College of Engineering Training & Support
Adobe InDesign CS3/CS4
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Table of Contents
Working with Adobe Software...................................................Page 2
The Start Menu...........................................................................Page 3
The InDesign Interface...............................................................Page 4
The Panels..................................................................................Page 5
The Tools Palette........................................................................Page 6
Working with Views...................................................................Page 7
Project 1 - Creating a New Document........................................Page 8
Project 2 - Magazine Spread.......................................................Page 9
Project 3 - Newsletter Mailing....................................................Page 19
Project 4 - Event Program Booklet.............................................Page 26
Additional Resources..................................................................Page 31
Working With Adobe Software
Adobe provides many more products than simply Acrobat. Additionally, many of the documents created in each of these
various software programs are able to be imported and exported by one another. Some products can even import docu-
ments from other Microsoft products, such as those in the Microsoft Office Suite. Here is how Adobe InDesign interacts
with other Adobe products:
Used to create animations for various uses,
Create and modify PDF including the web. Add interactive content to
documents, manage document various projects as well.
reviews, create forms, and
make use of available security
Used to create professional print
and digital publishing documents.
Mainly used to edit and modify raster graphics
and images. Functions as a photo editing tool.
Main function as a vector drawing program.
Excellent for the creation of scalable graphics
Figure 1.1 - InDesign works with various Adobe software programs.
The InDesign File Type
Did you know?
The standard extension for Adobe InDesign documents is .indd. It is a unique file type to the InDesign software, how-
ever it can be interpreted by other Adobe programs, such as InCopy, which is collaboration software useful for managing
The Start Menu
Figure 1.2 - The InDesign Start Menu appears when launching the program.
The Start Menu will display on opening InDesign; however, you can turn this feature off by checking the box labeled
“Don’t Show Again”. The Start Menu allows you to view:
1. Recent Items - documents you’ve recently opened with InDesign. You can also choose to Open a document from here.
2. Tips on getting started.
3. New Document Creation - Create new documents as blank documents or implement the use of templates.
4. Adobe community - online forum support for members of the online Adobe Community.
The InDesign Interface
Figure 1.3 - Basic layout of the InDesign inter-
Upon opening InDesign for the first time, your screen will look similar to the screen shot above. The basic parts of the
InDesign interface consist of:
1. Panels - Panels are editing options for various aspects of your document (text, objects, etc.). Panels can be selected
from the Window menu and can be docked on your screen for quick use. See additional explanation on Page 5.
2. Tools Palette - Used to select and manipulating objects. See additional explanation on Page 6.
3. Document Window - window that displays your open documents.
4. Text/Object Properties Panel - additional panel for editing text and objects. Its default position is against the top of
the screen, however it can be repositioned.
5. Pasteboard - white space around your document. Objects placed here will not be visible on the final printed product
and can only be viewed in the Normal view on screen.
Panels are editing options for various aspects of your
document (text, objects, etc.).
You have many choices available to you for displaying pan-
els. You can move them independently around your screen
or dock them along the right side of your screen and change
the order in which they are displayed and grouped.
You can also add/remove visible Panels. Depending on the
Workspace option you have selected under the Windows
menu, there are more/less panels for you to select to dis-
play. We suggest using the Essentials Workspace setting.
This allows you access to most major Panels and gives you Figure 1.4 - Common
access to the more advanced settings. panels which will be
used throughout these
Panels can be selected from the Window drop down list
and can be docked on your screen for quick use. Available
• Assignments Sc
• Interactive The most common Panels being used in these tutorials
• Layers will be: Pages, Links, Swatches, Stroke, Color, Gradi-
• Links ent, Character, Paragraph, Paragraph Styles, Text
• Object & Layout Wrap, and Layers.
• Object Style
• Text Wrap
• Type & Tables
If you do not see all these options available under the
Window menu, click Window -> Workspace -> [Essen-
The Tools Palette
While you can move/re-dock the Tools Palette, it is not customizable.
