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By David Blatner | Thursday, April 16, 2015

Making a Long Shadow in InDesign or Illustrator

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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.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 09, 2015

Using Word and InDesign Together: Avoiding Glitches

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I’m on a mission to save InDesign users from the nightmare we know as Word formatting.

I have a whole course on it: Using Word and InDesign Together. But those of you with only a few minutes to spare can watch this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, where I share fixes for the most annoying Word formatting glitches.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 02, 2015

Put a Box Around or Behind a Paragraph With InDesign

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InDesign is a powerful document-formatting tool, but there are still some tasks that Microsoft Word performs better.

One of those tasks I hear the most complaints about is putting boxes around or behind paragraph, a feature Word calls paragraph borders. So in this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you a hack for mimicking paragraph borders in InDesign. Unfortunately, there’s no single button, checkbox, or effect you can apply, but using rules and tables, you can approximate the effect.

Watch this week’s free movie to learn more.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Use a Preset Photoshop or Illustrator Art Path in InDesign

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Learn how to make your InDesign layouts even more dynamic by customizing the shape of your image frames.

You can edit frames with the Pen tool—but why not use a preset art path from InDesign’s sister programs, Illustrator and Photoshop?

By David Blatner | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Start an InDesign Document on a Left-Hand Page

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Start your InDesign document off on the right foot: on the left-hand page.

Existing layouts can be a pain to change; InDesign won’t let you drag right-facing pages over to the left. But with the two tricks shown in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, you can move spreads so that your document starts on the left. Watch and see!

By David Blatner | Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Fastest Way to Find Missing Links in InDesign

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Ever open an InDesign document only to encounter the dreaded “missing links” dialog?

In this super-short episode of InDesign Secrets, I introduce a fast way to find and re-link missing files: files on your hard drive or even on a connected server.

By David Blatner | Thursday, March 05, 2015

Make Your Own Stroke Styles in InDesign: Stripes, Dots, Dashes

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InDesign comes with many stroke styles built in: thick strokes, thin strokes, dotted strokes.

But what if you can’t find exactly the stroke you’re looking for? You can make your own stroke styles in InDesign — from the Stroke panel menu.

Striped, dotted, or dashed!

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Friday, February 27, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Tips for Naming EPUB Files

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One of the things that will get your EPUBs rejected by ebook retailers? File names with spaces and other reserved punctuation marks and special characters.

Although InDesign will allow you to export EPUBs with these characters, publishers won’t accept them, because they cause issues with the HTML and CSS.

To keep your EPUBs healthy, I’ve assembled some tips on fixing any naming errors in your EPUB files before exporting.

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