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Some people spec in their colors far ahead of ever applying them in the document. Others like working more interactively, playing with colors as they lay out a page. You can work either way in InDesign. But if you're in the play as you go corner, you'll probably like using the Colors panel. You can find the Colors panel by going to the Window menu, choosing the Colors submenu, and then choosing Color. You can also find a version of the Color panel hiding inside the Control panel if you Shift+Click on one of these Fill or Stroke buttons. Normally, if you click on that pop-up menu, you get the Swatches panel, right? Well, if you Shift+Click on it, it turns into the Color panel.
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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

Understanding the danger and power of unnamed colors

Some people spec in their colors far ahead of ever applying them in the document. Others like working more interactively, playing with colors as they lay out a page. You can work either way in InDesign. But if you're in the play as you go corner, you'll probably like using the Colors panel. You can find the Colors panel by going to the Window menu, choosing the Colors submenu, and then choosing Color. You can also find a version of the Color panel hiding inside the Control panel if you Shift+Click on one of these Fill or Stroke buttons. Normally, if you click on that pop-up menu, you get the Swatches panel, right? Well, if you Shift+Click on it, it turns into the Color panel.

It's just a little known fact. I'm going to use the Floating Color panel, because it's easier to see, easier to demo with. I'm going to create and apply a color on the next page. So I'll press Option+Page Down or Alt+Page Down on Windows and I want to apply a color to this text, Roux. Now normally you'd think that you have to select that text with a Type frame first. Well, you don't have to. I'm going to select it with the Selection tool, and then I'm going to up here to the Color panel and click on the little T. That T means apply the color to the text inside the frame, not the frame itself.

The little box next to it means apply it to the frame. The T means apply it to the text inside the frame. You can see those same things in the Swatches panel over here. There's the box and the T and also at the bottom the tool panel, the little box and the T. So, we're going to apply this to the T, the text inside the frame. That way we can see the color being applied to the text instead of having to pay attention to all the highlighting around the text. When I select any object on my page that already has color applied to it, the Color panel displays a tint ramp.

This tint ramp lets me change the tint of the color, not the color itself. You see how the other cursor changes to an eyedropper, and then I can click on that tint ramp to change the tint of the color. In this case, I don't want a tint. I want a different color entirely. So I'm going to click on this little full strength swatch at the end and I'm going to change this tint ramp into a color ramp and I can do that by going to the Color panel flyout menu and choosing either CMYK or RGB. RGB if it's an onscreen document; but in this case I'm going to choose CMYK.

Now I can dial in colors here or just click in the colored ramp. Whatever I click on is applied whatever selected on the page. Now you need to be very careful when choosing colors from the screen, because unless you've done a lot of work to set up your color management environment, the colors that you see on screen may not match what you see in print. Believe me I've been burned by that one myself. So it's better to pick your colors from a printed swatch book, such as the True Match, Pantone Books. Unfortunately, there are two other problems with using the Color panel too even if you're typing colors in from a swatch book.

First, if I handed this document to somebody else and they selected this text frame, they would not know if that color is a CMYK color or an RGB color, because it does not show up in the Swatches panel at all. Second, the fact that it doesn't show up in the Swatches panel makes it really difficult to apply that same color elsewhere in my document. So if I care about consistency throughout my document and I want the same color on multiple pieces of text or multiple objects, that's a problem. So here's what you do. It's really important if you're going to use the Color panel to make these kinds of colors; these are called Unnamed Colors, then you have to go to the Swatches panel, choose the flyout menu, and choose Add Unnamed Colors from the Swatches panel flyout menu.

Add Unnamed Colors goes through your whole document, finds all the unnamed colors, all the ones that you've created with a Color panel, for example, and adds them to the Swatches panel, and it links them. So if I changed the Color Swatch here this text will change as well. If you like working on the fly and you like this Color panel, there are two other ways of making colors that I want to point out to you. One is the Color Picker. The Color Picker you can find by double-clicking on the Fill or Stroke icons in the Color panel or the Fill and Stroke icons at the bottom of the tool panel.

When I do that, up comes the Color Picker and some people really like this, because it kind of reminds them of Photoshop I guess. You can click on any color in here as long as you're aware that just because you click on it, doesn't mean you're going to get that in print. But you can pick a color just by clicking on it, and then you can click on OK or better Add CMYK Swatch which adds it to the Swatches panel, like that; it just adds it right there, and then click OK. Now the color is applied and the swatches in the Swatches panel. The last method is to use the Eyedropper tool.

I'm going to grab the Eyedropper tool out of the tool panel here. I'm going to make sure that the formatting effects Type button is selected in the Color panel or the Swatches panel, that little T icon that we looked at earlier. And then I'm going to grab a color out of an image. I can grab any color I want, like the green from these trees, for example. It actually picks up that color, and puts it into the Color panel and because this was selected, it also applies it to that text. If I want to choose a different color instead, I need to hold down the Option or the Alt key to change the Eyedropper from the field Eyedropper back to the empty Eyedropper.

As long as I'm holding down Option or Alt I can pick up a different color. So, for example, I might want to pick this up from her shirt. That changed it to the purple or I might want to pick it up from this blue shirt down here. You can see that it updates automatically as long as I'm holding down that Option or Alt key. Once again, this is an Unnamed Color. So I have to go to the Swatches panel, choose Add Unnamed Colors, and suddenly it shows up in my Swatches panel as well. Personally, I rarely use any of these methods to create colors. I'm in the camp that believes that you should set up your colors in the Swatches panel first.

But if these tools work for you, then go for it.

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