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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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79 Lessons (6h 47m)
    • 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... and we still just have a blank page. But that's okay. So that's it for this video. We're going to move on to stealing colors from logos. Just in case you don't know what the corporate spec is... I'm going to show you a sneaky trick to go and do that. So let's go do that in the next video. 8. How do I steal colors from a logo using InDesign? : In this video we're going to steal colors from an image... rather than knowing what the corporate colors are... because we don't know what they are, let's say... we're going to go and steal them using this handy little 'Eyedropper'... then we're going to add it to down here... into our 'Swatches' panel. But before we get started, will it be the exact color... from the brand guidelines, will it be perfect? No. Will it be close enough that nobody will notice? Yes. I don't know why I don't like stealing colors... I like these, the official numbers. But, let's go and do the stealy version. You rebel, renegade, outlaw... let's go and steal colors from a logo. Where do you get the logo from? You might have got it from your websites... or you might have it sitting on your system somewhere. Go to 'File', 'Place'. 'Place' is what InDesign calls 'Import'. Find the logo, if you're playing along in this tutorial... you download the exercise files. Inside those exercise files, is the folder called '01 Flier'. And inside there, is 'BYOL Logo'. Click 'Choose', click once on your screen... and here's the logo we want to bring the color from. So to make this thing work, what we need to do is... see this tool here... just click on the background, so you got nothing selected. Just click in the no man's land here, we got nothing selected. Then down the bottom here, on our tool bar... this one looks like an 'Eyedropper'. Click, and hold it for a little while. By default, yours is probably set to the 'Color Theme Tool'. I want the 'Eyedropper' tool. So you click, hold, hold, hold on the mouse... and then you should be able to move over here. Still holding down, grab the 'Eyedropper' tool. Now what we can do is click the bottom left, the tip of the 'Eyedropper'. Click on that once. Nothing really happens, right? But over here, on my 'Colors' panel-- doesn't really matter if its got the stroke or the fill... we'll look at that in a second. Doesn't really matter, all you need to do now is.. go to this little flat menu, and say 'Add to Swatches'. What's happened is, its stolen that color, there it is there. I'm moving to go back to my 'Move' tool, or my 'Selection' tool. And I can double click it. And that is-- I'll name the color value, 'BYOL Green'. How close is it? It is not going to be absolutely 100% perfect... but its going to be pretty damn close. So, that's the way of stealing colors from a logo. Its not going to be exact though, so you might... might, okay? There's just a big asterisk saying don't come around to me... if there's a problem, but I've never had a problem. Stealing colors from logos works just fine. I'm going to click 'OK'. You can see, down the bottom here is my 'BYOL Green'. I haven't added it to my library. So, with it selected, I can click on this, and it goes over here. But, because I don't want to do this, I'm going to delete that... select it with my 'Selection' tool. Over here, I've binned it. I don't want him in here, and I don't want it in this one either... so I'm going to right click it... and go to 'Delete'. Back to happiness... where we've got official colors, and we're not doing any stealy stuff. I don't know why I have a problem with stealing colors. I think its design school. Maybe, that sort of stuff into you, so you get a bit scared about... borrowing, appropriating, or stealing. So that's it for this video, let's get on to the next one. 9. How to color the background of a page in InDesign? : In this video we're going to make a nice big colored background. It's going to have no stroke around the outside, a little line... but a nice big colored fill. Let's go and do that. Before we get started and put the big box in the background... we need to understand the difference between a 'Fill' and a 'Stroke'. It's reasonably easy, but let's quickly look at it. We're going to use this tool down here, the 'Rectangle' tool. You got two, the 'Frame' tool, if I draw out a frame... or draw a 'Rectangle' tool... they kind of look the same. You can actually fill these guys with colors if you want to. I never ever use the 'Frame' tool, its totally up to you. The 'Frame' tool generally gets used for like a place holder. This is where an image is going to go. I never generally have that problem... so I just leave a big hole where the image is going to go. You might like this little line through the middle. I'm going to use the regular old 'Rectangle' tool for the whole course. One thing is, you might not be able to see it. It's because the last person that used your computer... might have clicked and held down this 'Rectangle' tool... and used the 