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Applying advanced character formatting


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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

with David Blatner

Video: Applying advanced character formatting

In the last movie, we looked at the basics of character formatting. Now let's look at a few more other styling options that you have. I'm going to open this brochure document, and I'll zoom in on this text up here, and change some of this text. I'll double-click to switch to the Type tool, and then just drag over some text that I want to edit, and I'm going to point out some of the features in the middle of the control panel. Up here, we have the ability to change the vertical scaling of this text. For example, I could change this to 150%. When I hit Enter, you see it actually stretches it up.
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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

Applying advanced character formatting

In the last movie, we looked at the basics of character formatting. Now let's look at a few more other styling options that you have. I'm going to open this brochure document, and I'll zoom in on this text up here, and change some of this text. I'll double-click to switch to the Type tool, and then just drag over some text that I want to edit, and I'm going to point out some of the features in the middle of the control panel. Up here, we have the ability to change the vertical scaling of this text. For example, I could change this to 150%. When I hit Enter, you see it actually stretches it up.

We can do the same thing with horizontal scaling over here. Maybe I'll change that to 80%, and hit Enter or Return. If you do this, just be sure not to show it to the type designer, because they're just going to scream at you; it looks horrible. There's other stuff you can do too. For example, I could select this single X, come up here to the baseline shift option, and move it up or down. For example, I'll move it up 4 points. It actually moves it straight up. Let's zoom in to 400%, so we can see this better; Command+4, or Control+4 on Windows.

You see how the x has actually moved up off the baseline of the text. Alternatively, we can actually make this go down by changing it to, let's say, -2; you see how it actually drops below the baseline now. And if you really want to get crazy, let's select this text, and change its skew. The skew or shear field up here in the control panel let's you actually shear the text over to the left, or to the right. For example, if I change this to 15, you'll see that it makes it look italic. It's not a true italic; this is what we call a fake italic, or oblique, but it does skew it, or shear it in a way that some people seem to like.

If I want to shear it to the left, of course, I'd use a negative number, like -15. Now, you may not be using that kind of text formatting very much, but here's some that you probably will use. Let me pan down here, and then select some text, and I'm going to put an underline underneath this text. You can do that by going up to the control panel, and clicking the Underline button. That looks pretty good, but you can see that the underline is kind of blah. You don't have any control over where it goes, what color it is, what style line it is, and so on.

Well, you can get all that control with one modifier key. Let's select that text again, and go back to that button, but this time, instead of clicking on it, I'm going to hold down the Option or Alt key when I click, that gives me the Underline Options dialog box. We can see that the Underline is turned On here, but you can also see that we can change the Weight, the Offset, the Color, and so on. Let's go ahead and change this Color to something like green, I'll change the Weight to something a little bit finer, like .4 points, and I'm going to change the offset -- that is, how far away from the baseline it's going to sit -- to a little bit more; let's say 2 points.

If I move his dialog box out of the way, and turn the Preview checkbox on, we can actually see the effect. Of course, because this text is highlighted, the green underline actually is reversed, so it looks magenta; that's kind of silly. Let's go ahead and click OK, and click off the text, and now you can see that the underline is sitting there, exactly 2 points down from the baseline, and it's green, and a little finer. Now, you may notice that some of these words are hyphenated. I'm going to be talking about hyphenation in a later chapter, but for right now, I want to point out that you can control that, to some degree, by selecting it, and turning on the No Break feature. Let me show you.

I'll double-click on his word, and I'm going to go to the control panel flyout menu. That's this little menu way on the far right side of the control panel. There are all kinds of great options in here, but the one I'm looking for is called No Break, and when you choose No Break, it forces that word to stay together; it won't hyphenate across two lines. Now, all the other text has to reflow to make sure that text won't break, but if you want that word to stay together, it's worth it. I'm going to scroll down here, and I can show you, you can also apply the No Break effect to more than one word.

Let's say I want to make sure Roux Academic stays on the same line. I can do that by selecting both words, and choosing No Break. Now both of those words are always going to stay together; they won't break across two lines, and they won't hyphenate. Phew; that's a lot of different formatting options, and we've really only scratched the surface of character level formatting. In the next movie, we'll look at some features for turning text into uppercase or small caps characters.

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