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Let’s Start: InDesign’s Toolbar

21 Episodes
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About this Series

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Adobe InDesign
Layout & Art & Advertising
Russell Viers

ALL Episodes in this Series

Episode 1
11min
Essential

Toolbar Overview

Even veteran designers take the toolbar for granted. It’s just always been there. In this Episode, you’ll see how the toolbar works, including changing its look, position, and more.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 2
14min
Essential

Selection Tool

This is the crescent wrench, or duct tape, of InDesign tools…you just can’t work without it. In this Episode we’ll see just how useful it really is.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 3
17min
Essential

Direct Selection Tool

At first glance, one might think the Direct Selection Tool and the Selection Tool are the same. And sometimes they are. In this Episode, I’ll show you why we need both in the toolbar.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 4
21min
Advanced

Page Tool

This is one of those tools you don’t know you need until you use it. In short, it allows you to quickly change the characteristics of a page. But it does much more, as you’ll see in this Episode.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 5
10min
Essential

Gap Tool

I love this tool! I use it OFTEN, and still smile every time I do. It allows you to change the position of the space between frames with a simple drag of the mouse…and much more.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 6
30min
Advanced

Content Collector & Placer Tools

These tools makes Copy/Paste so passé. See how to collect multiple items from multiple pages and place them in other parts of a document or totally different document.

Adobe InDesign
Layout & Art & Advertising
Russell Viers
Episode 7
17min
Essential

Type Tool

It’s the Type Tool. It’s used to type. I get it. Oh, well, it does a bunch of other stuff, too, and there are some times you’ll need to use it when you’d think you should use another tool. Tricky!

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 8
16min
Advanced

Type on a Path Tool

The Type on a Path Tool is MUCH more than just clicking on a path and typing. There are many settings and controls you’ll want to know about to get the most out of it.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 9
9min
Essential

Line Tool

The Line Tool, what can I say? It makes lines. Well, that and a lot more. In this Episode we don’t just talk about making lines, we talk about modifying them, and what can happen when you do.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 10
12min
Advanced

Pen Tools

Using the Pen Tool is going old school, but often, it’s still the best tool for the job. In this Episode you’ll get the basics of path creation, then see how easily it can edit paths for us.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 11
8min
Essential

Scissors Tool

This tool can be confusing for some people. I’ve seen people try to use it in ways it wasn’t intended…and it doesn’t work. Find out what the Scissors Tool DOES do in this Episode.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 12
13min
Advanced

Transform Tools

I’ve grouped four tools together as the Transform Tools. They are the Free Transform Tool, Rotate Tool, Scale Tool, and the Shear Tool. Hang around as we see how to use them…and how NOT to use them.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 13
17min
Advanced

Gradient Swatch Tool

The Gradient Swatch Tool, by itself, doesn’t do much, so this Episode covers much, much more, including creating Gradients, creating Swatches, The Gradients Panel, and, uh, that’s it.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 14
14min
Advanced

Gradient Feather Tool

Have you ever wanted to quickly fade something to transparent on your InDesign page? You can use the Gradient Feature under Effects, but that’s a bit slow. Enter the Gradient Feather Tool!

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 15
10min
Advanced

Note Tool

This oft overlooked tool is essential in collaborative editorial and design workflows as an alternative to texts, emails, and verbal communication. See how in this Episode.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 16
11min
Advanced

Eyedropper Tool

The Eyedropper Tool is not just for grabbing color values. It’s so much more, as it can also grab fill, stroke, transparency, text formatting, and other values, then apply them elsewhere with a click.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 17
6min
Essential

Hand Tool

What the Hand Tool does is very useful. I find the tool itself less useful. So I spend most of this Episode showing you better alternatives to the Hand Tool. I’m betting you’ll agree.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 18
6min
Essential

Zoom Tool

The name Zoom Tool sounds so much more fun that it really is. I wish I could show you in this Episode that the Zoom Tool helps you work faster, thus the name. Sadly, that’s not the case.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 19
13min
Essential

Apply Color Controls

These aren’t really “tools,” but they’re on the Toolbar, so I feel compelled to include them in this series. And they’re really nice to have there, I must say. See why in this Episode.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 20
9min
Essential

View Options Controls

You InDesign documents can get very busy, very quickly with frames, guides, margins, and other distractions. See how the View Options Controls can help you quickly control what you see…and don’t.

Adobe InDesign
Layout
Russell Viers
Episode 21
13min
Advanced

Color Theme Tool

It LOOKS like an eyedropper, and it is, but it’s much more. It captures color swatches from placed graphics and it does this in amazing fashion. See how powerful and easy the Color Theme Tool is.

Adobe InDesign
Layout & Art & Advertising
Russell Viers