By selecting a specific tool, you can also potentially view additional editing options at the top of the screen on the Object
Properties Panel. Besides the visible tools on the palette, there are also some additional hidden tools. These tools can be
viewed by holding down the left mouse button while selecting one of the visible tool buttons. The tools with additional
hidden options have a small black triangle located in the lower right corner of that tool button. The tools in the palette
.....Select Select - Selects/highlights the frame of an object; moves the frame
.....Direct Select Direct Select - Selects/highlights the content of a frame; used to edit the frame’s content
.....Pen Pen - Tool for drawing; useful for creating curved lines, etc.
.....Type Type - Tool for entering text
.....Pencil Pencil - freehand drawing tool
......Line Line - Tool for creating straight lines
.....Frame Frame - creates empty placeholders for objects
.....Shape Shapes - create various custom shapes
.....Rotate Rotate - rotate an object
.....Scale Scale - change the size of an object
.....Scissors Scissors - edit the frame of an object
.....Free Transform Free Transform - combines the capabilities of Rotate, Scale, and Shear
.....Gradient Gradient - add/edit a gradient
.....Gradient Feather Gradient Feather - soften an object by fading to transparent
.....Note Note - add notes to your documents
.....Eye Dropper Eye dropper - select a color from your document
Hand Tool - repositions the view of a page; doesn’t select objects on the page
.....Zoom Zoom - tool to get a close up view of a particular area in the document
.....Fill/Stroke Fill/Stroke - depicts if the interior or exterior of an object is currently being edited
.....Formatting Formatting - depicts if the text or an object container is active for editing
.....Apply Apply - quick application for objects
.....View View - changes the view of the page (normal/draft, preview/finished product, bleed, or
Figure 1.5 - the InDesign toolbar
Working with Views
Before we continue with the tutorials, one important aspect of InDesign we should discuss are the View options available
on the Tool Palette. The four available view options are:
Normal View can be considered a draft view. It shows you all objects
that appear on your document as well as those that are on the Paste-
Figure 1.6 - View op- Preview shows you what your document will look like when printed.
tions available on the
Bleed View includes the bleed guides (if applicable) in a preview of
Bleed View your document.
Slug View includes the slug (if applicable) in a preview of your docu-
Slug View ment.
Note that Bleed and Slug Views are only useful if you have a bleed and/or slug in your document. These views will
not display any differently than the Preview view if no bleed/slug exists in your document.
Below are examples of the same document with different views:
Normal View Preview Bleed View
Figure 1.7 - Looking at a single document under
Slug View the various views that are available in InDesign.
What is a Bleed? What is a Slug?
A bleed is a guide created around the outside of your print- The slug is used to place additional information or notes.
ed document which extends off the defined page size. It is This area can be used for document identification (like a
used to ensure that backgrounds and images meant to print title or date) and can also be used for document specifica-
to the edge of the paper will display correctly when your tions or any other notes that might be useful or needed by a
document is cut to the correct size. Generally, a bleed guide professional printer or a client. Slug guides can be printed
is 1/8 inch in size around the outside of your document, by selecting Include Slug Area in your print settings.
however, check with your professional printer beforehand
to determine what bleed size they use. Bleeds and slugs are not necessary and not always required.
If printing on your own desktop printer, then a bleed and/or
slug guide may not be necessary.
Project 1 - Creating a New Document
Creating a new document with InDesign is relatively easy. Margins
1. Click File. Margins can be set the same way you would set your docu-
2. Select New -> Document ment’s height and width. Select the link button to ensure
that all margins are the same; deselect the link to set differ-
You can also choose Document from Template. This op- ent values for margins. For this example, leave the default
tion will open Adobe Bridge and take you to a selection of margins.
templates which are available for various media (books,
brochures, CD covers, etc.). If you need to make changes to margins, etc. at a later time,
you can access these elements under the Layout menu.
3. Set your number of pages. Select 4 for this
4. Set the width and height of your document.
In the Width box, type 8.375in
InDesign converts this measurement to 50
picas and 3 points (50p3).
5. In the Height box, type 10.875in
InDesign converts this to 65 picas and 3
The standard units of measure for profession-
al publications are picas and points, which is
what InDesign uses for measurements. (See
Page 31 for more info)
You can type measurements in any supported
unit of measure including inches, millimeters,
etc. and InDesign will auto convert them
into picas/points. For example, three inches,
typed as: 3in will be converted by InDesign
to 18 picas since 1 inch = 6 Picas.