'Ellipse' tool, and drawn an Ellipse. It just means its always set to 'Ellipse' now. So hold it down, you might be able to find the 'Rectangle' tool. Just draw a rectangle, any old size. It might have a 'Fill', it might not. This is where its going to come up the top here. We're going to use this option, there's a few different ways... there's this way, this way, this way... and there's this way, they all do the same thing. If you're using any other method, you're fine... but this way here, I find its easiest to learn. It just means, this top one here is the 'Fill', the next one is the 'Stroke'. So the 'Fill' is obviously the fill on the inside. So we're going to pick 'Fill'. I'm going to pick the 'Mid Green'. In terms of the 'Stroke', I'm going to click back on that little arrow. And there's the 'Stroke'. At the moment it has a little red line, red line means none. I want no 'Stroke' around the outside. Say if I want to put a 'Black Stroke' around the outside... you see, I clicked on it, it added a stroke... and you can kind of see it there. There's the stroke, its the line around the outside. To adjust the size of that stroke... you can see, just next to it, there's a '1 pt'. It's always done in points, not millimeters or inches. I can increase it up, and I can make a nice thick stroke around the outside. What I actually want from this rectangle is... I want to have no stroke. So I'm going to go back to 'Stroke', I'm going to click 'None'. And this top one here, I don't want this green, I want the light green. Awesome. If its not changing, you've got to make sure you've got it selected. So grab the 'Selection' tool... and then make these adjustments. What I want to do is I want to stretch it out... because, remember, we're using 'Bleed' in this case. We looked at 'Bleed' earlier on. What we're going to do is-- It's really hard to see the edges, so I'm going to zoom out a little bit. Zooming is 'Command -' on a Mac... or 'Control -' on a PC. I'm going to go back to my 'Selection' tool, the 'Black Arrow'. I'm going to grab this bottom right, drag it. Do I drag it to the edge of the white... or all the way out to the red? The answer is, red. Same with this one here. If I leave it just there, remember, the 'Bleed' might get trimmed... and it might leave a little white line around the edge... because we need a little bit of overhang... to make sure it can get chopped off nice, clean, crisp, and clear... and remember, anything over this edge here... is going to get probably chopped into the bin. So that is how to color a background in InDesign. There's no way of going in, and setting the default bit of this... to be anything but white. I'm going to 'undo'. And we do it with a nice big rectangle. That's it for this video. Let's go and start looking at... importing, and scaling, and flipping of images. See you in the next one. 10. Importing resizing rotating & flipping images & Logos inside InDesign.: Howdy, partners? In this video we're going to look at bringing in... images, and logos, and rotating them... and we'll look at this one, where we've cropped it... you can see, look at this, sneaky. This was actually a little bit bigger. So we'll crop them into a nice little box. We'll flip them, we'll do all sorts of stuff with images. All right, let's go and do that now. To bring in an image, icon, or any sort of visual graphic, its the same. First thing we need to do though is we need to get into the habit of... if I have my black arrow selected... and just click off in this dark gray area around the side here... so there's nothing selected. There's a more official way, you can go to 'Edit', 'Deselect All'. Its a long way. We've got nothing selected, now we'll go to 'File', 'Place'. Remember, that's 'Import' for InDesign. Pick the '01 Flyer' folder, and there's one there called 'Lunch'. Now your cursor is loaded... with this little image, and you've got two ways of putting it in there. Now when you're bringing in images in InDesign... it can confuse you when you're new. The easiest way is... over here, in the gray area, to click once. That will bring in my image at full size. If its coming in too big, you can go to 'Edit', 'Undo Place'. That kind of goes back. And what I want to do is click, hold, and drag in this gray area. Doesn't really matter how big... you can see, that's the size of my image. If its coming through really, really big... just click and drag it out to a more appropriate size. The reason I do that is-- I'm going to 'Edit', 'Undo' again... or 'Control Z' on a Mac... or 'Command Z' on a PC, so 'undone'. If I click it on this green box here... the icon changes, its a little bit hard to see. Tayla will zoom in for us, so you can see the brackets appear. It all means that if I click on this... its kind of merged them together, my green box is gone forever. You might want that, that's cool, so you can do that. What I do is-- I find that's always a pain... 