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Adobe InDesign 2018 New Features

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In this free video we'll go over the most recent updates from Adobe InDesign CC 2018. I'll give you all the hints, tips and tricks to help increase your productivity, I'll also go over some of the updates you might have missed in the last update.

Remember, I've got a 'Whats new' video on Illustrator and After Effects as well, so check them out in my list of other classes!

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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.

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1. Adobe InDesign 2018 New Features: Hi there, my name is Daniel Walter Scott from the, and this is a what's new for InDesign 2018. I've put them in the order of what I think are the most exciting and most useful for people, but that is totally subjective. Go through, see what you think, drop me a line in the comments and tell me what you like, don't like. I'd love to know what affects you the most. Now, is this a mind-blowingly change to InDesign that everyone's going to have to go and relearn it? No. InDesign is a rock solid awesome program, so what they've done is all these features are mainly aimed at people who are daily users, and just to make them go a little faster, fix up a few of the bugs that existed. That's not to say some of the features aren't amazing, but you probably need to be doing the InDesign daily grind to find them super-useful. Let's dive in and have a look. All right, so the first and most exciting for me, it's not a huge upgrade, but it's a huge new feature. I've got my character panel open up here, let's say I pick this font and I want to go through, and I like this font. But I want to find something similar, but maybe I'm looking for something that has a little less all of these little flourishes and I guess it's something a little bit stronger. Up here in my fonts, we've got this new option here, that's a little wavy line, I love this wavy line. Shows similar fonts. Somehow magically, InDesign can go through your font list, not just the top get ones, but all the other ones as well. True type and open type fonts and somehow finds it in different languages as well, fonts that are very similar. You can see this is the Lust that I'm using, but you can also see Playfair. You can see that they're really similar fonts, well-done, InDesign, love this feature. Somehow it works. Similar is amazing. I love it, and they've added an extra feature as well, which is at the top here, I'm going to take some of it off. See here, this is filter, where it says all classes. That I've gone through. The thing that we all wish we did as a designer, and gone through all of our fonts, and going and pick the word Slab serifs and put them in some order and all the handwriting ones in some order. Somehow, magically, InDesign have done it for us. I love it. Say I'm looking for a Slab serif. I've got all my options in here, and this has cut down my font list to something a lot more doable, rather than doing the fun up and down with the arrow keys, trying to find some new fonts to use. I'm just going to pick Museo slab there. Awesome. The first but small upgrades to that little font drop-down list, it's beautiful. Thank you, InDesign. Next new feature, please. All right, so this next feature is going to be pretty excited to stand back its lines around paragraphs, individual paragraphs. Cool. Let's have a little look at, say this first paragraph here. I want a line around the outside. I'm going to have my cursor flashing inside. I'm going to go up to this little flat window here, and I'm going to find this one here. Paragraph borders and shading. We've always had paragraph shading, but now we've got borders and shading. When this first came out in the last vision we're like, "Shading awesome." Assuming that it would be borders as well. Let's move this over here. If I turn shading on and preview on, you get this big colored box behind it, and you're like, "When will I ever use that? " You might be one of the people who do, but in terms of shading, they have upgraded this if you are using it. I can see the offsets, which I could always do, I can unlink them and use it. People are using it. I've seen people use it a lot like this on the right. I'm going to shrink that down. They use it like this, is a color-coding way of using it, a little buffer of paragraph of a acknowledging may be a key to describe different paragraphs, I'm waffling. But I have seen that I already got use of it. The other thing you can do now, and which you couldn't do before is, I'll turn that back to default, is that you can do corner sizes where you couldn't do before. I can go in here and I can pick rounded corners and I can increase it up a little bit. You can see now I can do rounded corners, and they're all split as well. I could have them all square, break the link bottom right around it. I'm not sure why I'm doing this. Just, yeah. I'm yet to completely shade a paragraph, so let's just turn that off and then let's look at the new 61 border. I'm going to turn borders on, previews on, and the line around the outside. Let's fix it up a little bit and make it a key line, maybe half a point. I'm going to offset it down here. You can start to see, here we go, I always wanted to do this maybe for a paragraph, it might be a factory, or it might be the recipe, or it might be something unique to what you are doing, it's in the flow text, but maybe not directly related to the conversation going on in the text. It'll pull out. I'm using it for the first paragraph here. I've got offsets, you could also add rounded corners. But let's say I do want to do this. I'm just going to change the color, and I can set it as a paragraph style. Because it's getting a bit close to here and here, I'm going to go to my paragraph options