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Working with panels


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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

with David Blatner

Video: Working with panels

Most of InDesign's features live in its panels and there are a lot of panels in this program. For example, here is the Pages panel and the Layers panel, and the Links panel, and since you're going to be looking at these panels a lot, you should know how to manage them efficiently. By the way, the word panels is kind of new and many people still call these palettes, so if you hear someone say palette, maybe I'll say palette, maybe sometimes it sneaks out, just smile and know that panels and palettes are the same thing.
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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

Working with panels

Most of InDesign's features live in its panels and there are a lot of panels in this program. For example, here is the Pages panel and the Layers panel, and the Links panel, and since you're going to be looking at these panels a lot, you should know how to manage them efficiently. By the way, the word panels is kind of new and many people still call these palettes, so if you hear someone say palette, maybe I'll say palette, maybe sometimes it sneaks out, just smile and know that panels and palettes are the same thing.

Okay, when you first open InDesign, you see a list of panels along the right side of the screen and these panels all live in something called the dock. If I go to the Window menu I see a list of all my other panels, for example, I might want to use my Text Wrap panel, so I'll choose that and we'll see that this panel is now floating. I can move panels anywhere I want when they're floating. I can move it over to the left side of the page or the right side of the screen and so on, just by dragging the tab or the gray area at the top of the panel. I can even move it over to the right side and put it into the dock, and you do that by dragging it until you see a little blue line, the blue line means it's going to go here.

So I let go of it and now we can see the Text Wrap panel is docked. I'll click on it to open it and click on it to close again. If you find yourself using a panel often, you should definitely put it over in the dock, so it's easy to get to. Here are a couple of other things about panels that you should know about. First of all there's a double-headed arrow at the top of the dock and when you click on that it opens all the panels, so you can see them. Some people like that kind of thing. For example, I'll click on the Color tab and it opens the Color panel right there in front of me, that way there is no fuss of having to open and then close it again.

On the other hand I find that to be just kind of waste of space on the screen, so I'm going to click that double-arrow again and put it back into this mode where I just see the names. In fact, I don't even need to see the names, because after you've been using InDesign for more than two weeks, you're going to know what all these icons are. That's the Text Wrap panel icon, that's obviously the Color Swatches icon, and so on. So I don't need to see the names and I can hide them by dragging the left edge of the dock to the right. I'll simply place my cursor over that gray line and drag it to the right, until the names go away.

Now I just see the panel icons, which I just find a much more efficient use of screen real estate. Now, granted, sometimes I want those panels to be floating instead of in the dock, and I can do that by opening them and then dragging the tab out of the dock and onto the screen again, now it's floating. There is the Links panel and the Layers panel and the Pages panel, and so on. I could drag all of these out if I want. I can even make these little floating minimized versions if I want and then click on the double-arrow to expand it.

Positioning your panels is all about finding what you need as quickly and easily as possible but you'll find that you need different panels open at different times, when you're working with the text you need certain panels open, and when you're using interactive elements, you need different panels open. Fortunately InDesign has a feature called Workspaces, and you'll find the workspaces up here on the right side of the application bar, right now it's set to Essentials. If I click on that I can choose a different workspace and InDesign ships with a number of workspaces built in. For example, Advanced.

Advanced is not really advanced, it just shows a different set of panels on the screen. Now when I go back to the Essentials workspace, you'll see it's exactly the way it was when I left it, but this is kind of a mess, so I'd like to clean it up. So I'm going to go back to the Workspace menu and choose Reset, reset means put it back to the way it was when it was first created, when this workspace was fresh. There we go, back to its original form. Okay, so once you have your panels set up just the way you want them, you're going to want to turn your focus to your document and how to control, how InDesign displays artwork and page items.

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