Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Saving a custom workspace, part of Designing a Magazine Layout.
Female speaker: In this course, the author uses a custom workspace called Nigel for many of the videos. To create this custom workspace, start with the Typography workspace. Then remove Stroke, Gradient, Hyperlinks, Paragraph and finally the Character panel. Then go up to Window > Object & Layout, select Align and we are now going to add the Align panel by dragging and dropping it above the Swatches panel.
Close out the Pathfinder. Go back up to Window, select Links and drag and drop the Links panel below the Swatches panel. Return to the Window menu, select Info and drag and drop the Info panel. We turn again to the Window menu to add the Scripts panel which appears under the Automation menu item. If the Automation menu item is not visible, Click Show All Menu Items, then Click on Automation until the Scripts panel opens up. Drag and drop the Scripts panel above Text Wrap. Close out the other panels. For Script Label and Data Merge, they are not needed. Finally add the Objects Style panel to the bottom.
Then do a little reorganization to give yourself more defined panel groups by moving Object Styles up and Paragraph Styles down for one. Then move Story up above Scripts and move Text Wrap down and Scripts down until you have another defined group, there. Now you have a custom workspace that's conducive to the types of activities that will be completed in this course. As a last step, go back up to the Window and Workspace and save the new workspace. Type in a name and select OK.
At any time throughout the course, as panels get moved, shuffled around or even closed, you can simply reset the custom workspace to get back your ideal working environment.
- Identifying the common parts of a magazine feature article
- Creating an efficient workflow using Bridge
- Designing with bleeds and crossovers
- Creating and applying paragraph, character, and object styles
- Designing and working with a baseline grid
- Preflighting documents
- Creating print-ready PDFs
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: The instructor explains that doubling-clicking on an image while holding down the Option key on a Mac will automatically open the image in Photoshop. However, the image opens into Preview instead. Why is this happening?
A: Before this feature will work, the correct file type associations must be set up, so that TIFs and JPEGs open with Photoshop and not with Preview.
From the Finder, select any JPEG or TIF file, then Choose File > Get Info. From the Open With drop down menu, choose Photoshop and click the Change All button. Repeat this process for each of the different file types you want use. You need only do this once and it should work from now on.