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Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph


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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

with David Blatner

Video: Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph

Many designs call for a line, also called the rule, to sit above or below a paragraph, especially a heading. You could spend all day drawing lines with the Line tool, but you'd be a lot better off using InDesign's paragraph rules feature. I have my catalog file open from the exercise folder, and I'm going to jump to a previous spread by pressing Option+Page Up or Alt+Page Up. I'm going to zoom in on the lower left corner of this page, and I can see that I have a heading here, but it looks kind of a dull. I want the eye to be drawn to it, so I want to put a rule above or below it.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. What is InDesign?
      1m 23s
  2. 2m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  3. 21m 19s
    1. Getting started
      3m 33s
    2. Adding or editing text
      3m 23s
    3. Adding or replacing graphics
      4m 31s
    4. Moving objects around
      4m 55s
    5. Printing and creating a PDF
      4m 57s
  4. 26m 6s
    1. Exploring the application window
      6m 25s
    2. Navigating and magnifying pages and objects
      6m 24s
    3. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 35s
    4. Working with panels
      3m 58s
    5. Setting the view quality of artwork
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting view and preview settings
      4m 13s
  5. 27m 52s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 39s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      4m 2s
    3. Saving for CS4 and CS5 with IDML
      2m 24s
    4. Setting the margin and column guides
      4m 29s
    5. Putting ruler guides on the page
      5m 7s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 11s
  6. 23m 37s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      4m 32s
    2. Changing page size
      4m 38s
    3. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 18s
    4. Overriding master page items
      2m 43s
    5. Adding page numbering
      2m 22s
    6. Changing page numbering with sections
      4m 4s
  7. 52m 47s
    1. Understanding text frames
      3m 38s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 48s
    3. Inserting special characters
      4m 1s
    4. Importing text
      3m 47s
    5. Threading text frames
      3m 12s
    6. Setting text frame columns
      4m 31s
    7. Setting text inset and vertical justification options
      3m 48s
    8. Allowing text frames to grow and shrink
      4m 5s
    9. Putting text on a path
      5m 50s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      5m 10s
    11. Checking spelling
      5m 12s
    12. Using Find/Change
      4m 45s
  8. 28m 19s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 20s
    2. Using the Links panel
      7m 17s
    3. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 10s
    4. Fitting graphics to the frame
      5m 1s
    5. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 31s
  9. 35m 49s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 2s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      5m 6s
    3. Colorizing images
      1m 59s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 4s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      3m 33s
    6. Using other transparency effects
      5m 15s
    7. Copying and formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      5m 59s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 51s
  10. 18m 34s
    1. Creating color swatches
      4m 33s
    2. Understanding the danger and power of unnamed colors
      5m 46s
    3. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 53s
    4. Applying gradients
      4m 22s
  11. 15m 27s
    1. Editing frame and path shapes
      5m 8s
    2. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      4m 8s
    3. Making polygons and starbursts
      1m 59s
    4. Creating text outlines
      4m 12s
  12. 37m 56s
    1. Positioning objects with the Gap tool
      3m 54s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 5s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      5m 27s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 33s
    5. Grouping and locking objects
      3m 10s
    6. Nesting objects
      3m 23s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 20s
    8. Understanding text wrap
      5m 51s
    9. Using anchored objects
      6m 13s
  13. 26m 16s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 37s
    2. Collecting, conveying, and placing content
      8m 58s
    3. Rotating objects
      2m 22s
    4. Scaling objects
      4m 21s
    5. Skewing objects
      1m 8s
    6. Mirroring objects
      3m 50s
  14. 24m 19s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 31s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 28s
    3. Changing case
      3m 23s
    4. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      5m 3s
    5. Using Find Font
      3m 54s
  15. 32m 51s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 4s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      2m 10s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      1m 52s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 26s
    5. Setting tabs
      7m 36s
    6. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 23s
    7. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 10s
    8. Numbering paragraphs
      6m 10s
  16. 19m 47s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 10s
    2. Using character styles
      4m 45s
    3. Editing and redefining styles
      2m 20s
    4. Using object styles
      2m 47s
    5. Applying styles with Quick Apply
      3m 45s
  17. 39m 59s
    1. Creating a table
      4m 29s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      4m 36s
    3. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      3m 0s
    4. Formatting a table
      4m 32s
    5. Formatting cells
      6m 2s
    6. Applying table styles
      5m 33s
    7. Placing graphics in cells
      3m 1s
    8. Importing Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 46s
  18. 16m 45s
    1. Building a multi-document book
      7m 27s
    2. Creating "continued on..." jump lines
      3m 51s
    3. Constructing a table of contents (TOC)
      5m 27s
  19. 23m 8s
    1. Exporting EPUBs
      6m 12s
    2. Creating an interactive PDF
      12m 49s
    3. Building a Flash SWF
      4m 7s
  20. 28m 1s
    1. Checking a document with the Preflight panel
      5m 26s
    2. Packaging for output
      3m 34s
    3. Using the Print dialog box
      4m 52s
    4. Printing a small booklet
      2m 46s
    5. Exporting a PDF
      7m 56s
    6. Exporting text
      3m 27s
  21. 1m 25s
    1. Next steps
      1m 25s