'Edit', 'Undo', 'Undo'... I'm going to keep going 'undo' until... that's back, and remember, I can just click once out here, in the background. Let's look at some other things we can do with images. First of all, probably you would want to resize them. So resizing them seems easy. You grab the black arrow, grab the corner, and you drag it up... and weirdly it does that by default. Lovely InDesign. I'm going to 'undo'. So what we need to do is our first shortcut. We're not going to learn too many in this course. There's going to be a cheat sheet for loads of shortcuts... but what we want to do is learn a couple of the more practical ones. In this case, its resizing an image. And you hold down, on a Mac, it's 'Command' and 'Shift'. If you're on a PC, it's 'Control' and 'Shift'. Hold those two down on your keyboard. Grab this corner now, and drag it up... and you see, it resizes. Strange, long shortcut, I know... its just the way InDesign is, we can resize it that way. To rotate it, there's a manual rotation at the top here. This little indicator, if I need it to be 45°... I can just type it in, and it rotates. I'm going to 'undo'. If you want to do it just more casually, or you're just playing with the design... with the same black arrow, hover-- You can see, on the edge here, it does the resizing thing. If I hover just in front of that, you can see my icon changes. This little double headed arrow. I can click, hold, and drag that now, and you can see... clicking, holding, dragging... and it's more of a custom rotation. I'm going to 'undo' that. Another thing we might do is 'flip' it. At the top here-- I've got it selected, with my black arrow... and there's this option here that flips it horizontally. Sometimes it ends up all the way over here... and you have to click and drag it back across. And flipping it vertically... does it at the top there as well. So I'm going to 'undo', 'undo'... and we have got a flipped image. The next thing we're going to look at is something called the 'Content Grabber'. It's this little target that appears. Now, when you try to just move your image around... say I need to move it down the bottom here, avoid this thing completely. So I'm going to click and drag anywhere, but there, and I can move it around. If I drag this, what happens is... in InDesign, your image is actually inside a picture frame already. They are two separate things, and you can move them individually... which is quite handy sometimes... but it can be a bit annoying when you're learning. So, if I click, and drag this, 'Content Grabber'... you'll see the frame, you'll see in there... he's still there, but the picture within that frame has slid to the side. That can be quite cool when you try to crop things. And I can drag it back. I'm going to 'undo' a couple of times. Remember, 'Edit', 'Undo'. I'm going to use my shortcut. So what you need to do is, if you're physically moving it... click anywhere, but the target... but if you want to move it within the frame... you can drag that little 'Content Grabber'. I'm going to 'undo'. If you really don't like the 'Content Grabber'-- Secret note, I don't like it. And to turn this off, I go to 'View'... and I go to 'Extras', 'Hide Content Grabber'. There are other ways of copying stuff. Up to you, you don't have to turn it off... you might love it, lots of people do. What we're going to do now is look at some basic cropping. What I want to do is, I would like this thing... let's click, hold, and drag it, so its at least in the top right. It kind of snaps, its pretty clever, its snapping to the edges. If yours is not snapping, just double check 'View'. There's one in here that's called 'Smart Guides'. So 'Grids & Guides', 'Smart Guides'... that's the thing that helps it... to automatically jump to the edge... you don't have to be perfect, Pixel perfect, it will jump in there for you. So I want it definitely in the top right. I'm going to grab this bottom left... and I'm going to hold down my shortcut to resize it. Who remembers what the shortcut was? That's right, 'Command Shift' on a Mac, and 'Control Shift' on a PC... so I'm dragging it out. I want it to be at least, or bigger than our background image. So I want it snapped up in the corner there... and what I want to do is... remember, if I hold those two shortcut keys down... it resizes it, but if I don't... remember, when I grabbed it before... it kind of crops it, and that's going to work in our favor now... because what I want to do is, just grab this side, and maybe in the middle... roughly in the middle... I want it to be like this. So I'm at the bottom, I'm going to drag it out... so its just on my 'Bleed'. I'm copying bits of the image off, I know... but that's the kind of look I'm looking for. And what I also might want to do is move the 'Content Grabber'. I hated it, but its kind of handy now, look. I can drag the center of it, and you can see... I can drag it within this box, little bits. Let's bring in one more thing, let's bring in the 'logo'. Exact same technique as the image. Remember, black arrow, click in the background... so you got nothing selected, go to 'File', 'Place'. Pick one of the logos... I'm going to use this first one, 'Logo1 Full'. It doesn't have to be a JPEG, or a PNG... it can be an Illustrator file, which is another Adobe product. Let's click 'Open' Remember, in this gray area in the background... click once, or you can click and drag to get the size that you want. And black arrow... grab anywhere, but the 'Content Grabber'. Remember, if I try and move him using the center bit... weirdly the image is over here, but the frame is still over here... so I'm going to 'undo' that. Click off in the background... and I'm going to grab anywhere, but the 'Content Grabber'. And I'm going to stick it there somewhere. There's my lovely logo. Earlier I said, maybe you ought to have nothing selected... I'll show you the reason why. If I have this green box selected by accident... and I want to bring in my logo-- before I brought in this logo... so I've got this green box selected... 