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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.
So here we are in newsletter05. Our work in progress, we have all of the pictures placed in the relevant picture frames. None of the pictures yet fit and that's what we are here to do in this movie. By the way, I'm using my custom workspace, which I saved earlier, and you can choose your workspaces from this drop-down menu or you can also choose them from the Window menu > Workspace. But if you see different panels than the ones that I have opened, that's the reason why, because I have saved the custom workspace. So what I want to do is select one of these pictures and I'm going to make this look the way I want it to look. Define an object style based upon it and then apply that same object style to all of the other pictures and they will all fit.
Fitting the pictures will not be a one- stop solution by any means. We'll still need to scale some of the images and crop some of the images individually, but fitting the pictures will take us very close to how we want our pictures to be. So with picture selected, Object > Fitting > Frame Fitting Options, I want the Reference Point to be the center point so that any cropping will take place equally left and right or top and bottom. You can see how that's changed the picture already.
Fitting on Empty Frame will be Fill Frame proportionally. Click OK, now come to my Object Styles and create a new object style. I'm going to call it fitted picture. I want to make sure that Apply Style to Selection is checked so that style gets applied to the picture. And very importantly, I need to make sure that I have my Frame Fitting Options checked because, by default, they are not. So if I click on that, it will record the Frame Fitting Options of that picture, center reference point, Fill Frame Proportionally. I can now click OK and Select All and click on my fitted picture, Object Style. Now move to the next spread, Option+Page Down or Alt+ Page Down, Select All and because I have the other layers locked, I'm only selecting the picture frames. And I'll just continue to do that throughout the document. Select All, Command+A or Ctrl+A, Fit to Picture and those are our pictures now fitted to our picture frames.
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