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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 18, 2014

Convert Local Formatting to Character Styles in InDesign

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One of the most common problems designers find in InDesign layouts they receive is inconsistent text styling.

For every type of formatting in your documents, there should be a corresponding paragraph or character styles. Unfortunately, many times editors will simply override the style and apply italics, emphasis, or some other formatting locally. But when you open the Character Styles panel, those little “Override” pluses are the last thing you want to see.

Luckily, there are two ways to find and fix local formatting—even in an extremely long document—in InDesign.

By David Blatner | Thursday, September 11, 2014

Convert Rounded Corners to Editable Paths in InDesign

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Live Corners allow you to apply corners to almost any object in InDesign. You can access this feature through the Object > Corner Options menu or through the menus in the Control panel.

My favorite way, as shown in today’s InDesign Secrets, involves invoking Live Corner mode with the Selection tool.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 04, 2014

Get Consistent Colors by Sharing Swatches in InDesign

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Color consistency across related InDesign documents—like, say, a media packet for a client—is critically important.

But how do you get the colors you’re using in one document over to another?The secret (the InDesign Secret!) lies in swatches.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 21, 2014

Helpful, Uncommon Uses for Quick Apply in InDesign

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Any designer worth her salt knows about Quick Apply in InDesign — but I have a few other uses for Quick Apply that often surprise InDesign users.

By David Blatner | Thursday, August 14, 2014

How to Extract Word Document Images from InDesign

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InDesign automatically embeds any images in your Microsoft Word document inside your layout.

It’s a nice feature, but the problem is the embedded images don’t live anywhere on your computer. They aren’t editable and they also make your InDesign file much larger than necessary.

So in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, I offer a simple way to extract Word document images from InDesign and get them onto your hard drive where they belong.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 07, 2014

Why InDesign Ignores Your Leading Values

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Sometimes InDesign seems like it willfully ignores you. Like when you set an exact leading amount and the program completely disregards that value.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 24, 2014

InDesign Snippets vs. Libraries: What's the Difference?

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Snippets and libraries are both reusable pieces of InDesign content. Anything you can select can be turned into either a snippet or a library object—and can then be used again and again in other InDesign docs.

Both techniques beat copying and pasting. But what’s the difference? Why use snippets over libraries … or vice versa?

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 10, 2014

InDesign Secrets: Vertical Justification

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Let’s say you have two text blocks of different lengths. How can you unite them visually and create a consistent look and feel in your design?

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