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In this course David Blatner builds on his Essential Training series, bringing his knowledge of and passion for Adobe InDesign to lessons that show you how to harness its power and functionality. This installment covers a wide range of advanced topics from interface customization to cutting-edge layout and text-formatting techniques. Learn how to set key application and document preferences, format long documents, match swatches, use GREP styles, and much more.
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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