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InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics

with David Blatner

Video: Managing panels

In the last movie, we looked at how you can manage your Control panel. Now let's look at how to manage InDesign's many other panels. First of all, my favorite panel keyboard shortcut I wanted to share with you is the Tab key because the Tab key hides all your panels. Press Tab once and they all disappear, press Tab again and they all come back. But while they are hidden-- I will press Tab to hide them all-- you can still get to them. They are not totally gone. You could still pull out panels from the Window menu if you want to, remember all the panels live here in the Window menu, but even cooler, just move your cursor over to the edge of the page. If you move it over, not necessarily all that way to the edge of the screen, just a couple of pixels in, the panels show up. The docks expand, when you move the cursor over there. So here I can see the Tool panel.
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  1. 2m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 8s
  2. 25m 16s
    1. Reviewing Control panel shortcuts
      8m 34s
    2. Managing panels
      6m 14s
    3. Letting InDesign do the math
      2m 52s
    4. Using Selection tool clicks
      1m 39s
    5. Using Quick Apply shortcuts
      3m 2s
    6. Setting up context shortcuts
      2m 55s
  3. 23m 51s
    1. Using column guides
      3m 42s
    2. Formatting and positioning guides
      5m 15s
    3. Setting first baseline options
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Document grid
      3m 13s
    5. Setting bleeds
      3m 3s
    6. Using slugs
      3m 8s
  4. 48m 2s
    1. Shuffling pages (or not)
      2m 47s
    2. Scaling objects to a specific size
      2m 32s
    3. Aligning objects to a page
      4m 41s
    4. Using advanced libraries
      4m 5s
    5. Using advanced anchored objects
      11m 21s
    6. Setting non-printing objects
      3m 10s
    7. Creating notes
      5m 23s
    8. Using Data Merge
      10m 41s
    9. Creating templates
      3m 22s
  5. 39m 32s
    1. Creating polygons and starbursts
      2m 35s
    2. Setting custom stroke styles
      5m 15s
    3. Using advanced effects
      8m 46s
    4. Making masks in InDesign
      4m 10s
    5. Integrating InDesign and Illustrator
      4m 59s
    6. Setting compound paths
      5m 4s
    7. Using advanced clipping paths
      6m 6s
    8. Using advanced image transparency
      2m 37s
  6. 55m 26s
    1. Using advanced text formatting
      5m 37s
    2. Using other languages
      4m 22s
    3. Setting advanced paragraph numbering
      3m 12s
    4. Using GREP to find/change
      6m 54s
    5. Managing glyphs
      5m 6s
    6. Finding and changing glyphs
      2m 39s
    7. Adding footnotes
      7m 57s
    8. Creating outlines
      3m 39s
    9. Setting conditional text
      9m 16s
    10. Creating cross-references
      6m 44s
  7. 33m 3s
    1. Advanced text importing
      7m 49s
    2. Using Apply Next Style
      5m 4s
    3. Advanced text styling
      6m 9s
    4. Setting load styles
      2m 58s
    5. Linking to text files on disk
      4m 1s
    6. Understanding GREP styles
      7m 2s
  8. 1h 4m
    1. Building a multi-document book
      4m 42s
    2. Setting page numbering across books
      7m 53s
    3. Setting chapter numbering
      6m 7s
    4. Using the Section Marker feature
      6m 53s
    5. Creating "Continued On..." numbers
      4m 44s
    6. Synchronizing documents in a book
      5m 41s
    7. Creating a table of contents
      11m 24s
    8. Indexing documents
      7m 24s
    9. Generating an index
      6m 47s
    10. Printing or exporting a book
      3m 10s
  9. 46m 4s
    1. Creating hyperlinks
      12m 53s
    2. Setting bookmarks
      6m 7s
    3. Creating buttons
      11m 16s
    4. Making movies
      8m 24s
    5. Creating sounds
      4m 51s
    6. Setting page transitions
      2m 33s
  10. 25m 59s
    1. Setting up swatch and style defaults
      3m 24s
    2. Using mixed ink colors
      6m 16s
    3. Working with duotones
      4m 23s
    4. Overprinting
      2m 10s
    5. Ink aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Using the Kuler panel
      4m 56s
  11. 50m 27s
    1. Creating the transparency blend space
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding InDesign color settings
      9m 8s
    3. Assign Profile and Convert to Profile
      3m 26s
    4. Working with RGB images
      7m 54s
    5. Working with CMYK images
      6m 28s
    6. Soft-proofing
      5m 18s
    7. Managing color at print time
      7m 25s
    8. Managing color in a PDF export
      6m 42s
  12. 42m 1s
    1. Embedding preflight profiles
      5m 1s
    2. Using the Transparency Flattener preview
      3m 23s
    3. Reviewing Transparency Flattener settings
      6m 30s
    4. Setting print presets
      3m 35s
    5. Setting PDF presets
      3m 21s
    6. Exporting to XHTML
      7m 42s
    7. Exporting to SWF
      6m 45s
    8. Exporting to XFL
      5m 44s
  13. 25m 58s
    1. Understanding XML and InDesign
      6m 51s
    2. Structuring InDesign content
      4m 17s
    3. Importing XML
      6m 57s
    4. Exporting to XML
      7m 53s
  14. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics
8h 3m Intermediate Dec 05, 2008

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David Blatner brings his knowledge of and passion for InDesign to the latest release of this state-of-the-art publishing program, showing how to harness its power and functionality. InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics covers the process of publishing with an eye on the program's latest nuances: optimizing page layouts, automating InDesign with Data Merge and XML, exploring interactive documents (including making movies), and exporting publications to a variety of formats. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Automating with Data Merge and XML
  • Optimizing page layouts
  • Using advanced effects
  • Creating interactive documents
  • Integrating with Illustrator
Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign
Author:
David Blatner

Managing panels

In the last movie, we looked at how you can manage your Control panel. Now let's look at how to manage InDesign's many other panels. First of all, my favorite panel keyboard shortcut I wanted to share with you is the Tab key because the Tab key hides all your panels. Press Tab once and they all disappear, press Tab again and they all come back. But while they are hidden-- I will press Tab to hide them all-- you can still get to them. They are not totally gone. You could still pull out panels from the Window menu if you want to, remember all the panels live here in the Window menu, but even cooler, just move your cursor over to the edge of the page. If you move it over, not necessarily all that way to the edge of the screen, just a couple of pixels in, the panels show up. The docks expand, when you move the cursor over there. So here I can see the Tool panel.

