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By David Blatner | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Test Fonts Quickly in InDesign CC

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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 Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Convert Corner Points to Smooth Points in Illustrator

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Want to achieve more organic-looking results in your drawings? Learn how to convert corner points to smooth points in Illustrator and get the super smooth results you’ve been looking for.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Which EPUB Format Should You Use: Reflowable or Fixed-Layout?

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Want to turn your publication into an ebook and sell it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or the Apple’s iBooks Store? You need to convert it to EPUB.

But which EPUB format should you choose? Reflowable or fixed-layout?

In this short video, I talk about your options, and the pros and cons of each format.

By Deke McClelland | Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Ultimate Facebook Cover Photo Guide—and Template!

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Over the past few weeks on Deke’s Techniques, I’ve been focusing on how to create an impeccable, integrated, and (dare I say) slightly ingenious Facebook cover photo — in which the cover image at the top of your Facebook page is in perfect alignment with your profile picture.

I’ve measured every angle, considered every interface element, and ultimately crafted a Photoshop template you can use for your own page. Here’s how:

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 Mary Jane Begin | Thursday, May 14, 2015

How Shapes Affect Your Design

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A Rorschach test asks what people “see” when they look at a series of inkblots—then uses psychology to understand their individual perceptions.

As human beings, we read shapes in a highly personal way—but shapes can have a strangely universal affect on viewers, too.

Our instinctive response to both shape and color creates an immediate “read” of the message. As visual communicators, we need to pay attention to shapes in every composition to be sure the message we intend is the one that viewers receive.

How can we know for sure that our designs are … well, in good shape? Follow this advice.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Creating the Perfect Facebook Cover Photo — with Deke

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You may have carefully chosen your profile picture, but is your Facebook cover photo an afterthought? Take your cover to the next level with these tips from Deke McClelland.

Deke has carefully mapped out the exact dimensions of the layout for Facebook personal pages, which he reviewed in detail in last week’s technique.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 07, 2015

Place InDesign Document Inside Another InDesign Document

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InDesign allows you to place and import lots of different file formats: text, images, QuickTime movies, sound files, and even PDF pages.

But did you know you can place an InDesign file into another InDesign file? It’s kind of an InDesign Inception, if you will—and it’s a great feature for bringing samples of your InDesign work into a promotional publication.

In this InDesign Secrets video, I’ll show you how to “place an InDesign document” and take advantage of all the unique options this technique offers.

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