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Applying object-based Liquid Layout rules

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Video: Applying object-based Liquid Layout rules

Now let's take a look at the liquid layout rule that gives you the most control over individual objects. And of course, it takes a little bit more time but may be just the ticket for getting you 80% of the way there in manipulating all your page items when you switch page sizes. So we have here a very simple document, just the picture of Mona Lisa right on the page. And it is already set to be auto-sized, by the way. Now remember, when you want to start manipulating the liquid layout rules, you need to get into Page mode, which you can do by pressing Shift+P or clicking on the Page tool, and the liquid page rules appear above here.

Applying object-based Liquid Layout rules

Now let's take a look at the liquid layout rule that gives you the most control over individual objects. And of course, it takes a little bit more time but may be just the ticket for getting you 80% of the way there in manipulating all your page items when you switch page sizes. So we have here a very simple document, just the picture of Mona Lisa right on the page. And it is already set to be auto-sized, by the way. Now remember, when you want to start manipulating the liquid layout rules, you need to get into Page mode, which you can do by pressing Shift+P or clicking on the Page tool, and the liquid page rules appear above here.

Right now it's controlled by master, which is the default, and the master page is set to be off. Well, let's just leave it as is so we can remind ourselves what happens when there's no liquid page rules in effect. And I resize the page, items just sit there. They don't do anything. I could switch to landscape and portrait and they just basically sit there. And if they happen to land inside, woohoo, but often they don't. So let's change this to Object-based. Now, Object-based actually requires a bit of manipulation for the objects on your page.

And this is when the Liquid Layout panel may come in very handy. So we're going to open it. From the Window menu, go down to Interactive and choose Liquid Layout. This whole section down here, the bottom half of the Liquid Layout panel has to do with object-based liquid layout rules. What you need to do is select the object that you want to affect on the page, so just click it while you're in Page mode, which puts a big heavy outline around it. And you'll see the default settings for every object on the page, which is nothing. Down here nothing is checked.

If you want--let's say, for example, that you want this object to stay the same distance from the top edge of the page and the right edge of the page, you do something called pinning. You want to pin it to the top. So you can use the checkboxes here, so I pin to top and pin to the right. You can also just click on the little guys here to unpin them and repin them. You don't have to use the panel, but sometimes, especially, I would think, for complicated layouts, you might want to do that also. You could drag a marquee selection around a bunch of stuff and pin them all to the right, for example.

But let's see what that did. I am going to resize my page and you'll see it stays the same distance from the right edge and the top. If I change to landscape, it stays the same distance from the right and the top. I'll go back to portrait. You can only pin objects to the edge of the page. They can't be pinned in relation to something else, like you can't have two things that automatically stay the same distance from each other; that won't work. So right now it's only to the edge of the page, but you do have some control over resizing.

Remember, we were resizing with the guides, with the liquid guides, in a previous video. You don't use the guides here. It just completely ignores any guides you may have, liquid or otherwise. To allow InDesign to resize this object when the page size is changed or when you create an alternate layout with a different page size, you select the object again and then you choose this, Resize with Page: Height or Width. So let's say, for example, that we want to make this Letter - Half size. Well, it stays the same distance from the right and the top, but it's too big, so we want it to resize.

Let's go back to regular Letter and this time choose Height and Width. What's happening here, those little locks are changing to little squigglies. All right! So you could also click right on the little lock, kind of hard to see-- there you go--and turn it into these little springs, or what they're supposed to be, meaning that it's going to actually resize the frame both horizontally and vertically. Now remember, I did already turned on Auto-Fit and I already turned on Fill Frame Proportionally, so as we change from Letter to Letter - Half, making the page size smaller, it will scale. Isn't that lovely? So, probably not exactly what we wanted, but that's lot of scaling right there.

Again, this is why it pays to practice in this Page mode before you actually go ahead and create an alternate layout of your monstrously large magazine using these settings. Let's undo. I'll just go back to regular Letter. And you can use these to play with-- that's why I left them here on the pasteboard if you want to bring them in. Again, your settings are, you can pin by pinning to top, bottom, left, and right, and you can also resize as the page is resized. Maybe if I just drag this, you can see there is a little better, what it's doing. There you go.

Okay, so it's resizing. Do you remember, in the very beginning of this chapter, I showed you a brochure that was designed in landscape, and I said that I want to try and get as close to this vertical version of the brochure as possible? And I showed one that, you know, did a horrible job and one that, you know, got pretty close. And what I had done was I spent about 15 minutes using Object-based settings. So here, if I click on something, you can see, like this big graphic is pinned to the right and pinned to the top. It's not allowed to scale at all.

This graphic is pinned to the top and pinned to the right edge and so on. So various objects are pinned differently, and not just the pictures and text frames, but also background frames. So like this guy is pinned to the bottom and to the right. Now it's really hard to get something that's bleeding off the edge to pin to manipulate it here. That's why sometimes you'll want to open up the Liquid Layout panel. If for some reason you want to clear out everything, unfortunately, there is no clear all command. So if you want to clear all, you're going to have to select the individual items and uncheck them. And sometimes you can make a marquee selection and select multiple items and then just set these all to Empty.

Right now that's the best they can do. So there you have it: that's how you do Object-based liquid layout rules. And it definitely takes more time, but it takes less time than after you create four or five iterations of this layout for various devices or for various PDFs and so on. That takes a lot of time to redesign everything. So spending a little bit of time here, setting up some Object-based liquid layout rules for your most important elements, will save you ton of time in the long run.

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InDesign CS6 New Features

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 14m 23s
    1. Exploring interface tweaks
      6m 56s
    2. Examining the new tools and dialog boxes
      7m 27s
  3. 32m 41s
    1. Working with the Conveyer tool
      10m 7s
    2. Linking objects
      12m 11s
    3. Mapping styles
      10m 23s
  4. 50m 5s
    1. Understanding flexible layouts
      8m 16s
    2. Working with Alternate Layout
      12m 52s
    3. Understanding Liquid Layout rules
      7m 30s
    4. Using the basic Liquid Page Rule options: Scale, Re-center, and Based on Master
      6m 52s
    5. Applying guide-based Liquid Layout rules
      8m 10s
    6. Applying object-based Liquid Layout rules
      6m 25s
  5. 14m 51s
    1. Working with flexible columns
      3m 27s
    2. Auto-sizing text frames
      5m 28s
    3. Exploring the primary text frame
      5m 56s
  6. 8m 15s
    1. Accessing recently used fonts
      2m 9s
    2. Applying Keep settings to spans and tables
      2m 45s
    3. Fitting frames to different types of text content
      3m 21s
  7. 28m 27s
    1. Using advanced EPUB 2 export controls
      9m 12s
    2. Exporting an EPUB 3
      9m 16s
    3. Inserting HTML and Edge content
      9m 59s
  8. 28m 4s
    1. Reviewing the new Form tools
      7m 21s
    2. Creating and previewing a basic form
      14m 40s
    3. Testing the form in Acrobat
      6m 3s
  9. 21m 24s
    1. Aligning selections to a key object
      2m 17s
    2. Using Save As to create a file for earlier versions of InDesign
      1m 40s
    3. Retaining table headers and footers
      2m 58s
    4. Importing RTFD and exporting to PNG
      4m 38s
    5. Using smart math in fields
      2m 13s
    6. Exporting interactive PDFs as pages
      1m 9s
    7. Previewing and exporting grayscale PDFs
      2m 22s
    8. Using the new world language support
      4m 7s
  10. 1m 6s
    1. Next steps
      1m 6s

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