Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding text to a circular grid, part of Designing a Calendar.
It's now that we're really going to see our hard work pay off. We do need to take care of one piece of business before we do that though. Let me just refer you to the finished version, you can see I have these three columns that are just for the days of the week. We need to exclude these from the text flow before we do anything else. So, coming to our work in progress, these columns are all just to the left of the guide as we move around the circle. So, what I'm going to do is select them, and I need to turn off my text thread.
So, I come to extras, hide text threads, and you see I have one column there selected. I'll hold down the Shift key, and select the second, and the third. Now Cmd or Ctrl+x to cut them, and now I'll Paste them back into place. And look what happens when I Paste them back in place, Cmd+Option+Shift+v. You can see that they remain threaded but they are now their own separate thread.
And everything else, if we turn back on the text threads, remains one thread but excluding those three columns. Right, now, let's move to the very top and I will come back and turn off my text threads. 2014 begins on a Wednesday, so I'm going to come down two columns, to the third concentric ring. I'm actually going to delete these first 2 frames, insert my cursor in there, and I'm just going to press return a few times.
You can see my cursor now moving through those different frames. You'll see why I did that in just a moment, now I'm going to come create a paragraph style, and this I will call Days. Basic character format, so I'm going to make it Myriad Pro Bold, 14 points. I want it to be centered within each of those frames. I also need it to be vertically centered, but that's something I'll have to achieve with an object style, which will be a separate step.
In terms of its number style I would prefer it to be a proportional old style number and then crucially, and here is a major part of the punchline, we need this to be auto-numbered. So numbers is the list type, I don't want anything after the number. I don't want to tab, I don't want to a period, I just want a number. And I can click OK now if I select all and apply that style you can see where we're going with this.
Alright, so there's one thing missing here, and that is that I need to, actually there's more than one thing missing, but the most obvious thing missing is that we just need one number per frame. So I'll come back and edit that style, come to my keep options, start paragraph in next frame, that takes care of that. I'll now come to my object styles, making sure I don't have any text selected before I do so, come to my object styles and I'm going to create an object style called box.
Text Frame General Options, it will be aligned centered, click OK. I'll now select all of those frames, and apply that object style to them. And after a brief pause, we'll now see that we have the text vertically centered within the frames. So now comes the fun part. We can just literally keep our finger on the return button until we move all the way around our circle.
Notice we're skipping those columns that we needed to skip. Notice also that, for example, this one down here, 109, that's been missed simply because the frame is too narrow to hold the text. But obviously once we modify this, there will be two digit numerals at most, and we're done. Now, for the next part, you will probably want a 2014 calendar at hand, just to verify that you know, things are, it's very easy to go wrong here, so I think actually before we change the start date of each of the months in this other separate text thread, I'll put in the days of the week.
So I'm going to come to my paragraph styles and I'll create a new paragraph style which I'll call days of week. I'll base it upon the days but I do not want any numbering. So now when I click OK, apply that style. One other thing I'll do, I'll just turn on my capslock so we make sure that everything is in uppercase. And I'm just now going to type m, t, pressing return after each one, and then I can select all of those. Come up to the next column paste, return, paste.
So we now need to designate the start of each month, I am going to come to January 1st and I am going to create a new paragraph style going to hold down my Option or Alt key and click on Create Paragraph Style. I'll call this Start Month, and there are two things I want to do here. I want to change the character color. Now I am going to end up using a different color from red, but for now I just want to make this distinct from the other style so, I'm going to use red for now. Importantly, bullets and numbering, I want to make sure that we are starting at one.
So we're restarting the count, every time we apply this paragraph style. And just to speed things up, I will come to the shortcut, and I will apply command number pad one to this. You need to keep a clear head about you here, and you might want to have a 2014 calendar handy as you do this, just to make sure that you're applying the right style at the right point. So that's going to be start month right there, that's not going to change the number, but now when we come to Number 32 that's obviously going to be February 1st, and I'll apply the style right there.
Command number pad one, and you can see that the numbering now updates. And then I'll come to the 29th of February; it's not a leap year, there is no 29th of February, that's actually the first of March. So I'll apply the start month style there and then I want to come to the 30th of March, that's the last one, so the 31st, no there are 31. See I'm losing track myself, there are 31 days in March, obviously that doesn't exist, that needs to be the 1st of April.
So I'll go ahead and make these changes and I will meet you back in the next movie for the next step.
- Observing different styles of calendars
- Installing and using the Calendar Wizard script for InDesign
- Placing and fitting images
- Adding text
- Working with grids and tables
- Creating the cover
- Preparing calendars for print