'File'. I've forgotten to 'deselect' it... go to 'Place', and I go... to my logo, and I click open... it doesn't give me the option of dragging it out, and giving it a size... it just kind of fuses it with this green box... which is cool, but its kind of stuck there now. They're one and the same. So I'm going to 'undo' until life was easier. So remember, before you bring it in, just 'deselect' in the background... and then go to 'File', 'Place'. Well my friends, that is working with images. Lets go on and start working with 'Type' in InDesign. 11. How to Import text from Microsoft Word into Adobe InDesign.: Hi there, in this video we're going to look at bringing in... type from Word, or an email, or look at typing it in yourself, in InDesign. We're just going to put in a bit of text here for our little flyer. So you ready? Let's go and do it. To add text by yourself, grab the 'Type' tool, this capital 'T' here. And all you need to do is click, hold, and drag out a box. Now, like we do with the images... if I start dragging over the top of boxes I've already made... some weird stuff start happening, so if I click in here... you can see, its kind of fused... this box with that box... and its kind of a bit weird, it's a weird InDesign quirk. So what I'm going to do is, have nothing selected... so click in the background, grab my 'Type' tool... and what I'm going to do is... click, hold, and drag a box over here, on the side. If you need more room, see these little sliders... we can just move across down the bottom here... and we can start typing. If I start typing over here, obviously I can put anything I like. I can grab my black arrow to resize the box to the size it needs to be. What I'm going to do is import some text. So I'm going to use this 'Text' box. I’m going to use my black arrow, just move it over here... and what I'm going to do is, select all this 'Type' with my 'Type' tool... which is the capital 'T'. Just delete it all, and I'm going to import some text. There's two ways of doing it... you can do the cave men style, which works perfectly. I'm going to jump to Word... Actually let's open the Word document. Its part of your exercise files. Find your exercise files. Here's mine on my 'Desktop', I've downloaded it. Under '01 Flyer' there's one in here called 'Flyer Text'. I'm going to double click and open it. I'm going to copy all this text. I've selected it all, go to 'Edit', 'Copy'. If you're on a PC, its slightly different... there's a copy button in the corner, or 'Control C'. Whatever you do, select it, copy it, jump back into InDesign. In here, I'm going to paste it. You can totally do it that way. Often that's what I do, you might be copying from an email, or anything. What you can do though to be a bit more official... and to get a few more options in that copy, is I'm going to delete it all... have my cursor flashing in here, I'm going to go 'File', 'Place'. I've got some text. I found my '01 Flyer', there's the 'Flyer Text'. Just kind of goes around using Word. So open, and you can see, its dumped it in there. Now the difference between the two is very little in what we're doing... but what you can do, and what we'll do later on in my more advanced sections... instead of going to 'File', 'Place'... there's an option in here that says, 'Options', 'Show Import Options'. That means, when I bring in my Word document... I get to keep some of the styles that might be in there. Maybe there's a Table of Contents, that sort of stuff. I'm going to turn that off. Hide that for the moment. Doesn't really matter how you bring in text as long as we've got some text. Now with my black arrow, I'm going to drag this box. I'm going to make the box so it kind of fits in here appropriately. Within my margins. Under the logo here. And what I want to do is, I'm going to use my 'Type' tool. Now you notice I don't jump to the 'Type' tool... I just double click inside the box... and it automatically jumps to the 'Type' tool, that's up to you. So I'm going to select it all... and I'm going to do some basic Type stuff now. If you're happy with formatting type... you might want to skip along, we're going to do some of the basics. We're going to pick a font, we'll just pick 'Arial'... because I know everyone has got Arial. I use 'Arial Bold' for bits of it. I'm going to select all again... and along the top here, you've got these two options. You might be happy with bold, and sizes, and stuff... but you'll notice that these two here have very different kind of settings... and we need a lot of them. 'Character' and 'Paragraph' is the actual names of these. 