one and then we're going to use export. And of course we have to save it. And then we just wait for it to export it. And here we got with this is our finished PDF. And we could send it off to a client to be proved before it gets sent off to the printer. And so I think that would be good for driving. Good. We'll take out menu for them to have. And I hope that you have enjoyed this class. And please do submit your own take out menus to the project area of this course so that we can all see them and that we can learn from each other. 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