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Learn how to use ruler guides and set it manually the coordinates in Adobe InDesign.
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For this lesson, I am going to ask you to create a new document again. The default is fine. Let's hit OK. Let's talk about Grids and Guides. We use them all the time. They behave a little differently in InDesign. So we want to cover this. Just like QuarkXPress, I can grab in a ruler and bring out a guide. Yeah, simple.
What's different is, instead of visually trying to line that up with one of the ruler guides here at the top, is it there, is it there, is it there, okay. I can actually go up to an X co-ordinate and I can put an exact number in there. I want that at 24p2, and that is right there. I can also use the Arrow keys on my keyboard to move it in 1 point increments, hold the Shift key down, 10 point increments, Command+Shift, 10 point increments. The point is, guides behave as objects.
So I can drag this guide out, this guide out, this guide out, and I will put this one over here. Well, it may behave like objects, I wonder. Can I select them, and can I align those guides like I would objects? Yes, we can. These buttons right here are aligning the distribution of those guides horizontally, or I can drag these out and I can even be sloppy. I will put this one where I wanted, at 6p, and I will bring this one down where I wanted at 42p. Let me select these and once again, I am going to distribute those across that area. They behave like objects. What if I want the outside guides here to do a different purpose than the inside guides? Well, that's a lot of blue guides.
So I am going to select all of these guides on the inside. Let me de-select this one. How would I do it with an object? Well, I would Shift+Click, same thing with Guides. Now, I am going to go to Layout, Ruler Guides. See, where I can choose the color. I am going to choose, how about Orange? When I hit OK, you will notice that some of the guides are orange, some of them are blue.
Now, I can start choosing what the purpose of those guides are, so I can very visually work within those parameters. If you are going to change the color of your guides, one suggestion. I recommend in the spring, you go with the Pastels and in the fall, you move towards the Earth tones.
You can also set a Threshold for your view. Let me set this at 100% and hit OK. Notice those guides are gone. Why is that? Because I am outside of 100% view of that page. As I start clicking in, notice once I hit 100% or closer, the guides are visible, fit in window, they disappear. I love this. It gives us a chance depending on what view we are on whether to have those guides show up or not. So anytime, you are working with grids or guides and you see the word threshold, that's what it's talking about. Zoom-in, they are there, zoom-out, they are gone.
It saves you from toggling View and Hide guides all the times. So I want to be able to edit those. So I am going to bring those back. Let's go to Ruler Guides, and let's put the Threshold back on 5% for the rest of this lesson. How many of you have ever spent a lot of time creating guides? You've got them perfect, exactly where you want them in Quark, and then you need to recreate those on another page or another document. Check this out.
I am going to select all with Command or Ctrl+A. What's copy? Command+C. I am going to create a new document and I am going to hit Command+V for paste. Now, I've just copied and pasted my guides from one document to another. I can do it from one page to another. There is one limitation of this though, watch this. I am going to put a frame on my page. Notice, when I have a frame on the page and I hit Command or Ctrl+A to select all, it only selects the frame; it does not select the guides. That's because in InDesign, you cannot select guides and objects.
Once there is an object on the page and you hit Select All, it only applies to objects. So what's the shortcut to get all the guides? Its Command+Option+G on a Mac or Ctrl+Alt+G on a Windows machine. Now, if you notice, all of my guides are selected, but the object isn't selected. Now, I can copy and paste this onto another page or into another document.
Let's get rid of that object, leave the guides there for now, and I am going to go to Layout, Create Guides. Turn on Preview, and you will notice that now we can be really specific about how we divide the page up. Let's say we want 4 rows and 4 columns. Well, it's getting pretty messy with all those guides. So down here at the bottom, I am going to choose Remove Existing Ruler Guides. Now, if you will notice, I've updated my page up 4 rows, 4 columns, but notice, it goes all the way to the page edge. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's not what I want for this project.
So I am going to click Margins and now you will notice that it brought those guides inside the margin, so that we have got four evenly spaced boxes within these margins. I am going to hit OK. I can still select Guides and get rid of them. For a while, you guys might be in a habit of trying to drag these guides back off the page like you did in Quark. No need, it's as easy as hitting the Delete key. So if you want to get rid of all the guides on a page, one of the ways to do it, is to select all the guides and hit Delete. Earlier in this series, we learned that InDesign had unlimited Undos. Those apply to Guides as well.