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Setting the margin and column guides


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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

with David Blatner

Video: Setting the margin and column guides

In an earlier movie, we saw that the New Document dialog box, lets you set your margins and column guides. But what if you change your mind later, after the file is already created, or what if you want different margins in different parts of your document? No problem, that's where the Margins and Columns feature comes in here under the Layout menu. But before you choose this feature, you need to tell InDesign which pages you want to affect. To do that, I'm going to go to the Pages panel over here in the doc. Right now, I can see that I'm looking at pages 24 and 25, and I can tell that because those of the pages that are highlighted down here.
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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

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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

Setting the margin and column guides

In an earlier movie, we saw that the New Document dialog box, lets you set your margins and column guides. But what if you change your mind later, after the file is already created, or what if you want different margins in different parts of your document? No problem, that's where the Margins and Columns feature comes in here under the Layout menu. But before you choose this feature, you need to tell InDesign which pages you want to affect. To do that, I'm going to go to the Pages panel over here in the doc. Right now, I can see that I'm looking at pages 24 and 25, and I can tell that because those of the pages that are highlighted down here.

That's not necessarily the pages that are selected. For example, I can click on page 21 up here, and now I'm looking at pages 24 and 25, but I've targeted I've selected page 21. So if I go to Margins and Columns, it will affect page 21, not the ones I'm looking at. So you have to be a little bit careful there. In this case, I do want to affect the pages I'm looking at, so I'm going to click on these numbers beneath the spread. That's just a shortcut for selecting both pages in the spread, and now I'm going to go to Layout menu and choose Margins and Columns.

It's a good idea to turn on the Preview checkbox in this dialog box. That way, you can see what you're doing while you working before you click OK. Now I'd like to change the bottom margin, but before I do that, I want to ensure that this button, this little link icon, is turned off, it's broken. If this button is turned on, if it's connected, then any change I make will affect all of the fields in this dialog box, and I don't want that, I only want to change the bottom margin here. I'll change it to 80 points. Now it only updates when I leave this field.

So I'll press the Tab key to jump to the next item and we can see that, because the Preview checkbox is turned on, the margins moved. I'll do the same thing with the columns. I'll change this from 1 Column to 2 Column, just by clicking that little up arrow, and you can see that now we have two columns on every page. Now obviously, this only changed the margins and columns, it did not affect the objects on the page. If I want to affect the objects on the page, then I need to turn on Enable Layout Adjustment. That's the on/off switch for move my objects or don't move my objects.

I'm going to set this back to the way it was, 60 points Margin and 1 Column, and I'll turn on Enable Layout Adjustment, and we can see how this works. First, I'll go change my bottom margin, I'll bring that up to 80 points, and you can see that immediately this frame, this text frame, and this image moved, but this image over here did not move. What's the difference? Well, Layout Adjustment works by looking at any objects that are touching guides that move. It has to be touching a guide or very, very close to a guide, and then it will move.

This image down here was not touching that guide, so it stayed where it was. As you can tell, Layout Adjustment is a great way to move a lot of object on your page quickly. So if you're changing your page sizes, Layout Adjustment may be just the ticket for you. However, with that power, comes great responsibility. Here's what I mean. Sometimes Layout Adjustment can really mess up your page all a lot. For example, if I change the number of columns here to 2. Wow! That's not what I wanted and something not what I expected.

It added the second columns, but it moved a lot of these objects around and it changed even the number of columns in those text frames. So in this case, I'm not going to want to do that, I'm going to want hit Cancel and go back to the way it was. So we've seen how we can change the margins and columns on a single spread, but what if want to change them for all the pages at the same time. No problem. Then we have to use Master pages. I'm going to be talking about Master pages in the next chapter, but for now, suffice it to say that all of these pages in my document are based on a master, which lives up here at the top of the Pages panel.

So, if I click on the name of the master or choose the pages over here, then if I make a change to that, it will affect all my pages. I clicked on A-Master, I can go to Layout > Margins and Columns, and once again I'll simply change the bottom margin to 80 points, and when I click OK, you'll see that the margins change. It changed on every page in this document that is based on that master, not just the ones that I'm looking at. Now remember these margin guides are just that, they're guidelines for where you might put objects.

There are other kinds of guides in InDesign too, including Page Guides, which is what I'll talk about in the next movie.

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