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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, January 23, 2014

Saving for web in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Save for web from InDesign

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InDesign is the red-headed stepchild of the Adobe family when it comes to Save for Web. Photoshop and Illustrator both allow you to export a file to JPG, GIF, and PNG with a simple command from the File menu. Why not InDesign? Well, the truth is InDesign actually has a far more flexible workflow for exporting layouts for the web. It allows you to isolate independent objects such as graphics, images, and text frames and export just those elements—no slicing or hiding layers like those other programs. So what seems at first like a design flaw is actually a benefit for InDesign users.

By David Blatner | Thursday, January 16, 2014

Automatically threaded text flows: InDesign Secrets

Automatically threaded text flows

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When you import long documents, Adobe InDesign can automatically add as many text boxes or “frames” as your text requires and thread them together in a “text flow.” But can you set up two separate automatic text flows in InDesign? Yes, you can. David Blatner shows how to create the initial text frames on your master page, create two separate threads, and place a document in each thread. Then watch as InDesign adds the additional text frames and pages you need and flows the text between the connected frames. Click the video below to get started.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, January 09, 2014

Mapping Word styles to InDesign styles: InDesign Secrets

Mapping Word styles to InDesign

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Get your Word styles into your InDesign layout with a minimum of fuss. Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to place the contents of a Word file into InDesign without stripping out this useful bit of formatting. The secret is to map your styles. Learn how to customize your style import, map your styles, and even save the Word and InDesign style relationships as a preset. Watch the video below for a brand-new InDesign Secrets.

By David Blatner | Thursday, January 02, 2014

Allow a text frame to resize with text: InDesign Secrets

Resize a text frame with text

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Do overset text icons make you crazy? Do you hate manually resizing your text frames? Learn how to fit your frames to your content in a couple of different ways in this episode of InDesign Secrets. David Blatner shows you how to resize a text frame with a keyboard shortcut, a (double) click of a button, or without any input from you at all using Adobe InDesign’s auto-sizing options.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 19, 2013

Styling pull quotes the easy way: InDesign Secrets

Create elegant pull quotes the easy way.

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Learn a quick and elegant way to style pull quotes. Anne-Marie Concepcion shows you three quick tricks for pull quotes this week in InDesign Secrets. Find out how to style your attribution differently than the quote itself using nested styles, make your rag nice and even with Balance Ragged Lines, and turn your quotation marks into hanging punctuation. Watch the free video below to get started.

By David Blatner | Thursday, December 12, 2013

InDesign Secrets: Making patterns with PatternMaker

Creating patterns with PatternMaker

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Learn how to spice up your boring backgrounds with patterns. While Adobe InDesign doesn’t have a built-in pattern fill feature, in this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to download PatternMaker, a free plugin from Teacup Software, and fill any object with one of its three free built-in patterns. You can then customize the pattern to your heart’s content—making a pattern that’s completely unique to your design. Watch the free video below to get started and learn more about transferring your patterns to Illustrator and expanding your pattern options with Teacup’s PatternPack.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 05, 2013

Body text styles for fast typesetting: InDesign Secrets

Body text styles for fast typesetting

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Widows and orphans, those short lines or words at the end or beginning of a paragraph, are a typesetter’s nightmare. While you can eliminate them with soft returns or tracking, you’ll save time and effort by using Adobe InDesign’s powerful typesetting engine instead. Using styles, you can adjust the word spacing, letter spacing, or even change the number of hyphens. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to create paragraph styles to reformat your text, and save time during layout for more important design issues. Watch the free video below to get started.

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 21, 2013

Making a custom arrowhead: InDesign Secrets

Creating a custom arrowhead.

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Adobe InDesign has a few options for stroke endings. But some designers aren’t satisfied with the defaults. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows how to create a custom arrowhead using a symbol or special font character, anchor it to your path, and make sure the arrowhead moves along with the path as you move or reshape it. If that’s too much work for you, David also shows you an easier way to create a custom arrowhead using InDesign’s sister program, Illustrator. Watch the free video below to get started.

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