Join Brian Wood for an in-depth discussion in this video Guide preferences, part of InDesign CS2 Beyond the Basics.
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Now, since we've been working with a lot of guides and column guides and that sort of thing, I want to show you a few preference settings that I utilize to kind of make your life a little bit easier. Takes us through things a little bit further. So we're going to go to some preferences, but first and foremost, what I'd like to do is open up the document here in your example files folder. Inside the Chapter 2 folder you should see the "brochure_baseline.indd" file. Now, throughout this whole chapter here we've been using this file. What I would like to do is, go to the first page of the document, take a look at the Pages palette; I am on the first page.
We're going to use this to do some alignments using guides, that sort of thing. Now, what I'd like to do is set a guide in the page. If we take a look we've got "JAVACO COFFEE COMPANION." I want to line that stuff up. There's a couple of ways we can do this; I can use my alignment methods or we can set a guide. We're going to use a guide. Come up to the top of your page, click and drag a guide out. I'm going to set it just above this information here. What I'd like to do is: we're going to align both these up. I'm going to zoom in so we can see what we are doing - Command-Spacebar, Mac, Control-Spacebar, Windows, gets us our Zoom tool - click, drag across. Lets get up in there.
What I want to do is move "COFFEE COMPANION" now, so if you look at "COFFEE COMPANION," I've got my black arrow selected, my Selection tool. I'm going to click on it to see my test frame. One thing about guides is this: if you move an object and it gets anywhere near a guide, once it comes kind of close to it, you'll feel it kind of snap in there. Now, sometimes that drives me crazy, cause you know, you may have wanted to move something just a little bit. Now I can use my arrow keys up and down, that sort of thing, to move objects and it will not snap in the guide. That's fine, but if I just want to drag it, kind of run into some things here.
So let's talk a little bit about some guide preferences. To do that, on the Mac we're going to come under InDesign in the menus, on Windows we're coming under Edit menu, come to Preferences, let's come right to Guides and Pasteboard, open that up. If you look inside of here you can see several preferences we can utilize. First of all you can set the Color for any guide - Column guides, Margin guides, whatever you want. I immediately attack these, because sometimes it's hard for me to differentiate between guides. If you look right here we've got the Magenta and Violet, I don't particularly care for those, but you know, it's something you get used to.
So the Bleed is great, it's red, you can see it. Preview Background, I always change this. If you look right here it says Light Gray. Hopefully you all know what the preview is. Preview is, if you look at your toolbox on the left here, Preview is clicking the Preview button down here and it does three things: it basically hides your pasteboard, cuts off the actual bleed, hides any guides, column guides, any margin guides, any of that, as well as hides your hidden characters when you type stuff. What I usually do if I do a background color for my preview I usually set it to about 50% gray.
That way it makes it a little bit easier to see, and for color managing purposes, that can be a little bit nicer too. If I come to Custom down at the bottom here - I apologize if it's coming at the very bottom. Clicking on Custom will allow me set a gray; by default it's set to 50% gray. So if I just click OK and take a look, I now have my 50% gray. When I enter Preview mode it's going to cut off everything outside the page and utilize that color. So this is just some nice color things you can do with your guides. Some other things you can do: if you look right here, your Snap to Zone.
This is a favorite of mine, because sometimes when you are moving things it's kind of rough to get it to move when it keeps snapping to guides. This right here is a pixel value. I used to wonder why, but everything on your screen is basically pixels for the most part. So if you want to actually make it to where you can drag something and get closer to the guide without it pulling in, you can lower this value. With the value selected you can type in another number, I'll say 2 pixels, I kind of like that value a little bit. That way I can get a little bit closer and when I'm 2 pixels away it will snap to the guide.
Another feature we have in here is Guide to Back, or Guides in the Back rather. This is a nice one, sometimes your guides get in the way. We can hide guides, that great, it's fine, but you can also put your guides to the back. That puts it behind all your content which is sort of a nice thing. So if I do my Snap to Zone to 2, set Guides to Back, click OK. Actually, you know what, one thing before we do this. This is something I always run into. If you hold down your Option key, Alt on Windows, you're going to notice your Cancel button turn to Reset. A lot of Adobe apps do this sort thing.
What it allows you to do, if you set some preferences in here and you decide, you know what, I want to the go back to the way they were, holding down Option on Mac or Alt on Windows, if I click Reset, it will take it back to the last saved preference settings. I do use that once in a while. It's kind of a nice little feature. So,sorry about that, let's get back in here. Let's click OK; we're going to set that up. If I look all of my guides are basically behind everything. To kind of prove this to you, I'm going to move some objects out here. I'm going to grab this image right here, just move out of the way.
Take a look, there are all my guides sitting behind everything. So I'm going to undo that, Edit>Undo, Command-Z, Control-Z, now what I can do if I grab another object and I move it, it will snap to the guides. And the way I can tell is that little white arrow shows up when I snap to a guide, which is kind nice. Something else that is really kind of nice is, if you want to move an object and you want to snap it to a guide in the center of the object, don't forget if you go under View, with all of your frame edges showing, if you take a look under Show Frame Edges, as long as these are showing, if I select an object and I can see its center point, I can select the center point, move an object, and I can snap that to a guide.
I can see a white arrow right there. Earlier, in some of the lessons we went through, talking about grid and guide placement when we did all the guides and everything, and I showed you how to do a centering guide, vertical and horizontal, this is a great way to center objects on the page. Just grab it by it's center icon right there, the little center button, click and drag and it will snap to the guide itself. So these are just some nice features that you can utilize when working with guides.
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