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Designing a table of contents

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The Table of Contents. A quick, easy, and attractive way of doing your Table of Contents is to combine a very brief description of the article with an image of the article and that image can be a copy of the same image that is used in the interior with just a very different crop, as is the case here and here. I had also added a rule above each of these just to make them distinct. So these are paragraph rules and we have two Paragraphs Styles here, TOC head and TOC.

Designing a table of contents

The Table of Contents. A quick, easy, and attractive way of doing your Table of Contents is to combine a very brief description of the article with an image of the article and that image can be a copy of the same image that is used in the interior with just a very different crop, as is the case here and here. I had also added a rule above each of these just to make them distinct. So these are paragraph rules and we have two Paragraphs Styles here, TOC head and TOC.

TOC head, if we take a look at this Paragraph Rules, we have a Rule Above turned on, 4 point rule in our Aqua color and Offset from the text 12 points. Notice also that I have this one on Keep In Frame. If I were to uncheck this, you see how that rule is going to go outside of the frame. We would see that better if I had my guides turned on. But we want to get in the frame. This is going to make it easier to align the top of those rules with the top of the pictures.

There is one more thing that we need to do in our work in progress. So I'm going to come over to newsletter28 and that is we need to apply a character style to the page number. So I'm just going to highlight this and then come to Character Style and this one is emphasis. I'm going to apply that there, and there, and there. Now we could set up a nested style to accomplish this in a slightly more automated way, but frankly there are only going to be three examples from issue to issue. It's just as easy to do it as a character style locally like so.

Also, in terms of automation, we could automate the whole thing with if I come to the Layout menu > Show Menu Items, I could be a live Table of Contents where these numbers will be generated from the actual page that the article occurs on. It's unnecessary overkill. It's using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut in this case. So we are just going to type in the actual page number that the content occurs on. There we have it. Our Table of Contents, simple, straightforward and I think visually compelling.

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Designing a Newsletter

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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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