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By David Blatner | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Flipping Content for 'Work and Turn' Print Jobs

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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

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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

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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:

By David Blatner | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Test Fonts Quickly in InDesign CC

test fonts in InDesign

What font should you use today? With the hundreds of choices in InDesign, you might have to try two or three (or 50!) before you find exactly the right one for your layout.

But InDesign CC has a few cool features that allow you to test fonts quickly and in a more fun and interactive way.

I’ll show you how in this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By David Blatner | Friday, May 15, 2015

Make a Magazine-Style 'Image Sandwich' in InDesign

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Have you ever wanted to re-create the effect seen on covers of big magazines like Sports Illustrator and Vogue—the kind where the masthead appears to be behind one part of the cover image and in front of another part?

It used to take a million-dollar machine to create the effect. Today, you can achieve the same results with a few clicks in InDesign. I’ll show you how with this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Display the Last Page Number in a Book Layout

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Did you know InDesign has a feature that lets you automatically calculate and display the last page number of your layout? And it’s incredibly easy to add, using the Type > Text Variables menu.

But what if your last page is on a different layout—say in a different chapter in a book? In that case you have to use a cross reference instead.

In this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you how to create a cross reference, point it at text or a text anchor, and format it to display the last page number of a book spanning multiple layouts.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 16, 2015

Making a Long Shadow in InDesign or Illustrator

Create a trendy long shadow

The long shadow is a fun, trendy effect and it’s a great way to make flat text and icons stand out—like those used to represent apps in iOS and Android.

Unlike a soft-edged drop shadow, though, the long shadow can’t be achieved with the click of a button in InDesign.

But this week’s InDesign Secrets shows you how to create a long shadow in InDesign in just a few steps. You’ll also learn how to move your design over to Illustrator and use a shortcut there to create a slightly more refined version of the same effect.

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