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In this series, David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, co-hosts of the web's top resource for InDesign tips and tricks, InDesignSecrets.com, share some hidden and sometimes surprising workflow tips that will make working in InDesign more efficient and more fun. The course covers built-in timesaving features such as Quick Apply and auto-expanding text, but also little-known tricks, such as using the eyedropper to copy and paste character and paragraph text attributes and making accurate selections by selecting through or even into objects.
New techniques will be added to the collection every other week, so check back early and often. Find more tips and tricks at indesignsecrets.com.
There's a little known glitch that occurs when you package an InDesign file, and that is it will not package any linked objects, like images, that are on the Pasteboard. So here, in this book, I'm scrolling down to page four and five, and you can see that, you know, I'm experimenting with what images I'm going to place in here, and now I need to package it up to send it to myself that I'm going to work on from another location Or just send it to a freelancer. If you look in the Links panel, you'll see that these three images on the paste board to say PB.
Then go to File > Package. Look up here, where it says Links and Images, we're not worried about the exclamation point. That's just concern because they're using RGB. But we're looking at the total number of links. It says six links found. But here you can see there are nine links. If we go ahead and package it anyway, and we'll just stick it out on the desktop. If I jump to the finder and look at that package folder, under links, there's only six items. Even if you have grouped these images, as I just did by selecting them all, and then pressing Cmd or Ctrl+G, to group them.
You can see that some of them still say PB. As long as a linked image says PB, meaning InDesign says it's on the paste board, it will not be included in the package. Even if I cut this group, and say, paste it into this frame, because I'm doing something for DPS, you know, I'm doing like an image pan and zoom or some other kind of, you know, scrolling content in a frame. I'm going to choose Paste Into. If I export this for DPS, if I'm making a folio, the entire contents, all of the images here will appear in my folio.
But if I package it, because I need to hand it off, say, give it back to the client, again, it's going to ignore the ones on the paste board. So what is the fix? Well, it's actually a cool little fix. But let me undo the pasting into so we can see things a little better. What you need to do is, you need to increase the slug area to encompass the things that are on the pasteboard. And you do that by going to the File menu going down to document setup. And under bleed and slug or if you have an earlier version of InDesign, click more info to see this.
You want to make this slug amount only on the outside cause we only worry about the outside of it to be as large as possible. And it turns out the largest measure is six inches. So I'm going to type six inches, turn on Preview so you can see what's going to happen. Anything that falls within the boundaries of the slug area will be included when you package it. So, I'm going to click OK. And then, just make sure, I'll ungroup this, make sure that everything falls within the slug area that you want to include. You don't have to mess around with accidentally putting something on the layout.
But now, notice how InDesign does not consider these things to be on the pasteboard anymore. Increasing the slug area is better than increasing the bleed area, which I've seen recommended in other places, because now we can still see a bleed area and, and we'll still see crop marks for the bleed area if we export this to PDF with crop marks. Just increase the slug area. Let's go ahead and package this again. And, you'll see now it says that there are nine links found. And, we'll package it into version two. And, take a look at the finder. And, there we have all nine items.
Next time we have to send something off don't forget about the items in your paste board and our friend the slug.
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