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Using the Story Editor


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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

with David Blatner

Video: Using the Story Editor

It's time for me to talk about one of my favorite features in InDesign. It's not a particularly flashy feature, but it's incredibly helpful to anyone who needs to write or edit text inside InDesign. And that feature is Story Editor. And it's like having a little Word Processor built right into InDesign. Let me show you. I have my roux_article file open from the Exercise folder and I am going to jump to the second spread by pressing Option+Page Down or Alt+Page Down. I want to edit some of the text in here, but instead of zooming in and trying to find the text, I'm simply going to select the frame itself, go to the Edit menu and choose Edit in Story Editor, or I could Command+Y or Ctrl+Y on Windows.
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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

Using the Story Editor

It's time for me to talk about one of my favorite features in InDesign. It's not a particularly flashy feature, but it's incredibly helpful to anyone who needs to write or edit text inside InDesign. And that feature is Story Editor. And it's like having a little Word Processor built right into InDesign. Let me show you. I have my roux_article file open from the Exercise folder and I am going to jump to the second spread by pressing Option+Page Down or Alt+Page Down. I want to edit some of the text in here, but instead of zooming in and trying to find the text, I'm simply going to select the frame itself, go to the Edit menu and choose Edit in Story Editor, or I could Command+Y or Ctrl+Y on Windows.

Up comes a nice neutral window, just like a Text Editor. I'm not distracted by fonts or size or anything like that, it's just a neutral window and I can make this as wide as I want and it will reflow to any size. And I will tell you the one thing that I really dislike about Story Editor and that is the default font that it comes with. Who wants to read that font, it's crazy. I'd rather use a font that I can read easily on screen. Fortunately you can do that; you can make that change by going to the Preferences dialog box.

I am going to open Preferences by pressing Command+K on the Mac or Ctrl+K on Windows, up comes the Preferences dialog box and I am going to click on the Story Editor Display pane. Here we can see that the Font is that the Letter Gothic which I think is crazy. So I am going to select that and type Georgia instead, I like reading Georgia, you can pick any font you want, but I find that very easy to read. I am also going to change the Line Spacing to something a little bit larger, like 150% and I am going to change the Size to 16 points, so it's really easy to see on screen.

There are many other things you can change in here as well, like the Theme, you could change Ink On Paper or if you really want to go crazy, go Yellow On Black, now that's hard to read. I am going to go back to Black On White Ink On Paper. The one last thing I'm definitely going to change here is the Cursor Options. You know how sometimes the text cursor is so small that it's hard to find it easily, well, I can change it here to Barbell, it will only change it inside the Story editor, but you'll see it's great. I will click OK, the font updates and look at that cursor, it's flashing, it's big, I can immediately see exactly where it is.

I will click before that H. Now as I said the Story Editor does not show fonts or size or most formatting of your text. What it does show is Bold and Italic, so over here where we have some texts in Italic, it does show that. I am going to move the Story Editor window over to the right a little bit, so we can see both the text on the page and the story editor. That text is so small that you won't be able to see this very well. But I am just going to grab some of this text up here, like the end of that paragraph and delete it. You'll see a slight pause and then as soon as you're done in the Story Editor, as soon as InDesign recognizes that you have paused for a moment, it updates the document page behind it.

I mentioned earlier that you can use Command+Y or Ctrl+Y to open the Story Editor, you can also use the same thing to switch out of the Story Editor. This turns out to be very useful, because I can select some text inside the Story Editor and then press Command+Y or Ctrl+Y and it swaps back to the document page and synchronizes the selection. The same words are selected here that were selected in the Story Editor. That turns out to be very useful thing and you'll see this, the more you are using Story Editor. I will select some text here on the page, press Command+Y and it opens Story Editor and immediately synchronizes the selection, so the same words are selected here.

Story Editor is great whenever you're dealing with really tiny text or text that's in a very wide text frame that's really hard to see all the text at the same time, but it's also great when you have so much text that it can't fit inside the frame. In this text frame, the story is overset, it can't fit inside the frame, but I can see it inside Story Editor. Story Editor knows no bounds. So if I scroll down a little bit here you'll see all the overset text, all the stuff that has red next to it, that is overset it's not fitting inside the text frame, but I can still edit it, copy it and paste it, delete it whatever I need to do, I can work with it inside the Story Editor.

Since I'm talking about an editorial type feature like Story Editor, I also want to point out the Info panel. I will go to the Window menu and choose Info and that opens the Info panel. The Info panel is interesting especially at the bottom where it shows how much text is selected. If I select this sentence you can see that the Info panel updates to show me that they're 65 Characters, 11 Words, 1 Line and 1 Paragraph selected. If I deselect the text, so the text cursor is just flashing inside the story, it updates to show me all the text in the story.

That is, this has 194 Words, plus 1242. What's that plus? Well, that's how much text is overset. How many Words are outside this text story? But if you do a lot of editorial work, you know that that kind of Word Count is really useful. Ultimately, whether you're editing really tiny 4 point text at the bottom of a legal contract or text on a path, or a long story, the Story Editor makes life so much easier.

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