Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video Underline and strikethrough effects, part of InDesign for the In-House Designer.
- [Instructor] There may come a time when you have to mark some text in a document as referring to something that's obsolete and for that you would use a strike through. Or you might want to underline something to call attention to it or you might want to create an effect that's as if you had used a highlighter to wipe through some text. So let's look at the methods for doing these things. Get your zoom tool and zoom in on this paragraph on the left hand page, get your type tool and just select this test 'online plant and insect identification guide'.
Now there are several different ways that you can find the controls for this but I want to point out to you that there is something really useful up here in your control panel, now this is so handy in so many ways, it is a panel and it has a panel menu like all the other panels but people tend to overlook it because it's way over there on the right side. And there is so much cool stuff there that I think we need to pay attention to it. So click on the panel menu and let's choose the strike through options first. Choose strike through if preview isn't checked check it so that you can see what's going on.
Well that's pretty straight forward, that's what you would expect for strike though right? The weight and offset, notice that those numbers are in parenthesis and that's InDesigns way of saying that these are default values, where does it get those, it's based on the size of the text. Increase the weight if you want to make it more pronounced and you'll see how it centers itself on the text which is kind of nice and once you see this happening you might think hey I could use that for a highlight couldn't I? Well, I'm going to spoil the surprise, this actually doesn't work for highlight but let me show you why.
Initially it takes on the color of the text but of course you can assign it another color roll down to the bottom of that list and choose yellow and then make the weight sufficient that it covers up the whole text, I think you already know what's going to happen but just to prove it click okay and it certainly strikes through the text. But you can see how this is not going to work as a highlight because the text disappears. Well undo this with a command z or control z and that's going to leave you with your text selected. But you know how to strike through and you know the appropriate settings to use, that's pretty simple and straight forward but let me show you some of the cool things you can do with underline.
And this is how you accomplish the highlight effect. Go back up to the control panel panel menu and this time choose underline options. Check underline on and you can see it automatically creates one and once again it figures out the weight and the offset based on the size of the text but of course you can change that. So if you want to make that a little wider if you want to push it a little bit away from the text, if you want to change the color of it you can certainly do that. You also have some choices of stroke style most of which don't make much sense as underline but some of them are kind of cute.
Maybe the little dots that's a little subtile but still visible, you'd probably want to make it bit thicker. Click okay, there you go. That's actually not bad. But undo control z of command z that gets rid of what we had and goes back to our text being selected. I want to show you how you can use underline as a way to create a highlight effect. Go back to the control panel menu, choose underline options again, turn underline on. You'll have to do that every time. It's just one of those things that doesn't stick.
Preview does though mercifully. That's good. For text color change it from text color to yellow. Good old highlight color and then increase the weight. Now when you have text selected and you change the color of the text or in this case the highlight you see kind of a negative of it. Blue is opposite of yellow. Let's try making this about oh 11 points and then you can start playing with the offset. It's making an underline so if you increase the offset value it assumes you want to push it down underline right.
So if you increase it it moves down. What we need to do is move it up so that it's centered on the type looks like if I make my weight about 13 points and my offset -4 that's pretty good. Now what you can't do is increase it's length left and right it's going to start and stop on the text. But that's okay so would a highlight. Click okay and then click back in the text and there is your highlight effect. It doesn't cover up the text like the strike through would and this is I think a really cute trick to highlight text literally make it look like somebody has hit it with a highlighter and it really stands out on the page.
Double click on your hand tool, you see how it catches you eye? So I want you to take from this that you have all these wonderful controls out here in the far right of your control panel. So now that you know that's there explore it. It can save you a lot of time, it can save you having to dig through menus for stuff and remember this trick about using underline for highlighting. Something I think you might not expect, but now you know the trick.
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