InDesign III

By | October 24, 2019


In this guide you will:

  • Work with graphics and frames
  • Create and work with colour swatches
  • Explore effects
  • Arrange content in a document
  • Create and manage layers

BEFORE YOU START: Go to InDesign>Preferences>General>Make content aware fit

Working with images 

  • Choose File > Place to select a graphic. Click Open. 
    • If a frame was selected, the graphic is placed within the frame. 
    • You can create a frame as you place a graphic by clicking and dragging.
  • Flip graphics horizontally, vertically, or rotate them, in the Transform section of the Properties panel.
  • You can apply fitting commands found in the Properties panel.

Edit and resize content

  • To mask: Select the graphic with the Selection tool and drag a corner to resize the frame, hiding or revealing parts of the graphic.
  • To resize: Press Control+Shift or Command+Shift and drag a corner to resize the frame and the graphic together.
  • To modify the graphic only: Click the disc in the middle of the frame to edit. Press Escape to select the frame again.
  • To rotate: select an object with the Selection tool. Move the pointer just off a corner and the rotate arrow will appear.
  • To lock: Press Control+L or Command+L. To unlock an individual object, click the lock icon. To unlock all, choose Object > Unlock All 
  • To hide: Choose Object > Hide. To show content again, choose Object > Show.

Graphic linking

  • Choose Window > Links to open the Links panel
  • The Links panel contains the list of all the graphic files. 
  • Click the Relink button with a graphic selected and find a replacement image. all transformations performed in InDesign are preserved.
  • A graphic with a stop sign means it’s missing. To fix this issue, select the graphic in the Links panel, and click the Relink button.
  • A graphic with a yellow yield sign icon indicates it has been modified. To fix this issue, select the graphic in the Links panel, and click the Update Link button.

Save colors as swatches

  • Clicking the fill or stroke color in the Properties panel reveals the swatches.
  • Click the fill color in the Properties panel and select the Swatches option at the top of the panel. 
  • Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black (K) are printing inks that are mixed to create the final color on a printer.
  • With the Swatches option selected, click the New Swatch button at the bottom of the panel.
  • Double-click the new color swatch in the list of colors, change the name, and click OK to save.
  • Apply the new swatch by selecting artwork and clicking the swatch.

Add effects to an object

  • The effects are found in the Properties panel and Effects panel.
  • Select the object with the Selection tool.
  • Click the fx button in the Properties panel to open the Transparency and Effects drop-down menu. You can also open the Effects panel by choosing Window > Effects.
  • Click OK to apply the desired effect.

Grouping content

  • With the selection tool, select multiple objects by dragging across or Shift-click to select each object. 
  • Press cmnd+G or ctrl+G to group.
  • Double-click an object in a group to edit it individually. Press Escape to stop editing and regroup the objects.
  • To align objects, select an align option in the Align panel.

Arrange content with layers

Layers help managing content, organizing your content by graphics, text, or etc.

  • To hide a layer, click the eye icon in the Layers panel.
  • To rename a layer, double-click the layer name.
  • To create a new layer, click the Create New Layer icon
  • To lock a layer, click the blank area to the right of the eye icon

Add page numbers

Work on a master pages

  • Create a text frame and position it where you want the page number to appear. If your document has facing pages, create separate text frames for the left and right
  • Position the insertion point where you want the page number to appear, and then choose Type > Insert Special Character > Markers > Current Page Number.
  • Apply the master page to the document 

Save as template

If you like your design and want to keep all your InDesign settings throughout different iterations, you can save your work as a template!

To do that select: Save as>Template

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