Now I will drag away from the edge of the page and it disappears. If I go to the right edge of the page, I will hover over the right edge of the screen and this dock appears. So you have a lot of control, you can still get all of these panels when you need them, even though everything is hidden. Now, look at this Swatches panel. I will click off with the Swatches panel and you can see that all disappears. So this is a great use of your screen real estate, when you really want to focus on the document and not have your screen cluttered up with the bunch of panels. On the other hand, it might be a great way to work, but it's not necessarily a great way to teach. So I am going to press Tab again, so that they all come back and we can see the panels just because it's going to be easier for you to understand what I am doing inside the program. I will close the Swatches panel here. I want to show you a couple of other keyboard shortcuts you should know about. Tab will hide all of the panels, but Shift+Tab hides all the panels but leaves the Tool panel and the Control panel and that could be useful in some situations I suppose, but I usually don't use that. It's good to know though.

That's what Shift+Tab does. Command+Option+Tab, that's Ctrl+Alt+ Tab on Windows. That expands all your docked panels. So for example, all those panels on the right side, when I press Command+Option+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Tab on Windows, they all get expanded. It's basically the same thing as clicking on the little double arrow in the upper right corner, the Collapse To Icons or Expand button. So Ctrl+Alt+Tab on Windows or Command+Option+Tab on Mac will expand those and that could be useful in certain circumstances as well.

Now as I have mentioned, InDesign hides all its panels up in the Window menu and you can choose them right out of the Window menu if you want, but I really encourage you to learn a few of the keyboard shortcuts. You don't have to learn all the keyboard shortcuts for every panel. I certainly don't, but it is a good idea to pick, let's say, the top four or five panels that you use all the time. Like maybe the Layers panel and memorize its keyboard shortcut, in this case, it's F7. Pressing the F7 key will open that. Or maybe the Pages panel, I use that all the time. Command+F12 or Ctrl +F12 on Windows opens and closes the Pages panel. It's really worth doing that. Another one might be the Stroke panel, if you use strokes a lot, Command+F10 or Ctrl+F10 on Windows, so I simply press that keyboard shortcut and we can see that we open up the Stroke panel.

Let's say I want to put a stroke around the text in here. I will select this text frame over here, I will go to the Swatches panel and I am going to click on the T here or secret keyboard shortcut, just press the J key. J is the same thing as pressing that button and that means that any formatting I do will be applied to the text inside of this. I will go back to the stroke. I will zoom in there so we can see this better and I am going to stroke the text itself. We can see that the stoke Weight right now is set to 0, but if I click inside there, I can increase or decrease the Stroke Weight by using the arrow keys on my keyboard. It's so much more efficient than what I usually see people do which is, I am going to select all this text painstakingly dragging over it and then typing let's say 4 pt, hitting Enter and now I have got a stoke around it.

It's a little thing that makes you really efficient in InDesign and as you know my focus is all about efficiency. So when I want to change the stroke, I typically don't bother trying to select all that text, I just click once in there and then I use the arrow keys on the keyboard. Up arrow moves by one point at a time, down arrow moves down by one point at a time. You can also hold on the Shift key, so Shift+Up Arrow will move in larger increments, in this case 10 points at a time. So you can use Shift+Up and Shift+Down to move up and down in large increments and this works in all the panels, not just in Stroke panels but all the panels.

So for example, I will jump to that first field of the Control panel and I can use the up key to move this over in tiny increments. In this case, it looks like its 67 inches. Something up and down, but if I hold the Shift key, when I press the arrow keys up or down, it does it in larger increments, in this case quarter inch increments. The increments that's used are based on the measurement system you are in. So right now I am in inches, so let's go into increment in quarter point inches when I do a Shift+Up Arrow or Shift+Down Arrow. If I were in something like picas, it would do it in certain number of points, like one pica at a time, if I am in millimeters, they would do it in like 10 mm at a time. So it's all based on the measurement system that you are working in and let's get back over to the Weight field and I did exactly what I said, I usually don't do. I actually dragged over the measurement, but that's okay.

I will go in here and I'll change this to let's say 8 pts and hit Enter. Oh, that's very more that 8 pts, isn't it? I think I did 8 p instead of 8 pt, so I got 8 picas which is a really, really, really huge stroke. That's kind of ridiculous. I better change that. Here is one last keyboard shortcut that I really want you to know. I love this. This is one of my favorite shortcuts in the whole program and that's Command+Option+Tilde on the Mac or Ctrl+Alt+Tilde on Windows. That keyboard shortcut jumps back to the last used field. Whatever you last did, whatever field and whatever panel you are last in, that keyboard shortcut takes you back there and this is so useful. You can see it jumped right back to the stroke panel, right back into that field, so I can now go back down to what I wanted to type which is 8 pt. Hit Enter and it takes effect. That I use a hundred times a day.

Okay now are getting the hang of it. You are keeping your hands on the keyboard, you are boosting your productivity and you're really flying through InDesign.

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