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By David Blatner | Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reduce Your PDF File Size

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Ever export a PDF from InDesign and end up with a much larger file than you expected? Why are PDFs sometimes so much larger than they need to be?

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 03, 2014

Fitting Text to a Specific Size

Live Text Effects with InDesign

Ever see a great text treatment and wonder if it’s an image or actual live type? You too can fool the eye and create type that looks like a work of art—and then customize it to fit any frame.

By Lauren Harmon | Thursday, March 27, 2014

Adding Effects to Reverse Type

InDesign Secrets

Do you want to make your headlines pop? Reverse type—light text against a dark background—is a good design choice. Readers are predisposed to seeing dark text on a light background, so the opposite effect is quite eye-catching. Although reverse type is a pretty standard design element at this point, you can make the effect fresh again with additional ornamentation. This week in InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows how to use paragraph rules (both the Rule Above and Rule Below options) to add rounded caps, cutouts, and patterns to the backgrounds behind your type. He also shows how to build the rules into a paragraph style that you can reuse again and again throughout your documents.

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

Add navigation points to embedded video: InDesign Secrets

Add navigation points to embedded videos

When you’re embedding a video in an interactive document, like an SWF or a PDF, you often want to call attention to certain events in the video. With navigation points, you can jump readers to certain time codes with the click of a button. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows how to add navigation points with InDesign’s Media panel and link them to ready-made buttons (complete with rollover states) from the Button library. You can then assign video-specific actions and export your document to an interactive format—and you’re ready to go.

By David Blatner | Thursday, March 13, 2014

Using conditional text in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Using conditional text

The best designers try to get the most use out of every InDesign document. They avoid recreating documents to accommodate small variations. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner reveals the savvy designer’s trick for creating several different versions of a design, each with different text and images, all stored in a single InDesign file. This technique uses what’s called conditional text, also covered at length in David’s course InDesign Insider Training: Beyond the Essentials. Using conditional text in InDesign is a great way to address different audiences, different languages, different pricing structures, and more, all within the same document. You simply turn on the right condition and export the version of the document you need. Watch now to get started.

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.

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