5. Set the Columns number to 3.
6. Click OK. Figure 1.8 - The New Document window allows you to create custom
document settings and to save them for continued use with Presets.
Project 2 - Magazine Spread
Taking your newly make document, we can now create a If your rulers along the top and left of your Pasteboard are
spread for a magazine. not visible:
1. From the main menu, select View -> Show Rulers.
Master Pages Your rulers will generally default to pica measurements. To
A master page can be used as a template for your docu-
change the standard of measure for your rulers:
ment. You can set a basic layout and include various ele-
1. Right click the crosshair where the two rulers intersect at
ments (page numbers, guides, etc.) which will appear on
the top of the Pasteboard.
all pages connected to that master. With the use of multiple
2. Select your desired unit of measure from the drop down
master pages, you can incorporate various elements to your
Adding Guides to Your Master Pages
Figure 2.1 - Changing the
unit of measure for rulers
What is a Guide?
A guide is a non-printing line that you can apply to your
layout in order to line up elements precisely.
1. Double click the A-Master in the Pages Panel.
2. Choose Layout -> Create Guides Sc
Your rulers will now change to the desired unit of measure.
3. Select Preview.
4. For Rows, enter 8 and 0 for Gutters.
5. Set Columns to 3.
Master Pages - Adding Elements
5. For Fit Guides To, select Margins. Let’s add a footer with a page number placeholder to the
bottom of our master pages.
Setting the guides to margins will fit the guides in our us-
able space as opposed to the entire page boundaries. We 1. Select the Type Tool.
already have column guides so we do not need to add these.
2. On the bottom of the left page under the first column, left
click and drag to create a text frame.
Guides can also be dragged from the horizontal & vertical 3. Type the title for our footer Flavors of Summer.
rulers onto individual document pages on specific layers. 4. Set the cursor right before the “F” in the Flavors.
5. Select Type -> Insert Special Characters -> Markers
We want to keep our guides from accidentally moving, so -> Current Page Number.
we’ll lock them in place. An “A” marking the place holder for a page number will
6. From the main menu area, select View -> Grids & appear.
Guides -> Lock Guides. 6. Choose the Selection Tool from the Toolbar.
7. Select the text frame you just created.
Altering Rulers and Guides 8. In the Character Panel, select Times for the font and set
When your guides are not locked, you can freely move the font size to 10 pt.
them around by left clicking with your mouse and dragging 9. Reposition your text box to sit below the first column on
the guide lines around the screen. the left page if necessary.
We don’t want the text in this frame to sit flush with the
You can also change the colors of your guides if you wish: column and instead want it to appear slightly below. We
1. With the Selection Tool, left click the guide in question. can accomplish this without moving the frame.
2. Right click and select Ruler Guides. 10. Right click the text frame.
3. Select the color from the drop down list. 11. Select Text Frame Options.
4. Click OK.
12. Select Preview.
13. Select Align -> Bottom. To import a master page from a source document:
14. Click OK. 1. In the Pages Panel menu, select Load Master Pages.
15. Copy the text frame and place under the 3rd column on 2. Select the InDesign document from which you want to
the right page. import the master page(s).
16. With the Selection Tool, double click the frame. 3. Click Open.
17. Delete the text Flavors of Summer and retype it in
front of the page number placeholder. Once the master page(s) has been imported from a source
18. Select the Paragraph Panel and set alignment to Align document, a link to the source document will be estab-
19. Save your document.
Frames and Layers
First, we’ll set up layers in our document and then create
frames to hold our content.
Figure 2.2 - Adding a footer to our master pages which
includes a page number placeholder What is a layer?
Layers are basically transparent levels of a document which
can hold various forms of content within your document.
