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Using slugs

From: InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics

Video: Using slugs

Normally, when you have an object that's sitting out here off the side of the page on the pasteboard, it will not print, but sometimes you want those objects to print. For example, ad agencies and design firms commonly put their logo and contact information outside the page boundary. They want it to print on their client proofs and perhaps even on press, but they want it to get trimmed off so that it does not show up on the final printed piece. This is called adding a Slug. Let's see how to do it. I am going to scroll up here, and I am going to put a Slug above my page; I already have one made as a snippet. So I will go to the File menu, choose Place, grab my slug snippet and click Open. In this case, I want to put it in exact the same location as it was when it was originally created. So I am going to hold down the Option or Alt key when I click. That puts the snippet right back in its original location.

Using slugs

Normally, when you have an object that's sitting out here off the side of the page on the pasteboard, it will not print, but sometimes you want those objects to print. For example, ad agencies and design firms commonly put their logo and contact information outside the page boundary. They want it to print on their client proofs and perhaps even on press, but they want it to get trimmed off so that it does not show up on the final printed piece. This is called adding a Slug. Let's see how to do it. I am going to scroll up here, and I am going to put a Slug above my page; I already have one made as a snippet. So I will go to the File menu, choose Place, grab my slug snippet and click Open. In this case, I want to put it in exact the same location as it was when it was originally created. So I am going to hold down the Option or Alt key when I click. That puts the snippet right back in its original location.

I will Zoom into 200% by pressing Cmd+ 2 or Ctrl+2 on Windows, and we can see that it has the information about who created it, when it was created, when it was last printed; oh, the information here is not present when it was last printed, I better add that. I will go to the Type menu and choose Text Variables > Insert Variable > output date. You can see that all this information is set up as Text Variables, which I talked about in the Essential Training title. It even has a File Name variable, which will update if I ever save this as a different name. So this is great. I have got a Slug, its outside on the pasteboard, but it won't print because it's on the pasteboard. How do I tell InDesign to make it print? Well, if I go to the File menu and choose New Document, and then I click on More Options, you can see down at the bottom of the New Document dialog box there is an area for a Slug guide. Let's set this up to maybe 1 inch, just as the top. I will click OK, and you can see that InDesign makes my pages normal, but if I pan down, there is a blue Slug guide area at the top. If I put stuff in this area I can get it to print out. Pretty cool, huh.

Well, let's go ahead and switch back to our document and get this inside that Slug area. To do that, I need to go to the File menu, choose Document Setup, make sure that More Options has been turned on; it has here, and I can once again add a Slug guide at the top. I will make this 1 inch, click OK, and you can now see the Slug guide above. The next thing we need to do in order to get those Slugs to print is to go to the Print dialog box, go to Marks and Bleed, and make sure Include Slug Area is turned on. If that's on it will print, if it is off, it will get trimmed off.

Let me Cancel that and show you a couple more things that you can do with Slugs. First of all, if you want to see your final document but with the Slugs, you can go to the Application Bar and choose Slug. Here is the final trimmed document but with the Slug area. If you are making a PDF to send to somebody, you go to the File menu, choose Export, make sure this is set to PDF, and now in the PDF dialog box you also want to go to Marks and Bleeds and include your Slug Area. Once again, if you don't turn it on it's going to get trimmed off.

There is really no limit to what kind of items you can put in that Slug area. Anything that sits inside the area will be printed.

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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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