- WEEK 5: Advanced Features and PDFs
- Working with Color
OverviewAs you continue to digest the subject, you have been learning many methods for creating and applying color in InDesign. You will learn how to mix colors and how to modify colors. You will also work with process tints and spot colors, and learn the advantages and disadvantages of each.
This lesson covers many different methods and tools for applying color, including:
- Fill and Stroke buttons: These buttons determine whether you apply a color to the fill of an object, or to its stroke.
- Drag and Drop method: If students have used the drag and drop feature of any other software application, this method should feel familiar to them. They simply click a color swatch on the Swatches panel and drag it to the object they want to color. If the Fill button is active, the color fills the object. If the Stroke button is selected, the color is applied to the stroke (outline) of the object.
- Swap Fill and Stroke: This button reverses the colors of the fill and stroke.
- Default Fill and Stroke: This button reverts to the default fill and stroke colors (white fill and black stroke).
- Formatting affects text button: Clicking this button ensures that color changes you make affect the text in the placeholder, not its container.
Process colors are colors that can be created using a mixture of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK). If a color cannot be created using a mixture of these colors, then it is a spot color. Process colors are usually better to use because they are cheaper to print. When you enter the job market, this is important to know because cost is a factor when creating documents. References/Works Cited:
Botello, C. (2011). Adobe InDesign CS5 Revealed. Clifton Park, NY: Delmar.