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Creating a successful newsletter means spending less time on repetitive tasks and more time creating the design. In Designing a Newsletter, graphic designer and Adobe Certified Instructor Nigel French teaches effective design and production techniques. He uses Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Bridge to create an eight-page newsletter that's eye-catching and impactful. Nigel establishes an efficient workflow using multiple programs, examines the aesthetics of integrating text with images, and teaches best practices for outputting a final document. Exercise files accompany the course.
We have some work that we need to do our feature spread, which crosses over between Page 4 and Page 5, both the picture crossing over and the text itself. Let's just take a look at the finished version and this is what we are aiming for, something like this, and obviously we have got a big problem here with the text being rather unreadable and the text not currently fitting the space. First of all, I'm going to select both of these two column text frames and we need to apply an Inset Spacing, so that we move the text away from the very edge of that frame. Object > Text Frame Options and I'm going to have a 12 point Inset Spacing on all four dimensions and that alone is enough to make the text fit the space.
Now, I'm going to select the headline and deckhead and I want to change the color of this text frame. So, I'm going to come to my Swatches panel and making sure my Fill property is selected, apply Paper to that and I want to make this as a semitransparent color, so I'm going to come to my Effects menu. We're making sure that I have the Fill property chosen, because we don't to affect the Opacity of the text itself. I'm going to change the Opacity to 50%. Now I'm zooming in on this. I'm also going to adjust the position of this text frame.
I'm going to get the left hand edge and even though I don't have my guides on, when I pull in, you will see that when I hit the same left hand edge as my text frame down here, my smart guide will activate and I'm going to narrow it on the right here, so that we force that line to break like so. And I'm just going to make it only as wide as it needs to be fit the text. And one other thing I would like to do is add a small amount of text inset to this text frame to move the text away from the edge of the frame. Object menu > Text Frame Options and here I'm just going to use a 3 point Text Frame Inset and to make sure that we are vertically centered I'm also going to choose Center as the option.
Okay next, I want to change the color of the text and I'm going to sample the color from the t-shirt. This is going to be a little bit tricky because actually we have the same issue in sampling the color from the cover image. What we have here with this partial cutout is two images. The top image is just that top of the head right there, which as you can see with the exception of this very small piece of image, the rest of the frame is filled with the color None. So if we try and sample the color from that then we are obviously not going to be able to sample any color. So, I need to undo that to put it back in position and then shrink the size of this particular picture frame.
In so doing, revealing the picture frame that is beneath. That's not going to look any different, but it's going to mean that when we may do this, select this text frame, comes to the Swatches panel, click on Formatting Effects Text and then use the Eyedropper tool and click on the t-shirt, that we are able to sample the color from that image. And there is our feature spread.
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