8 Replies Latest reply: May 17, 2012 2:37 AM by Peter Spier RSS

    loading charaters, swatches etc

    Lisadjb

      I have indesign CS5.5 and I am having trouble loading characters, styles and swatches (all pantone).  I work on a network plc and I don't know if the plug ins are installed.

        • 1. Re: loading charaters, swatches etc
          Mylenium CommunityMVP

          Ask specific questions in the ID forum.

           

          Mylenium

          • 2. Re: loading charaters, swatches etc
            Jeff A Wright Employee Hosts

            Moving this discussion to the InDesign forum.

            • 3. Re: loading charaters, swatches etc
              Peter Spier CommunityMVP

              To load character styles, open the Character Style panel, then from the panel flyout menu choose Load Character styles... and in the dialog that opens choose the .indd file that you want to take the styles from.

               

              To load a Pantone Swatch, open the Swatches panel and from the flyout menu choose New Color Swatch... In the Color Type dropdown choose Process or Spot, and in the Color Mode dropdown choose your pantone library of choice. You can also Load Swatches from that menu in a similar fashion to loading styles, either from another ID file, or froma a saved .ase file.

              • 4. Re: loading charaters, swatches etc
                Lisadjb Community Member

                What if I don't have any .indd files on my pc?  Are there any that come with indesign when you purchase it? i.e. paragraphs, characters styles etc? 

                • 5. Re: loading charaters, swatches etc
                  Peter Spier CommunityMVP

                  No.  Do you understand the concepts behind paragraph and character styles? These are things you define yourself for each project, or load from another document to be consistent. The only pre-loaded style is [Basic Paragraph] (which I highly recommend you don't use for anything, and never use as the basis for other styles, if you need to collaborate with other users) which contains the default font information. The problem with using [Basic Paragraph] is that it can be redefined and be different for every document, and when moving text between documents you get surprises when the receiving file has styles with the same name, but different definitions.

                  • 6. Re: loading charaters, swatches etc
                    Lisadjb Community Member

                    No.  I went on a course for the basics and everything we used was already there so I presumed that it would be when my company purchased it.  I will ask a colleague if she has any indd files for me to import what we have as corporate.

                     

                    Thanks

                    • 7. Re: loading charaters, swatches etc
                      Peter Spier CommunityMVP

                      For corporate work you more than likely need templates, which will define the corporate styles and color swatches, that will be used as the basis for other documents.

                      • 8. Re: loading charaters, swatches etc
                        Peter Spier CommunityMVP

                        It sounds like your company is just switching over to ID, is that correct? If so, it may well be that the task of defining these styles and saving them in templates is going to fall on your shoulders.

                         

                        Did your course cover styles? It sounds like it didn't, and that's a crime. You might want to get a copy of Sandee Cohen's Visual QuickStart Guide to InDesign, or if you feel you need something more advanced try Real World Indesign, or if you prefer video training, Lynda.com.