How Text Boxes Can Auto-Expand In Adobe InDesign CC With Auto Size
Hi there in this video, we're going to look at auto expanding text boxes. We've all had this problem right where we've got a title, we've duplicated it. We're going to put in another one but it is just chairs and benches. It doesn't fit. And you grab this and drag that out or you link it to another text box. Drama. Imagine though you could transform this box. So when I paste into it, look at it magically gets bigger and smaller. It's called the auto size for text frames. Let's go and learn how to do that now in in design. Okay, first up we're going to be starting a new project that we're gonna be working on. So it's got a new document and then let's switch to from print to web because this is going to end up being an interactive document. Okay. It's gonna have animations and it's going to go out to some cool places for interactivity and basically what that changes is the dimensions we're gonna be working in pixels instead of inches or centimeters. The size wise, we're gonna make our is...
kind of like a full HD Okay, so a kind of a normal, typical presentation from a data projector type size. So it'd be really common to have neither of these sizes. It's 1920 by 10 80. Okay, that'd be a really common, just kind of like screen size. Now we're gonna use landscape pages wise, We'll leave it at one at the moment. Um columns. I want to use four in this case and the gut. I want to get right up to something big like 55. The margins are beginning quite big as well. 150 pixels all the way around. We won't use bleed or slug. Let's create great. Let's save it and we'll stick it onto our desktop in the folder we've created in design advanced course where this one's going to be called interactive magazine, correct? So the first thing I want to do for our text boxes is on page one. I'm going to drag out a text box that goes from one across two columns. Okay. And this one's gonna be for tables and I'm going to make it a lot bigger using my shortcut command shift and greater than symbol and it made it quite big and I'm using Roboto light and as a demonstration for this kind of auto tech sizing and I make the text box kind of fit relatively proportionately to the word tables. Well, I'm going to duplicate this page and show you a little shortcut while we're doing it and I can make a new page and just copy and paste it across. But if I grab this page and drag it down to this little new page icon, it makes a duplicate of it exactly the same as the page. One and page to look the same. But in here I want to put in a longer title. Okay. So this one is going to be cheers. And what else was it? Chairs and benches and the trouble with it, is that Yeah, I didn't fill out and that's always a problem in the design, Right? Is that your forever kind of dragging these out and making them bigger and making them smaller. Imagine if there was a way to automatically size them, you can totally do that now with your black arrow, have the text box selected, go up to object and go to one called text frame options. And in here there's this third option here called auto size by default. It is off. What we're gonna do is do it by width only. Okay. And we're gonna push it from the left hand side. You can kind of see that as arrows. It's going to push left rather than expand both sides. I'm using my hands to describe this. You can't see my hands. Okay, So we're gonna go from the left and push right. Let's click. Ok. And what that just means now is that? And when I start typing, when I start typing it gets bigger along with it. Okay, so it's just a really handy trick to turn on for especially titles like this where you don't want them, you know, you're gonna have different sizes. So I'm gonna duplicate it again, do our third option and it's going to get smaller as well as wider. This one here is shelves and we'll do one more and this one is going to be bed, bedside tables. Cool. So auto text frames work both width and height. So if you've got a text box here and you want it to get bigger and smaller, depending on the text. If I go type and I go to the placeholder text and I make it smaller. Okay, well I make another box and it just needs to be smaller. It's over set and all you have to do is the exact same part. Text frame options, auto size and do height only. I never use height and width. Does some weird stuff and then I'm going to push from the top and then click. Ok. And you'll see as I add more text and copy and paste that it gets bigger and smaller, deleting it gets smaller, awesome. Let's get on to the next video before we do that actually. But you guys don't need you All right now in the next video.