Thursday, May 16, 2013

InDesign default units

I always found it annoying that when first creating a document InDesign it defaults the size in Picas. Call me unworthy, but I don't work in Picas, I work in Inches (yes I am Canadian, whatever metric system). So every time I would create a document I would go to Edit - Preferences - Units & Increments and change the Horizontal and Vertical Ruler Units to Inches. One day it occurred to me, shouldn't there be a way to set this once and have it the default so that I don't have to do this EVERY DAMN TIME? (Why it took me so long to think of this, I don't know. Don't judge.)

After just clicking around InDesign for a couple minutes I found no immediate way to do this, so I turned to my old friend Google.

At the end of this article (http://indesignsecrets.com/changing-indesigns-default-ruler-measurements.php) I discovered that there is a very simple way to do this, it`s just not all that intuitive.

Open up InDesign but do NOT open or create a document. With no documents open go to Edit - Preferences - Units & Increments...

Change the Ruler Units to your preferences and click OK.

It`s so simple! I wish I did this so long ago...

Illustrator Align to Artboard

Don't ask me why, but me and the Illustrator Artboard have never truly gotten along.

I had a logo file that I wanted to export as a JPG on a perfectly square background so that it looked good on the client's Twitter and Facebook page. I knew how to get the artboard to be a square but I did not know how to center the logo on the artboard.

A little research with Google found me the answer. (http://kcoppock.wordpress.com/2007/03/18/adobe-illustrator-align-to-artboard/)

First to get the artboard square; File - Document Setup..., hit the "Edit Artboards" button. In the options just under the file menu there is W and H (width and height), choose the same number for both, hit Enter, voila!

Next, getting the logo centered on the artboard.

First I grouped all the objects in the logo (select all objects, right click, group).

Then I opened the Align panel (Window - Align).

On the Align panel I clicked the "Align To" arrow in the bottom right and chose "Align to Artboard".



I selected my grouped object then hit the middle and center align buttons on the Align panel.



Done!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Where have you been?

Where have I been you ask? Well I went and had a baby, aka time sucker/love of my life.

I haven't been working much with code, so I have less to post about. I've been doing a lot of visual design and IA work lately and it's great!

Hope to start posting more often!