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Finessing text

From: Designing a Newsletter

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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.

Finessing text

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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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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