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The three "Golden Rules"

The three "Golden Rules" provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Diane Bu… Show More

InDesign Tables In Depth (2012)

with Diane Burns

Video: The three "Golden Rules"

The three "Golden Rules" provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Diane Burns as part of the InDesign Tables In Depth (2012)
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  1. 1m 21s
    1. Introduction
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 11m 20s
    1. The three "Golden Rules"
      2m 45s
    2. Accessing table commands
      2m 20s
    3. Navigating and selecting tables
      3m 14s
    4. Where do tables come from?
      3m 1s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Positioning tables in a text frame
      5m 38s
    2. Setting table borders
      6m 3s
    3. Inserting and deleting rows and columns
      5m 22s
    4. Setting header and footer rows
      3m 20s
    5. Working with alternating strokes and fills
      7m 35s
    6. Setting row height and column width
      7m 13s
    7. Formatting text in a cell
      4m 51s
    8. Positioning text in a cell
      3m 50s
    9. Mastering row and column strokes
      11m 31s
    10. Working with cell fills
      4m 28s
    11. Setting diagonal lines in tables
      2m 57s
  4. 22m 55s
    1. Merging and splitting cells
      4m 16s
    2. Creating tables with rounded-corner borders
      5m 33s
    3. Rotating text in a cell
      6m 13s
    4. Using gradients in tables
      4m 28s
    5. Dealing with overset text
      2m 25s
  5. 25m 55s
    1. Understanding the limitations of table and cell styles
      4m 28s
    2. Setting up and applying cell styles
      8m 21s
    3. Setting up and applying table styles
      7m 15s
    4. Using cell styles to "clean up" table styles
      5m 51s
  6. 18m 13s
    1. Working with linked files
      11m 55s
    2. Using Cut and Paste to update table data
      6m 18s
  7. 16m 41s
    1. Placing images in tables
      8m 33s
    2. Using graphics frames in tables
      8m 8s
  8. 16m 54s
    1. Using shapes to change cell corners
      8m 2s
    2. Creating infographics with tables
      8m 52s
  9. 17m 36s
    1. Simplifying complex text frames with tables
      5m 59s
    2. Setting up images and captions with tables
      6m 33s
    3. Creating pull quotes and design objects using tables
      5m 4s
  10. 12m 2s
    1. Comparing table styling for best export results
      6m 58s
    2. Converting tables to graphics for export
      5m 4s
  11. 50s
    1. Next steps

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The three "Golden Rules"
Video Duration: 2m 45s 3h 26m Intermediate


The three "Golden Rules" provides you with in-depth training on Design. Taught by Diane Burns as part of the InDesign Tables In Depth (2012)

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This course explores the powerful but occasionally mysterious table features in InDesign, illustrating how they can be used efficiently and to their best advantage. Author Diane Burns demonstrates how to set up a table, format it using Table commands, and capture that formatting in table styles as well as how to work with images and update the information in tables without losing formatting. The course also shows how to use tables that don't look like tables to offer solutions to layout problems, like setting up images and captions or simplifying complex text frames.

Topics include:
  • Navigating and selecting tables
  • Positioning tables
  • Inserting and deleting rows and columns
  • Adding header and footer rows, fills, strokes, and borders
  • Dealing with overset text
  • Applying cell and table styles
  • Using tables to streamline graphic design work
  • Creating infographics with tables
  • Creating pull quotes and design objects using tables
  • Exporting tables to EPUB and HTML

The three "Golden Rules"

If you're new to InDesign tables, there are three things you need to know to get started. I like to call these the golden rules of tables. I'm going to switch from Preview into Normal mode here. The first golden rule is that an InDesign table it's always inside a text frame. It's not a stand-alone object on its own. The frame may be larger than the table or even narrower or if I close up this frame and you get text overset, I can just click on the Overset icon and create a new text frame and the table comes along with it.

Regardless of the size of your text frame, the table always comes along with it I'm going to delete the second frame and open this up a little bit. The other about InDesign tables, is that they behave like an in-line object. I just double-click on this text frame and you can see that I have this long black blinking cursor to the right of the table, I'm going to press the left arrow key and when I press the Return key the table moves down just like an in-line object. I'm going to make this frame a little bit larger I have some text over here on the pasteboard, I'm going to select it and copy it into the clipboard and if I paste this text in front of the table it also moves down, so it's just like an in-line object in that way, the table moves along with the text in front of it.

The second golden rule is that InDesign tables can only be selected with a Type tool. If I try to select this table with the Selection tool, well, I'm selecting the text frame that it's in. Even the direct select tool doesn't help. I have to use the Type tool I'm going to press the letter T to switch to the Type tool and now I can go in and select any part of this table and apply formatting to it. I can select individual cells or row or column or any part of it that I want to, but it has to be the Type tool, I'm going to switch back into Preview mode.

And now the third golden rule is really more something to keep in mind even sometimes for more experienced users and that is be clear on the difference between table level formatting and cell level formatting. Table level formatting includes things like this border that goes around the entire table or these alternating fill patterns are applied at a table level. Cell level formatting includes things like the positioning of the text within this frame or these row strokes that you see here. This distinction is even reflected on the Table menu.

If we hold down the Table menu, we can see we have Table Options and Cell Options. This distinction is important when you're formatting tables and it becomes really important, when you start working with table styles and cell styles and it even comes into play when we export to EPUB in HTML things will be covering in other videos. Once you follow these golden rules, you we'll be able to utilize InDesign's incredibly useful table features.

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