Adjusting Your Workspace For Maximum Amazingness
Hi there. Welcome to the workspace video. We're going to start with just some housekeeping to make sure we're all on the same page then we're going to move into some more advanced workspace speeches. So hang around for that. There's some gems in there. So to start with, we're going to make sure we've got our units and increments all the same. And you do it up here on a Mac. It's under in design CC preferences and go to units. If you're on a pc it's under edit and down the bottom here preferences and units. So find here the other thing to note that if you're changing your default units from se millimeters or pickers and pikers Oranges and you need to do it with no files open. If I have a file open and do it, it'll change just for that document and as soon as I close it down and open up a new document, you go back to the default and that can be really annoying. So nothing open and let's go to our units and increments. Now, depending on where you are in the world, you might be on pikers o...
kay? Or pickers? It's an old school style from newspaper days, I never use pikers. So I'm always switching mine two millimeters because I'm in europe most of the time. But if I've got clients in the U. S. I'm switching into inches. We're going to use inches for this course. Okay, Just because most of the people watching these videos are based in the US. Okay, So that's all you need to do click OK? We never changed the stroke. It's always done in points. Okay. So we're gonna click OK? Now that will change the default forever. The other thing I'd like you to do is if we go to file and go to open, I'd like you to go to your exercise files. Okay. And in oh one spring flyer. If you haven't downloaded the exercise files, there's a link on the page here somewhere. Um I want you to open up the I N D D file, the 01 spring flyer. If you're using an older version of in design and playing along a lot of this stuff will still work, but you might have to use the I D M L file. This will allow older versions of in design pre CC 2000 and 18 to open them up and work fine. If you're in CC 2000 and 18 or above, just use the I N D D files, let's click open Now. The first thing is I'm going to go to up the top here, this is going to change my workspace. Okay. So I'm going to make sure the tickets on essentials and I'm going to click reset essentials. That means that everyone's gonna look the same. The other thing that I'm going to do is see this little pop out menu here. Okay. This little chevron's I'm gonna pop mine out and have this open for the entire class. It's up to you. It doesn't matter. But that's the way I'm gonna work through this course. If you're on a pc I'm pretty sure it's up here on the left. If you can't find it, that exact same thing is here, window workspace and you can see here essentials, same thing. Okay, so that's the boring housekeeping stuff out of the way. Let's look at some more advanced workspace features and it's to do with this passport area here. Okay. That's kind of like lighter gray in the background. Now, a lot of people Okay, me included. I like to kind of copy things and move it over here and start working on like alternate layouts. Okay, But there's not a lot of room in here, which is if I start making a couple of versions and if I start dragging it out, look there's just no room there and there's definitely no room at the top. Ok. By default only gives you a tiny paste board area. If you're like me an illustrator, it has like a ginormous baseboard area. You end up doing lots of work kind of all over the place so we can adjust that here and in design as well. Now there's two ways to do it per document. Okay. If I've got this document open, I can say just this document preferences go to guides and paste board. Okay. And down the bottom here is where the defaults are. Okay, so mine's 8.5 by one inch. Okay. Number 18 And over here by maybe about five inches click OK. And you'll see it has a much bigger paste board area. Some people love a big baseboard area. Some people don't. Okay. One of the other things though, if you make it really, really big, so it was like 15 inches on the vertical. Okay, if you have another page, can you see they're actually quite physically far apart. It's not a big deal. But that's just something to be considered. Now though. If I open up a new document, okay, any random document, you'll notice my pace board areas back to the teeny tiny size to get around that is that you have nothing open. I'm going to close both of these back up. Close, close close and have nothing open. And if I change my settings now, okay, it will change forever. So you can go in here, change it up to a bigger size. I leave mine is default just to match my students when they come into class. So we're gonna leave that there before we get out of here though. I'd like you to show you under general this thing here show start workspace. This is the new workspace in 2000 and 18 where it kind of shows you the documents you've been working on, Some people don't like that. They want to see all the panels like it was before you can just turn that off there, click. Ok. And it means when it starts up it goes to this view but that's totally up to you. It annoys lots of people under preferences again. Okay. We're gonna go to I'm going to turn that back on. I've grown to like it but I know a lot of people don't One of the other things people don't like working with interface. Okay, over here you can click through and just change it back to old school in design. Up to you. I'm going to go to this default here of this medium dark. Let's click OK. The next thing we can do to make your kind of starting a job a lot smoother and a lot faster is to adjust the default pages because whenever you go to file new document Okay? You've got print and you've got some defaults. Okay. So us letter has defaults but there might be things in here, like you might always be using two columns and the margins you might be changing. Okay. So you might have things that you do every single time. You're like man, every time I have to do that. Okay. So what you can do to change this by default, go to clothes and go to file, come down to document presets and click on define. Okay. And we're going to double click the default and I'm going to be working under print and pick your page size, you might be a four or letter whatever you want to adjust. Okay. And here you might be saying I'm using landscape the whole time. Nobody's using the landscape the whole time. But down here as well columns I want two columns and I want to gutter that's kind of nice and full like that. What I tend to do as well is margins I break this little link here so that down the bottom I always have like a thicker bottom piece down the bottom of my margins contains the page numbering in the document title and say you're always working and you need to have your bleed you can type in 0.125. Cool thing about that now is if I click ok click ok whenever I go to a new document Okay. And I picked print us letter Now you can see down here I've got two columns. My margins are set the one inch there and my bleeders all set for me. You might have two versions. Okay. And you can have more than one under file file definitions and you can click on to find and you can just create your own in case you might create a new one and call this letter alternative one or letter for a specific client. Okay. And it will appear in your new documents. You might be in charge of a larger studio okay? And you can grab your default and you can save it, save it onto the network drive and people can come into the same option and load it in. So you've got some consistency across documents. Before we go out. I am going to edit mine and put it back to normal. So I'm gonna go change this and we'll cut this out and I'll see you in a sec. Okay, one last thing to make your life a little easier in in design is the pages panel. So let's open up any old document can open up my spring flower again. My pages panel here. Okay, I'm actually going to push that all the way out so I can see everything and in the burger menu in the top here, you'll notice if I actually add a bunch of new pages that kind of stack vertically and that's fine. But it would be a lot more better use of space if they kind of stack side by side and you can do that easily under the burger menu, then go to view panels and go to horizontally. Just means they stack side by side and especially if you've got like a nice big screen, you can have this out, you can see you can have actually quite a few on the screen at one time rather than have to scroll up and down. The other. Nice thing you can do is you can go to the fly out menu here and you can go to the panel options and these thumbnails are quite small, you can adjust them okay to say large or extra large depending on your preference. There's jumbo as well. Just make some of the details a little easier to know which page you're jumping to One thing though, if I go to essentials and reset essentials, it's going to remove that. It'll stay for all the new documents now. But if you ever reset it, it'll go back to default. You can get around that by going into here and just creating your own new workspace. I'm going to call mine dan. Okay. And it just means that I'm going to look like this and if I need to reset it, I can go to reset dan and it's gonna stay the same. Okay, so I hope you found some useful parts in getting set up. I know that's boring. You came for some more exciting, advanced in design. Let's move on to the next video now. Bring on the fonts.