Graphic Design / Interactive Design / Fine & Applied Arts / Parkland College

Graphic Design Exercises
InDesign: Special Characters


To practice laying out pages in InDesign and applying paragraph styles. To learn how to access special characters when needed. To use Find/Replace for efficiency.

  1. download and unzip the starter files:
  2. open WCBR2008.indd; save as yourname-X6.indd
  3. place (command-D) the file WCBR08.doc; check the "Show Import Options" box; make sure "Use Typographer's Quotes" is checked; look at the other import options available; choose Remove Styles and Formatting... and check Perserve Local Overrides; click "OK"
  4. place the loaded cursor in the top left corner of the first page and click; type should fill the column; click on the plus sign in the out port to load the cursor with the overflow text; in the pages palette, double click pages 2–3; this time, hold down the option key when you place the text; next time, hold down the shift key
  5. place the text cursor anywhere in the story and select Find/Change from the Edit menu (command-F); find 2 spaces and replace with one in entire story; click "Replace All" again until no further changes are made; do the same with paragraph breaks—find ^p^p and replace with ^p
  6. go to page 1; imported text that does not have a style applied will take on the styles that are selected in the paragraph and character styles menu; all the text should have the "Text" style applied; select "General Information" and make it an A head; select the desk hours (5 lines) and apply the style Hours chart
  7. at the bottom of the page, select "Schedule" and make it an A head; it jumps to the next page because its "Keep Options" tell it to keep with the line that follows; make "Sunday…" a B head and "7:30 am" a C head
  8. drag through the rest of the text on this spread and apply the Schedule style; make all the dates B heads and the times C heads; when you get to "Abstracts," apply another A head
  9. under this heading, apply the styles Abstract time, Abstract title, and Abstract authors as appropriate for all 18 abstracts; set Next Style for these styles; select multiple paragraphs and right-clickon the first stuyle to apply multiple styles
  10. now that all the styles are applied, let's go back to page 1; put en dashes rather than hypens in the hours chart; this document contains many ranges of time, and there is a faster way to make the change throughout—use Find/Replace to find 0- and replace with 0– (zero hyphen / zero en dash)
  11. make all of the am's and pm's small caps; you can also do this with Find/Replace—find am and replace with am, click case senstiitve and whole word, change format of replace to small caps; do the same for pm; in your Preferences > Advanced Type, set Small Caps to 85%
  12. the @ symbol at the botom of page one should be the copyright symbol; select it and open the Glyphs palette; find the correct glyph and double click to set it; you can also use option-G from the keyboard
  13. turn to page 2; all the asterisks should be bullets; find and replace; how can we avoid changing an asterisk that really should stay an asterisk?; use the special characters menu to find a bullet, or access it from the keyboard as option-8; make sure to turn off the small caps format by clicking on the trash can; change all
  14. make all of the titles (and their corresponding numbers) bold; put a column break before number 9 to keep it with its author; find it in the Type > Insert Break Character menu or use "enter" on your keyboard
  15. notice that in the numbered list, the single digits are not in alignment with the double digit numbers; put an en space in front of each single digit; find it in the Type > Insert White Space menu, or use command-shift-N on your keyboard
  16. on page 4, the first author should have an umlaut in his name; select the "o" and find ö in the glyphs palette or use option-u o from your keyboard (option-u puts an umlaut over the next character that you type)
  17. at the bottom of page 6, Sami Hana should have a tilde in his name; select the "n" and type option-n n, or find the correct character in the Glyphs palette
  18. at the bottom of page 11, add an accent over the e in Andre; use option-e from your keyboard, or find the correct character in the Glyphs palette; also, let's keep her name together—add a non-breaking space between her first and last names (option-shift-X or find it in the Type >Insert White Space menu); or use No Break
  19. on page 16, the second to last line, change "beta" to the Greek beta character; this font doesn't have Greek characters in the Glyphs palette (some do); so replace it with the letter b and change it to Symbol font
  20. pages 17–21 no longer have type on them, so delete them by selecting these pages in the pages palette and clicking on the trash
  21. print out a copy for your binder; export to pdf and drop file in Cobra for grading

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