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with David Blatner

Video: Formatting cells

In the last movie, we explored formatting a whole table. In this movie, we'll take it a step farther, and look at formatting both the data inside the cells, and then the cells themselves. I will press Command+2, or Control+2, and I'd like to format the cells in this header. To do that, I need the Type tool. So I will double-click inside the table; that switches to the Type tool automatically, and now I can select all of those cells in that row by clicking to the left of the row, where I have that little black arrow. The first thing I am going to do is change the font.
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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

Formatting cells

In the last movie, we explored formatting a whole table. In this movie, we'll take it a step farther, and look at formatting both the data inside the cells, and then the cells themselves. I will press Command+2, or Control+2, and I'd like to format the cells in this header. To do that, I need the Type tool. So I will double-click inside the table; that switches to the Type tool automatically, and now I can select all of those cells in that row by clicking to the left of the row, where I have that little black arrow. The first thing I am going to do is change the font.

I can do that in the control panel. I will change the font here to Myriad Pro, and let's change this to Bold. Notice that because I made a change with a number of cells selected, that change is made in all the cells. We should probably make this a little bit smaller; that looks pretty good. Let's go ahead and center it. Now let's make the cells a different fill color. Right now, if I click off here, you can see that it's just white. So I am going to select all those cells again, and fill them, here in the control panel, with a color.

Let's choose this orange color; looks good. We can't see the orange color right now, because the cells are selected, so we actually see the inverse of the orange color, but I know that it really is orange. Now I want to change the text color to white. I can't change the text color inside the control panel. For that, I need the Swatches panel over here, because I need that little T icon: the formatting affects text, not the cells. I will click on that, then click on Paper, and we can see that, again, it's inverted, but it is white on orange.

In fact, why don't I click out here, and you can see, yes, it really is white on orange. We have formatted the text inside the cells, and we have given it a different fill color; now I want to turn my attention to the strokes. I see those white strokes in the columns, and I don't like those. I don't like that black line underneath it either. How do we get rid of those? Once again, I am going to set the entire row, and then I am going to pay attention to this weird looking icon in the control panel. When it comes to formatting tables, it's really important that you understand what this icon represents.

Each of these blue lines represents one of the strokes inside the current selection. The bottom and top lines represent the bottom and top lines, or strokes, in the current selection; not the table, just the selection. Same thing with left and right; those represent the strokes on the far left side of the selection, and the far right side of the selection. This line in the middle indicates that there are center column strokes: 1, 2, 3, 4 of them here. So if I want to change the strokes of those columns, then I need to turn off all these blue lines, except for that one in the middle.

There is a little shortcut you should know about, and that's triple-click. If I triple-click on the outside stroke, it turns off all of them. Now I can just click on the one in the middle. Right now, I can see that this stroke is set to white, so I am going to change that to None. The column stroke went away. Now I will turn that blue line off, and turn the one on at the bottom. That represents the bottom stroke, remember? I will set that to None as well. This time I will do it in Swatches panel. I will click the tab on the Swatches panel to make that go away, then click out here, and we can see that the strokes disappeared. I like it.

Now I am going to format this cell at the very bottom; this Drawing & Applied Arts. It's a merged cell, it goes all the way across the whole table, but I want to make it a little bit more attractive, because this is a section opener. I am going to do some of the same things I did before. I'll change the color; this time I want this to be kind of a dark blue. I'll change the text inside of it to white, because I like that reversed out effect. I am going to change that font to Myriad Pro Bold again. Let's make it a little bit bigger, and I will click out here, and see how it looks.

I didn't get quite the solid blue I expected. I'll select that one more time, and I can see that in the Swatches panel, the Tint field at that top was set to 15%. I'm not sure why that happened, but we can fix it; set it to a 100%. Let's close the Swatches panel, and click out. Because it's a section start, I want it to be even bigger; taller than it currently is. So I will select that cell, and up at the right side of the control panel, I am going to change the height of this to be Exactly, something bigger, let's say 30 points.

The problem is that text is all bunched up here at the top. I want it centered. I can fix that in the control panel as well. I can click on the Align center button. That Align center is just like the Align center inside the Text Frame Options, but in this case, it applies only to the cell. There are a couple of things you can do to cells that you can't change in the control panel. So instead, I am going to go to the Table menu, and choose Cell Options. Then I will choose Text, and inside the Cell Options dialog box, you have a lot more control. For example, you can change your text insets. That's just like text insets in the Text Frame Options dialog box.

It lets you control how far from the edge the text should be. I am going to change the Left edge to be bigger; let's say 15 points. I will hit Tab, and you can see it moves the text over. Now the Left edge will be exactly 15 points over from the left edge of the cell. Now, the big problem that I'm seeing here is that this is a section start, but it's separated from the section that it's supposed to be with; that is on the next page. So I am going to go to the Rows and Columns tab, and I'm going to turn on the Keep with Next Row checkbox.

When I turn that on, you will see it disappears. That's because the Preview checkbox is turned on, so I am seeing all these effects happen in real time. Click OK, and I will zoom out to fit the spreaded in window with Command+Option+0, or Control+Alt+0, and you can see that it actually moved up here to the next page. Let's click off of it, and we can see that that does look like the section start that I wanted. This table is really coming together now, but if it took this long to format just one table, what are we are going to do if we have a bunch of tables? Well, that's where table styles comes in.

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