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Using column guides

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Video: Using column guides

Every document has at least one set of purple column guides that described what the left edge and the right edge of the text column is. They are just guides, so you can ignore them if you want and put your text anywhere on the page but guides are excellent for increasing productivity and ensuring consistency throughout a document. If I go to the File menu and choose New Document, I can set my column guides for a new document here. I will set this to three columns and make the Gutter, let's say 1p6 in between each column, click OK and we can see that we now have a set of 6 column guides. Each one of these purple column guides denotes an individual text column but what if you have already created your document and you want to add guides to it.

Using column guides

Every document has at least one set of purple column guides that described what the left edge and the right edge of the text column is. They are just guides, so you can ignore them if you want and put your text anywhere on the page but guides are excellent for increasing productivity and ensuring consistency throughout a document. If I go to the File menu and choose New Document, I can set my column guides for a new document here. I will set this to three columns and make the Gutter, let's say 1p6 in between each column, click OK and we can see that we now have a set of 6 column guides. Each one of these purple column guides denotes an individual text column but what if you have already created your document and you want to add guides to it.

Let's go back to the Choco_catalog document and I am going to open the Pages panel and I am going to double click on page three to jump right to that page. Close the Pages panel so we can see more of our page and I would like to add some column guides on this page. Because just this page is selected in the Pages panel because I double clicked on it, any changes I make will apply to only this page. I will go to the Layout menu. I will choose Margins and Columns and I am going to increase this to a three column layout. The Preview check box is turned so we can actually see the columns show up on the page. I am going to set the Gutter to let's say 3p between. Click OK. Looks pretty good and we can see that the guides are just guides, they are not affecting anything on the page but they do let us snap things to them very quickly. I will just grab these objects and snap them to guides and that just gives us a little bit more consistent, more finished look.

Now one of the coolest things about column guides in InDesign is that you can change the column guides and the objects on the page can change too. In order to do that, you have to turn on Layout Adjustment. So I will choose Layout Adjustment from the Layout menu, enable Layout Adjustment. Click OK and now any changes I make to these columns will actually affect the objects on the page themselves. I will go back to Margins and Columns and I will set this Gutter to something smaller maybe 2p. Click OK and you can see that immediately the Gutter has got smaller and all the objects got bigger. They actually stretched in order to fit the new Width. I will open the Pages panel and double click on Page two to go over to it and I am going to see that on this page I have two columns but they are not evenly spread out. You see this one is little bit further to the right than this one. I can really see that by going to the Layout menu, going to Margins and Columns and I am going to set for this to a two column layout and it's just affecting this one page. In this design, the text column needs to move a little bit further to the right but you can click and drag all you want and you cannot drag those column guides, very frustrating but there is a secret. The secret is you go to the View menu, scroll down to Grids and Guides and then turn off Lock Column Guides. When that's turned off, now suddenly you can drag those anywhere you want.

I will just drag that right over until it snaps against the side of that object there. Why don't I just drag this over a little bit to the right, so it snaps against that object as well? So this text frame is snapping against the guide, this one is snapping against guide, this one snapped against the guide while I am at it when I drag that until it snaps over to against guide as well. So now I have a lot more consistency in my layout. I know that all the objects are aligning just the way I want them to and again if I later went in and changed my Column Width for example maybe upped this to 3p, then suddenly it moves all those objects because Layer Adjustment is still turned on. When you are building a Structure Document with more than one column of text, such as a magazine or a newspaper, carefully positioning and managing your column guides can be a real lifesaver.

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InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics

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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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