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This course explores the powerful but occasionally mysterious table features in InDesign, illustrating how they can be used efficiently and to their best advantage. Author Diane Burns demonstrates how to set up a table, format it using Table commands, and capture that formatting in table styles as well as how to work with images and update the information in tables without losing formatting. The course also shows how to use tables that don’t look like tables to offer solutions to layout problems, like setting up images and captions or simplifying complex text frames.
Once in a while we have a table that requires diagonal lines in a table cell or cells. These diagonal lines might be used to show information that doesn't exist or maybe to x through information like prices of an item before the sale price, takes effect that sort of thing. Fortunately InDesign has controls that make it really easy to add diagonal lines to table cells. I'm going to switch to my Type tool by pressing the letter T, and I'm going to select some text here and delete it, so that we have some cells without information in them.
And to add diagonal lines to these cells, we access the Cell Options Diagonal Lines dialog, this dialogue is pretty straightforward we have controls for the line stroke, so I can change the Weight and the Color or the Style of the stroke. And then at the top here we have different diagonal patterns that we can apply. A diagonal this way, that direction or an x, if I click OK you can see that InDesign has drawn the diagonal lines in the Weight and Color that I indicated.
If I want to apply diagonal lines to cells that have text in them I can certainly do that again I'll select a couple of cells and to go the Cell Options Diagonal lines dialog, and again, I'm going to increase the Weight and add a Color. And let's make another x pattern here. One thing I would like to point out and I'll zoom in a little bit here, is that you will that this text is actually sitting on top of the diagonal lines. That's because the default setting is that the content is on top of the diagonals, but we can change that.
I'll reselect the cells back to our dialog, and here you see I have a pop-up menu that lets me control if the content is in front or the diagonal is in front. Let's switch that so that the diagonal is in front, and now this information is truly Xed out, zoom back a little bit. So you can see it's pretty straightforward to apply diagonal lines inside of table cells and just one more thing I want to show you, kind of a little throwaway for you designers out there, let's turn to the next page.
It turns out you can use table cells and diagonal lines to create all kinds of patterns, like this one you see here. We could change the color of the diagonal lines or the color of the table strokes or fill the cells with color. And here's a kind of crazy thing, because the current setting of these cell fills is None, I can actually click on this object and apply a drop shadow to it, crazy huh?. That one is for all you drop shadow nuts out there, including the famous lynda.com author David Blatner and others, and there you have diagonal lines.
Easy to apply, whether for serious purposes or just for a little fun.
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