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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.
What happens after you put an image on your page and then realize you need to edit the image some how. For example, I'll zoom in on this image down here in this exercise file and I can see that this text is white. I would like it to be blue. Well, I could switch to Illustrator and then open it there assuming I know where it's saved on disk. But since I'm looking at it here in InDesign it's far easier to use a feature right InDesign called Edit Original. I can find Edit Original by first selecting the image and then going to the Edit menu and then choosing Edit Original.
But honestly there are faster ways to get there. I could go to Links panel, right there, there is a Pencil icon. That is also the Edit Original button. The fastest way to get Edit Original is just an Option double-clicking or Alt double-clicking on the image. That's how you need to do. Option+double-click or Alt+double-click on this image and it suddenly launches Illustrator and opens that image. I'll zoom in here, so I can see the artwork little bit better. I can't see that text right now, because that's white on white. But I know there it's there.
This image is a group so I am going to double-click on it to go in the Isolation mode, and then I can select the Text on the path that's sitting outside the logo. Here I could change the color to blue. At this point all I need to do is Save the Document and Close it and when I go back InDesign you'll see that it updates immediately for me. I don't have to go to Links panel and choose Modified. Why? Because when you choose Edit Original InDesign knows you're going to be editing it, it's watching the image just sitting there waiting for you to make a change.
As soon as you save it and come back to InDesign it updates automatically. Not only that, but if I zoom back to the spread in window with a Command+Option+0 or Ctrl+Alt+0 you can see that it updated that image everywhere in this document, including words used up here. Now, by the way, InDesign actually has no idea what the original application is for these images. It realize entirely on the Mac or Windows Operating System for this information. Basically Edit Original is the same thing as double-clicking on the image in a folder and sometimes it opens in the wrong program. For example: I'll press Opt+Page Down or Alt+Page Down to go to the next spread.
And now I'm way to try in open this image. I'll Option+Double-click or Alt+Double-click on it and you'll see that it opens up here in Preview on the Mac in instead, that's not what I wanted, I wanted it in a Photoshop. On Windows it sometimes opens in the Picture and Fax Viewer or something like that. Fortunately you can force InDesign to open it in a particular program. I'll close this comeback to InDesign and instead of Option+Double-clicking or Alt+Double-clicking I'll go back to the Edit menu and I'll choose Edit With. Edit With let's me choose exactly which program I want to open this image with.
Now it's easy for me to make a change or I'll just use Brightness/Contrast to change this a little bit Save it, Close it and come back to InDesign. And you'll see that as soon as I come back it updates with a brighter version. Getting efficient with InDesign in a Creative Suite means making the programs all work together as smoothly as possible. The Edit Original and Edit With features are a big part of that operation.
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