Adobe InDesign Course - Class 02 (Workspace)

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Hi there! In this lesson youre  going to learn the different panels, and navigating through the layout of  Adobe InDesign, so lets get started.

So lets hit ‘create new’, and since our  objective is to learn more about the workspace, we wont pay heed to the settings of  the document here, so just hit create.

InDesigns workspace is divided into six segments.

On top, youll find the menu, which is a  pretty common occurrence, in any software, through which you can access the  different features InDesign offers.

On the left, is the toolbar to help you  achieve the maximum, from your document, so you find tools like, the text tool, the shape  tool in the form of rectangle, and ellipse tool.

You find the pen tool, the gradient tool, and  much more that youll learn in days to come.

All these tools will help you in  designing those lovely layouts, drawings, books, posters, and much more.

You see this button with  arrows facing to the right, once you click it, it will expand  the toolbar for a better view.

Click the button again, and  it will retract to one column.

Right below the button, youll  find a line, more like a divider. Click, hold, and drag it out to the paste  board, so yes, you can detach the toolbar, and this gray area around the  document is called the paste board.

You can put objects, that you  might need while you design, on the paste board, but that will not be printed.

Lets plug the toolbar back  to its original position.

On the right, youll find panels,  and much like the toolbar, these panels can be expanded and retracted, using a  similar button, that we used for our toolbar.

For specific reasons, these  panels take more space, because the information they help you with, is  much more than what you get with the toolbars, hence, there arent as many different  panels, as the tools in the toolbar.

You see this layers panel! I can  always drag it out to the paste board, and at this point, it is not  even plugged to the panel area.

Right now there are two columns  of panels, but you can have more, should you want to, but then its  going to take the document space, so ideally, it should be kept to  one, or a maximum of two columns.

To plug this layers panel to one of the  columns, Im going to take it to the column, and wait for this blue strip to appear. It  means, the column is ready to take the panel, and when you release the mouse button,  it will plug itself to the column.

To take one of the panels out, click, and hold the  divider line, and pull it out, and it will be out, and all these panels that you see here, can  be accessed, or shown, using the window menu.

There are many more panels that  are not showing at the moment, because you wont need all of them, all the  time. It is always best, to only have the panels that youll often use, like the pages  panel, or layers, or colors, or swatches.

Let me take you to window, and lets bring a  panel thats not out already. Lets go to styles, and then paragraph styles, and you  shall find it popping out here.

To plug it to the column, just drag it to the  column, wait for the blue strip to appear, and release, and there you go! Its  plugged, and ready to serve you.

This panel on top is the options bar. If you click this small cog on the right,  a pop-up will appear, with check boxes. From here, you can uncheck the options you dont  want, and they will disappear from the screen.

When you click the burger menu, its  the small icon with three stacked lines, it will show you different options, and let  me tell you that these options will change, depending upon the options on  top. Confused! Let me explain.

The options that you see on top are not  fixed, which means they will change, depending upon the tool I pick from the toolbar  on the left, so when I pick the page tool, you see the options on top have changed to different  options, pertaining to the selected tool.

Similarly, when I pick the gap tool here,  a different set of options appear on top. When I click the text tool, I get a wide variety  of options on top, and with the text tool, the options are also divided into two parts here,  so this one is the character formatting controls. Anything to do with the text, can be customized  using the options here, and the other one is the paragraph formatting controls, that deals  with alignments and leading, and columns etc.

At the bottom of the screen, is the status bar,  from where you can even change the view options.

At this point, the screen is at 72.55 percent  view. Click it, and change it to 75 percent, or to 400 percent, and its  gonna zoom-in to that view.

Lets bring it to 100. This is particularly  good for people with smaller screens, or the ones with eyesight issues. They can  have it zoomed-in to their requirement.

The status bar also tells you  details about the pages, so at the moment I have just one page  in the document, and the A-master.

This bar also tells you, if the  document has been saved or not.

You see, we created this document only a few  minutes ago, for this lesson. I havent saved it, because I dont really need to, and it gives  me that information here. It also gives me this workspace information here, basis my  actions on the document, so it understands, that it is digital publishing, that Im most  likely working on, and it reflects that here.

