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By David Blatner | Thursday, July 17, 2014

InDesign Secrets: How to Rotate Text Inside a Frame

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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

Cropping with the Paste Into Command

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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

Lay Out a Book Jacket

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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

Building Bolder, Richer Gradients

Creating bolder, richer gradients

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

Making a Multi-Level Numbered List

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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.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reduce Your PDF File Size

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Ever export a PDF from InDesign and end up with a much larger file than you expected? Why are PDFs sometimes so much larger than they need to be?

By David Blatner | Thursday, March 13, 2014

Using conditional text in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Using conditional text

The best designers try to get the most use out of every InDesign document. They avoid recreating documents to accommodate small variations. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner reveals the savvy designer’s trick for creating several different versions of a design, each with different text and images, all stored in a single InDesign file. This technique uses what’s called conditional text, also covered at length in David’s course InDesign Insider Training: Beyond the Essentials. Using conditional text in InDesign is a great way to address different audiences, different languages, different pricing structures, and more, all within the same document. You simply turn on the right condition and export the version of the document you need. Watch now to get started.

By David Blatner | Thursday, February 27, 2014

Creating blank lines for forms and contracts: InDesign Secrets

Creating blank lines for forms or contracts in InDesign

Explore InDesign Secrets at lynda.com.

Create blank lines for your forms and contracts the easy way in InDesign. David Blatner reveals his secret for adding blank lines inside running text and at the end of a line: rules. When you want to add them after text, simply select the text, open the Paragraph Rules dialog, and enable Rule Above and Rule Below. You can then adjust properties like weight, offset, width, and indent to fit your layout. You can even transform your custom rules into a paragraph style, so you can add more blank lines with a single click.

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