Tip of the Week: Use the Story Editor When Designing With Text
This InDesign tip on using the Story Editor when designing with text was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on April 20, 2017.
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If you’re familiar at all with InDesign’s Story Editor, I know what you’re thinking: this tip’s title makes no sense. The whole point of the Story Editor is to present text content in a way that’s free of formatting. So how could you use it to design text? The key is that the Story Editor resides in a separate window, and the text you select in the Story Editor does not appear to be selected in the layout.
Normally, if you’re experimenting with different colors, you have to select the text (which makes it appear inverted), apply a color, then deselect to actually see if it’s the color you want.
Instead, select the text frame with the Selection tool (or just park your cursor somewhere in the frame). Then open the Story Editor (Ctrl+Y/Command+Y). Now you can make your text selection in the Story Editor, and apply the color, change font, size, etc. and immediately judge the new look of the text.