Creating Master Pages You can arrange your layers however you wish. By arrang-
If you want to incorporate various elements in your docu-
ing various types of content on multiple stacked levels, you
ment by using multiple master pages, you can add addition-
can edit certain elements within your document without
al master pages to your document.
disturbing others. Additionally, layers allow you to create
multiple designs within one document with the use of hid-
1. In the Pages Panel menu, select New Master.
Figure 2.3 - Accessing the Editing Layers
Pages Panel Menu button 1. Click the Layers Panel on the right side of Panel op-
tions. If the Layers panel is not visible, click Window and
2. Name your master and select a prefix. then Layers.
3. If your new master is to be a child of an existing parent
master (meaning it will include the elements of the exist- You can leave the Layers panel free floating, or dock it with
ing master it will be based on) then select the parent master the rest of the Panels for continued use.
page. 2. On the Layers window, click the Create New Layer but-
4. Select the number of pages for the master spread. ton, which looks like a sheet of paper.
5. Click OK. 3. Click the Create New Layer button again to have a total
6. Apply the new master page to existing pages or apply it of 3 layers in the document.
to newly created pages in your document.
Importing Master Pages
You can also import Master Pages from any InDesign docu-
ment to another, regardless of which version of InDesign
Figure 2.4 - Create 3 layers
was used to create the documents. using the Layers Panel
If your destination document contains already existing
master pages that do not exist in the source document, your
existing master pages will remain unchanged.
If you have a master page with the same name in the source
and destination documents, you will be prompted to either Each layer is a different color and objects placed on each
replace the destination master will the source master page, layer will have a corresponding colored frame around them
or rename the master page being imported. to denote which layer they are residing on. The pen symbol
indicates which layer is currently selected. 6. From the menu, click File -> Save to save your docu-
We want to easily identify which objects should be placed
on each layer, so let’s rename these layers to reflect our
4. Double click Layer 1. A window for that layer’s options
should appear. Rename this layer Background.
5. Click OK. Figure 2.7 - two frames
on our first page of our
Figure 2.5 - Renaming our
6. Repeat steps 4-5, renaming the next two layers as
Graphics and Text.
Did you know?
You can lock your layers in order to keep objects on that Add Text
layer in place. You can draw a text frame with the Type Tool and simply
start typing inside of the frame. However, you can also im-
To lock a layer: port a copy of text from an existing document in Microsoft
Simply left click on the open box next to the eye icon. A Word.
lock icon will appear to denote that your layer and all the
contents on that layer are now locked into place.
1. From the menu bar, click File -> Place.
2. Select the Project2DummyText.docx file.
Your cursor now becomes “loaded” with the text. Click
inside the green text frame. The frame will now populate
with your text.
Figure 2.6 - Locking a layer
Left click the lock icon to make it disappear and make your
Creating Frames Figure 2.8 - loaded text
Frames are placeholders for images and text. We’ll use
pointer. Click to add to
frames to lay out our content on the page. your text frame.
1. On the Pages Panel, double click Page 1 to exit the Mas-
ter Pages. From the toolbar, select the Rectangular Frame
2. About halfway down our first page, click and drag across
the two right-most columns and fill the space.
3. Create another frame to cover all 3 columns on the top
half of the page.
4. We want this 2nd frame to be part of the Background
Figure 2.9 - Loaded
layer, so click the green square to the right of the pen sym- text is placed within
bol. the pre-placed frame.
5. Click and drag the square to the Background Layer and
release. Your frame should have changed now to a light
Did you know? Renaming custom colors helps identify them for specific
If you select an existing frame and use the Place command, portions of your layouts.
the cursor will not become loaded with text - instead, your
text will auto-populate the frame you’ve selected. 13. Double click the swatch we just added.
14. In the dialogue box, uncheck Name with Color Value.
Now we want to create a title for the magazine article. 15. Rename your swatch as Intro Orange.
1. Select the Text layer in the Layers Panel. 16. Click OK.
2. Click the Type Tool. Now we want to change how the title appears. We want it
3. Click and drag on your Pasteboard to create a text box. to fit in the 1st column of the 1st page of the spread.
4. Type Flavors of Summer in the text box. 17. Right click on the “Flavors of Summer” text frame.
5. Highlight the words Flavors of. 18. Click Text Frame Options.
6. On the Object Properties Panel (below the menu), set the 19. Set the alignment of our text to Center.
size of the highlighted text to 30 pt and the font to Palatino
Regular and change the text to Small Caps.
