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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

Putting ruler guides on the page


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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

with David Blatner
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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

Video: Putting ruler guides on the page

Designers love adding guides to their page to define zones and manage the space. Production folks' love adding guides because it maintains consistency and helps you layout pages fast. Whatever the reason you want to add guides, InDesign let's you do it in a number of different ways. The basic way to add a guide to a page is simply by dragging it out of the ruler. I'll drag out of the ruler up here and let go over the mouse button when my cursor is over the page, and I can see that it's added a new guide on the page, that's a page guide. If instead I pull a ruler guide out of the ruler and let go of it while it's on the pasteboard, then I get a pasteboard guide, sometimes called a spread guide, because it goes all the way across these spread.

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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

Putting ruler guides on the page

Designers love adding guides to their page to define zones and manage the space. Production folks' love adding guides because it maintains consistency and helps you layout pages fast. Whatever the reason you want to add guides, InDesign let's you do it in a number of different ways. The basic way to add a guide to a page is simply by dragging it out of the ruler. I'll drag out of the ruler up here and let go over the mouse button when my cursor is over the page, and I can see that it's added a new guide on the page, that's a page guide. If instead I pull a ruler guide out of the ruler and let go of it while it's on the pasteboard, then I get a pasteboard guide, sometimes called a spread guide, because it goes all the way across these spread.

Here I can see that these two text frames are completely not aligned, so I'm going to go ahead and resize this one to snap to that guide. Now there are other ways to add guides as well. I'm going to right-click on the intersection between these two rulers and change this to inches, because it's easier to show this particular trick in inches. And I'm going to start pulling out a guide, and I'm going to let go of it when it's near this tick mark over there. And you'll see that it's very hard to get right on the tick mark. And when I say you'll see, what I'm talking about is this field up here in the Control panel.

You can actually see the measurements of the guide, if you select it you can see that it's not exactly on five inches. What I wanted to do is get exactly on five inches right on that tick mark. So to do that I'm going to get rid of this guide and to delete a guide you simply select it and then hit Delete. And instead, I'm going to pullout a guide and when it gets close, I'm going to hold down the Shift key, the Shift key means snap it to the nearest tick mark in the ruler. So now I just have to get somewhat close and when I let go over the mouse button, it's exactly at five inches.

In fact, if I know that I want a Ruler Guide; let's say at exactly four inches, I don't even have to pull it out of the ruler at all. All I have to do is Shift+Double-click on that tick mark and it adds a ruler guide exactly at that point. Now let's see a little bit about how guides act on our page and how objects behave with them. I want to zoom in on this little text frame over here, this caption with the Command+Spacebar or Ctrl+Spacebar Zoom tool trick, and now I'm going to drag this down, and you'll see is, as I drag this down it's snaps to the guide, that's what guides do, they snap.

They snap objects to them, they're kind of magnetic, and that's usually very helpful. But in this case, if I want to get close to that point but I don't want it exactly on that guide, well, I'm out of luck, right? Fortunately, you can turn off that snapping behavior, go to the View menu, choose Grids & Guides, and then turn off Snap to Guides. You start dragging and you'll see that the Snap to Guides feature is turned off. I can get really close to that, but it won't snap to it. By the way, I should mention that there are some other things that act like guides even though they're not, specifically the page edges.

If I drag this caption over near the edge of a page, you'll see that it actually snaps to the edge of the page, so that's kind of handy. I'm going to zoom out to fit the spread out Window with Command+Option+0 or Ctrl+Alt+0 and I'll add a few more guides onto my page. I'll put a few page guides on here; I'll put a few pasteboard guides on here, and so on. Now what if I want to move some of those guides? It's easy to move guides, because they act just like objects. I can click on them to select them; Shift+Click to select more or even drag over a bunch of them and select all three of these at the same time.

Now when I click and drag, all of them move. There are other benefits of guides acting like objects too. For example, I can make a bunch of guides at the same time by selecting one and then go into the Edit menu and choosing Step and Repeat. I'm going to make 10 guides with exactly one centimeter vertical offset, and when I click OK, you can see I have 10 more, 11 total guides in a row. Now I've got so many guides on my page now that I can't tell what goes to what. Fortunately, InDesign even lets you change the color of guides. So, for example, I can select two of these guides here, go to the Layout menu and choose Ruler Guides, the Ruler Guides dialog box lets me choose any color I want.

For example, I'll make these magenta and click OK, you won't see the change immediately, but when I deselect those guides by clicking out here in the pasteboard, you'll see that the guide colors have actually changed. That's helpful, because you may want some guides to indicate some things and other guides to indicate others. Now once you've done all this work to setup your guides, what if you want to use them on another page or even another document? Again, they're just objects, so you can copy and paste them. I'm going to select all my guides with the super secret shortcut, which is Command+Option+G or Ctrl+Alt+G. That's just a fast way to select all the guides on the spread.

And then I'll copy them, I'll go to the previous spread, I'll go to the Pages panel, double-click on the previous spread, and then I'll paste them. Every guide is in exactly the same place as it was on the original spread. When I deselect them, I can see that even the colors are the same. Guides are incredibly helpful for ensuring consistency and keeping you efficient. They're so easy to create; there is no reason not to use them.

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