By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, October 02, 2014
Creating your headers and footers at the master page level? It’s a good first step to keeping repeating elements like these consistent, when working with long documents in InDesign.
But have you made sure your header and footer content is legible on every page? Small details like page numbers can be easily obscured by images and background colors.
In this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you two quick tricks to keep your master page content visible on every page.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 18, 2014
One of the most common problems designers find in InDesign layouts they receive is inconsistent text styling.
For every type of formatting in your documents, there should be a corresponding paragraph or character styles. Unfortunately, many times editors will simply override the style and apply italics, emphasis, or some other formatting locally. But when you open the Character Styles panel, those little “Override” pluses are the last thing you want to see.
Luckily, there are two ways to find and fix local formatting—even in an extremely long document—in InDesign.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 04, 2014
Color consistency across related InDesign documents—like, say, a media packet for a client—is critically important.
But how do you get the colors you’re using in one document over to another?The secret (the InDesign Secret!) lies in swatches.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 21, 2014
Any designer worth her salt knows about Quick Apply in InDesign — but I have a few other uses for Quick Apply that often surprise InDesign users.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 07, 2014
Sometimes InDesign seems like it willfully ignores you. Like when you set an exact leading amount and the program completely disregards that value.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 24, 2014
Snippets and libraries are both reusable pieces of InDesign content. Anything you can select can be turned into either a snippet or a library object—and can then be used again and again in other InDesign docs.
Both techniques beat copying and pasting. But what’s the difference? Why use snippets over libraries … or vice versa?
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 10, 2014
Let’s say you have two text blocks of different lengths. How can you unite them visually and create a consistent look and feel in your design?
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, June 26, 2014
Your design is done. It looks great! But when you go to print it, InDesign squawks at you. It’s finding problems that aren’t detectable to the naked eye: overset text, missing fonts, missing links. That’s all fine and good—but why doesn’t InDesign alert you to these issues earlier in the process?
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