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In this series, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, co-hosts of the web's top resource for InDesign tips and tricks, InDesignSecrets.com, share some hidden and sometimes surprising workflow tips that will make working in InDesign more efficient and more fun. The course covers built-in timesaving features such as Quick Apply and auto-expanding text, but also little-known tricks, such as using the eyedropper to copy and paste character and paragraph text attributes and making accurate selections by selecting through or even into objects.
New techniques will be added to the collection every other week, so check back early and often. Find more tips and tricks at indesignsecrets.com.
I'd like to put this text around this circle. This circle is a graphic, so I can't put text around it. I need to have a frame, and everybody knows you can make a circular frame in InDesign simply by choosing the Pencil Tool and drawing one. No, I am kidding of course, that's ridiculous. I am going to delete that. If you want a circular frame, you want to choose one of the Elliptical Frame Tools out here in the Tool panel and then hold down the Shift key while you drag. I'll Shift-drag out here. By holding down the Shift key, you get a perfect circle, there we go.
Then I can move it into position just by pressing the arrow keys on the keyboard. That looks pretty good. Let's go ahead and put the first bit of text on. I'll select this text, and I'll cut it to the clipboard. Then I am going to switch to the Type on a Path Tool, which is Shift+T, or select here from the Tool Panel and then I'm going to click on the very bottom of this circle, right in the middle on the bottom. Now, I press Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste my text in. Now, it doesn't look right. I actually want the text to go along the top of this circle, not on the left side, but I like starting the text down here at the bottom because it makes it very easy to center later simply by clicking on this Align center button in the Control Panel or by pressing Command+Shift+C or Ctrl+Shift+C on Windows.
That centers it on the line, and in this case that means centering it on the circle. Now I want the second paragraph down here to go along the bottom part of the circle. Can you do that? Unfortunately, no. You can't put two different paragraphs on one circle. So you have to fake it, and you fake it by making a second circle. I'll choose my Selection Tool, and then I'm going to press Option+Down Arrow on the keyboard or Alt+Down Arrow on Windows. That simply makes a duplicate of it, exactly 1 point down.
Then I'll let go over the Option or Alt key and press the Up Arrow. Now I know that my duplicate is in exactly the same position as the original. I'll go grab this other text, cut it to the clipboard, click over here on top of my duplicate circle, that's the one that's on top, select all with a Command+A or Ctrl+A, and paste with Command+V or Ctrl+V. Once again, it puts it down at the beginning of this circle, so I better center that, and that's looking pretty terrible actually, but that's okay, we're going to fix that. We're going to fix it by putting that text, the one that's on top down at the bottom.
Because it's a circle, it's easy to put at the bottom. You simply locate this circle 180 degrees, leaving the Reference Point set to the middle. There we go. I've got text on the top and the bottom of what looks like a single circle. Now you may want this text on the bottom to be flipped over, so that you can read it more easily. That's okay, we can do that. What you do is you go to the Type menu, choose Type on a Path > Options and then click the Flip button. But when you do that, the text not only gets flipped over, but it goes on the inside of the circle.
So I've got text on the inside of the circle here and on the outside of the circle here, which just looks weird, that looks clunky. To fix that you need to select both of these circles. So I'll simply drag with the Selection Tool, little marquee, just so that it's selecting both of those objects. Now I'll go back to the Type on a Path > Options, and I'm going to change the Align pop-up menu from Baseline to Center. That means that the baseline isn't going to be on the line anymore, the center of the text is.
So when I click OK, I see that the text is centered along the top and centered along the bottom, which looks just right. Press W to go into Preview Mode, and we can see that that looks pretty good. That's good enough to put on a vinyl record or a CD or any other obsolete circular recording media you might have around. All right, see you next time for more InDesign Secrets.
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