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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.

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.

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