Day Eight – Lessons 13 & 14

In lesson 13 I learned how to edit entire paragraphs whereas before I would edit text of certain phrases, names or words here and there. This lesson focused on formatting entire paragraphs to maintain consistency.

To start with formatting paragraphs I first had to select the paragraph symbol, or pilcrow (¶), in the top left corner of Indesign.

One of my favorites to learn in the lesson was the drop cap, which is used in both magazines and books to signify the beginning of a chapter or story and draw the reader’s eye.

In the pictures above, the far left image shows the starting point, while the bottom right shows the finished effect using the drop cap formatting.

Another video in the lesson showed me how to add rules, or lines, between paragraph and subheadings in an article.

The bottom left image showed how to separate paragraphs from subheadings, while the far right image took the process a step further to give the article something extra and further draw attention to the content.

In “Lesson 14 – Styles” I dealt with both paragraph style formatting and character styles. These are things that were glossed over in previous chapters, but this one went more in depth.

While this lesson was interesting, it was hard to follow along because this training video uses typekits that are not shipped with Indesign giving me the “dreaded pink” as David Blatner mentioned in an earlier lesson, which is a pink highlight over the text informing me that Indesign doesn’t have that typekit. If I was connected to Creative Cloud I would be able to sync fonts to get those specific typekits in each document, but I can’t so I’m very limited when trying to reformat the documents.

This lesson mainly focused on creating and applying styles to paragraphs, characters and images to maintain consistency, which is important in most cases.


One thought on “Day Eight – Lessons 13 & 14

  1. Great job on your blog post as well as keeping your assignment pages updated. Just one thing.. please change the InDesign menu item to a “link” type instead of “page”. Sorry for all that confusion!


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