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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, March 06, 2014

Working with the Polygon tool: InDesign Secrets

Working with the Polygon tool

There are two Polygon tools in InDesign: the basic shape tool called (unsurprisingly) the Polygon tool, and the Polygon Frame tool. Although it’s the “basic” version, the regular Polygon tool offers you quite a bit of drawing power. It can help you draw polygons from 3 to 100 sides, quickly and easily.

In today’s free episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you a couple of tricks for working with the Polygon tool and creating a variety of multisided shapes. She’ll even show you how to vary the number of sides and the inset on the fly, as you draw. Plus, learn how to take advantage of the Polygon tool’s “sticky” settings and convert any shape to a polygon using the Object menu.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, February 20, 2014

Getting rid of text-size parentheses: InDesign Secrets

Getting rid of text-size parentheses: InDesign Secrets

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Have you ever noted a second number in the Type Size field in Adobe InDesign? Set off in parentheses? For example, 12 pt (27.86). The first number is the original text size, the size you set, while the other is the new size after scaling.

You may find this information useful on occasion, but most designers find it annoying. The parentheses are due to a preference called Adjust Scaling Percentage, which used to be selected by default in older versions of InDesign. It’s a situation that’s remedied in InDesign CC, but sometimes the preference gets changed accidentally or you may find it turned on in a document from a designer that uses an older version of InDesign. This week in InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to change the preference, update text frames that have carried the preference with them, and get rid of those pesky parentheses.

By David Blatner | Thursday, February 13, 2014

A trick to help separate facing pages: InDesign Secrets

A trick to separate facing pages

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You usually don’t need to bleed into the inner margins of two facing pages (aka the gutter) of your InDesign layouts. In other words, most of the time, you don’t need your images or other decorative elements to extend beyond the edge of the side of the page that will be bound in the spine of a book or magazine. But there are a few occasions when you do want that—for example, if your book is spiral bound. But where’s the bleed area with facing pages?

This week in InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you a trick for splitting facing pages to create a bleed area in the gutter. The secret lies in the Pages panel: a little-known option called Allow Document Pages to Shuffle. David also shows you what to do when you have an image that spans across facing pages that you would like to split.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, February 06, 2014

Making automatic jump lines: InDesign Secrets

Making automatic jump lines

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A jump line is a line of text that appears at the bottom of an article, telling readers that the article is being cut off there, but will continue on another page; e.g., “Continued on page 288.” Another jump line often appears at the top of the column for the continuing article; e.g., “Continued from page 287.”

It’s easy enough to enter jump lines manually, but if you later add or delete pages from your layout, you have to remember to correct the page numbers in all of your jump lines. So if you know how to use page markers in Adobe InDesign, you can save yourself some work.

By David Blatner | Thursday, January 30, 2014

Numbering rows in a table: InDesign Secrets

Auto-numbering table cells in InDesign

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Adobe InDesign doesn’t have a cell numbering feature. What it has is an automatic paragraph numbering feature. Learn how to apply paragraph numbering to table cells to circumvent this little oversight, this week in InDesign Secrets.

David Blatner shows you how to turn on automatic numbering, insert zero width characters, change the format of the numbering, and copy and paste the numbering into other cells. Watch the free video below to start learning.

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 Justin Seeley | Thursday, January 16, 2014

Explore the January updates to Adobe Creative Cloud

Illustrator - Update Screen

Adobe Creative Cloud members will have a nice surprise waiting for them when they fire up their computers today as Adobe is pushing a big round of updates to both InDesign and Illustrator CC. Below are a few of my favorite new features in these two products, and why I think they’ll be a big deal for creative professionals going forward. (If you’re also interested in recent updates to Photoshop CC, be sure to check out Deke McClelland’s Photoshop Creative Cloud Updates, Chris Orwig’s course Photoshop for Photographers Creative Cloud Updates, and Ryan Kittleson’s blog post on Photoshop’s new 3D printing features.)

Illustrator CC

Illustrator gets the biggest update today with the addition of features like Live Corners, revamped shape manipulation, and a brand-new Pencil tool. Users who previously found Illustrator’s drawing tools cumbersome or difficult to use now have a whole new way to work and create shapes within Illustrator.

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.

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