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Creating gradient swatches


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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

with David Blatner

Video: Creating gradient swatches

Gradients, Blends, Vignettes, whatever you want to call them, they can be beautiful in your document or they can make your life a study in frustration. I'm going to show you how to make them in the Swatches panel first and then in the next movie we'll talk about how to apply them to object in your document and then customize them. To create a gradient swatch I first open the Swatches panel here in the dock and then from the Swatches panel flyout menu I choose New Gradient Swatch. Now it's a little tricky to make a gradient swatch just in the dialog box. So what I usually like to do is just click OK where it adds this default gradient swatch to my Swatches panel.
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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 gradient swatches

Gradients, Blends, Vignettes, whatever you want to call them, they can be beautiful in your document or they can make your life a study in frustration. I'm going to show you how to make them in the Swatches panel first and then in the next movie we'll talk about how to apply them to object in your document and then customize them. To create a gradient swatch I first open the Swatches panel here in the dock and then from the Swatches panel flyout menu I choose New Gradient Swatch. Now it's a little tricky to make a gradient swatch just in the dialog box. So what I usually like to do is just click OK where it adds this default gradient swatch to my Swatches panel.

Then I'll apply that default swatch to any object in my document. In this case, I'm selecting a frame in the background and then clicking on the swatch. You'll see that it just fills it with that default white to black swatch. Now I'll deselect that frame by clicking on that pasteboard and I'm going to edit that swatch by right-clicking on it or Ctrl+Clicking with a one-button mouse and choosing Swatch Options. The reason I like doing that is because it's much easier to see an example in the background as I'm editing inside the dialog box. To do that I turn on the Preview checkbox and now any change I make in the dialog box will update on my page automatically.

So right now I have a gradient, a blend that goes from white to black, and you can see those reflected in these stops along the bottom, these gradient stops. If I click on one of these stops, you see the colors reflected up here in the Stop Color area. Right now this first one is CMYK white, just 0000. If I click on the other stop I can see that it's reflected as a swatch called Black. If I want to change this from Swatches to CMYK, I can do that from the Stop Color pop-up menu. I'll just change this to CMYK.

You can see that now I can type in a different CMYK value here. But in this case I am going to pick a swatch that I've already created, this orange swatch down here. That updates that selected Gradient Stop and now I have a blend that goes from white to orange. I could add additional Gradient Stops in here simply by clicking anywhere along the Gradient Ramp on the bottom. As soon as I click it, it adds a new stop. So I could add green, for example. So now it's going from white to green to orange, and I can move these Gradient Stops around to change the effect.

I can also change these little diamonds on the top. When you drag a diamond, you change where the half-way point is between. It's almost like dragging a rubber band back and forth. If I drag it to the right, I get more of the white. If I drag it to the left, I get more of the green. In this case I do only want white to orange. So I'm going to get rid of the green stop simply by clicking and dragging it off the ramp. Then I'll reset this to about half way point. I also have an option here, whether I want it to be a Linear Gradient or a Radial Gradient.

I can choose that from the Type pop-up menu. Linear of course is just one direction only and Radial makes it look kind of like a circle. It's a little bit hard to see here, because the center of the circle is in the lower left corner and it moves out from there. In the next movie I'll show you how you can put that center anywhere you want inside the object. Here I'm going to leave this set to Linear and I'm going to give it Name. I'm going to call it White to Orange and click OK. You may have noticed that there are several buttons at the bottom of the Swatches panel. The first button shows all of the swatches.

The second one shows only the solid Swatches and the third one shows only the Gradient Swatches. So if I had a bunch of different Gradient Swatches that I'd created and I wanted to find just those, I could click that button. Usually though I leave this set to all. By the way, I should point out something here. I'm going to edit this Swatch one more time, and you may notice here that there's no way to set a gradient's opacity. For example, you can't fade a blend from white to transparent. If you need that effect, take a look at the movie in an earlier chapter about the feathering transparency effects.

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