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By David Blatner | Thursday, September 17, 2015

Navigate Pages Using Bookmarks in InDesign

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Long documents can be organized in a number of ways: by sections, chapters, or categories. But all long documents contain pages—and pages are your best bet for navigating around in InDesign.

In this free episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you a trick for jumping to particular pages in InDesign with bookmarks.

By David Blatner | Thursday, September 03, 2015

Creating an 'Intertwined' Effect in InDesign


Intertwined effects always confounded me. Until I saw Mike Rankin do it in InDesign FX.

Let me show you how to create an intertwined effect the Mike Rankin way, using this incredibly easy, timesaving trick.

By David Blatner | Thursday, August 20, 2015

Creating a 'Fold-Back' Effect in InDesign


This week in InDesign Secrets, learn how to create a “fold-back” effect (where a heading appears to overlap and wrap around a text frame) in InDesign—and set it up so you can repeat the effect with a few clicks.

The technique requires a thick paragraph rule, and a triangle anchored in just the right spot. But all you need to start is a text frame with some dummy text.

By David Blatner | Thursday, August 06, 2015

Formatting 'Drop Words' in an InDesign Document


You may know how to make a drop cap style for one or more characters at the beginning of a paragraph, but here I have a different kind of text treatment: an entire drop word, which is still totally editable.

How did I do it? Well, the truth is “drop words” are not a feature in InDesign, but you can convincingly fake it with a combination of character styles, paragraph styles, and an empty text frame.

By David Blatner | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Flipping Content for 'Work and Turn' Print Jobs

work and turn jobs

Have you ever wondered how two-sided documents get printed? This week’s InDesign Secrets is a fascinating look at “work and turn” printing, a timesaving and cost-efficient method of printing doubled-sided designs.

I’ll explain what happens during the work-and-turn process and how you can use InDesign to prepare double-sided layouts for the printer.

By David Blatner | Thursday, July 09, 2015

Adding Prefixes to Page Numbers in InDesign

Adding prefixes to page numbers in InDesign

For a page layout program, adding pages can be pretty confusing in InDesign. I cover the basics in my course, InDesign Essential Training, but today I’ll address one thing I missed: prefixes.

Prefixes are great for labeling different sections of a book or even a large catalog. For example, A1, A2, B1, B2, and C1.

By David Blatner | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Working with Dynamic Layouts in InDesign

create dynamic layouts in InDesign

I believe that page layout programs, at their core, are about managing the relationships of elements on your page. And InDesign is no exception.

But it can be difficult to keep those relationships going, until you dig into InDesign’s more advanced features.

Take a simple page containing a row of images below a text frame, as above. As the text expands or shrinks, the images should re-position themselves accordingly, right? But it doesn’t work like that by default.

So is it possible to create dynamic layouts in InDesign? Yes. I’ll show you how …

By David Blatner | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Use the InDesign Ink Manager — and Make Your Printer Happy


Your printer’s number one complaint? Designers like us are always sending print jobs containing spot colors when they need process colors.

So save your printer the hassle by doing these two things:

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