7. In the Swatches Panel, select the formatting to affect the
text and click on the Paper (white) swatch.
8. Highlight the word Summer.
9. On the Object Properties Panel, set text size to 60 pt,
font to Palatino Regular, & select Small Caps.
Figure 2.13 -
Figure 2.10 - Setting Small Aligning our text
Caps. frame to center.
We want the word “Summer” an orange color, but there
isn’t a preset color in the Swatches panel, so we need to
create our own.
10. Click the Color Panel. Click the menu options button,
and make sure your color palette is set to CMYK colors.
20. Click OK.
21. Right click again on the Flavors of Summer text box.
Figure 2.11 22. Select Transform -> Rotate 90 Degrees CCW.
- Click this
button to access Figure 2.14 -
menu options Rotating our
on each panel. text frame.
Click to access
23. Align the text to the left side of the page.
11. Set the color parameters: C=0, M=34, Y=87, K=0.
24. Save your document.
Our highlighted text will change color. Now, we want to
save this orange color for later use.
Did you know?
You can select multiple objects on
12. Click the Swatches Panel and click the New Swatch
a page with the Selection Tool by:
button. Our orange color is now saved to our swatches.
1. Lasso - using the Selection
Tool, left click and drag your
Figure 2.12 - The Intro mouse over the objects you wish
Orange color is added
to select. The object frames will be
to our Swatches Panel.
visible, showing that they are now Figure 2.15 - Lasso
2. Shift+Click - using the Selection Tool, left click on one
object. To select another object at the same time, hold the 7. On the Layers Panel, lock the Text layer so we cannot
Shift key and continue left clicking. The object frames will accidentally edit it.
be visible, showing that they are now selected. 8. Click the Rectangle Tool and this time click and drag to
fill the empty space behind our article title with the same
colored blue rectangle.
9. Save your document.
Figure 2.16 - the first page of our spread.
Figure 2.18 - Adding a background to our document’s first page.
Adding Shapes Working With Text
The Shape Tool has a selection of different shapes. We’re Now that we’ve got the first page completed, we can con-
using rectangles to fill the background of our 1st page. tinue adding text. The first thing we’re going to do is work
with the text we’ve already placed.
1. Select the Background layer from the Layers Panel.
2. Select the Rectangle Tool from the Toolbar. 1. Click on the text box in the 3rd column on the first page.
3. Left click & drag a rectangle in the blank frame on the Notice the small red box at the bottom of this text box. This
1st page. means that there is more text available that isn’t visible -
4. Create a New Swatch in the Swatches Panel: C = 74, M continuing the text into another frame is called threading.
= 36, Y = 0, K = 0.
5. Rename this swatch BKG Blue. Figure 2.19 - Over-
flow text that needs
to be placed within
Switch from the rest of our docu-
Fill/Stroke color ment.
Switch from Container/
Text formatting 2. Click the small red box. Your mouse will now become a
loaded text icon.
Figure 2.17 - Creating a
Figure 2.20 - Loaded text frame ready to
6. Apply the Swatch to the fill of the rectangle. repeat the selected text from the begin-
ning of the document.
3. In the Pages Panel, double click the 2nd page.
4. On the 2nd page, position your mouse over the first col-
umn and left click. Figure 2.23 - Our completed
The text frames are threaded together and the text flows Drop Cap character.
into the next page.
5. Click that red box at the bottom of that column and place
mouse over 2nd column.
6. Click the 2nd column to continue adding text.
7. Continue adding text until the box at the bottom of the Adding Photos
next text frame is empty. We can add photos from various sources within the Adobe
8. Add another iteration of Project2DummyText.docx to Suite (Photoshop, PDF, etc.) as well as images with stan-
continue filling our pages with text. Add columns of over- dard extensions (.jpg, .gif, .eps, etc.).
flow until the 2nd iteration of this file is completely added.
9. Save your document. 1. Lock the Background Layer on the Layers Panel.
2. Select the Graphic Layer on the Layers Panel.
With a loaded text icon, you can also click and drag to 3. Select the Rectangle Frame Tool.
create the next text frame or click on an existing one to add 4. Draw a rectangle frame within the large open space
your text. above the article’s text.
