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Power spacing

From: InDesign Insider Training: Beyond the Essentials

Video: Power spacing

In the last movie, I talked about making grids of objects. Now I want to show you how you can resize those grids, or more specifically, how you can resize a grid or any other selected objects on a page by telling InDesign to add or remove space between each of the objects. It's a pretty weird non-intuitive technique, and it all comes down to the spacebar. I have my brochure document opened from the Exercise File, and I'm going to zoom in on the lower right corner of this page. Now, I'm going to select all four of these graphic frames just by dragging the Selection Tool over them.

Power spacing

In the last movie, I talked about making grids of objects. Now I want to show you how you can resize those grids, or more specifically, how you can resize a grid or any other selected objects on a page by telling InDesign to add or remove space between each of the objects. It's a pretty weird non-intuitive technique, and it all comes down to the spacebar. I have my brochure document opened from the Exercise File, and I'm going to zoom in on the lower right corner of this page. Now, I'm going to select all four of these graphic frames just by dragging the Selection Tool over them.

Not only does InDesign select all four of these, but it adds selection handles around their corners and on their sides. If I drag one of those side handles, for example, the bottom handle, it will resize all four of those objects. I'll drag this down and then let go and you'll see that all four of those objects have grown, they've gotten taller. The images inside those frames are set to Auto size, so those also have gotten a little bit larger. But the important thing here is if you select more than one object and resize it with one of those side or corner handles, it will resize each of the objects in the group.

But what if what I'm trying to do is add space between those objects, not change the size of the objects themselves? Let me undo this with a Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on Windows, and try it a slightly different way. I'm going to click on that bottom handle, but before I start dragging with the mouse, I'm going to pause for a moment. And that kicks in live screen redraw, which means that as I start dragging, I can actually see the change on screen. See how each frame is getting larger. But as I said, what I want to do is change the space between each of those objects.

So I'm going to hold down the spacebar on my keyboard. With the spacebar held down on the keyboard while I drag, you'll see the change. It actually changes the amount of space between each of those objects as I drag. I can even make this smaller so that all of those objects are overlapping. In this case, I'm actually going to drag it larger to add space in between. I'll just drag it right off the page. Now I'll let go of the mouse button and you'll see that InDesign has placed the objects with additional space between them.

This works while changing the width of the selected objects as well. For example, I'm going to click and hold down on the lower right corner handle and I'll pause for a moment before dragging to kick in the live screen redraw. And now, I'll start dragging and you'll see that it changes the width of the fames themselves and the images inside them because that Auto Fit is turned on. I'll hold down the spacebar after I start dragging and drag a little bit more. The effect is completely different. It's changing the spacing of all of these objects.

I can either overlap them or drag them out to add the horizontal and vertical spacing. And when I let go, InDesign puts them in that place. Now, I should point out that each of these objects is evenly spaced because they're exactly the same width. If one of these images were a different width, the effect might look very different.

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InDesign Insider Training: Beyond the Essentials

51 video lessons · 11911 viewers

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  1. 2m 47s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      45s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 7s
  2. 25m 17s
    1. Managing more than one document window
      5m 1s
    2. Positioning your panels
      5m 23s
    3. Setting up Mini Bridge
      3m 31s
    4. Saving a workspace
      3m 12s
    5. Displaying a new window or split screen
      5m 16s
    6. Rotating pages and spreads
      2m 54s
  3. 21m 48s
    1. Setting application and document preferences
      8m 54s
    2. Learning and editing keyboard shortcuts
      9m 23s
    3. Customizing InDesign menus
      3m 31s
  4. 33m 29s
    1. Parent/child master pages
      6m 26s
    2. Starting a document on a left page
      4m 0s
    3. Adding alternate layouts
      7m 34s
    4. Saving objects in libraries
      8m 46s
    5. Exporting and importing page snippets
      6m 43s
  5. 55m 37s
    1. Filling with placeholder text
      5m 35s
    2. Tracking text changes
      9m 12s
    3. Choosing other languages
      5m 45s
    4. Adjusting text hyphenation and justification
      9m 5s
    5. Adding hanging punctuation with Optical Margin Alignment
      5m 40s
    6. Controlling orphans and widows with Keep Options
      5m 41s
    7. Aligning to a baseline grid
      9m 1s
    8. Setting vertical justification and first baseline position
      5m 38s
  6. 26m 45s
    1. Applying styles automatically with nested and line styles
      7m 39s
    2. The basics of GREP styles
      5m 24s
    3. Using Break Link to Style
      3m 5s
    4. Exploring style groups
      10m 37s
  7. 33m 44s
    1. Including footnotes
      6m 21s
    2. Working with cross-references
      7m 41s
    3. Indexing a document
      12m 58s
    4. Exploring conditional text
      6m 44s
  8. 32m 6s
    1. Importing InDesign files
      4m 26s
    2. Advanced Links panel features
      8m 54s
    3. Embedding links
      3m 31s
    4. Adding live and static captions
      8m 1s
    5. Turning image layers on and off
      7m 14s
  9. 25m 35s
    1. Using advanced strokes
      9m 6s
    2. Using Pathfinder and compound paths
      8m 47s
    3. Using InDesign and Illustrator together
      7m 42s
  10. 35m 25s
    1. Power scaling techniques
      12m 12s
    2. Making grids
      8m 2s
    3. Power spacing
      3m 4s
    4. Making objects nonprinting
      4m 28s
    5. Default graphics and text frame styles
      7m 39s
  11. 20m 48s
    1. Building tint swatches
      4m 5s
    2. Mixed ink colors
      7m 35s
    3. Taking advantage of ink aliasing
      5m 15s
    4. Checking color with Separations Preview
      3m 53s
  12. 1m 35s
    1. Going ever deeper with InDesign
      1m 35s

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