Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Add or edit text, part of InDesign CC 2018 Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Okay, we have our document open, but now we have a problem. It's mostly empty! Empty document not good. So, let's see how we can get some text in here and then edit it and format it. The main tool in InDesign for manipulating text is the type tool. That's this one in the tool panel over here. The one with a T on it. Now, the type tool lets me do two things in InDesign. It lets me create text frames, that is, frames that are going to contain text, and it also lets me edit the text inside those frames.
So, first, I'm going to take that type tool and I'm going to draw out a rectangle on my page. When I let go of the mouse button, you'll see that the type tool created a frame and the text cursor is flashing inside of there. So, now I can just start typing if I want. I just typed some gibberish in there. Now, in this case, I don't want to type all the text that I want to put in this frame. So, I'm going to delete this by selecting it with the type tool and then pressing the delete key on my keyboard. Instead, I want to place a text file.
And I can place a text file, or a Word file, or even an RTF file with fully formatted text inside any text frame. To do that, I go to the file menu and then chose place. Then, I chose the file that I want to import. In this case, it's this Word document. Then, I'll click open. That places all of the formatted text inside the text frame and that's because the text cursor was flashing in there when I placed it.
Now, not all the text could fit in here. In the lower right corner, I see a little red plus symbol. That means there is more text than can fit inside that frame but that's okay, I'll fix that later. Now up here, I have an empty text frame already. So I can click on that with the type tool and then place text inside of here by typing in it. I'll just type award winning lifestyle photography. Now, that text is too small. So I'm going to select it, once again but just dragging over it, and then I'll go up to the control panel.
The control panel is this panel that runs across the top of the screen. And this is probably the most important panel in InDesign because it lets you control all of your formatting. Both object and text formatting. And you'll see, that it changes depending on what you have selected on your page and what tool you're using. And when you have text selected, you also get two buttons over here on the left edge of the control panel. One for character formatting, that's the one with the little A, and one for paragraph formatting, that's the one with the paragraph symbol.
Now, the first thing I'll do, is center this text inside the frame. That's this button here, align center. Now let's switch back to the character formatting by pressing the A button. To change the font, I could chose the pop-up menu from this field here. Or I'll simply click inside of it and type the font that I know I want. In this case, it's D-I-N. That's a font that I've added from Adobe Typekit. I'll chose D-I-N 2014 bold simply by clicking on it. Now let's make it larger. This field over here is the font size and I could chose a font size out of this menu but in this case, I know I want exactly 19 points so I'll type that in here.
I can also change the leading, also called line spacing, down here. I'll set that to 19 as well. Now in this case, it's only one line of text so we don't see any change in the line spacing. Now let's change the color. I can do that by coming over here to the color fill menu. That's the little pop-up menu next to this black T. I'm going to scroll down in this list until I see a color swatch I like. For example, this gray color. There are other colors in here as well, including something called paper. And I just want to point out, paper is what InDesign calls white.
But I'm happy with my gray color. So, to close this menu, I simply click out here on the application window. Now, one last thing I'm going to change, I'm going to click on this button over here with the two capital Ts. That means make it all caps. Now, I'll click out here to deselect the text and I can see that that looks great! I'm going to make one more change to the text down here though. I'm going to select some text inside this frame and now, I want to zoom in so I can see it better. To do that, I'll chose the zoom tool at the bottom of the tool panel.
It's the one that looks like a little magnifying glass. And then I'll simply click and drag over that area. Great, now let's make this italic. To do that, I'll go back to my control panel and in this pop-up menu just below the font field, I can chose a different font from the family. In this case, I'll chose light italic. Now, another way to apply italic to text is to press command shift I on the Mac or control shift I on Windows. Now I'll go back to my type tool and click out here to see the result without it being selected.
Now, as you can see, there are many other features up in the control panel for formatting text. InDesign is a text and typography powerhouse. So, this document is starting to come together. But you know what Shakespeare would say about this? Word, words, words. Bring on the pictures! Okay, hold on Will, that's where we're headed next.
- Creating a new layout
- Inserting pages
- Adding text
- Inserting graphics
- Applying color and transparency
- Drawing and editing frames and paths
- Formatting objects
- Formatting text
- Creating styles for uniform formatting
- Building tables
- Adding links and interactivity
- Printing and exporting InDesign documents