Altering Text - Drop Cap
Now we want to add a drop cap to the first line of our ar-
ticle, just to make it a little more fancy.
1. Highlight the “L” in the first paragraph on the first page
of our spread.
2. On the Paragraph Panel, set the Drop Cap Characters
to 1 and Drop Cap Number of Lines to 3.
Figure 2.21 - Setting
our Drop Cap character.
Now our “L” is larger than the rest of the text.
It’s a little squished against the rest of our text, so let’s Figure 2.24 - Adding a frame to hold our graphic.
place some space after this character.
3. In the Character Panel, set the tracking to 50. 5. Select File -> Place.
Figure 2.22 - Setting the track-
6. Open the Photoshop file icecream1.psd.
ing on our Drop Cap character. Your photo will auto-populate the frame we just created. It
will still need some adjusting though to work in our space.
Now let’s change the font of this character and the color. 7. Select Object -> Fitting -> Fill Frame Proportionally
You can do this by simply highlighting the character and Our image now fills our frame, but it is too big. We need to
selecting a new font under the Character Panel, or you can downsize the object within the frame slightly.
use the Glyphs Panel to use a different font:
8. Select the Direct Selection Tool
from the Toolbar.
4. Select Type -> Glyphs.
9. Click on the image. You should get a light blue bor-
5. For the font, select Monotype Corsiva.
der around the image, which actually extends beyond our
6. Select Show: Alternatives for Selection and click on the
frame. We are now editing the image itself - NOT the frame
“L” in the Glyphs Panel.
in which it is placed.
7. Close the Glyphs Panel.
8. Select the Swatches Panel and choose our Intro Orange
9. Save your document.
outline of image Did you know?
Copy and Pasting an image will only create a static copy
of that image within your document. Since the image is not
Selection outline being imported (as it is with selecting File -> Place) no link
of frame holding
image is connected to the original document and therefore will
NOT be able to be updated if you make any changes to the
Let’s start by placing another image in our spread.
1. Open the Pages Panel.
2. Double click on Page 2.
Figure 2.25 - Editing the placement of our image within the frame by
using the Direct Selection Tool. 3. Select File -> Place.
4. Select eatingicecream.psd.
10. Left Click, and drag the image to fit better in our frame. 5. Click Open.
You can also just click and drag with the Direct Selection Your mouse now becomes a loaded graphic icon.
Tool to move the image around in the frame. 6. Left click anywhere once to place the photo. We will
11. Once the image is positioned as you would like, save reposition it in a minute.
Sc Figure 2.27 - Loaded graphic
The graphic is too large obviously, so we need to scale it
Figure 2.26 down.
- Adding an 7. Right click on the image.
image to the 8. Select Transform -> Scale.
first page of
9. Check the Preview box to see our changes before we
article. commit to them.
10. Make sure the Link button is active and set the Scale X
The Scale Y will auto update.
Within InDesign, photos imported into your document
are linked to the original file. This means that if you make
updates to the original file elsewhere, you can choose to
update the link within InDesign to reflect these changes to
the original file without having to re-import the object in
If original files are moved to a different location (new
folder, etc.) then you may have to manually re-link to the
file before updates can be made with InDesign. Re-linking
to an original file can be accomplished in the Links Panel Figure 2.28 - Our photo is now scaled within our document.
11. Click OK.
Our text is in front of the image now because the Text
Layer is above our Graphic Layer. (If it were behind our
Graphic Layer, the image would appear as if it were sitting
on top of the text. However, the text behind the image itself
would still not be visible.)
We want to see all of the text and the image too. We can
accomplish this task by wrapping the text around our im-
age. The process is somewhat similar to wrapping text in a
program such as Microsoft Word.
First though, we want to reposition the image.
Figure 2.31 - Text wrapping applied to our photo.