'Character' has my basic character stuff. You can see, all the way down here, there's some paragraph... it's only because my screen is very large. If you've got a smaller laptop, you might not be able to see any of these. You're going to have to jump to 'Paragraph', and you can see there. You might have to toggle between these two. I want to go to the one that says 'Align Center'. I'm going to highlight this top bit, and I'm going to make it-- My colors over here, I'm going to select the-- I'm not going to use dark green at all, I'm actually just going to use white... which is 'Paper', over here. I've selected 'Paper', I'm going to go back to 'Character'. I'm going to make it 'All Caps'. I'm going to capitalize it all. In terms of the font size, I'm going to pick a font size. What font size? I don't know. I'm going to go to about there. So '22 pt'. Go back to my black arrow, click in the background. It's maybe a bit close to this, I might like it to come down a bit. Couple of things I want to do is, I'm going to select this... make it a little bigger. And I'm going to use my green... so I'm going to use the mid green. This last URL here, I'm going to select it all, make it-- I'm going to leave it the same size, but I'm going to use the dark green. All right, black arrow, click out. And that my friends is the basics of importing text. You can either just draw a text box, copy and paste it into it... or you can go to 'File', 'Place', up to you. We're not going to go through everything... With this font selected here-- I'm not going to go through what is 'Subscript' and 'Tracking'. We'll look at some of the more advanced ones a little bit later on... but they are the basics in here... and everyone knows what right align and left align is, I hope. If you're not sure of some of the experiments... we will go through more and more as we get through this course. For the moment now, we've got our font, we've got our text in... we've got some images. Let's get on to our next video. 12. How to group, ungroup & rotate images in Adobe InDesign.: Hi there, in this video we're going to look at grouping this thing together... and rotating it, and adding some text... and making a perfect circle, well, all sorts of fun stuff. So let's go and make him in this video. First up, we'll bring in the text, you can obviously just type it... but I'm going to go to the example files. There's a folder in here called 'Discount Text', open that up. Copy it. In InDesign. Grab the 'Type' box, and click, hold, drag the box. Then hit 'paste'. Remember, I'm doing it on the sides... so that I don't end up messing up these things. So what I want to do is, I'm going to use this 'slide bar'... move it across a little bit. And what I want to do is... I'm going to 'select' all of this, I'm going to make it 'Paragraph'. Then I'll make it 'center'ed. I'm going to use the font that I'm using, I'm using 'Arial'. Of course, you can use anything. 'Arial Bold'. What size is it going to be? I've to double check. I've gone for '10 pt' at the moment. 'Black arrow'. So what we want to do is, draw our circle, and group them together. So drawing a circle, is click and hold down the 'rectangle' tool. Hold, hold, hold on that icon... until you get to 'Ellipse'. And what I'm going to do is, I could click and drag out any odd size... but if I hold down the 'Shift' key... on your keyboard, it's on the left and right, often. Hold it down, click, hold, and drag out. A circle, but while you're holding 'Shift', it makes the circle perfect. That is true of the 'rectangle' tool, it makes it a perfect [square]. So how big does it need to be? First of all, we'll give it a color, and a stroke... then we'll go ahead and play with it. It needs to be our 'yellow'. So at the top here, I've got it selected. I've got my 'black arrow'. I got it selected, at the top here, I'm going to use-- down the bottom here... it's the 'yellow'. 'Greenheart Yellow'. And in terms of the size, what I want it to be is... I've got it pretty close, actually I've got it bang on. Say you want to resize it, what's the shortcut? You remember, of course, you remember... it's 'Command', 'Shift' on a Mac, and 'Control', 'Shift' on a PC. Grab any of these corners... and you can click and drag it to an appropriate size. I'm going to get it about that size, that looks a bit good in the corner. I'm going to move it back off. Now I'm going to use this 'Type' here, stick it at the top. And we're going to run into our first problem, of arranging. So whoever gets made the last is on top. Our circle was made after the text, so it's on top. What I'm going to do is, with my 'black arrow'... I'm going to click off in the background, click on my circle. I'm going to right click this circle. If you're on a Mac, a MacBook Pro like me, you might have to use 'Control'... and click it, make sure you use the right click. Let's use 'Arrange', and let's go to 'Send'... either 'Backwards', or 'Back' will work. In our case we want 'Backwards'. If I send it to the back, it will work, goes behind it... but watch what happens when I move it across here. It's back behind this image as well. So what I want to do is, I'm going to 