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By David Blatner | Thursday, March 05, 2015

Make Your Own Stroke Styles in InDesign: Stripes, Dots, Dashes

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InDesign comes with many stroke styles built in: thick strokes, thin strokes, dotted strokes.

But what if you can’t find exactly the stroke you’re looking for? You can make your own stroke styles in InDesign — from the Stroke panel menu.

Striped, dotted, or dashed!

By David Blatner | Thursday, February 19, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Hiding the Annoying Content Grabber Icon

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I don’t just like InDesign; I LOVE it.

But as with even the closest couples, there are still some features in it that drive me batty. Like the content grabber donut—that little icon that appears when you pan over an image. You might call it a bagel or an “O.” Whatever you call it, it’s just not that helpful.

So in this super-short, super-sweet video from my InDesign Secrets series, I show you how to hide the icon, without changing any of InDesign’s behaviors or preferences.

By David Blatner | Thursday, February 05, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Clear Text and Images from a Document

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Sometimes you want to use one layout as the starting point for the next, and you need to get rid of text and graphics while keeping all your frames.

In this short InDesign Secrets episode, I’ll give you a few tips for deleting content quickly.

By David Blatner | Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Sort Text in InDesign

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Need to alphabetize a list or sort it numerically?

You won’t find the feature in any menus, but you can sort text in InDesign with the script I introduce in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets.

By David Blatner | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Batch Convert InDesign Files to PDF and IDML Formats

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Designers often need to convert InDesign files to another format for publication (such as PDF) or collaboration (IDML for CS4 to CS6 users).

The Export dialog box works fine when it’s a one-off. But when you have a whole folder’s worth of project files? Get ready for tedium.

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 20, 2014

Change the UI Language in InDesign CS6 and CC

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InDesign versions differ from country to country.

But what if you prefer to work in a different language than what ships with your version of InDesign?

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 06, 2014

Create Blank Entry Spaces on Forms — with InDesign Secrets

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Highlighting the blank entry spaces in a form by hand? Check out this episode of InDesign Secrets.

By applying paragraph rules that use the Text option for their width, you can quickly style empty areas in a table-based form.

By David Blatner | Thursday, October 30, 2014

Create and Control Your Presentations in InDesign

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Many designers are called upon to give presentations. But instead of creating a PowerPoint or Keynote deck, or even a custom PDF, I suggest you present from the software you know best: InDesign.

In this video, I provide a bunch of handy tips for setting up and delivering your presentation in InDesign.

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