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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.
Here in my roux_article document, from my exercise folder, I can see that this story jumps from page 22 to 23, and then it threads on to some other text frame, on some other page. I don't know where it goes, but I know it goes somewhere. I can see what the page numbers are by looking up here in the Pages panel. Well, what if my art director comes to me, and says, well, we need to get rid of that text, because we're going to put an ad on the bottom of that page. So I simply select it, and delete it; getting ready for an ad. Now, where does this text go to? What we really need is a jump line. Something that says, continued on page such and such.
So let's go ahead and zoom in here, and see how we could make one. I'll choose my Type tool, and draw out a text frame here, and I'll type Continued on page, and then what? What do I type there? Well, I need a special character; a character that's going to tell me where that story goes to, and I can find that up in the Type menu, in the Insert Special Characters submenu, under Markers. Not Current Page Number, but the Next Page Number. Next Page Number says, where does the story go to? Now, right now, it says page 22, which doesn't really help us, because we're currently on page 22. But that's okay; we'll fix that in a minute.
I'm going to select this text, make it Italic with Command+Shift+I, or Control+Shift+I. Make it flush right, Command+Shift+R, or Control+Shift+R, and then I'm going to go to the Object menu, and choose Text Frame Options. This way, I can force this to go to the bottom of the text frame. All that does is it buys me a little space at the top, so that when I use my Selection tool, and drag this, it won't go right against the text that's in this text frame. So here's what I'm going to do. I grab that Selection tool, I grab the text frame, and I move it up, and as soon as it touches the frame above it, it updates. It's like magic.
It's no longer pointing to this page; it's pointing to the page that the larger text frame is threaded to. See how that works? I'll drag it away, and it says 22; this page here. I drag it up, so that it's touching that text frame, and it updates to page 24. Now, that's an automatic page number. That means it's going to update if anything changes to my page numbering. For example, I'll come up here, and click just on page 22, and add a bunch of pages. I'll say Insert Pages, let's say 6 Pages, click OK, and it adds 6 pages after the current page.
I'll double-click on page 22 to go back there, and now I can see that my automatic page number, my jump line, updated. Of course, if I can create a jump line that tells me where this story is going to, I can probably create another one that says where it's coming from. I'll select that, and copy it to the clipboard, and then I'm going to go all the way down here to page 30. After all, that's where I know it's going to. I'm going to scroll over here, and then paste.
In this case, I don't want the text to be flush at the bottom of the frame; I want to put it at the top again. So I'll go back to Text Frame Options, set this to Top, I'll double-click inside this, and set the alignment to left, and now, with the Selection tool, drag it down until it touches the frame. As soon as it does, it should update, and it does update, but it updates to the wrong thing. Remember, I used a special character called Next Page Number. I need to replace that page number with a different one.
So I'll delete it, go to the Type menu, choose Insert Special Character > Markers, and now I'm going to use Previous Page Number. That means, point to where this story is coming from. I love the way InDesign updates these page numbers for me automatically, so I don't have to worry about missing one of them when I'm proofreading.
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