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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.
Let's talk about how to make automatic jump lines, and there are surprisingly a number of people who don't know that InDesign can do that for you. A jump line is when you have a story, typically in a magazine, like this profile of Arnie Palmer, that continues, and then has to jump one or more pages. Like let's assume that this article jumps from here down to here and in fact if I turn on Show Text Threads, you can see it, actually the line goes all the way down here. This might be, right here it's four pages, could be four ads or it could be another article or, you know, off in the or continued to the end of the magazine.
What you want to do is you want to tell the reader at the end of this story, continued on page, and then give them the page number so they can flip forward and find it here. And if they just happen to be browsing the story and they're on this page, and they're like, oh, where's this coming from? And so you'd want a continued from. So a continue to and a continued from is what we're looking for. What you could do is you could come up here to the bottom of this page and go ahead and write continued on page, let's go ahead and do that. Let me get the right paragraph style.
We'll just do Body. Continued on page, and that page was 28. Right? But if we added a couple pages after page 27, then we'd have to remember to come back to all of our jump lines, like this one, and increment this up. So you don't want to just actually type in what page something's continued on. You want to use InDesign's automatic feature for this, and that's called the Next Page and Previous Page marker. You're familiar with the Current Page marker, I'm sure, because that's what you put on your master pages, so that on the document page on, at every folio, it shows you the accurate page number.
And here we're starting a new section, by the way. So the first page is actually page 20, which is why this is 23. Well, that's the Current Page marker, we're going to do the Previous and the Next Page marker. So, instead of this, I'm going to delete it, and go up to the Type menu, go down to Insert Special Character, Marker, Next Page Number. There's no keyboard shortcut for it, and it says page 28, looks the same as before. But if we added a couple of pages, let's go ahead and Insert two more pages after page 23.
And come back here. Continued on page 30. So it automatically jumps. Now, but watch something. If I move this frame down just a little bit, it reverts back to 23. You don't get any warning, so what's going on here? Well, the jump frames only work if the frame that it's in, touches the frame of the story that it's referencing. So here's the bottom of this frame, this blue line. And I need to get this guy, I'm going to nudge him up so that he touches it a little bit. That's all you need to do.
Right? So typically, you're putting jump lines in their own text frame. You don't want to actually add it right here, because if you edit the text, then some of that line continued on page might end up sucked up further up in this paragraph or on the next page. So usually, you put these jump lines, they're called, in their own separate text frame. So that would be continued on, and I'm just going to copy that And jump over to page 30 here. And let's get, zoom in a bit. And paste. And we want to say continued from page, and we're going to get rid of this marker and we're going to replace it with previous page.
Insert Special Character, Markers, Previous Page Number. Right now, it's just saying the current page number, 30, because again, yes, the frame needs to touch. There we go. Continued from Page 23. You can get really fancy with these. Very often, you're going to want to, just because of space considerations, you actually want it to be part of this story, so you'd want to like, put it right on top, and then maybe give it a text wrap, like this. Or this one. Let's look at it as a preview, and give it a special text treatment.
I have created a couple already earlier, they'll be here in the paste board side. So here's one, Continued on page, now, when they're sitting out on the paste board and you have a marker there, it'll just say PB for paste board. And this is an actual paragraph style that I created called jump to, and it has a mark, because if I right-click and edit it, you can see that there's actually a nested style that applies a special character style So this little dingbat right here, and I did the same thing for continued from, Here's another treatment, continued on and continued from.
Let's see what this might look like. Zoom out, let's do this right here, so continued on page, we're going to put it right here, and look at it in preview mode. Yeah, so you want to make your jump lines look quite different, but not too different from the text that it's surrounding. Finally, one last tip for working with jump lines in your publications are, instead of having to recreate this from scratch every time you're going to jump an article, or for every issue, you might as well create a few and then save them in a library or as a snippet, so that if you save it as a snippet, then everybody can pull from it from the server.
So for example, I have a library here where I just dragged and dropped these guys, and if I was working in a publication that didn't have these already set up, and I realized, oh, I need to do a jump line, I could just open up the jump lines library, just another file that you open from the InDesign File, Open, and look at each one of these. This is jump from with a light condensed and jump to light condensed is over there, that's the one I want. So I'll drag this guy. Continued on page 30, let me move this up a bit.
That looks nice. Well, maybe not, let's move it up a little bit more. There we go, so it's supposed to push two lines away. That looks pretty cool. So here they are in a library, or, like I said, you could put them as snippets when you select one of these, and you go to File and choose Export. You can export it as a snippet, which is an IDMS file. Put them all in a folder, some place where everybody can access them, or if it's just you, put them in a folder that you're going to remember where they are. Here, I put them right inside my client files folder, right at the top. Then I can just place them right from there, just to put the regular file place, or I can use our friend Mini Bridge and get to the snippets folder, and then I can just drag and drop them right from here.
So here's the jump from italic conversion. There, we take that one, and replace it with that one. So, should have brought over the continued on. But you get the idea. Once you have created a nice paragraph style, for your jump lines using InDesign's wonderful Next Page, Previous Page marker feature, save yourself some work down the line and make them easy to retrieve in a library or in a snippets folder.
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