Outcomes for this lesson:

  • Text wrap tool
  • Columns
  • Paragraph window options
  • Character window options
  • Alignment options and rulers
  • Creating an article with the above tools/options

Character Options

character options

Kerning: The adjustment of space between two characters.

Vertical Scale: Stretches the text vertically.

Baseline Shift: Moves a selected character up or down relative to the
baseline of the surrounding text.

Leading: The space between lines of text but is measured from baseline to baseline.

Tracking: Adjusts the overall character spacing of any text, especially body text and other large blocks of text.

Horizontal Scale: Stretches the text horizontally.

Skew: Adjusts the degree of slant in text aka italics.

Paragraph Options

paragraph options

Text Wrap Options


Rundown of InDesign Options

Editing Needs Statement with InDesign

Homework Assignment

For your assignment, you will be making a snazzy version of your needs statement.

  1. In a new InDesign document, create 3 columns and use your needs statement as filler text.  If your needs statement is pretty short, just use two columns.
  2. Change the default font to a font you like better.
  3. Utilize the paragraph, character and stroke options. (ex. Change the alignment, font size, italics, etc.) Make sure to use each one!
  4. Unhyphenate your text; it’s cleaner this way.
  5. Incorporate 3 images using text wrap.  Adjust the barriers of the text wrap so the text and your images aren’t touching.
  6. Add a title with a font size that is bigger than the rest of the text. Increase the stroke.
  7. Add a quote in one of your columns.  Use one of your favorite sentences of your needs statement and make the text size a little bit larger than the rest, but not bigger than the title.  Change the color and italicize it or increase the stroke.
  8. Ta da! Export your file as a .pdf (Adobe PDF Presets > [High-Quality Print]) and email it to graphicdesign@labs.everettprogram.org

 Here’s an example I did with my needs statement:

lesson 6 example