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InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics
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Using the Kuler panel


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InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics

with David Blatner

Video: Using the Kuler panel

If you have never been to Adobe's Kuler website, you really need to go. It's an amazing way to find and create groups of Color Swatches that work well with each other. So in InDesign CS4, Adobe has built some of these Kuler technology right into InDesign. Though it may or may not be useful to you depending on what kind of documents you are creating. Let me show you what I mean. I am going to switch back to InDesign and I am going to open the Kuler panel inside InDesign. It's a panel so it has to live under the Window menu, right? But where? Now Adobe hid it inside this submenu called Extensions. It's little unclear why, but it's in the Extension submenu. There it is, just choose Kuler.
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  1. 2m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 8s
  2. 25m 16s
    1. Reviewing Control panel shortcuts
      8m 34s
    2. Managing panels
      6m 14s
    3. Letting InDesign do the math
      2m 52s
    4. Using Selection tool clicks
      1m 39s
    5. Using Quick Apply shortcuts
      3m 2s
    6. Setting up context shortcuts
      2m 55s
  3. 23m 51s
    1. Using column guides
      3m 42s
    2. Formatting and positioning guides
      5m 15s
    3. Setting first baseline options
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Document grid
      3m 13s
    5. Setting bleeds
      3m 3s
    6. Using slugs
      3m 8s
  4. 48m 2s
    1. Shuffling pages (or not)
      2m 47s
    2. Scaling objects to a specific size
      2m 32s
    3. Aligning objects to a page
      4m 41s
    4. Using advanced libraries
      4m 5s
    5. Using advanced anchored objects
      11m 21s
    6. Setting non-printing objects
      3m 10s
    7. Creating notes
      5m 23s
    8. Using Data Merge
      10m 41s
    9. Creating templates
      3m 22s
  5. 39m 32s
    1. Creating polygons and starbursts
      2m 35s
    2. Setting custom stroke styles
      5m 15s
    3. Using advanced effects
      8m 46s
    4. Making masks in InDesign
      4m 10s
    5. Integrating InDesign and Illustrator
      4m 59s
    6. Setting compound paths
      5m 4s
    7. Using advanced clipping paths
      6m 6s
    8. Using advanced image transparency
      2m 37s
  6. 55m 26s
    1. Using advanced text formatting
      5m 37s
    2. Using other languages
      4m 22s
    3. Setting advanced paragraph numbering
      3m 12s
    4. Using GREP to find/change
      6m 54s
    5. Managing glyphs
      5m 6s
    6. Finding and changing glyphs
      2m 39s
    7. Adding footnotes
      7m 57s
    8. Creating outlines
      3m 39s
    9. Setting conditional text
      9m 16s
    10. Creating cross-references
      6m 44s
  7. 33m 3s
    1. Advanced text importing
      7m 49s
    2. Using Apply Next Style
      5m 4s
    3. Advanced text styling
      6m 9s
    4. Setting load styles
      2m 58s
    5. Linking to text files on disk
      4m 1s
    6. Understanding GREP styles
      7m 2s
  8. 1h 4m
    1. Building a multi-document book
      4m 42s
    2. Setting page numbering across books
      7m 53s
    3. Setting chapter numbering
      6m 7s
    4. Using the Section Marker feature
      6m 53s
    5. Creating "Continued On..." numbers
      4m 44s
    6. Synchronizing documents in a book
      5m 41s
    7. Creating a table of contents
      11m 24s
    8. Indexing documents
      7m 24s
    9. Generating an index
      6m 47s
    10. Printing or exporting a book
      3m 10s
  9. 46m 4s
    1. Creating hyperlinks
      12m 53s
    2. Setting bookmarks
      6m 7s
    3. Creating buttons
      11m 16s
    4. Making movies
      8m 24s
    5. Creating sounds
      4m 51s
    6. Setting page transitions
      2m 33s
  10. 25m 59s
    1. Setting up swatch and style defaults
      3m 24s
    2. Using mixed ink colors
      6m 16s
    3. Working with duotones
      4m 23s
    4. Overprinting
      2m 10s
    5. Ink aliasing
      4m 50s
    6. Using the Kuler panel
      4m 56s
  11. 50m 27s
    1. Creating the transparency blend space
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding InDesign color settings
      9m 8s
    3. Assign Profile and Convert to Profile
      3m 26s
    4. Working with RGB images
      7m 54s
    5. Working with CMYK images
      6m 28s
    6. Soft-proofing
      5m 18s
    7. Managing color at print time
      7m 25s
    8. Managing color in a PDF export
      6m 42s
  12. 42m 1s
    1. Embedding preflight profiles
      5m 1s
    2. Using the Transparency Flattener preview
      3m 23s
    3. Reviewing Transparency Flattener settings
      6m 30s
    4. Setting print presets
      3m 35s
    5. Setting PDF presets
      3m 21s
    6. Exporting to XHTML
      7m 42s
    7. Exporting to SWF
      6m 45s
    8. Exporting to XFL
      5m 44s
  13. 25m 58s
    1. Understanding XML and InDesign
      6m 51s
    2. Structuring InDesign content
      4m 17s
    3. Importing XML
      6m 57s
    4. Exporting to XML
      7m 53s
  14. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics
8h 3m Intermediate Dec 05, 2008

