Understand the Workspace and Panels

Phil Ebiner
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Lecture description

Let's discuss the InDesign CC workspace and panels. It's time to begin demystifying and breaking down each part of InDesign so we can start understanding it better. 

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06:02:43 of on-demand video • Updated November 2019

  • You will learn how to design professional publications and graphics in InDesign
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English Hello everyone and welcome to this lecture. Now that we've created ourselves a little mini project and sort of you know just got our feet wet with the program. It's time to take a step back and start analyzing this program part by part, and starting to learn all these features. I know in that tutorial you probably just followed along by looking at what I did and then just you know doing the exact same thing, mimicking, which created a neat little end product, but it didn't teach you the creative side. So now we're actually back up, we're going explain all those tools, all those areas, all those sort of techniques that we used so that you can combine them into a way that you know you can use in the future to any creative whim that you have. That's the really powerful thing of learning this program and learning the tools themselves is that once you learn the tools you can create really anything that you want in the future by understanding those tools, and they don't become limitations they just become like an extension of your body where you can use them anywhere you want any way you like. So let's begin by just opening up Indesign and just starting to look around this program. So go ahead open it up and we're going to be presented with this screen first. All of this screen is doing is it showing you your past projects so you don't have to go to File-> Open or anything like that. You can literally just click on one of these screens and all it's going to do is it's going to just open it up. And then there you have it. You'll just be able to start editing right away. It's just a really sort of improve the speed of the workflow so you can jump into the production. So let's go back into that screen and let's do something first. Let's go up to help and then let's go down to about in design. This course is going to be running on Adobe Indesign 2017.1 on build 12.1 Now these numbers can be slightly different but if your before 2017.1 Go ahead and update your Adobe InDesign. So you're basically you know at the same point that we are and that will help you a lot. The build number really doesn't matter. Those are minor changes and hopefully in the future even like 2018 and 2019 should still work with this. If there's any big change we will go ahead and update the course, but just make sure that you're up to the latest version. Before we get started so that when we talk about these buttons they're in the same place and they do the same thing. So the next thing we're going to do... Just go ahead and click on those if you want to remove it. Just click on it right there. So let's just get started with something so that we can actually get inside of Adobe Indesign and start looking around. Let's move on over here to the create new button which is going to create ourselves a new project, and let's ignore all of this for right now, we'll cover that in a future tutorial. So let's just go down to the create button right here and click that, and it might not be this exact dimension because that's kind of set in that other screen. So whatever comes up is fine. What we're looking at is sort of what's around this. So Adobe Indesign is laid out in this sort of view. This view is completely customizable but this should be the default deal. If it isn't the default view, go up to essentials then go ahead and hit "RESET essentials". And if it maybe it's on one of these other ones just click on essentials and then reset essentials and then bring it to this view so we can all kind of follow along at the exact same pace. So if we take a look around on the left side here we have a whole bunch of tools. Basically these are going to be the interface between us and our document. By clicking on these tools will build or create things we'll be able to delete things, we'll be able to you know create shapes and move those around and basically will both create elements that we can add assets and text stuff like that too. So there's a bunch of tools here and again we'll go over those in a future tutorial. But that's what's on the left side is your tools panel on the top. Up here we have basically the settings that control the tools. So whenever we create a text element or something like that you'll see that once we click on any of these tools all these above settings change. It's as if these are attached to the tools, they just put them on the top. So if you click the text button right here, which it is going to just create text if I type out here you'll see that there's a whole bunch of settings up here like coloring and does it follow a style. And how does the indentation work stuff like that. It's just all the stuff up here so that you can customize it to whatever you want. Then above that we have the settings of the program. So here you'll be able to adjust basically anything inside of the program and how we interact with the program. So for file right here all of this is going to do is it's just going to save files open up files print stuff like that it's going to be manipulating the file itself. Over here in edit, It's going to be editing things both inside the project and inside the program itself. A very important place to go is preferences down here. And we're going to cover that in a future tutorial because they are so important. But the preferences are basically the sort of the settings of the entire program itself. So down here there is the preferences tab just understand it's always under Edit. No matter which Adobe program you use. Over here is the layout which is going to control just that, the layout, it's is going to control things like columns, margins, and creating different sorts of guides. Then you have type, and that is an entire section just for text because text is really really important in printed documents. Over here we have object which is going to control things like the shape, where I can control paths and can control sort of curves. Stuff like that to basically any object that isn't text. Next is going to be table. This is sort of a unique category they've created their entire own little section here because it is organized data in a grid like form. So it's not an object in that sense and it's not text in that sense so we get what we get is this table feature. Over here is the view, and that's kind of going to describe the way that we see the entire program, mainly dealing with this down here, the window where we can actually view our work and then over here, is window which is going to allow us to edit and add/delete different panels which are these sort of things over here will cover the panels in a future tutorial as well. This is just where you would find them to create them and stuff like that and then help which is just sort of the documentation on the program, you can click in design help, and bring you to the online help guide where you can look up things. And this is also where we went to find like information about the program and then information about the subscription to Adobe. Now on the right side which we've already sort of touched on is our panels. They are just set here by default like I said this is completely customizable so if we wanted the panels over here, we can move the panels over here, but they are just by default going to be on the right so that's where we're going to describe them. Like I said, you can go up to essentials, reset essentials to reset it back to the normal, and you'll see that the library is actually here and I don't really like the library. So what I do is I drag it here and then I just delete it because it takes a lot of room and I don't use that feature, which is exactly you know OK to do something like that you're not going to use all the features in the program. So set up your workspace the way that you want that's actually going to be the next tutorial is going to be talking about that. So anyway back over here to the layers and these sort of panels tab, the layers tab is going to just sort of control the layers and the pages will control how many pages you are. And so if you had like forty five pages you can kind of see them all right here. The rest of this again we're going to describe a little bit later. So just understand that this is where all the panels are going to go by default. Other than that, that is really the program ,just sort of broken up into three main areas, your tools, your settings, and then your panels. That is basically the extent of the entire Adobe suite. It is just sort of those three elements combined together to affect the view which is right here in the center. Now you should have a slightly better understanding of how this program works. You know it isn't going to be a really high level sort of understanding but hopefully it removed some of that overwhelm that maybe you got when you first open up the program and solve you know a thousand different buttons. So now we've got this sort of basic understanding let's start diving into the different elements of InDesign so that we can start creating our own pieces and creations in the future.