and maybe just put a bit of space before it and a little bit of space after. Give it some space, maybe a little bit more. It is a paragraph style in here , a new paragraph style. I'm going to call this guy "First Paragraph". I want it to be based on no style, keep it all by itself and then super easy now, I can click on this guy because of fleshing, first paragraph, oh goodness. Now, you might have to be a long document there to really like that one as much as I do, but I do. That, my friends, is the enhanced shading panel, but also the new borders. Thank you, Adobe. Thank you, InDesign. Awesome feature. Before we carry on, I just want to remind you on the website, go to here, go to Resources, and you will find the InDesign cheat sheet. It's free, download the PDF version and print it off, stick it next to computer, be more awesome, loads of tips and tricks for newbie boo and for season events promise. Next feature. The next upgrade is to do with CC Libraries and ticks going into it. This is the previous version of InDesign. I could always click hold and drag a whole text box in and then it was fine. But when I drag the text box back out, it was in this format and I couldn't just put the pure text in there. Let's switch over. The new vision, there is an extra option. See this little plus button down here, so I can add this to the library, where as before, I could edit as a graphic, but I could never edit just as text. If I edit his text now, I get this now new subcategory in here called "Text" rather than the graphics like I just did it before. Why is that cool? Is because I can drag it out now is pure text, click, hold and drag and you can see my cursor is loaded and then I can drag a text box, any old size. You'll see it brought through all the formatting that I had, either paragraph styles, or in my case, I just made the font bold. You can override that if you just hold "Shift" while you're dragging it out. Then drag it out, you'll see it's whatever your default font is. The cool thing about this also is that other CC applications like Photoshop and Illustrator can use this raw takes, whereas before, when we put it in as a graphic, it just got dumped on to those other applications as a picture. Now we can use it as pure text and it will bring through all the formatting that you've done in these paragraphs styles here, pretty cool. Before we move on from CC libraries, this is not new for 2018, but this feature came out during the year, not on the major releases and most people missed it, and it's just up. I've got this library here and working on one called 3D characters, and I add my type to it, and I can share this. I've always been able to collaborate, which means I can send it to a colleague. They can add and remove and delete things from my library. Great if you're working in an agency or working with a colleague, and you trust them to be able to add and delete stuff from the library. But the new option in here is this one that says, "Share a link." This is what you might send to your client. He might design their logos, dump all the logo options that they might want in here, and they can look at them, they can download them, but they can't adjust them, which is really good. It allows you to send outside the agency or if you're a freelancer, just send it to clients so they can stop bugging youth of stuff. You can just send them the link and say, "Everything you need is in here," and they can rick It. Also note that that link, if they are using the Creative Cloud App, they will have this library. But if they're not, say that's a client and they have no idea what InDesign is or how it works, that link, there is a web version of it as well, so that when they click on it, it'll take them to a little website where they can download them. They don't need the Creative Cloud apps installed. Maybe not 2018, but something got snuck in. I think it's worth mentioning, right here. Let's get on to the next feature. This next feature is full. The super organized in design uses amongst us, I'm in the middle. Some projects, I'm super organized this paragraph styles and there's color groups and all awesomeness and then other projects, they are a big miss, which I always regret later. But let's say we've got our super organized head-on and we're using a swatches panel when working with a client, it's green and hot. That's why all these colors are. You could slip them all and you can put them in a color group. That came out in an earlier version of InDesign. You might not be using this. If you aren't, it's a really cool feature. It just means that I can put all my clients. Little groups. That I've only appends hone and CMYK RGB swatches in nice little groups. I can even do it with these default colors here. I'm signal these guys and these might default colors, super organized. But what you couldn't do in the last version 2017 is you couldn't have grading vision. This guy had to hang out here by himself, which made the color groups not as useful as they could be. But now magic, drag it in there. They're part of the color groups, which was totally not possible. We could go with the old division. Just as a little side note, if you are like me and you have got a few different clients, you want swatch groups for, and you want to have them there every time you load the program up, you probably already know I'm going to close down all my projects. I've got nothing open. Then over here switch to Extensions even. If you go through now and if I delete these. I don't want to because I'm a trainer there and I need them. I go through it and add new swatches, name them, bring them all through. If I do this, well, nothing is opened. That will be my default forever. Whenever I'm making you document, I'll have all the swatches ready go. That's how you change the default swatches in InDesign, you can delete all these guys and they'll be gone forever. But I need these guys, I'm