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David Blatner brings his knowledge of and passion for InDesign to the latest release of this state-of-the-art publishing program, showing how to harness its power and functionality. InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics covers the process of publishing with an eye on the program's latest nuances: optimizing page layouts, automating InDesign with Data Merge and XML, exploring interactive documents (including making movies), and exporting publications to a variety of formats. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Automating with Data Merge and XML
  • Optimizing page layouts
  • Using advanced effects
  • Creating interactive documents
  • Integrating with Illustrator
Subject:
Design
Software:
InDesign
Author:
David Blatner

Using the Kuler panel

If you have never been to Adobe's Kuler website, you really need to go. It's an amazing way to find and create groups of Color Swatches that work well with each other. So in InDesign CS4, Adobe has built some of these Kuler technology right into InDesign. Though it may or may not be useful to you depending on what kind of documents you are creating. Let me show you what I mean. I am going to switch back to InDesign and I am going to open the Kuler panel inside InDesign. It's a panel so it has to live under the Window menu, right? But where? Now Adobe hid it inside this submenu called Extensions. It's little unclear why, but it's in the Extension submenu. There it is, just choose Kuler.

Now the Kuler panel is interesting because it actually has a live link to the website. Maybe that's why they call it Extensions, but it extends out to the website and it goes and grabs the highest rated swatches from the web or the most recent color swatches from the web and it pulls all of that into the panel. For example, here is that same swatch we were just looking at over on the website. If I click on this little button on the right, it gives me various options like I can edit this or I can view it online or I can even add it to InDesign Swatches panel. Let's try that. I will click on that. It downloads the swatch, it puts it in the Swatches panel. Let's open the Swatches panel and we can see down at the bottom, there they are, all five of those colors.

So the Kuler panel is nice because it's a nice fast way to get those color swatches off the website into InDesign, but it's even cooler, if you will forgive the pun, because I can click on the Create button and create color swatches myself. For example, what if I wanted to get some nice complementary colors to offset this color of this candy over here. Well let's see how we do it. I am going to choose the Eyedropper tool in the Tool panel and I am going to come over and click on that background color in the background of that candy image and that will load that color in as my current Fill Color. You can see it down at the bottom of the Tool panel or up here at the top of the Swatches panel. That's the current color.

Now I will jump over to the Kuler panel and I am going to click on this little button here which will add that current Fill Color as the Base Color. The Base Color is the one that's highlighted in the middle here. As I scroll over these colors on the side you can see which one they are in the color spectrum on the top. Right now the Kuler rule is set to Analogous but I could change this to something else. For example, Monochromatic. Now I get different shades of that same color or I might choose Triad or Complementary or Compound. I am not going to lie to you and tell you that I know what these things are. I don't always know exactly what they are doing but I often find that Complementary gives me some nice complementary colors to work with or Triad that's another good choice, but in this case the Base Color is the one that I pulled out of the image and then it created some other complementary colors to work with that base color.

So I am going to go with this right now, I will take that color swatch that it's recommending and I am going to add it to my Swatches panel. To do that I want to click on the Add Theme to Swatches button at the bottom of the Kuler panel. There we go. All five swatches were added. Now I will use my Selection tool, select that background frame and choose one of those colors. Maybe this dark green color. That looks pretty good. Now I want to point out something important about the Kuler panel. In fact, this maybe the most important thing I tell you about the Kuler panel and that is currently I can only create RGB colors. When I am in Create mode it will only create RGB colors.

So you will see that when I added those swatches to the Swatches panel, they all came in as RGB colors and that could be a real problem. You typically do not want to create RGB swatches when you are creating documents for print. That's not a good idea. It will separate to CMYK but you may not get the results that you want. So buyer beware. Generally, you want to use a Swatch Book to pick your colors and you want to pick them in CMYK Mode. On other hand, this particular document is destined for an on-screen interactive PDF or an interactive Flash SWF file.

So RGB is just fine for that. Now those first five swatches that I brought in from Kuler were in CMYK, weren't they? What's that about? Well the Kuler website itself does support some CMYK and in fact you can create color swatches in Adobe Illustrator and use Illustrator's Kuler panel to upload them to the website. Those will be in CMYK and then when I download them in InDesign they will come in as CMYK. But once again I can get CMYK if I am using Browse but I cannot get CMYK when I use Create.

Now I am hoping that Adobe will update the Kuler panel here inside InDesign to work with CMYK perhaps even by the time you are watching this movie, but even if it's just RGB, it's a good jumping off point for exploring colors, especially when you are making interactive SWF or PDF files.

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