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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Which EPUB Format Should You Use: Reflowable or Fixed-Layout?

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Want to turn your publication into an ebook and sell it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or the Apple’s iBooks Store? You need to convert it to EPUB.

But which EPUB format should you choose? Reflowable or fixed-layout?

In this short video, I talk about your options, and the pros and cons of each format.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 07, 2015

Place InDesign Document Inside Another InDesign Document

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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

Three Ways to Prevent Hyphenation in InDesign

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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 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 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 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.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Using Typekit Fonts in Your InDesign Documents

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When I’m designing a layout, I like to experiment with a lot of different typefaces.

Luckily, as a Creative Cloud member, hundreds of fonts are available to me via Typekit, Adobe’s font service. It’s like being a kid in a candy store!

I can browse fonts, search for fonts with specific properties, and sync fonts to my computer, where they are automatically installed on the operating system level.

But what happens to Typekit fonts when you need to share your file?

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tips on Working with Captions in InDesign

Captions in InDesign don't have to be tricky

Make it easier to work with captions—with these InDesign Secrets.

In this week’s video, I’ll show you how to keep your captions in InDesign looking consistent from page to page in a magazine spread or any other long document.

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