Adobe Indesign CC: How to make letters Italic

Sometimes, you download a font or have a font that doesn’t have an italic style (see below).

In Adobe Indesign, there is a simple workaround for that.

Step 1: Make a new document, and make a text box and write.

Step 2: Highlight the text you want italic.

Step 3: Make sure you are in the text tool. In the skew box (false italic) increase the number to make the word italic and that’s it! I use the number 11

*Note: make sure the stroke color is the same as the text.

Adobe Indesign CC: Creating Arrows on Lines

Step 1: Open a new document and create a line with either the pen tool and line tool. Make sure you click and select the line.

Step 2: Click “Window” and top menu and then go to “Stroke”.

Step 3: In the stroke panel where it says start or end you can choose the arrow. There are other options you can choose. The start is the first point and the end is the last point.

And ta-da you have an arrow!

Adobe Indesign CC: How to add hyperlinks

Step 1: Create text box with the desired text.

Step 2: Highlight and right click choose Hyperlinks>New Hyperlinks. The other option New Hyperlink from URL should be chosen when you put the actual URL in the text box.

Step 3: The New Hyperlink window will open. Type the URL in the URL box highlighted below. Click OK.

Note: The link to box has other options such as a mail link. The character style controls how it looks but you can easily change it in the character window. PDF appearance is how the link will appear in the PDF, keep it on the default.

Step 4: The link is created and you can now export when you are exporting it into a PDF file. Ensure you you have Hyperlinks checked under Include. And you are done!

Adobe Indesign CC: How to Make a Bullet List

Step 1: Create a Text Box and Write your list

Step 2: Highlight Text

Step 3: Go to upper right corner and click this icon  then click “Bullets and Numbering”

Step 4: Choose Parameters

You will see this box. From the drop menu for “List Type” choose bullets. Also, click preview in the bottom left corner to see how the list will look like. In the bottom portion of “Bullet or Number Position” are your usual attributes for the list (Will go into detail more later).

Click “OK” and your list is done. As seen below.

Side Note:

Sometimes you will get the issue of the next line not aligning with the left indent. As shown below.

To fix this go back into your bullets and numbering panels to align your bullets list.

In the left indent (First line) put 0.125, the next first line indent (Line after the bullet line) put -0.125 (Yes, you can put negative numbers). Tab Position (Shifting the whole list right), should be 0. The list will then align with the first line.

 

Adobe Indesign CC: How to Make Tables

Method 1

Step 1: Make a new document in InDesign and choose the text tool and create the size of the table you desire.

Step 2: Click within the text box and then go to the top click and click Table > Insert Table

The following box appears the options are as follows:

Body Rows: How many rows do you want?
Columns: How many columns do you want?

Header Rows: Headers is at the very top of the table, it will have a different style based on the table style.

Footer Rows: Footers is at the very bottom of the table, it will have a different style based on the table style.

Table style: How your table is is going to be stylized. Is useful when you are making multiple tables of the same table, but if you are not, don’t worry about it and stick with basics.

When you are done click OK.

Step 5: The table will then appear in the text box and you can populate it with the data you want.

Editing the Table Style 

Merging cells

Highlight the cells you to merge, right click and click merge cells.

Changing cell size

Choose the text tool and hover over the edge of the table until it changes, clicks and then pull to change the size of the cell.

You can also make the rows even by highlighting the entire table, right click and click distribute rows evenly, and you can do the same with columns.

Font & Justification

Highlight the entire table and the top there are many options to change the font and justification.

This panel is pretty intuitive.

Font Outline, Fill and Colour

The right most panel outlined in red is where you change the outline of the table. Clicking the lines you desire to change (will change blue) then click the stroke colour panel as shown. The top is the fill option and the bottom is the stroke colour panel.

Another way to change the fill and outline is to highlight the entire table right click and choose

This table options window will appear

From the drop down menu on the alternating pattern, you can choose how you want the fill to happen. This is pretty intuitive, you can do this for strokes, columns and etc. Really useful.

Method 2

Step 1: Make a new document in InDesign and choose the text tool and create the size of the table you desire.

Step 2: To make a table in InDesign, each tab is a column and each row is a new paragraph.

Step 3: When you are done, high the text and go to the top and click Table> Convert Text to Table

The following box appears the options are as follows:



When you are done click OK.

Table will then be created.

Method 2.1

Step 1: Make a new document in InDesign and choose the text tool and create the size of the table you desire.

Step 2: To make a table in InDesign, each tab is a column and each row is a new paragraph.

Step 2.1: This can get tedious when you have large amounts of data. Instead, open Excel and create a table there.

Step 2.2: Copy the table and paste it into the text box within InDesign.

Step 3: When you are done, high the text and go to the top and click Table> Convert Text to Table

The following box appears the options are as follows:

When you are done click OK.

Adobe Indesign CC: Drop Caps Tutorial

A Drop Cap usually marks the beginning of a paragraph, section or chapter usually with the beginning first character the height of two – three lines. It is a visual way to add more oomph to your work.

How to add a drop in Indesign CC

Step 1:

Create a text box and fill it will text by using the text tool.

Step 2:

Ensure that the marker is placed at the beginning of the paragraph.

Step 3:

You can click CTRL + ALT + R to bring up the drop cap window. Or you can clip the Upper right corner for this icon: it should be in your character panel and choose the “Caps and Nested Styles” option.

Step 4:

Lines: How many lines do you want it take up

Character: How many characters do you want to be in the Drop Cap Style.

 

Also, click “Preview” to see how it looks!

And that’s all folks! Have any questions about Adobe Indesign, Photoshop, or Illustrator? I would be happy to help! Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.