If you work in InDesign a lot, there's a way set yourself up for success. Make it your own.
Start by opening up InDesign with no documents open. (I've done this in CS 5 and 6 on the Mac. I'm sure other versions will be similar. Some procedures may vary on the PC.)
Start by setting all your preferences the way you like to work:
- InDesign > Preferences
- Go to Edit > Menu
- Select either Application Menus or Context and Panel Menus
- What I like to do is eliminate menu items I never use and highlight with a color those items I tend to use a lot like Save As and Export As functions.
Want to start every new document with a certain set of colors and font settings? Open InDesign with no documents open. And start modifying the color palette and basic font selections:
- Open your Swatches panel and modify the color palette
- Open your Paragraph Styles panel and set the [Basic Paragraph] to the font and paragraph settings you want to start all your docs with
Change what happens when your fonts don't have a style:
- Select your Type tool and go to the Content Panel at top
- Change to Paragraph if isn't already set to that
- Go to the Paragraph style and toggle from [Basic Paragraph] to [No Paragraph Style]
- Change your font and paragraph changes there, so that fonts with no style applied all get the same specified look
Last, change preferences on how you want new documents opened:
- Go to File > Document Setup
- I usually turn Facing Pages off; I don't use that functionality as much; Leave it on, if that's how you work
- Next, go to File > Document Presets > Define
- Create your own document settings that you can call up whenever you open InDesign
- For example create settings for posters, different types of postcards, web ads, and banners
Now you have a more powerful way to start your InDesign session, and work much faster.
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