Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Using layers, part of Creating Long Documents with InDesign.
Just like with styles, master pages, books, et cetera, layers are all about…organizing things, so you can exert control over many items at once, and…there are a lot of reasons why it's worth separating your page content into different layers.…For example, if you want to grab all the items on a spread, like all the photos…on this spread, I could kind of click around, and Shift + Click and try to grab…this one and struggle a little bit to do that, or instead, I can just go to the…Layers panel and just click on the square on the right-hand side, and then I…have all the photos on the Art layer at once, much easier.…
It's also common to have guides layers.…By putting guides on their own layer on master pages,…you can turn them on and off throughout your document and you can have multiple…independent sets of guides.…Like if you had a set of guides for the placing of art and another set of…guides for the text.…So, I can turn my Guides layers on and off.…Of course, you'll have to figure out a layer strategy that makes the most sense…
- Using text variables
- Creating templates for InDesign, InCopy, and Word
- Employing nested styles
- Creating GREP styles
- Managing color with swatches
- Building page elements with libraries and snippets
- Performing GREP find/changes
- Using InCopy workflows
- Tracking changes
- Adding footnotes and indexes
- Using InDesign book files
- Versioning documents with conditional text or object styles
- Preflighting documents
- Archiving a project
- Finding and installing useful scripts and plug-ins for frequent challenges
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Document Construction
3. Using Styles
4. Building and Revising Layouts
6. Long-Doc Infrastructure
8. Working With InDesign Books
9. Customizing Long Documents
10. Outputting Long Documents
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