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InDesign CS6 Essential Training
8h 24m Beginner May 07, 2012

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InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. This course presents the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use. Author David Blatner shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, work with text frames and graphics, export and print finished documents, explore creating interactive documents, and much more. He also covers popular topics such as EPUBs and long documents and includes advice on working with overset text, unnamed colors, and other troublesome issues that may arise for first-time designers.

Topics include:
  • Getting started in just 30 minutes: the quick start guide to InDesign
  • Understanding your workspace
  • Creating and setting up new documents
  • Creating and applying master pages
  • Entering and editing text
  • Placing graphics
  • Working with color and gradients
  • Editing frame and path shapes
  • Working with layers, objects, and groups
  • Rotating and scaling objects
  • Applying character and paragraph formatting
  • Using styles
  • Creating and formatting tables
  • Exporting to EPUB and interactive PDF
  • Packaging, printing, and exporting your final document
Subjects:
Design Page Layout
Software:
InDesign
Author:
David Blatner

Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph

Many designs call for a line, also called the rule, to sit above or below a paragraph, especially a heading. You could spend all day drawing lines with the Line tool, but you'd be a lot better off using InDesign's paragraph rules feature. I have my catalog file open from the exercise folder, and I'm going to jump to a previous spread by pressing Option+Page Up or Alt+Page Up. I'm going to zoom in on the lower left corner of this page, and I can see that I have a heading here, but it looks kind of a dull. I want the eye to be drawn to it, so I want to put a rule above or below it.

To do that, I need to put my text cursor inside the paragraph, so I'll double-click on it, and then I'm going to go to the Paragraph Rule dialog box. To get there, I go all the way over to the right side of the control panel, and open the control panel flyout menu. Here I can choose a Paragraph Rules. The shortcut is Command+Option+J, or Control+ Alt+J. The Paragraph Rules dialog box is actually two different dialog boxes in one: the Rule Above dialog box, or the Rule Below dialog box.

You can swap between them using this little pop-up menu. I want to create a rule above, so I'll choose that, and then I'll turn on the Rule On checkbox. Because the Preview checkbox is turned on inside this dialog box, I can see the effect immediately. I have a one point black solid line right at the baseline of the text. That's probably not what I want, so let's change it. First, I'll change the text color; let's make it orange. Next I'll make it little thicker; maybe 3 points instead, and then I'm going to change the Offset.

The offset is how far away from the baseline it should be. I'll increase this to about 8 points, and you can see it places it right above the text. I also have the ability to change how wide this rule should be. For example, I'll change the left indent to 5 points, and hit Tab, and you can see that it moves in 5 points. Alternatively, I can actually make it -5 points, and that way it actually sticks out the side of the text frame. Of course, I could do the same thing with the right indent.

The other way to control how wide this rule can be is the Width pop-up menu. Right now, this is set to Column, but if I change it to Text, then the rule goes only to the edge of the text. InDesign is smart enough to know where the edge of the text is, and however long that line is, that's how long the rule will be to. InDesign is smart enough to know how wide that line is, and so if I add text to this line, the rule will get wider. If I take some of the text away, the rule get shorter. In this case, I actually do want it to fill the entire column, so I'll just choose Column.

You can see that there is a number of interesting effects that you could create with the paragraph rules feature. For example, let's make this much thicker; I'll make it up to, like, 10 points thick, and then, instead of using a positive offset, I'm going to move it down a little bit, like -2 points. By doing that, I actually place a bar behind the text. If I make this a darker color, like this dark blue, and click OK, I might want to select the text itself, and change it to paper color.

Now the text is reversed out of a dark bar. Well, that's pretty cool. It just goes to show, sometimes you have to think outside the box.

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