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Designing the feature spread

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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.

Designing the feature spread

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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Designing a Newsletter

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Nigel French
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  1. 6m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 28s
    3. Overview
      4m 18s
  2. 22m 2s
    1. Saving a custom workspace
      2m 8s
    2. Deconstructing the document
      3m 3s
    3. Using a template
      1m 38s
    4. Setting up the workspace
      4m 58s
    5. Setting up the document
      1m 49s
    6. Creating layers
      1m 7s
    7. Creating the baseline grid
      3m 5s
    8. Creating text and picture frames
      4m 14s
  3. 23m 45s
    1. Choosing images
      2m 17s
    2. Placing images
      3m 24s
    3. Fitting images with object styles
      2m 26s
    4. Cropping images
      3m 9s
    5. Creating cutouts
      4m 26s
    6. Creating partial cutouts
      2m 24s
    7. Fixing a problem image
      5m 39s
  4. 39m 45s
    1. Placing text
      6m 30s
    2. Cleaning up text
      2m 49s
    3. Designing body text
      8m 46s
    4. Designing headlines: 36, 24, 16, 12
      11m 20s
    5. Loading styles
      1m 54s
    6. Applying styles
      4m 35s
    7. Working with text wraps
      3m 51s
  5. 1h 22m
    1. Designing the nameplate
      11m 49s
    2. Designing footers
      6m 0s
    3. Choosing and creating colors
      4m 49s
    4. Designing color panels
      8m 16s
    5. Creating drop caps
      4m 19s
    6. Creating department heads
      9m 8s
    7. Designing a review section
      7m 12s
    8. Designing a calendar
      4m 39s
    9. Finessing text
      5m 33s
    10. Designing the masthead
      5m 8s
    11. Designing the feature spread
      3m 10s
    12. Creating pull quotes, captions, and photo credits
      7m 24s
    13. Designing a mailing area
      2m 32s
    14. Designing a table of contents
      2m 15s
  6. 27m 20s
    1. Using live preflight
      6m 8s
    2. Proofing and imposing pages
      4m 33s
    3. Making a print-ready PDF
      4m 15s
    4. Making a screen PDF
      1m 49s
    5. Packaging
      3m 17s
    6. Saving snippets
      3m 48s
    7. Saving as a template
      3m 30s
  7. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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