Seamless integration between all the applications is a key idea behind the Creative Suite, making it simple to move your assets between creation and edit stages as many times as you want, with consistent colour management throughout the suite. We’re going to start off our CS3 coverage by looking at some key features of InDesign. Read on to discover what you can do with the latest version of Adobe’s page layout program.
1 Feathered gradient
Use the Gradient Feather tool to progressively soften a gradient. Select the Gradient Swatch or Gradient Feather tool, position it at the place where you want to define the beginning point of the gradient, then drag across the object in the direction you want the gradient to be applied. Hold down Shift to constrain the tool to multiples of 45 degrees.
2 Placing multiple images
You can import multiple files in a single step, with thumbnail previews and the ability to cycle through the files loaded in the Place cursor. This can be accessed via the Place dialog box or by dragging multiple files from the desktop or Bridge into InDesign and the files placed in succession.
3 Cascading images
When the cursor is loaded with an image, you can Option-click on an already placed image you want to replace. When the cursor is loaded with multiple images, you can import all the graphics in a cascade by pressing Command+Shift-click. To delete an unwanted image before placing it, press Esc.
4 Frame sizing Control-click on a placed image then choose Fitting > Frame Fitting Options. These new options enable you to edit settings for a placeholder frame in order to automatically size incoming content to the frame. You can also double-click a frame handle to fit the frame to its graphic or text content.
5 Quick apply
Type a few letters into the Quick Apply panel and any corresponding command, text variable, script or style appears in a navigable list, saving a trawl through menus and panels. To activate, choose Edit > Quick Apply, click the Quick Apply button in the Control panel or press Command+Return.
6 Bevel and Emboss
Bevel and Emboss adds various combinations of highlights and shadows to give text and images a three-dimensional appearance and a relief effect. Select the object or text (convert text to outlines first: Type > Create Outlines) and click on the fx button of the Effects panel. The dialog controls are similar in operation to those found in Photoshop.
7 Cross-media export
8 Page enhancements
If you’re working with a multipage document, you can set up special viewing and workflow preferences for Pages – just Control-click on the Pages panel and select from the context menu. Take advantage of the new ability to drag within the panel or double-click the page numbers below the thumbnail to display spreads in Fit Spread In Window view.
9 History of a document
If you hold down Command and choose InDesign > About InDesign, a document history is displayed, listing a great deal of information about the creation and save history of the document, as well as other details, such as whether it was converted from QuarkXPress or PageMaker and plug-ins used in its creation.
10 Table styles Say farewell to formatting individual cells and tables by a laborious manual process. Create a style and store it in the Table Styles panel, then apply it at will to any table including Microsoft spreadsheet formats. You can set separate styles for header, footer, and body rows, and for left and right columns.
11 Print Booklet
The Preview area of the Print Booklet dialog box enables you to review colour thumbnails of the printer spreads created by your selected imposition style. Choose File > Print Booklet, then click Preview on the left side of the dialog box. If you click Print Settings and change the settings in the Print dialoge box, you can observe the effect of the modified settings in the Preview area.
12 Independent creative effects
New transparency and blending modes such as Inner Shadow and Inner Glow can be independently applied to an object’s stroke, fill, and text via the Effects panel. Choose Window > Effects, then double-click on the attribute you want to change. You can go back and edit the effects at any time while maintaining quality.
13 Nested styles
With nested style looping, you can repeat a sequence of nested styles until the end of a paragraph. To add nested styles to a paragraph style, double-click the paragraph style, and then click Drop Caps and Nested Styles. To add nested styles to a single paragraph, choose Drop Caps and Nested Styles from the Paragraph or Control Panel menu.
14 Interactive InDesign To create a PDF that displays alternate images for client approval, first select a graphics frame and choose Object > Interactive > Convert to Button. Choose Window > Interactive > States. Click the ‘New State’ icon at the bottom of the States panel. File > Place a new image in the button object. File > Export to Adobe PDF
and turn on the ‘Interactive Elements’ option.
15 Place full InDesign Files You now have the ability to place one InDesign file into another – simply use File > Place as normal. Your team can work separately to edit or update InDesign graphics or text placed into a primary InDesign file, without overwriting. The Links panel displays notification of updates when any placed InDesign files are updated and saved by others.
16 Sharing assignments
You can use email-based assignments to
send CS3 DTP files as a single package through email, avoiding the need for a shared server. In the InDesign Assignments panel, select the assignment and choose Package For InCopy And Email from the panel menu. InCopy users have similar workgroup functions, including Return For InDesign and Forward for InCopy.
17 Fast font tweaks
Select a text block using InDesign’s Selection tool and then click on the Type tool. With the text box selected, highlight the font name in the Control panel (Command+6) Use the up
and down arrows on your keyboard to scroll through your active fonts and watch the text change to suit.
18 GREP queries The Find/Change dialogue now allows you to run a search based on regular expressions, also known as GREP. Choose Edit > Find/Change, then in the dialogue box, choose from the Query pop-up menu. Create
custom GREP queries to speed up the editorial process and also share them
among your colleagues.
19 Transfer effects You can apply an effect from one object to another in CS3. First select the object that has the formatting you require. Then, drag the fx icon from the Effects panel onto the target object. To remove all effects, select ‘Clear Effects’ from the Effects popup in the Control Panel.
20 Text variables You can simplify and automate repeating elements such as running headers and footers, date stamps and others. Go to Type > Text Variables > Define to create your own variable, or use the Insert Variable command.
Variables can be based on styled text and
will dynamically update when the content
on a page changes.