Lastly, it shows the pre-flight info. Preflight  is a feature that checks for errors, as you work. Displaying errors in real  time. Enabling the designer to fix problems throughout the design process.

All right, lets move on to the menu options on  top. The menu options are very self-explanatory. The first one is the file menu, that includes some of the basic commands  to create, open, and save documents.

It also includes the place  command, to import new content, and many options to control document  settings, exporting documents, and printing.

Then we have the edit menu. You can access many  commands for editing, and controlling selections, such as, copying, and keyboard shortcuts, the dictionary and spell  checker are also on this menu.

Layout is used to create guides. These options  help you lay elements on the page accurately, and properly align them. You can even use this  menu to navigate the documents, pages and spreads.

Then we have the type menu,  that lets you select fonts, and control characters in the layout. You  can access many settings, related to text, from this menu, which opens the associated  panel, where you make the changes.

Object helps you modifying the look,  and placement of objects, on the page. Which options are available on this menu, depends on which element youve selected in the  workspace, such as a text field, or an image.

Now we have the table menu,  which is used to create setup, modify, and control tables, on the page.

View can assist you in modifying the view  of the page, from this menu, including zooming-in, and out, as well as work with guides,  rulers, or grids, to help you lay out elements.

Window menu is used to open, and close  panels, or switch between open documents, and then we have the last  one, which is the help menu.

This menu is where you can access the help  documents for InDesign, and configure any plugins you have installed. There is one  feature of help menu, that I really love.

Suppose you want to go to cross references option,  but you just cant seem to find it in the menu, so what you can do is, in the  search bar, under help menu, type in cross references, and it will throw  a list of the occurrences of cross references.

Now, the moment you take your cursor  to any one option from the list, you see what happens! It highlights,  where in the menu, you can find it.

Lets test another one here.  Lets type in liquid layout. You see there are two occurrences of liquid  layout. Just hover your cursor to one of them, and it will show you where the option is sitting  under menu, so its a very powerful tool, particularly, for the ones who are new to  InDesign, and also for the forgetful ones.

When you go to window, and workspace, you will  find different workspaces that are divided, and preset, as per the needs of that work, and not just that, you can have your own  workspace as well, depending upon your needs.

Lets say, how I see my document right now, in  which I have CC libraries, and pages and paragraph styles on the right, and the rest of the panels on  the left. I want to always work with these panels, ready for me, so what Im going to do  is, go to window, and then workspace, and new workspace, and lets give it a  name, demo workspace, and Ill have the workspace to capture both, the panel  locations, and the menus, and hit okay.

My demo workspace is now saved, so  lets switch to another workspace here. Lets go to typography. You see, typography has  just one column of panels on the right, and it has these panels that I did not have on my workspace,  because I never used them, so let me switch back to my beloved demo workspace, and there you go!  All my settings are intact, like I saved them.

Im always at liberty to delete this  workspace, should I not want it, and to do that, I need to go to window, and  then workspace, and click delete workspace. From the drop down, lets select  demo workspace, and hit delete. The moment I delete it, my workspace switches  to the default one, which is essentials. Lets switch our workspace to essential classic, because  Im never happy without my options panel on top.

Another thing to note is that all our  documents are tabulated, so when I go to the tab of this document, and right click,  I have these many options to choose from. Lets select new document, and from the new  document window, lets hit create, and youll find the new document appearing in another tab,  so switching between document becomes very easy.

Lets close the new document, without saving it, and lastly, Id like to talk about split windows  feature. It sits at the bottom right of the status bar. It is useful, but often ignored,  which gives two views of the same document.

Let me grab the text tool, and type  in something here, and you can see the typing happening in both screens, so it works  really well for people with eyesight issues, and another big reason why this is useful is, when  highlighting the text, to change the text color.

Let me highlight the text,  and change its color to pink. You see its difficult to see the new  shade, without turning off the highlighter, thats because all colors are inverted,  when selected, as can be seen here.

The text looks green on the  highlighted screen, but in actuality, its pink. Youll be forced to deselect, to  view the new color, which can be time consuming, if you want to skim through a number of  different shades, to find the right one.

All right guys! That concludes our lesson. In the next one, well learn about pages, so stay  tuned, and Ill see you there, in just a moment.

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