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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, March 06, 2014

Working with the Polygon tool: InDesign Secrets

Working with the Polygon tool

There are two Polygon tools in InDesign: the basic shape tool called (unsurprisingly) the Polygon tool, and the Polygon Frame tool. Although it’s the “basic” version, the regular Polygon tool offers you quite a bit of drawing power. It can help you draw polygons from 3 to 100 sides, quickly and easily.

In today’s free episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you a couple of tricks for working with the Polygon tool and creating a variety of multisided shapes. She’ll even show you how to vary the number of sides and the inset on the fly, as you draw. Plus, learn how to take advantage of the Polygon tool’s “sticky” settings and convert any shape to a polygon using the Object menu.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, February 20, 2014

Getting rid of text-size parentheses: InDesign Secrets

Getting rid of text-size parentheses: InDesign Secrets

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Have you ever noted a second number in the Type Size field in Adobe InDesign? Set off in parentheses? For example, 12 pt (27.86). The first number is the original text size, the size you set, while the other is the new size after scaling.

You may find this information useful on occasion, but most designers find it annoying. The parentheses are due to a preference called Adjust Scaling Percentage, which used to be selected by default in older versions of InDesign. It’s a situation that’s remedied in InDesign CC, but sometimes the preference gets changed accidentally or you may find it turned on in a document from a designer that uses an older version of InDesign. This week in InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to change the preference, update text frames that have carried the preference with them, and get rid of those pesky parentheses.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, February 06, 2014

Making automatic jump lines: InDesign Secrets

Making automatic jump lines

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A jump line is a line of text that appears at the bottom of an article, telling readers that the article is being cut off there, but will continue on another page; e.g., “Continued on page 288.” Another jump line often appears at the top of the column for the continuing article; e.g., “Continued from page 287.”

It’s easy enough to enter jump lines manually, but if you later add or delete pages from your layout, you have to remember to correct the page numbers in all of your jump lines. So if you know how to use page markers in Adobe InDesign, you can save yourself some work.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, January 23, 2014

Saving for web in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Save for web from InDesign

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InDesign is the red-headed stepchild of the Adobe family when it comes to Save for Web. Photoshop and Illustrator both allow you to export a file to JPG, GIF, and PNG with a simple command from the File menu. Why not InDesign? Well, the truth is InDesign actually has a far more flexible workflow for exporting layouts for the web. It allows you to isolate independent objects such as graphics, images, and text frames and export just those elements—no slicing or hiding layers like those other programs. So what seems at first like a design flaw is actually a benefit for InDesign users.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, January 09, 2014

Mapping Word styles to InDesign styles: InDesign Secrets

Mapping Word styles to InDesign

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Get your Word styles into your InDesign layout with a minimum of fuss. Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to place the contents of a Word file into InDesign without stripping out this useful bit of formatting. The secret is to map your styles. Learn how to customize your style import, map your styles, and even save the Word and InDesign style relationships as a preset. Watch the video below for a brand-new InDesign Secrets.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 19, 2013

Styling pull quotes the easy way: InDesign Secrets

Create elegant pull quotes the easy way.

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Learn a quick and elegant way to style pull quotes. Anne-Marie Concepcion shows you three quick tricks for pull quotes this week in InDesign Secrets. Find out how to style your attribution differently than the quote itself using nested styles, make your rag nice and even with Balance Ragged Lines, and turn your quotation marks into hanging punctuation. Watch the free video below to get started.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 05, 2013

Body text styles for fast typesetting: InDesign Secrets

Body text styles for fast typesetting

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Widows and orphans, those short lines or words at the end or beginning of a paragraph, are a typesetter’s nightmare. While you can eliminate them with soft returns or tracking, you’ll save time and effort by using Adobe InDesign’s powerful typesetting engine instead. Using styles, you can adjust the word spacing, letter spacing, or even change the number of hyphens. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to create paragraph styles to reformat your text, and save time during layout for more important design issues. Watch the free video below to get started.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, November 14, 2013

3 tips for automatic page numbering in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Three tips for automatic page numbering in InDesign

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The lack of options for automatic page numbering is one of the most popular concerns expressed by InDesign users. But since Adobe hasn’t provided a way to use something other than the default page numbering scheme, Anne-Marie Concepción is here with a few workarounds. Watch the free video below to discover her solutions to the three most common auto-numbering problems. Find out how to automatically update the page count as you add or remove pages, add the current and previous page numbers to a single side of your spread, and use a spread count instead of a page count.

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