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

Tired of Lorem Ipsum? Here's More Fun Placeholder Text

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Most designers have to work with placeholder text. As useful as it is for experimenting with formatting and generating word counts for writers, the default Lorem Ipsum gets pretty dull after a while.

I have a few interesting variations to offer.

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

All About All Caps — in InDesign Secrets

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Think “all caps” are all the same? In fact, there can be differences under the hood, which become apparent when you perform a Find and Replace.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Monday, November 24, 2014

Goodbye, DPS Single Edition. Hello, Fixed-Layout EPUB!

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Ask InDesign users how they can use the program to create a mobile-friendly interactive digital publication, and chances are they’ll answer “DPS” (Digital Publishing Suite). Just create a few .folios with the free DPS panels in InDesign and  you’re off to a good start—with a browser window logged in to a lynda.com DPS tutorial, of course.

But today’s announcement that Adobe is retiring DPS Single Edition—the DPS service that came free with every Creative Cloud subscription—will make those InDesign users think again. Especially since in the same breath, Adobe suggests that designers create interactive Fixed-Layout EPUBs (FXL) instead, using InDesign CC 2014.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, November 13, 2014

InDesign Secrets: Creative Uses for InDesign Slug Guides

InDesign slug guides are often overlooked but easy to access

You may know and use bleed guides, but do you use InDesign slug guides?

The slug area is one of the most overlooked features in InDesign, but it’s incredibly easy to enable and access.

I’ll show you some creative ways to use it in this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By David Blatner | Thursday, October 23, 2014

Delete Paragraphs Tabs — with InDesign Secrets

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Macs and PCs aren’t typewriters! But people still add spaces or tabs to the beginning of paragraphs in their documents. Unfortunately, it then falls to you, the designer, to remove them for layout in InDesign.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, October 16, 2014

Make a Pop-Up Footnote for Your eBook — in InDesign

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Footnotes transition easily to the EPUB format and now, with InDesign CC, you can make your footnotes stand out—or pop out—even more.

Learn how to transform regular footnotes into pop-ups using the EPUB Export Options dialog, in this short, fun episode of InDesign Secrets.

By David Blatner | Thursday, October 09, 2014

Apply Currency Symbols in InDesign — Automatically

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Wouldn’t you love to be able to apply currency symbols in InDesign without having to type them or locate them in the font menu?

You can. The trick lies in an unlikely place: bullets.

And I’ll show you how in this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, October 02, 2014

Improve Style and Readability of Long Documents — in InDesign

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Creating your headers and footers at the master page level? It’s a good first step to keeping repeating elements like these consistent, when working with long documents in InDesign.

But have you made sure your header and footer content is legible on every page? Small details like page numbers can be easily obscured by images and background colors.

In this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you two quick tricks to keep your master page content visible on every page.

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