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Explore the numerous type options, type-related features, and type-specific preferences of Adobe InDesign. Using practical, real-world examples, instructor and designer Nigel French dissects the anatomy of a typeface and defines the vocabulary of typography. The course moves from the micro to the macro level, addressing issues such as choosing page size, determining the size of margins, adjusting number columns, and achieving a clean look with baseline grids. This course takes you from laying out a page to delving into the hows and whys of typography.
There are a few preferences relating to text wraps that we need to be aware of. And for the first of them I am going to come to this example on the lower part of the page and then come to my Preferences > Composition. These are they, and let's deal with this one first of all, Text Wrap Only affects Text Beneath. When you check this, for the text wrap object to affect the text it must be above the text in the stacking order. This is the way the QuarkXPress implements its runarounds, its Text Wrap equivalent.
So if I turn that on, then you can see my Text Wrap doesn't work. It doesn't work because I have my document set up with two layers. I like to work with layers, and I like to have my text above my pictures layer. That makes good sense on many levels, not least of which is it's a good preventative step to avoiding printing problems, but it's not going to work using these layers if you have that preference turned on. Simple solution, don't turn it on. The only reason that you might find it on in certain documents is if those documents have been converted from QuarkXPress to InDesign, using a conversion utility called Q2ID, and in order to honor the Quark runarounds in InDesign, this needs to be on. So it's just some to look out for there, but if you're creating the documents from scratch in InDesign, which I'm sure will be true for the vast majority of documents that you work with, no reason to have that one turned on.
Now the second option is this one, Justify Text Next to an Object. I am going to turn that one on, and this is what it does. It is only applicable when you are working with a Text Wrap object in a single column of text, and you may remember in an earlier movie, I pretty much strongly advised against doing that. So it's not something that's going to come up often. But what it does is when you are working with ragged text as I have here, I have left-aligned text, you can see how it's made the right-hand edge of the text affected by the Text Wrap smooth, so it's justified that edge.
Now if I turn that preference off, that's the difference, so all in all, not very relevant. Then the last preference is called Skip by Leading. And what this will do is when you place a Text Wrap object within a column of text, and in order to see the effect of this we need to be working with multicolumn text, what it will do is it will make sure that the next line moves down to the next leading increment, which sounds like a good idea, and it probably use a good idea, it's just that if you want to achieve this, and it's a very good idea, then there are easier ways and better ways of doing it and the better ways would be to use a baseline grid, one of the subjects of the next chapter.
But we could improve upon things the way they currently are by coming and choosing Skip by Leading, and you will see it pushes that line of text down to the next baseline so that it aligns with the text in the column next to it. So three preferences that relate to how text wraps behave and of course, one more, and that is Suppress Text Wrap When layer is Hidden. I am on the pictures layer. If I turn that on, and then I hide that, that's exactly what it does. The text wrap goes away when you hide the layer.
Generally speaking, we don't want that on because that's going to cause your text flow to change, perhaps very dramatically.
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