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Creating and controlling layers


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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

with David Blatner

Video: Creating and controlling layers

I know people who never work with more than one layer in their InDesign document, and they manage all their objects using Send to Back, and Bring to Front. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, other than it will eventually drive you insane, especially in a complicated layout. No, no; it's much better to create multiple layers in your document, and then use them to organize your objects. Every document starts with a layer called layer 1. You can see that by opening the Layers panel here in the dock. There's layer 1, and all my objects are currently on that later.
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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

Creating and controlling layers

I know people who never work with more than one layer in their InDesign document, and they manage all their objects using Send to Back, and Bring to Front. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, other than it will eventually drive you insane, especially in a complicated layout. No, no; it's much better to create multiple layers in your document, and then use them to organize your objects. Every document starts with a layer called layer 1. You can see that by opening the Layers panel here in the dock. There's layer 1, and all my objects are currently on that later.

Let's start organizing this document by creating more layers. You can do that in a couple different ways. You could go to the Layers panel flyout menu, and choose New layer, or you could just click on the New layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. When I make a new layer, I prefer it to hold on the Option key or the Alt key when I click on this button. That way it forces InDesign to open a New layer dialog box, and I can name my layer. I am going to call this Text, I will quick OK, and then make another one. I am going to call this Graphics.

I will click OK by hitting the Enter key, or Return, and I now see that I have three layers. So how do I get my objects onto those layers? Well, I will select one of my objects on my page, and you'll see that in the Layers panel, this little blue square shows up. That little blue square is a proxy for whatever is selected on the page right now, and I can drag that blue square from layer 1 up onto the Text layer. When I let go, we can see that the blue square turned into a red square, and the object changed its color as well.

The object itself didn't change, but the frame edge highlighting did. The edge highlighting always reflects the color of the layer. The Text layer right now is red, so this is red. Once again, this color changed does not change how this document will print, or export to PDF; it only changes it onscreen for reference. Okay; let's go move the other text frames. I will Click on this one, and Shift+Click on these others, and then drag that little proxy icon up to the Text layer. Now let's handle our graphics. I am simply going to select all of these graphics by Shift+Clicking on them, and drag that up to the Graphics layer.

When I move those images up onto the Graphics layer, you can see that they moved on to top of the text. Of course, that's because the Graphics layer is sitting on top of the Text layer. So I'd like to move all of those graphics down to below the Text layer, and I can do that simply by clicking and dragging the Graphics layer down, down, down until I see the black bar between Text, and layer 1. I'll let go, and all the graphics move down as well. I see one more problem here, and that is this orange frame should be between the image and the graphic.

So I am going to select that frame, and move it up to the Text layer. But now it's sitting on top of the text frame. That's not what I want either. I want to move it down, so it's between that text frame, and the graphic. So I will go back to my Object menu, and choose the Arrange submenu, and I am going to choose the Send to Back. In this case, Send to Back doesn't mean send behind all the objects; it just means send to the back of this particular layer, so it goes all the way to the bottom of the Text layer, which is behind that text frame, and the Text layer is on top of the graphics, so it looks perfect now.

So this is looking pretty good, but the Layers panel gives us even more control. For example, I can click on these eyeball icons to hide and show objects on that layer. If I click on eye next to the Graphics layer, all the graphics disappear. I will turn that back on, and turn off the Text layer. On a complicated layout, when you are trying to manipulate certain objects, being able to would turn off all the non-important objects is really helpful. Another thing you might do if in a complicated layout is lock layers. For example, I can click in the second column next to the Text layer, and that locks all of the objects on that layer.

I will talk about locking later in this chapter, but you can see that anything that's on a locked layer cannot be selected. I simply can't click on them. But if I click over here, I select the graphic on the layer below the locked layer. There are two more tricks about the Layers panel that I want to point out. One is, if I want to select all the objects on a particular layer, I can hold down the Option or Alt key, and click on that layer. So, for example, to select everything that's on the Text layer, I would first have to unlock it, and then Option+ Click or Alt+Click on the Text layer.

That selects all the objects on that layer. The second trick I want to point out to you is that you can double-click on a layer to open the Layer Options dialog box. This offers all kinds of options. For example, I can change the Name, the Color, or even various behaviors. For example, I am going to turn off the Print Layer checkbox. Now with this layer will display on screen, but if I print, or export a PDF, it won't be there. That text will just disappear. I will click OK, and you can see an indication of that, because the word text -- the name of the layer -- is in Italic. Italic layers mean they're nonprinting.

As you can see, building and using layers isn't required, but it really helps you organize your documents. But whether you use lots of layers, or only one, the Layers panel has one more trick up its sleeve: it lets you see and manipulate your stack of objects inside the layer by clicking this little twirly triangle. In the next movie, I'll explain how best to use that newfound power.

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