By David Blatner | Wednesday, June 24, 2015
I believe that page layout programs, at their core, are about managing the relationships of elements on your page. And InDesign is no exception.
But it can be difficult to keep those relationships going, until you dig into InDesign’s more advanced features.
Take a simple page containing a row of images below a text frame, as above. As the text expands or shrinks, the images should re-position themselves accordingly, right? But it doesn’t work like that by default.
So is it possible to create dynamic layouts in InDesign? Yes. I’ll show you how …
By David Blatner | Thursday, June 11, 2015
Your printer’s number one complaint? Designers like us are always sending print jobs containing spot colors when they need process colors.
So save your printer the hassle by doing these two things:
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, June 04, 2015
Do you share InDesign files with coworkers and clients? If so, you’re likely editing text together and using Track Changes to keep track of revisions.
This is a great feature, but many publishers prefer to keep a copy of the markup before changes are committed—and, unfortunately, you can’t do that from InDesign’s Story Editor.
However, with InCopy, which comes with a Creative Cloud subscription, you can print the tracked changes.
By David Blatner | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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 David Blatner | Friday, May 15, 2015
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 Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 07, 2015
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.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 23, 2015
A lot of designers are picky about hyphens. (I know I am!) Especially hyphens in words that break across lines.
We can control how InDesign hyphenates on a document level by editing the Hyphenation options in our paragraph styles, including the minimum length of words to hyphenate and the acceptable number of hyphens per word.
But what about words you don’t want hyphenated, regardless of length?
Some designers enter soft returns, aka line breaks, to force the word to the next line, but this really only solves the problem if your project is finalized. If you need to edit the layout or text, the word will move and the line break will look out of place.
In this week’s InDesign Secrets, I’ll show you three ways to prevent a word from hyphenating and breaking across lines—without using soft returns.
By David Blatner | Thursday, April 16, 2015
The long shadow is a fun, trendy effect and it’s a great way to make flat text and icons stand out—like those used to represent apps in iOS and Android.
Unlike a soft-edged drop shadow, though, the long shadow can’t be achieved with the click of a button in InDesign.
But this week’s InDesign Secrets shows you how to create a long shadow in InDesign in just a few steps. You’ll also learn how to move your design over to Illustrator and use a shortcut there to create a slightly more refined version of the same effect.
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