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InDesign FX is a collection of self-contained effects projects designed to be completed in ten minutes or less. Taught by expert Mike Rankin, the series explores every aspect of InDesign's graphic effects capabilities through real-world examples, all without relying on Photoshop or Illustrator. The intent is to reveal the quick, practical, and sometimes surprising application of InDesign effects to creative projects.
Hi, I'm Mike Rankin, and welcome to InDesign FX. In this week's effect, we'll see how to fill text with a gradient and use InDesign CS6's new Auto-Size feature to automatically adjust that gradient to fit the text as we type. So here I have two text frames, my Auto-Size Gradient and Not-o-Size Gradient. And if I click on the top one and I change the text--I'll just delete the word Gradients out of here--I can see that the gradient has scaled, it's sort of going to fit the exact size of the text no matter how much I add or remove.
I'll add some more text again, and you can see the gradient adjusts on the fly. Now this other frame is not going to do the same thing. If I delete that word Gradient again, you can see that I don't have any of the magenta over here, it's just all the green half of the gradient. Well, what's going on here? If I take my Selection Tool and I click on this frame, I can see that the frame still extends way out to the side here. If I click on my Auto-Size Gradient, I can see that it's snapped exactly to the width of the text, and that's the key. Even though the gradient is applied to the text, it acts as though it's applied to the frame, and the gradient is applied to the entire width of the frame.
So if I double click on a control handle over here, now I make this frame fit the text and so does the gradient as well. But if I drag it back out again, you can see the gradient changes. So if I want the gradient always to fit the text, I use InDesign CS6's new Auto-Size feature for text frames. To access the Auto-Size option, I'm going to hold down Option or Alt and double-click on the text frame to bring up my Text Frame Options dialog box and in the new tab over here, Auto-Size, I'm going to select Auto-Sizing > Width Only, and I'm going to select from the left side.
I can click on Preview, and right away I can see that gradient snapped to the text. Click OK, and again as I type more text, the gradient is applied to all the text. So in this video, we saw how to use the Auto-Size feature in InDesign CS6 to automatically make gradient fill text look the way we want to. I'm Mike Rankin, I'll be back in two weeks, thanks for watching.
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