Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Refining the calendar text, part of Designing a Calendar.
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In this movie, I'm going to make some refinements to the text. And I'm actually going to start by makig a change to the grid. If I tap W, we go to our preview, and we see that we currently have black strokes for the grid. Now the grid is sitting on top of the gradient. We can change the color of that to the intended color, and that is paper or white. And, I want to keep the stroke weight at 0.25. Secondly, let's come to the paragraph styles.
And I want to change the days. I originally went for 14 points on reflection, I think these should be 12 points. And I'd like the color to be paper as opposed to black. For the start month, we originally chose red just to make them stand out, but now that we have the gradient in place I'm going to change that to black. And then I would like to make another object style, which I can use to designate the start date of the month and also these columns that indicate the days of the week.
And if we look at the finish version you can see these are the things that I'm talking about here. So I am going to lock everything but the grid layer, and then I want to make sure that I select just that grid segment. And I'll come to Swatches, and I'll make sure that it has a white fill. I'll then come to Effects, and change the opacity of that white fill to 50%.
Then I will come to Object Styles, create a new object style and I will call this start month. I'll apply that to the selection. Now all I need to do is go and apply, to the other places where it's necessary. It is rather fiddly selecting these individual segments, so just be careful you have the right things selected. Its very easy to go wrong. And then I want that whole strip right there, that whole column.
And right there as well. Alright, let's just make sure I haven't missed any. Okay. And that gives me cause to want to change this text to being black as opposed to white. So now I'm going to come to paragraph styles days of the week.
We can edit that paragraph style character color and that can become black. Alright. I'm also going to add my background color. I don't have a bleed set up for this document, so I will create a bleed guide. Come to my document set up. I want to bleed three millimeters on all four sides. And if I tap my W key, I can now see that bleed guide.
I'm going to create a new layer, which I'll call background. And of course, this is going to go to the bottom of my stack of layers. I'll then tap the M key to choose my rectangle tool. I want to make sure that I have no stroke and a black fill. Actually, I don't want a black fill so much as I want a four-color black fill. So I'm going to create a new color for that. And I'm going to apply 40% cyan, magenta, yellow in addition to the 100% black. Now I can draw that.
From bleed guide to bleed guide. And there is my background. Of course my days of the month have now disappeared, so I'm just going to go and edit that paragraph style. And they are now going to become paper. And if I turn off my guides We can see that we're almost done. All that now need to do is add the year at the center of the circle.
- 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