'undo' it, right click it... and say I want to move it, 'Arrange'. I'm going to go 'Backward', which means it's going to go back one step. And it's going to go behind this one guy. You might have to go backward a couple of times to get the balance right. I'm going to grab this. Does it fit? Not really. So I'm going to grab this edge here. I'm going to get it so it's on four lines. I'm grabbing the edge here with my 'black arrow'. Does that fit? Kind of. Now when you are moving things around, it can be a little hard... because it's trying to snap. I've got my keys on my keyboard... just the arrow keys, the cursor keys... and I will just tappity tap till I get it right. And I'm going to drag this up. If I want to select these two, and align them... I'm going to grab my 'black arrow'. I'm going to select both of these guys, and then up the top here... you'll often see it, if you can't see it... there's the tiny 'Arrange' panel here, there's an official panel though. If you can't see it, it is under 'Window', 'Object & Layout'... and you can turn this panel on. And what it will let you do is, this one here, centered both, horizontally. If yours does what mine just did, it's probably not. It's aligning to the whole page, yours is generally... by default is 'Align to Selection. So I click these guys... click this vertical one as well if you want to try and align it that way. I'm going to bring you back out here. So what I'd like to do is - I want it down a little bit. - I want to group them, so I've selected both of them... by dragging a box behind both. And I'm going to go up to 'Object'... and go to the one that says 'Group'. All that means is that I can click off, and I click back on just one of them... and I've got them both selected. I can select it and go to 'Object', and 'Ungroup' it as well... if I need them apart. What I want to do is rotate it. Remember, from an earlier video, I want you to grab your 'black arrow'... and just outside, not here... just lift it up, we can rotate. Click, hold, and drag, and I'm going to move it... down here somewhere. It's probably a bit too hard, the rotation. I’m looking for the cool, lean thing like it's a... sticker that I stuck on afterwards, but clearly it's not. All right, that is how to group things... but we also learnt how to make perfect circles... and we rotated things again. Let's get on to the next video. 13. How to make a dotted line, dashed line & borders in InDesign. : Hi there, in this video we're going to look at creating... dotted lines, dashed lines, perforation lines... we're going to do wavy lines, strappy lines, and all sorts of lines. So let's go and do that now. To put the border around the outside, we're going to start with the rectangle. The 'Rectangle Tool', not the 'Rectangle Frame Tool'. And what I'd like to do is, you saw earlier... that I had it perfectly away from the edge. What I can do is I can draw it exactly the right size. Remember, that is actually edge of the page. This bit on the outside here is the 'Bleed'. I'm going to draw the actual size, my 'Half Letter'. It's a nice big rectangle. Now, we've got a 'Fill' of green, and a 'Stroke' of nothing. What I would like to do... Actually I'll leave it there for the moment while we're practicing. If I grab my 'Selection Tool'... and I try and 'Scale' it down proportionately... What are the keys? That's right, 'Command', 'Shift' on a Mac, and 'Control', 'Shift' on a PC. If I hold them down, and make them proportionately smaller... you'll notice that if I put it here, in the middle, it's actually kind of-- it doesn't scale the way we want. We want equal distances around the outside, so if I 'Scale' it even more... you can see, it's a lot bigger on the sides... than it is at the top and the bottom... just because it's scaling that way. So what I'd like to do is, I'm going to 'undo'... so it actually fills the outside. What we can do, you can see at the top here, it's got a width and height. It's perfect, I'm half way there. What I can do in here is some basic Math. These little boxes, any of these white boxes... you can do some math in, which is really handy. So in here, I can go minus, '-' and I'm going to turn half an inch, '0.5' You'll see, it dissected in half an inch. Do the same here, '-0.5' You can do times. If I did times 2, '♪2'... this will be times 2 inches, it's that little asterisk, '♪' And it's a whole lot taller than it needs to be, I'm going to 'undo'. I'm going to go '-0.5' Minus, plus, all that sort of stuff works. To get it in the middle, you could use your line tools. There's mine at the top here, or there's a panel that we saw earlier... but actually it's just easier to grab your 'black arrow'. Click, hold... and you'll notice it just kind of snaps. You see those two purple, pinky lines? Just kind of saying, "Hey, there's the middle." And you'll see, visually it looks like it's in the middle. So it's actually '0.5'... half an inch from all the sides... and that looks nice and perfect. So, now to make the line dotted... we're going to give it 'No Fill'. So, I've clicked on 'Fill', I'm going to go to 'None'. This one here, the 'Stroke' around the outside... I'm going to make it white, or 