going to just delete that one. The feature is color groups can now have gradients. If you've never used color groups before, you're welcome. Next feature. The next upgrade is to the object styles. Like a paragraph style or character style where you can, for objects like this, say the color and the drop shadow, I consider that as a style. Say to style. I'm going to have it selected, got a window, open up styles and get an object styles. Here, I'm going to make a new style. I'm going to double-click it, give it a name, and this one is going to be called stub list. Great. it means that I can go to a different document. I can grab my polygon tool drop. My stub if you're wondering how I got all the spikes or you do is double-click the tool. You can do a number of sides and the statins it 50, 10 percent gives you that stub look, holding shift to get a perfect circle and I can click stub is great, so it gives me the job shadow. You can't really see the job shadow there, but it's got the job shadow I want to and it's the right color, and it's only been able to do up until now. But now what we can do is I'm going to kick off in the background and open up my stab list object style. In here, there's this option. Here says style and position options. This is brand new. I wanted to be that size as well. I want to put it exactly on the page. You might using both of these like I'm going to get it in the right position and the right height, but you might just use size to give it the right size. Now if I draw out basic shape, and it's black line wrong size, heightened width, all wrong. Click on stub list now it's in the right place. It's the right height and width. It has my traditional objects styles, super cool if you are an object styles user, I need to use the more. Other uses I can think of on the top of my head is say, terms and conditions in the bottom or an asterix, terms and conditions apply and it needs to be in the footer and it needs to be X amount of distance from the left and the right. You can do it with a text box as well. Not just I've done mine with a shape. But objects includes text frames. You can put it in the top left rights away from the margin as an option as well to make sure there is consistency across all documents. If you're all sharing the same styles using your libraries, you can update it once and updates across all the documents, x and y position plus high-end width. Super awesome. What else we got? For the next couple of features that quite the more upgrades to existing features. We'll just talk about them real quick. If you are one of the people using the specific quite Nietzsche things, jump out to Adobe and check out more details. But the first one is HTML export. If you are exporting to ePub or HTML for web there is a lot more control for deciding what classes and paragraph styles get converted into classes when you go and export. Now the upgrade is in notes. If you are using in notes, you can now bring them directly in from Word and put in notes into tables is a few other little features as well to Enotes of being upgraded and also PDF accessibility, there's been some work with that just to make a few of the more hidden objects from master pages more accessible for potentially the visually impaired when you are exporting for the PDF format. For all of those ones, if you are using those specifically check at Adobe for a bit more details. What I'll do now is I'll show you one last little feature. It's not new for 2018, but most people, even daily users don't use it or forgot it exists. Let me show you that. That will be us, sir. This last features like a little treat for you. It's been around for a little while, but most people have either forgotten it existed or have never discovered it. It's your present for making it so far through this video and it's this little option down the bottom, he had splits your view into two. It's just a view so I can click on this side and I can scroll independently from this side where it's useful l 'd say I' m looking at my contents page here. On this side I'm going to jump to page ten command J and I'm looking at these headings, I'm just double checking everything's right. You can see working for environments should be on page ten, but it's on-page 11 and it just gives me a way of being able to see two pages at once rather than having to jump up and down. That's really cool. The other way I use it is let's say we're working on the title page, here l' m going to jump up on this side to the title page as well. I think it's saying, it means that I can be in this like really super zoomed in version and be playing with things like tracking and something minute. I'm holding option on a Mac or on a PC and just tracking this in playing with my coning. You can see it actually adjusts in this largest scale. You can see that tied together. I can select green and I can go through, and actually I'm going to pick the lighter version and you can see it updates on the side as well. It's a way of being enclosed but also far back or maybe looking at potentially a double-page spread. Command option zero will show you a spread and you can start working across here. A nice zoomed in version. Turn it off again by clicking the same little button. That is going to be us. That's going to be it. If you haven't already check out under courses, there's InDesign essentials for beginners and there will be in InDesign advance really soon. I'm just finishing that off now. Check that out. Remember there is short cut, you can go to Resources and download the InDesign shortcut sheet, actually it's called the cheat sheet plus a few other InDesign resources there as well. Check out the other 2018 feature, upgrade videos for some of the other products on the site. If you've got any questions, leave them in the comments and I'll jump in there and help you. Me or Taylor. Wonderful people, thank you very much and see you later.