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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, November 14, 2013

3 tips for automatic page numbering in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Three tips for automatic page numbering in InDesign

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The lack of options for automatic page numbering is one of the most popular concerns expressed by InDesign users. But since Adobe hasn’t provided a way to use something other than the default page numbering scheme, Anne-Marie Concepción is here with a few workarounds. Watch the free video below to discover her solutions to the three most common auto-numbering problems. Find out how to automatically update the page count as you add or remove pages, add the current and previous page numbers to a single side of your spread, and use a spread count instead of a page count.

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 07, 2013

Selecting text in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Selecting text in InDesign

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Got two minutes? Great. Check out this week’s top-secret tip on something David Blatner calls “the keyboard dance”, a technique for making really precise text selections in Adobe InDesign straight from the keyboard. You can even select text before the cursor. So let your fingers do the talking and click through for the full tip.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, October 31, 2013

3 ways to navigate long documents: InDesign Secrets

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What’s the easiest way to navigate long documents? You can use the Pages panel, but in layouts with more than 20 or so spreads, you’re doing a lot of scrolling. The Go to Page command isn’t much of a shortcut, either. In this week’s free InDesign Secrets video, Anne-Marie Concepción offers not one but three unexpected alternatives.

The first? Use InDesign’s bookmarks. It’s not what the feature was designed for (creating links in a PDF export), but once you create them and open the Bookmarks panel, you have a creative way to zip around your document.

By Lauren Harmon | Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Typesetting poems: InDesign Secrets

Typesetting poetry

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As David Blatner says in this week’s InDesign Secrets, typesetting a poem is an art and a science. Your layout should complement both the theme and the length of the poem, and make it visually distinguishable from surrounding text.

But one of the greatest challenges designers face when typesetting poetry is centering a poem on its longest line, and then making sure all other lines are flush left with it. In this free video, David shows you how to accomplish just that using the tools in Adobe InDesign. Plus, learn how to determine your cursor position anywhere in your document—a useful tip for any kind of text, poetic or not.

By Lauren Harmon | Thursday, October 10, 2013

Easy figure numbering with paragraph styles: InDesign Secrets

Easy figure numbering with paragraph styles.

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When you’re getting to the final stages in a long layout and find you need to add or remove a numbered figure or illustration, the prospect of renumbering them all can be very disheartening. But InDesign’s paragraph styles can make figure numbering a breeze. Learn how to create a figure style that auto-numbers your captions by following along with David Blatner in today’s free InDesign tutorial video. David also shows you how to cross-reference the number in the text, and update the figure number and text reference when you need to reorder your illustrations.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, October 03, 2013

Packaging linked objects on the pasteboard: InDesign Secrets

Package linked objects on the pasteboard

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Powerful as it is, Adobe InDesign does have its flaws. For one, if you package a document that has linked content on its pasteboard, such as images or text, that linked content won’t get added to the final output folder. This means if you’re handing off content to a collaborator or a printer, they’re going to be missing important files. Luckily, there’s a fix. Find out how to solve this InDesign quirk in today’s free episode of InDesign Secrets. (Hint: It involves “slugs.”) Watch the free video below to learn more, and check back next week for more InDesign Secrets.

By David Blatner | Thursday, September 26, 2013

Inserting custom text: InDesign Secrets

Inserting custom text with paragraph styles

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Did you know you can insert text before any new line with paragraph styles? The trick is to use numbered lists, and sneak the text into the numbering. This is especially useful in situations where you want to label phone numbers (as work, mobile, home, etc.) or any other information that repeats throughout your document. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to create a style, change the list type, and replace the numbering with the word, phrase, or even symbol you want to insert.

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

Updating a PDF document: InDesign Secrets

Update a PDF without Acrobat

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Many PDFs that begin their lives in Adobe InDesign are later sent to Acrobat, where they are given calculated fields, buttons, bookmarks, and other special features. If, at some point in the document’s life cycle, you need to update the text, an image, or another design element in InDesign—do you have to rebuild the document in Acrobat all over again? Not if you know this week’s InDesign secret! Anne-Marie Concepciòn introduces a little known Acrobat command called Replace, which allows you to refresh the design layer without messing with the interactive features. Learn how this trick works in this week’s free video.

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