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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Preview InDesign Files with Bridge

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I often find myself looking through my hard drive for a particular InDesign layout, jumping from folder to folder, and getting totally frustrated.

I may not always be able to recognize the file I want from the name, and I might not remember which version I want without reviewing the layout itself.

Well, Bridge is here to the rescue! Bridge lets you preview InDesign files without opening them.

The trick is to set up InDesign to make sure the previews are set up the way you want.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Creating Orthogonal Cubes with Illustrator's Line Segment Tool

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Learn how to draw an orthogonal cube pattern with one of the simplest tools in Adobe Illustrator: the Line Segment tool.

In this free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to build a “boxed tower” illustration that interlocks with itself. And it all starts with a single line!

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 Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Extracting a Photo from a Smart Object in Photoshop

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Even the most important image files can be misplaced or deleted.

Sometimes, in our haste to keep our desktops neat and organized, we delete photos after we’re finished touching them up. Or we might delete images from our phones to free up storage space, only to regret it moments later.

The good news is that once an image is brought into Photoshop and converted into a Smart Object—a must if you’re following a nondestructive workflow—the original unmodified photo is still accessible.

And in this short, sweet episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows you exactly how to get to it.

By Nigel French | Monday, July 20, 2015

How to Design a Business Card That Gets Noticed

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With the ever-expanding number of contact addresses that we all seem to have these days, how do you manage to fit all of this information onto a business card—and have it still be readable and attractive?

I show you how to wisely choose paper, colors, imagery, and more in my Designing a Business Card course on lynda.com. But here are some tips on layout that everyone should know.

By William Lidwell | Thursday, July 16, 2015

Goodbye, Design Thinking — Hello, Design Wisdom

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For decades, the notion of design thinking has governed the way the design world tackles creative problems.

But here, designer, entrepreneur, and innovator William Lidwell reveals the flaws in design thinking—particularly as it applies to the “debacle” of the US military’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Author of the best-selling guide “Universal Principles of Design” and of the new lynda.com series of the same name, Lidwell is a frequent design and consumer experience consultant with Harrah’s, IKEA, Merrill Lynch, and Procter & Gamble. He says it’s not design thinking but design wisdom we ought to be aiming for.

Here’s why …

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 16, 2015

Taming the InDesign Baseline Grid

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The InDesign baseline grid is a nonprinting grid that covers an entire spread. It looks kind of like old-fashioned ruled notepaper and it’s useful for checking alignment, especially when you have multiple columns of text.

However well meaning, though, grids can be distracting for designers and clients alike.  You can toggle the baseline grid on and off with a keyboard shortcut (Alt+Ctrl+ on Windows and Opt+Cmd+ on Mac), but wouldn’t it be nice if it were a little less obtrusive in the first place?

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.

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