Our newsletter will feature an additional article on the bottom of the cover page, called a sidebar. Sidebars are brief companion articles that are attached to main stories but are set off by their own panels. Despite the name, the sidebar can be located anywhere adjacent to the main article. This article will consist of a text box with two columns that span horizontally across the bottom width of the page.
Like the main article, we will import the text, but first we must create a frame to house it.
Step1. To activate the Frame Tool, in the Tools panel,
Step2. To begin creating a text frame, with the frame cursor, beginning at the left margin line,
Press & Drag a frame from 7.5" down and across to the bottom right margin
Step3. To specify the content as text,
Right-Click the frame, Click Content, Click Text
NOTE for MacOS Users: To specify the content as text, press Control keyand Click the frame, Click Content, Click Text.
Specifying Text Wrap
Again, in this case, the new text frame overlaps the main body of text. We will need to wrap the existing text around the new frame. As such, we will again apply the Wrap around bounding box feature and then specify the offset.
Step1. To apply the Wrap around bounding box feature, in the Text Wrap panel,
Step2. To specify the offset distance around the top of the frame, in the Top Offset field of the Text Wrap panel,
Placing Text in an Existing Text Frame
The article we are about to place was created in Microsoft Word, and in this case, it is already formatted properly. InDesign allows us to import text automatically into an already created frame.
Let's see how this works.
Step1. Verify that the frame is still selected.
Step2. To begin placing the new document, on the Menu bar,
Click File, Click Place...
Step3. To choose the file to import,
Double-Click online approaches.doc
Step4. Save the document.
Hiding Guides, Grids, and Frames
As our layout is getting more complex, it becomes harder to discern the contents from all the guides we have set. Although the lines are very useful in helping us to see the boundaries of frames and objects, we sometimes want to hide these guides to better preview a printed form of our newsletter.
Let's see how to hide the guides.
Step1. To hide the all guides and gridlines at once, in the Tools panel,
Press & Hold, Click
Modifying Frame Properties: Stroke and Fill
In this view, it becomes obvious that the newly placed article should somehow visually contrast with the main article. There are more manipulations we can make to this text frame to enhance the cover page design. First, we can add a border and then a fill color.
Applying a Stroke
To add or change the width of an object's border (called a stroke), we use the Stroke panel. We will activate the Stroke panel now and use it to give this frame a stroke.
Step1. To view the Stroke panel, in the Panels group,
Step2. To select the text frame, if necessary,
Click the text frame
Step3. To widen the stroke, in the Weight field,
Click "Weight:", type: 2 Enter
Applying a Fill Color
The frame now is distinct from the rest of the text, but it could visually benefit by adding a background color, or fill. A fill can be a solid color, a gradient, or transparent. We will fill this frame with color.
The design of this newsletter will include the use of one color that is to be repeated in elements throughout the layout. We want the color to reflect the tone of the newsletter, which is energetic but not too flashy. When we are choosing a color, the simplest way to do so is from the Swatches panel. The Swatches panel contains some predefined colors and also offers the ability to create new colors.
We can see the Swatches panel tab in the bar of panels along the right of the window. Let's use the Swatches panel.
Step1. To expand the Swatches panel, in the Panels group,
Step2. To expand the panel so that all the swatches are visible, in the Swatches panel,
Press & Drag down until all swatches are visible
NOTE: The panel may be resized when the cursor turns to a vertical arrow.
Step3. To fill the frame with red, in the Swatches panel,
Step4. To change the color tone, in the Tint field,
Click, Press & Drag slider to 50% , press Enter
Modifying Columns Inside Text Frames
There are several problems with this text frame. First, the text clings to the top and left borders. Second, it is difficult for our eyes to follow this tight text across a 7 1/2" column. It might be advantageous to give the text more "breathing space" and to divide the frame into two columns.
Let's change the number of columns with Text Frame Options.
Step1. To begin applying Text Frame Options, press:
NOTE for MacOS Users: To begin applying Text Frame Options, press: Command key+B.
NOTE: Move the dialog box to view the text frame, if necessary.
Step2. To change the number of columns from 1 to 2, in the Columns Number field,
Modifying the Inset Within a Frame
When we are working with Text Frame Options, we can choose values for the margins inside a frame so the text will stay an attractive distance from the inside bounding box. This value is called an inset. Since we want to make room for a headline, we will apply a small inset to the left, bottom, and right sides but specify a larger inset for the top.
Step1. To enable values on all sides to be adjusted independently,
Step2. To change the Inset values, in the Inset Spacing Top field, 1
Click Top, type:.4 Tab key.1 Tab keyTab key.1 Tab key.1 Tab key
NOTE: Make sure that the values are as indicated in this step. If all values are the same, Click to allow independent values to be entered.
Step3. To accept the Text Frame Options,
Step4. Save the document.