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?
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, June 12, 2014
Need to place text (like a caption) over a busy image? Don’t strain your readers’ eyes.
Ghost the area behind that text—with InDesign. In this week’s InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to add a low-opacity fill to text frames that makes type easier to read, while still revealing a hint of the image beneath it. Ghosting an image isn’t spooky; it’s just a great trick.
Watch this week’s free movie, and check back next week for more InDesign Secrets.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 29, 2014
Designers collect fonts like magpies. True font enthusiasts may have thousands of typefaces loaded on their computer at any one time. So how do you find the one you need? Anne-Marie Concepción spills the secrets to sorting and filtering fonts in InDesign CC. Earlier versions of InDesign offer a few of these tricks, but as Anne-Marie reveals in this week’s movie, the search field in CC make it easier than ever to find the font you need: Arial to Zapfino, light, bold, or condensed.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 15, 2014
Most special characters are assigned a keyboard shortcut for easy access. But who has time to memorize them all?
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 01, 2014
Some typefaces don’t offer a bold or italic font, but that shouldn’t stop you from adding emphasis to text. Sometimes you have to cheat to get what you want. And InDesign is the ace up your sleeve.
InDesign allows you to bend the rules and fake bold and italic text with typefaces like Andale Mono and Dingbats. In this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to use the Skew and Shear options to angle text and add an additional stroke to create bold type. Watch this week’s free episode of InDesign Secrets to learn more.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 17, 2014
Regular InDesign users often build a bank of custom settings: workspaces, scripts, keyboard shortcuts, PDF presets, font sets, and even Find/Change queries. These settings are too valuable to lose in a crash and too important to leave behind if you move to a different computer.
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