By David Blatner | Thursday, August 28, 2014
InDesign has a couple of font-locating tricks that seem almost magical to the untrained eye.
By David Blatner | Thursday, August 14, 2014
InDesign automatically embeds any images in your Microsoft Word document inside your layout.
It’s a nice feature, but the problem is the embedded images don’t live anywhere on your computer. They aren’t editable and they also make your InDesign file much larger than necessary.
So in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, I offer a simple way to extract Word document images from InDesign and get them onto your hard drive where they belong.
By David Blatner | Thursday, July 31, 2014
Today’s episode of InDesign Secrets was inspired by a question from a fan who asked, “How do I import a folder full of pictures, and place just one on each page?”
The truth is it’s a difficult task to perform with InDesign alone. But there are two (non-intimidating!) scripts that make it possible.
In this week’s free tutorial, I’ll pop out the Scripts panel and show you how to get to the Image Catalog script, which comes built into InDesign.
By David Blatner | Thursday, July 17, 2014
Everyone knows you can rotate a text frame at any angle you want: 5 degrees, 63 degrees, etc. The text then tags along with it.
But what if you want to rotate text separately from the frame—or rotate the frame around the text? I show you how this week in InDesign Secrets.
By David Blatner | Thursday, July 03, 2014
InDesign is pretty intuitive, but some features aren’t obvious until you see them in action. Paste Into is one of those.
By David Blatner | Thursday, June 05, 2014
Designing a book cover can be a chore. The spine can be particularly challenging when you’re not sure how wide the final printed book will be.
But if your layout is set up correctly, InDesign can help you resize the cover to fit. In this week’s free episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to set up your InDesign document and lay out a book jacket, including front, back, and spine. Plus, learn to use the Page tool to resize the width of the spine and export a PDF with fold marks.
Watch this week’s movie to get started, and check back next week for more free tips!
By David Blatner | Thursday, May 22, 2014
Gradients are a great way to spice up your type. But there are other techniques you can use to build bolder, richer gradients, and avoid the muddled grays that can occur in the middle of black-to-color transitions.
By David Blatner | Thursday, April 24, 2014
Numbered lists aren’t exactly cutting edge anymore. Called “ordered lists” by web folks, they allow you to add and delete new items and automatically update the numbering as you go. In InDesign, they’re as simple to create as selecting text and clicking the Numbered List button. But what if you need a multi-level list, with steps like 2a or 1.4.1? This episode of InDesign Secrets reviews the basics of creating multi-level numbered lists, starting with a paragraph style. Host David Blatner also shows how to align and indent your lists.
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