Useful Tips

Photoshop CS3


In a bulleted list, each paragraph begins with a bullet symbol. In numbered lists, a paragraph begins with an expression that includes a number or letter, separated from the rest of the text by a period or bracket. The numbers in the lists are updated automatically as paragraphs are added and deleted. The numbering style and marker type, separator, font attributes and character style, as well as the type and size of the indentation, can be changed.

The Text tool does not allow markers and numbering to be highlighted in lists. Their formatting and indentation can be changed in the Markers and Numbering dialog box, in the Paragraph panel or in the Markers and Numbering section of the Paragraph Styles dialog box (if bullets or numbering are part of the style).

To create a bulleted or numbered list, the easiest way is to enter it, select it, and then click the “Bulleted List” or “Numbered List” button on the "Control" panel. These buttons allow you to turn the list on and off, as well as turn a bulleted list into a numbered list and vice versa. Markers and numbering can also be included in the paragraph style and create lists by applying it to the text.

Automatically added markers and numbering characters are not actually contained in the text. Therefore, they are not included in the search operations, are not highlighted by the Text tool, unless explicitly converting them to text. In addition, bullets and numbering are not displayed in the material editor window (except for the paragraph style column).

For instructions on creating bulleted and numbered lists, see

InDesign Docs presents a series of articles about using bulleted and numbered lists to create paths, tiered lists, figure captions, and step numbering.

Click the “Bulleted list” or “Numbered list” button in the “Control” panel (in the “Paragraph” mode). If you hold down the Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) key, the Markers and Numbering dialog box appears.

Select Markers and Numbering from the paragraph menu or the Control panel menu. For List Type, select Labeled or Numbered. Select the options you want and click OK.

Apply a paragraph style that contains bullets or numbering.

Formatting a bulleted and numbered list

Select Markers and Numbering in the menu of the Control panel (in the Paragraph mode) or the Paragraph panel.

Press the Bullet List or Numbered List button while holding down the Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) key.

Change the marker symbol.

Change the list numbering options.

Select a style for numbers and markers in the Character Style list.

Aligns the marker or number to the left, right, or center within the horizontal interval allotted for numbers (if it is too small, the difference between these three alignment modes will be invisible).

Specifies the size of line indentation, starting with the second.

Controls the position of a marker or number.

Increase paragraph indentation to combine punctuation of long lists. For example, to combine the digits “9.” and “10.”, select the alignment on the right and gradually increase the indentation until the numbers are aligned (make sure that preview mode is enabled).

To create the effect of a hanging indent, specify a positive number in the value of the Indent on the left parameter (for example, 2p0), then specify the same negative number (for example, -2p0) in the value of the Indent indent parameter.

The Indent Left, Indent Indent, and Tab Tab options in the Markers and Numbering dialog box are paragraph attributes. Therefore, changing them in the “Paragraph” panel also affects the formatting of bulleted and numbered lists.

Includes a tab stop to create an interval between the marker or number and the beginning of the list item.

By default, bullets and numbers inherit some formatting attributes from the first character of the paragraph to which they are attached. If the first character of the first paragraph is different from the first character of the second, then the numbering or bullet characters in the various elements of the list may lose uniformity. To correct this situation, create a character style for numbers or markers and apply it through the Markers and Numbering dialog box.

Change marker characters

If none of the existing marker symbols matches, then other symbols can be added to the Marker Symbol grid. A marker character in one font will not necessarily be available in another. When you add a marker symbol along with it, you can also remember its font.

When adding a marker character from a specific font (for example, the index finger from the "Dingbats" font), the font name should be remembered. If a character from the main set is used, then it is better not to remember it, since most of the fonts have their own version of this character. Depending on whether the Remember Marker Font option is selected, the added marker will either be a link to a Unicode code with a headset and style, or a simple Unicode value.

Markers containing only the Unicode value (without remembering the font) are indicated by a red “u”.

Add marker character

The list of marker characters is saved in the document along with character and paragraph styles. When you insert or load paragraph styles from other documents, all marker characters used in these styles are reflected in the Markers and Numbering dialog box along with the markers defined in the current document.

Change the settings of a numbered list

Numbers in numbered lists are automatically updated when paragraphs are added or deleted. Paragraphs in one list are numbered sequentially. List paragraphs do not have to follow each other.

You can also create a multi-level list in which elements form a nested structure, and different levels have different indents.

  • Enter a character (for example, a closing bracket) or several characters instead.

You can also enter a full-width separator instead of a half-width dot separator. This is especially useful when working with vertical text.

Select an item (for example, Long Dash or Ellipsis) in the Insert Special Character menu.

Enter a word or character before the number metacharacter. For example, to number a list of questions, enter the word Question.

Continue from previous number

Numbers the list sequentially.

Starts numbering with a number or other value entered in this text box. Enter a number (not a letter) here, even if the list is numbered in letters or Roman numerals.

Defining Lists

The list can be interspersed with other paragraphs and lists and located in several different materials and documents of the book. For example, you can use it to create a layered hierarchical structure or an end-to-end list of numbered tables throughout a document. You can also define separate lists for numbered or bulleted items that are mixed together. For example, in the list of questions and answers, you can define two lists - for separate numbering of questions and answers.

Certain lists are often used to mark paragraphs intended for different purposes. When creating a paragraph style for numbering, you can assign a style to a specific list, after which the corresponding paragraphs will be formatted according to the list definition. For example, the first paragraph will have the number 1 (“Table 1”), and the next paragraph will have the number 2 (“Table 2”), even if it is in the material after several pages. Since both paragraphs refer to the same specific list, they are numbered sequentially, regardless of how far they are from each other in the document or book.

For each type of element (step-by-step instructions, tables, figures, etc.), a separate list should be defined. Elements of such lists can be interspersed with each other, but each of the lists retains its numbering.

If list items appear in unlinked frames on the same page, they are numbered in the order in which text frames were added to the page. To change the numbering order, manually cut and paste text frames in the required order.

Create a scale marker

  1. Choose Analyze> Place Scale Marker.
  2. In the Measurement Scale Marker dialog box, set the following options. Length Enter a value to set the length of the scale marker. The length of the marker in pixels will depend on the measurement scale that is currently selected for a particular document.

Show Text Select this option to display the logical length and units for the scale marker.

Text Location Displays the title above or below the zoom marker.

Color Sets the black or white color of the marker and title.

A scale marker is placed in the lower left corner of the image. A marker adds a group of layers to a document containing a text layer (if the Show Text option is selected) and a graphic layer. You can use the Move tool to move the scale marker, and the Text tool to edit the title and change the size of the text, font, and color.

For a video on basic usage of measuring instruments, see

How to put a color mark

Putting a label on a layer in Photoshop is very simple. To do this, right-click on the area where the eye icon is displayed. A context menu will appear in which select 1 of 7 colors.

The reverse process looks the same. Only instead of color, select No color.

Let me remind you that in Photoshop this is not the only opportunity to assign a color to any elements of the program. You can also highlight with color the items on the command menu of the program and the items on the drop-down menus of the palettes.