The Text Layer is currently on top of our Graphic Layer. Now let’s make some changes to our original image in
You could mess with moving around the order of the Text another program and see how InDesign updates these
and Graphic Layers on the Layers Panel, but there is an changes.
easier way to do this - we can simply lock the Text Layer
in place, which allows us to freely move objects on other 1. Save your document.
layers around it without disturbing the placement of items 2. Open eatingicecream.psd in Adobe Photoshop.
on our Text Layer. 3. With the Magic Wand tool, select the red shirt of the girl
12. On the Layers Panel, lock the Text Layer by clicking
the empty box next to the eye icon. Sc
on the right.
4. Select Image -> Adjustments -> Photo Filter.
5. Set the Density to 100% and choose a photo filter. This
example uses the Deep Emerald filter.
Figure 2.29 - Lock your
Text Layer. 6. Once you’ve made your selection, click OK.
7. Save the image in Photoshop.
Now that our Text Layer is locked, let’s continue editing 8. Return to InDesign.
our photo. 9. Select the Links Panel.
13. Reposition the photo to approximately the center of Notice the exclamation point next to the image’s name. In-
Page 2. Design is alerting you that the original needs changed and
Now, we need to text wrap our image in order for the photo you can choose to update your link.
to be clearly seen.
14. Select the Text Wrap Panel.
15. Select Wrap Around Bounding Box.
16. Make sure the Link button is active.
17. Enter 0p5 in any of the Offset settings.
Figure 2.32 - Updating our
Select how photo’s link.
your text will
wrap 0p5 0p5 Size increments
0p5 0p5 for each side of
The chain icon shows that all
sides will change equally
Figure 2.30 - Working with Text Wrap options. Click here to update
Your text now wraps around your image and includes a buf- 10. Click the Update Link button at the bottom of the
fer area of white space around it as well. Links Panel.
Your photo is now updated in the magazine spread.
Advanced Exploration - Autonumbering
You can create consecutive captions for figures and tables
within your document. You can also add descriptive labels
to your autonumbering, such as “Figure” or “Table”. To
accomplish this, you will need to establish a new Paragraph
Style for an autonumbered list in your document. If you
don’t know how to create a Paragraph Style see page 20
on how to create one.
1. Create a new Paragraph Style (see page 20 on how to
Figure 2.33 - The photo before and after our link has been 2. Under Bullets & Numbering, set List Type to
3. Set List to New List, name your list, but leave the de-
11. Save your document. faults selected and click OK.
12. Continue adding the rest of the pictures to your maga- 4. Under Format, select your desired formatting for your
zine spread: numbering (1,2,3...A,B,C,...etc.).
- icecream_kid.jpg 5. In the Number Box, set the formatting for how you’d
- icecream_sky.jpg like your list to appear.
Experiment with placement, text wrapping, etc. For example, to create a “Figure A” style, type “Figure”
13. Save your document. and a space before the numbering placeholder (such as
Figure ^#.^t). This adds the word “Figure” followed by a
Explore on Your Own number (^#), a period, and a tab (^t).
You can also layer text to wrap like your images. Try plac-
ing a text box beneath the eatingicecream.psd image and
insert some filler text. Apply text wrapping to this text
frame and see what happens!
Figure 2.35 - Setting up your Paragraph Style for Autonumbered
“To include chapter numbers in running captions, choose
Figure 2.34 - Adding text wrap to another text frame to cre- Insert Placeholder From Chapter Number from the Number
ate a layered effect within our document. list, or enter ^h where you want the chapter number to ap-
pear in the number scheme.”
6. Finish your setting selections and click OK. Did you know?
If your photos look grainy or blocky, it could be because
Once your style is saved, you can apply it to your captions. InDesign is using a lower display setting (this setting will
not affect how your document prints - only how quickly it
will load in InDesign itself).
Want to turn up the display quality?
1. Simply right click anywhere on the Pasteboard or docu-
2. Select Display Performance -> High Quality Display
Your images should now display as they will appear in
Figure 2.36 - Sample of a document using an autonumbered list.
You can also group your caption to your image by selecting
both the object and the text frame (Shift + Click), then right
click and select the Group option. Now your caption will
move with your image.
Image using Typical Display.
Image using High Quality Display.
If you’re working in a group to create a publication and
aren’t working within a content management system, all
files (including linked images) must be in a place accessible
by the entire group. Your professional printer may also need
to have access to all files attached to your document.