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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.
While flip-flopping may not be such a good thing in politics, it can be a great thing in page layout, especially when pictures are facing the wrong direction. There are several ways to flip, or mirror, an object. I'm going to jump to Page 3 in this document by pressing Shift+Page Down a couple of times. Now, let's say the artist told me that this thing is backward. I can flip it over by going to the control panel, and clicking one of these two buttons. Either I can click it horizontally by clicking the one on the left; click it again to put it back. Or I'll flip it vertically by clicking the one on the right.
Now, why did it almost flip right off the page? Well, that's because I didn't pay attention to the reference point on the left side of the control panel first. Let me click this to put it back to where it was, and I can see that the reference point was set to the center-bottom of this image. So when I flipped it over vertically, it flipped it over that point. It kept that point anchored, and everything moved around it. That mirroring effect gave me an idea. I'm going to show you a cool trick. I'm going to scale this first by Command +Shift+Dragging, or Control+Shift+Dragging on Windows, just to give myself a little bit of extra room on the page.
And then I'm going to flip this over, and I'm going to flip it over from that point; that middle center point. I'll flip it over vertically, but this time I'll hold down the Option Key or the Alt Key when I flip, and what that does is make a duplicate of it, and then flip it. I now have a perfect duplicate of this, like a mirror image. But to make it even more like a mirror image, I'm going to pan down little bit with the Option+Spacebar. Let's get down to the bottom of it, and I'm going to skew this image a little bit. Skew it, and scale it. To do that, I'll use my Free Transform tool.
The Free Transform tool allows me to move, rotate, scale, and even skew or shear an object. It's a little non-intuitive, how to do the shearing or skewing, so let me show you. First you place your cursor on top of the side handle; it has to be one of the side handles for the object. This image is so far off the page, it goes past the pasteboard, onto the next page. We can't see it on the next page, but that's where I am actually having to put my cursor. Next, I'll hold the mouse button down for a moment, and then I hold down the Command or Control Key.
That's the weird thing; you have to hold on Command or Control after you click the mouse button down. That's how you get it to shear or skew. Now, I'm going to see a little bit of a weird screen redraw thing happening here while I'm dragging, but that's natural. It'll go away in just a moment. As I move my cursor, you can see that I'm shearing and scaling at the same time. That looks pretty good for a reflection, so I'll let go. I'll scroll up here, so we can see it better, but I also see that this reflection is too bright.
I don't want it quite so bright. I want it to blend into the background a little bit. So I'm going to go to the Effects panel, and I'm going to set the blending mode to Multiply. That way it'll blend into the background better. Now it's a little bit too dark, so I'm going to change the Opacity to 50%. The last thing I'm going to do to this, to make it look more like a reflection, is to apply a gradient feather; something that will make it look like it's blending out a little bit. So I'll go to the Effects pop-up menu, choose Gradient Feather, and then change the Angle to 90 degrees.
90 degrees makes it go from the bottom to the top, which, because this object is mirrored, is backward, so it goes from the top to the bottom. I can adjust this gradient by changing the Gradient Stops up here, or get some fine-tune control by changing the gradient midpoint slider. So I can make it fade out faster, or slower. When I deselect all with a Command+Shift+A, or Control+Shift+A, I can see that looks pretty good. I love that I can do these kinds of creative effects right on my InDesign page, instead of relying on other programs.
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