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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.
Okay, since we last spoke, I've gone and apply the styles to the appropriate pieces of text. I also fixed a couple of things that I noticed that were problems. Let me just point those out to you. Here I had formally made this a three- column layout menu and it should be a four-column layout. So I fixed that and where we come to work on these sections, the calendar and the review section, I'm going to show you how these were done and how we can really speed up the formatting of sections like this. But what we want to do next is apply some Text Wraps to the images. If I come to my Layers panel and turn on my Pictures layer, we have several images, the review images being a case in point, that need a Text Wrap that correctly don't have them.
So here is the approach I'm going to take to make sure that they do. First of all, turn off my Guides by pressing W and I'll unlock my pictures layer and lock my text layer. Let's just zoom in on one of these. Now I can select that picture without any problem because the text layer, which is actually on top of it, is locked. And I'll then open my Text Wrap panel, which is over here as part of my workspace. If you don't have it as part of yours, then you will find it under the Window menu.
And the Text Wrap option I want for a picture like this, a rectangular image, is to wrap around the bounding box. I don't want to set the offset amount, so I would like to make that equal on all four sides. So I'm going to make sure that the chain is unbroken. But then I want the bottom offset to be a bit less. So I'm going to now break it and come and change just the bottom offset to make those 6 points. Now I have done that for one, I want that same treatment with the same offset values applied to the other images in the Review section, and some images else where as well. So I'm going to save this as an Object Style. New Object Style and I'll call this text wrap. Apply Style to Selection is checked, and Text Wrap & Other is checked so it's picking up those formats that we were applied to that one instance. I'll click OK, and now I can zoom out. I can make a selection of all of those pictures and apply the Text Wrap Object Style to them.
Now let's go and see where else do we need a Text Wrap? Well, we need one right here, on a canine friend. However, the Object style that we just made won't be appropriate here, because we need it to wrap around the object shape. So for this one, since this is the only instance of such a Text Wrap, I'm going to just do this one as a single instance. So I'll select the image, and we want wrap around object shape. And again, I'm going to start out with an offset amount of 12 points. That's going to be all the way around that path. All right, that looks good. Here is one of our text wrap objects styles, and here page 1 is another.
Now sometimes applying a Text Wrap, this being a case in point, it may create a problem as with this headline, because the Text Wrap is repelling this headline. So we don't want that to happen. So I'm going to now choose my Layers panel, so that I can unlock the text layer and select this text frame, and then go to my Object menu > Text Frame Options > Ignore Text Wrap. And we are in good shape now for the next step.
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