Writers and editors: This InDesign course is for you. Learn how to efficiently edit and format text, navigate a document, and overcome common problems when working with text in InDesign.
- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Nigel French. In this course, we'll look at the essential InDesign skills that editors, journalists, and copywriters need to know. If you're responsible for making edits in layouts created by someone else, then this is the course for you. This course assumes that you have little or no InDesign experience. I'll start with the very basics like opening and saving, viewing and navigating documents, and recovering from mistakes.
If you already know this basic stuff, you might want to skip the first chapter. But then again, there might be a few useful tips in there. After this orientation, we'll move onto text selection and editing, and how to solve common problems, and how to control the way paragraphs break. We'll also look at the tools and panels created with editors and writers in mind. As we go, we'll build an understanding of how InDesign documents are constructed so that we can edit them more efficiently.
Let's get started.
Author and designer Nigel French explains how to set up an "editorial workspace" that puts the tools you need most at close reach. He then moves on to selecting and editing text in InDesign: changing case, adding special characters, formatting lists, and inserting breaks. He also shows how to use the Story Editor, Notes, and the Track Changes feature, and explains how InDesign documents are constructed, so that you can edit them with more confidence.
- Opening and saving InDesign documents
- Creating an editorial workspace
- Using guides and nonprinting visual aids
- Selecting and editing text
- Changing case
- Accessing special characters
- Working with bulleted and numbered lists
- Checking spelling
- Working with Notes and Track Changes
- Understanding the underlying structure of an InDesign file
- Controlling text breaks