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Adobe InDesign has transformed into InDesign CC, a sleek 64-bit application with an ever-evolving toolset. But how do these changes impact designers? In this course, get an insider's take on the new feature set and performance enhancements that ship with the latest update to Creative Cloud. Author Justin Seeley reviews the most compelling features in InDesign, including HiDPI and retina display support, the modern dark interface, EPUB enhancements, and QR code generation.
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One of the most significant changes that's happened to InDesign recently, is the New Dark Interface. And then it's pretty evident when you open up the application for the first time, because you're used to seeing this light gray interface and now it's completely dark, because Adobe is starting to adopt this new darker interface. They done it for Photoshop and Illustrator, an they're sort of mimicking the video applications like Premiere and After Effects. It's meant to sort of draw your eye inwards towards the stuff that you're working on rather than focusing on the chrome of the application around the outside. And InDesign is no different, if you do not like this new dark interface, you can always change it though and I'm going to show you how to do that in this movie.
I'm going to start off by creating a brand new document, going to File >New and just hitting OK to the defaults here, that way when I get the new document open you can see the full ensemble of what it looks like to have this new dark Interface. Everything is still in its same spot. So, you don't have to worry about the Interface being rearranged or anything like that. So, you notice over here on the left hand side, your toolbar is still over here. You've still got a Control panel across the top. You've still got menus and panels over here on the right hand side, which can be collapsed or expanded. Everything is essentially the same, it's just a different color. If you don't like the color, you can certainly change that by going up to the InDesign menu and going to Preferences on a Mac or you can go to the Edit menu and choose Preferences on a PC and you can go to Interface. And once you're inside of the Preferences dialogue box, you want to select Interface from the left or if you chose Interface from the drop down menu it should automatically take you here.
You can change the color theme right here at the very top. Now, by default it's set to Medium Dark, you can also change it to Dark which is a little bit darker. You can also change it to Medium Light, which sort of mimics the original appearance of InDesign. And then, you can also go with a Light interface, which is extremely light. Now, if you notice the difference between that and the new interface, it's night and day so to speak. And I just think that the dark interface is much more pleasing to the eye. I think it helps me focus on the work that I'm working on, and I really enjoy it.
And I hope that they make this a sweet wide transition for all of the creative clad applications. But I understand there's some people that don't like it. So, I'm glad that they at least give you the option to change it back, if you don't like it. Now, you'll also notice underneath here there's a check box that says match paste board to theme color. And what that is referring to if you're not familiar and that's the area out here, the paste board out here to the left, it's asking you, do you want me to match that color to the theme color, or would you like to control that? If I unchecked that box, watch what happens. It turns white, I actually find this to be a little bit distracting, I lose track of where my pages start and stop. It's not as evident where things need to go in my document. So, I actually prefer to have that turned on.
But, if you like the all white appearance of the background, you can certainly leave that unchecked. Once you've finished out of this dialogue box just hit OK. Anything you've set up and that will automatically be applied and your interface will have the current changes applied to it. So, that's basically it for the all new dark interface here inside of Indesign like I said, it's just a basic face lift for the application making it look a little bit more updated, making it look like some of the other applications in the Creative Suite, Photoshop Illustrator, et cetera. And I understand it's going to be a little bit different at first. But I think after some time and getting used to it, you'll be really glad that you stuck with the dark interface, because not only will it look like the rest of the applications in the creative cloud, it will also be a little bit more pleasing to your eye and help you stay focused on what you're working on.
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