Lessons 13 & 14

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

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

One of my favorites to learn in the lesson was the drop cap, which is used both in magazines and books to signify the beginning of 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 paragraphs and subheadings in an article.

The bottom left image showed separation of the paragraph and subheading, 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 paragraphs stile 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 the 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 even images to maintain consistency, which is important in most cases.