Disclaimer: I'm fairly new at this, I haven't gone to school for it or anything, I'm just trying to teach myself this stuff as I go along, one piece at a time, so please, to the greatest extent possible, explain everything like I'm 5.
So I'm using Adobe InDesign CS5.5 to try to put together a PDF… it's a book I'm wanting to self-publish basically (a tabletop RPG, to be specific)… and being that I have the OCD (and lack of funds!) that I do, I want to try to do all the graphic design myself. So, in InDesign, I am learning it slowly but still can't figure out how to do one or two certain things. For example:
Is there any way where you can just make a text box, expand it to whatever size you want it, and then choose your font and have it automatically adjust your text for you to the absolute largest size that will fit in that box? Or do you always have to fiddle around with it manually?
Is there a way you can just put like “rulers” on the screen that you can see while working, but that don't go into the final PDF, so that you can zoom in or out and still have your points of reference where they intersect?
Is there any way to move boxes and stuff around with the directional buttons? Or to tell a box to just center itself on this X coordinate and that Y coordinate without having to manually move it there yourself?
I'm having a lot of trouble getting things to line up exactly. It has that handy lock-on feature, which is great, but when you zoom in to get a more detailed look, it's hard to know what you're selecting. Am I moving the background, or the box I think I've clicked on? Who knows.
Any answers would be most welcome and very appreciated.