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How to add the Copyright, Registered & Trademark symbols in InDesign

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, in this video we're going to look at doing this. When we zoom in, you can see this copyright symbol. It's the same principle for registered, or trademark, or any of the other symbols that you might not find on your keyboard. Say that you've got a $ sign on your keyboard, but you need £s, €s, or some other symbol. They're called Glyphs, and we're going to go and do those now.

So to add a Glyph, let's grab our 'Type Tool'. We're going to put ours on-- actually we'll put it over here, and we'll move it to this page when we're finished. We need to draw out a 'Type Box'. This one's going to be 'Copyright', and this has come from 'Adobe Stock'. We'll go to '2019', and now we want to put in the copyright symbol. So we're going up to 'Type', down to 'Glyphs'. Glyphs is the word we use for the parts of the font that's probably not on your keyboard. So, look down the keyboard, there's no copyright button, there's an & button, and the $ sign, but no copyright. And what we're going to do actually, is select this type first. We're going to use 'Roboto' for most of our body copy. And we'll use Roboto, There's lots of Robotos in here, I'm going to use 'Medium'. You might be using 'Regular'. I'm going to use 'Roboto Regular'. And now I want to put in the copyright symbol.

So let's have our cursor flashing just after the 9. Find copyright in here, and we're going to double click it. There's registered trademark, there's copyright. It can be a little tough to find. You can play around with the size of this. To see if you can find them, just scroll through until you find it. I had it, I've lost it, there it is, just double click it. And you can see, it appears over here. It's the same for all of these symbols. If you find you don't have a copyright symbol it's probably because you're using a font that doesn't have any of this extra Glyph data. Say we use that free font, up here, it's called Alex Brush. Can you see, Alex Brush, it does have a copyright symbol. That's more by luck, me picking up a font that has it.

Often some of those free fonts, that's what they'll do, they'll do the upper and lower case, and some of the numbers, but they'll just ignore copyright and all those other things. So that's the reason they're free. But this case, both of these have it. So that is the Glyphs panel. I'm going to close this down now.

Next is kind of more of production. I'm going to go through and bring in an image. So, not only Glyph stuff anymore, we're going to build up a page here that you saw at the beginning of the video. So let's just go 'File', 'Place'. Bring in 'Herbs'. How big is it going to be? We're going to have to play around with this because it's a weird format. I'm just going to drag it out, this sort of size. I'm going to zoom out quite a bit. Especially if you're doing full background images, you're going to have to zoom out so you can see the whole thing. 'Command Shift' on a Mac, 'Control Shift' on a PC to scale it. While it scales, it at least goes over the 'Bleed'. And then I'm going to tuck it in with my 'Black Arrow', to the center there. Zoom in a little bit more. Grab the corners, get them to the 'Bleed'.

Now, if I left it like this, it's hanging over the 'Bleed' quite a bit, it doesn't matter, it will get trimmed off when it goes out to PDF. So it doesn't matter, this is just, mainly a bit of designer OCD. Just to make sure it all aligns up, and looks nice in InDesign. Changes nothing of the final output. What I might do in here is use the 'Content Grabber'.

Now, at the beginning of this course I said I don't like 'Content Grabber'. I'm using it in this class because-- I just am. What I tend to do is just double click the image anywhere. And it does the same thing. It jumps to the content without this target here, 'Content Grabber'. Maybe because of this course I am getting a little bit more used to the 'Content Grabber'. So I might have to eat my words and say it's actually not as bad as I thought it was. Now I'm just messing about, let's move on.

What I want to do is grab my 'Rectangle Tool'. I'm going to give it a 'Fill' of my 'Green'. We'll use 'Dark Green'. And I'm going to give it a 'Stroke' of 'None'. And the draw box, I'll draw it over here. Grab my 'Black Arrow', and move it in. I find that often it is more helpful. I'm going to hit the W key just to see where the edges are. Somehow it's a little hard to see. How big does it need to be? Big enough to hold this. What size is this?

One of the things is that-- remember, we have to play with the 'Arrange' because this guy is behind all of this, so I'm going to right click it before I move it across. So you might have to go to 'undo'. Go to 'Arrange', and go to 'Bring to Front'. Brings it in front of everything. You there, select the 'Type', I'm going to make mine 'White'. It's up here, 'Paper'. What size is it? 12 is too big, so I'm going to turn it down to 10. Note that 10 is a very common body copy size, 12 is a bit big.

And what am I doing? I'm just messing about now. Skip on to the next video, while I mess about. Beautiful. Now I'm going to skip off to the next video. I'll see you there.