'Paper'. And this is the 'Stroke' here. How thick it is? At the moment it's '1 pt'. It's probably what I want... but let's make it nice and big just as an example... so we can all see what we're doing. So bump it up to '4 pts'. And now we need to find our 'Stroke' panel. If you can't find it-- mine's there. If you can't find yours, go to 'Window', 'Stroke', and turn it on. Now yours might look a little different as well, yours might be... this little fire menu, that says 'Hide Options'... and if yours look like mine, you got really basic control. Click on this option, and say 'Show Options'. You get the big ugly version, with all the details that we need. What we need at the moment is 'Type'. That's going to allow us to change it from the 'Solid' line like we know it... to all these other options. There's some weird ones. Ones I've never used, 'Thick', 'Thin', you might like them. 'White Diamond', I've never used. 'Dotted Lines' and 'Dashed Lines'... are the ones we're going to look at the moment. There's two kind of dotted, there's 'Dotted'... and for some reason the Japanese like their dots a little bit closer together. Japanese thing, not sure. So there's my dots around the outside. If you want dashed, there's 'Dashed'. There's the ugly 'Squirly' line. You might like the squirly line. There's so many things in there, but we're going to go to 'Dotted. We're going to put the size down to something... I'm putting '2 pts'. You might use 'Dashed Lines' as a visual thing, like I'm doing here. There's nothing, just dotted lines, just for pretty sake What we're going to do is, maybe a snip here. The scissors, cut this bit off whatever you clip on. What you can do is... instead of doing it for this rectangle... you can do the exact same tricks with just a straight line. This straight line here, I can draw. And what I might do actually is draw it straight up and down. If you want to draw a line straight up and down... it's the similar technique we did when we made a circle. Remember, we held down 'Shift', and it was a perfect circle. That same technique makes it a perfect line. So if I hold down 'Shift' before I start dragging it out... you can see, it really wants to go up, straight up and down. So say, that's going to be my perforation line... where I want people to snip it off. It's got a 'Fill', a line can't have a 'Fill'. And the line around the outside is going to be white. I'm going to make it '2 pts' just so you can see it. And then, you can see the exact same controls. Hey, somebody's calling. Let's go to 'Dashed Lines'. I'm going to pause there, go check the phone, I'll be right back. So I'm back. This 'Dashed Line' here, I don't need it. So I've select it with my 'black arrow', and hit 'delete' on my keyboard. Just tap the key on your keyboard, and it's gone. Dashed lines, dotted lines, wavy lines, curly lines... all of that. Let's move on to our next video. 14. How best to preview your work in Adobe InDesign. : So, while we've been working... we've been just ignoring these blue lines... and these little linking icons. There's lots of blue lines around the edges of the boxes... and that can be a real pain when you're trying to align things up. Just doesn't look very nice. So, the quick and easy way to preview... and turn all that off is the W key. The W key on your keyboard, next to Q inbetween E. But for that to work, you need to be on the 'black arrow'. If you're in the 'Type' tool, you're just going to type a W. So be on the 'black arrow', hit 'W' on your keyboard. Ah, look at that, blue lines gone. You get a feel of a bit of this space around. You can still work in this view, you can see, I can click on it... drag it around... and there's nothing stopping you work like this... except, sometimes it is easy to see all the blue lines. The other thing that might throw you off your feet... if you try and work in this view... So I'm going to hit 'W' to go back out. Watch this, if I start typing something, and I go... Remember, we tap on the outside to not join them up... and we start typing. Watch this, if I go to my 'black arrow'... and deselect off, hit 'W'... Wow, it's gone. It's still there... just 'W' kind of hides all of that stuff. So that can be one of the things to note. If anything starts disappearing in this gray area... it's probably you just got to type W again. The other thing it does - I'm going to delete that - you see, the 'Bleed'-- I'll zoom in. If I hit W, can you see, the 'Bleed' gets trimmed off. To give you more of a view of say, this border. Because it's going to get trimmed off in the bin, remember. So cuts that off. I type W all the time. The problem with W is... I forget, when I'm in the 'Type' tool, and I type a W... and I won't notice, and somebody will be proof checking my work... and they'll be like, "What's a Homwe?" And I'll pretend like I don't know... somebody else did it. I know it, it's because I tapped the W key... and I was on the 'Type' tool, bad idea. The other thing we're going to check is the 'Display'. So, mine is set by default to high quality display. I think that's a fact of the new bits of software. The new installs in InDesign, if you're using an older one... we're going to look a