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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.
While you were gone, I took the liberty of fixing a few problems with this document that I discovered. Let me share them with you, and there are a few things that just needed to be added that hadn't yet been added. And they were small bitty things. So I have done some of those. I'm just going to point them out to you. We needed down here a News in Brief head that is a separate text frame that floats on top of that blue panel. And then down here we needed the Continued slug. I could have done that as an automatic continued number if I overlapped it with the text frame that is above it, but I do not want the number.
I just want to be Back Page and frankly we have only one of these in the publication, so it's just easier to write it in like so. The News in Brief, also just like the Calendar, needed a text inset to get a slight in a margin so that the text doesn't butt up against the edge of the frame. That was achieved by going to Text Frame Options and adjusting these values here, 6 points on all dimensions except the top, which is set to 0. I also discovered there was a problem with the Elements on the Master pages that somehow they had got a text-wrap automatically applied to them, and I remove those by coming to the Master Pages and selecting these elements and you might need to make sure that your Page Furniture layer in unlocked before you can do this. Select those, and if necessary, if you find they have this option turned on, then make sure that it changes to this and that solves some problems with the spacing on the bottom margin.
So now to return to the Document pages, to pages 2and 3, I added in here the News in Brief continued. I added here the End character so that it's just a bullet with the End Character Style applied to it. What else did I do? Now, here is what I'm going to actually do with you and that is with the Tech Buzz column, if I click on the second of those two columns, we see that it has a red plus symbol meaning overset text. It is only overset by a very, very small amount, and we can check by how much.
If I just place my cursor in that story and then press Command or Ctrl+Y, that is going to jump me to my Story Editor, where I can see just the text. Don't have to worry about any columns or graphics or anything else. We see here we have these three words that are overset. I'm now going to close that, and I'm going to fix that problem by adjusting the Amount of Text Wrap offset that we have on the dog. So I'll select the dog like so and then come to my Text Wrap panel. Scroll up so we can the very end of that article right there. I'm going to reduce that from 12 points to 5 points, and that small change is enough to bring the text in tighter to the contours of the dog and bring the three words that were overset back onto the page.
The feature spread article, we are going to deal with separately, and those were my Clean ups. But there is just one more thing I would like to do, and that's to add some horizontal rows just to clearly demarcate one article from another. So to do this, and I'll do this first of all on pages 6 and 7. I'll use my Line tool. I'll turn my Guides on by pressing W. Let's zoom in right there. I'm now going to draw myself a line goes from outside margin to inside margin, equidistance between the bottom of this and the top of this.
I want to make sure this ends up on the Page Furniture layer, and I also want to make sure that it has a 1 point stroke and Green. Now, having done that, I'm then going to make it Object Style based upon that because I want all of my lines to be in the same style. So with still selected Object Styles, New Object Style, Line. I'll collapse that.
Now I could, I suppose it would be just as easy to copy this one over, and that's what I'll do here. I hold down the Option key and the Shift key and then just drag that over, docking it into the equivalent position on the right-hand page, and I'll turn my Guides off. We can see those rules, but we also want rules or a rule at least right here separating the Editor's letter from Your letters. So rather than copy the other one from before, let's say I'll draw this one independently. Just draw myself a line, two column widths wide, and now apply the Line Object Style to it just to make sure it gets the same weight and the same color. I might just want to nudge it down to position it exactly between those two items.
So various bits of clean up and there will probably more, I warn you as we go along, because the deeper we get into this, the more we discover little nitpicky things that need to be addressed, but I think we are well on track now.
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