Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of InDesign: Color.
- Before we jump in and start learning about InDesign's color features, let me say a quick word about the exercise files available for you to use. If you're a premium member of the online training library, you have access to the exercise files that I'm going to be using throughout this training. The files have been broken down into chapters, and if you're following along, it's important to open the correct file for each chapter. These files have the same or similar names, but are in fact significantly different in order to show off or discuss particular features in the program.
To open a document, simply double-click on it. I should point out that if you're using an older version of InDesign than I am, you might have trouble opening my files. In that case, open the IDML file instead. In this case, I'm going to double-click this INDD file. If you see a dialogue box like this one that says there are missing or modified links, go ahead and click don't update links, as those files are not necessary for this particular exercise. Now if you see a dialogue box that says you're missing fonts, you can go ahead and replace them with fonts that you have on your own system.
Or, if you're an Adobe CC subscriber, and you have the Creative Cloud app running, then you can sync the fonts with Typekit. Just click this button. In just a few seconds, Creative Cloud downloads the fonts and installs them on your computer. One more thing about these files. At the end of each movie, after we've made changes and moved things around, then go up to the file menu and choose revert. That's what I do. That way you'll see a nice clean version of the document at the beginning of each movie.
Now the reason I do this is so that you can jump right to any movie you want, even if it's in the middle of a chapter and you won't be lost. On the other hand, if you're a monthly or an annual subscriber to the online training library, you won't have access to these files but you can still learn by either just watching what I do, or by following along using your own documents.
- RGB vs. CMYK
- Spot colors vs. process colors
- Applying colors
- Converting spot colors
- Creating swatches
- Exploring color with the Color Picker, Color Theme tool, and Adobe Color