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Getting to Know Indesign

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book (2020 release), authors Tina DeJarld and Kelly Kordes Anton walk you through the basics of InDesign. You'll learn about the building blocks of an Adobe InDesign layout: objects, text, and graphics.

Viewing guides

Revising or completing an existing document, as you will do in this lesson, is typical work for entry-level InDesign users. Currently, the postcard document is displayed in Preview mode, which displays artwork in a standard window, hiding nonprinting elements such as guides, grids, frame edges, and hidden characters. To work on this document, you will view guides and hidden characters (such as spaces and tabs). As you become comfortable working with InDesign, you will discover which view modes and layout aids work best for you.

  1. Press and hold down the Screen Mode button at the bottom of the Tools panel, and choose Normal (normalview.jpg) from the menu.


    Any layout aids previously enabled now display. For example, light blue nonprinting lines now indicate existing text frames and objects because Frame Edges were already displayed (View > Extras > Show Frame Edges). You will now enable other layout aids.

  2. Choose View > Grids & Guides > Show Guides.

    When guides are displayed, it’s easy to position objects with precision, including automatically snapping them into place. The guides do not print and do not limit the print or export area.

  3. From the same View Options menu, choose Hidden Characters. Be sure Hidden Characters is checked in the menu.

    Displaying hidden (nonprinting) characters, such as tabs, spaces, and paragraph returns, helps you precisely select and style text. In general, it’s a good idea to show hidden characters whenever you are editing or formatting text.

  4. As you work on this document, use the skills you learned in Lesson 1 to move panels, scroll, and zoom as necessary.

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