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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 15, 2014

Inserting a Glyph

InDesign Secrets - Glyphs

Most special characters are assigned a keyboard shortcut for easy access. But who has time to memorize them all?

By Lauren Harmon | Thursday, May 08, 2014

Preserve Image Scale When Resizing

When you edit images in other programs like Photoshop, InDesign will often re-scale the image when it realizes there was a change. In most cases, this is perfectly appropriate behavior. But sometimes you don’t want scaling. The good news is that InDesign offers a file handling preference that lets you dictate how it treats relinked images. Watch this week’s free episode of InDesign Secrets to learn how to change this preference and preserve the dimensions of edited images.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 01, 2014

Faking Bold and Italic Type

Faking bold and italic type

Some typefaces don’t offer a bold or italic font, but that shouldn’t stop you from adding emphasis to text. Sometimes you have to cheat to get what you want. And InDesign is the ace up your sleeve.

InDesign allows you to bend the rules and fake bold and italic text with typefaces like Andale Mono and Dingbats. In this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to use the Skew and Shear options to angle text and add an additional stroke to create bold type. Watch this week’s free episode of InDesign Secrets to learn more.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 17, 2014

Share InDesign Presets, Workspaces, and Custom Shortcuts

Saving custom presets, workspaces and shortcuts

Regular InDesign users often build a bank of custom settings: workspaces, scripts, keyboard shortcuts, PDF presets, font sets, and even Find/Change queries. These settings are too valuable to lose in a crash and too important to leave behind if you move to a different computer.

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 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

Explore InDesign Secrets at lynda.com.

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 Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, February 06, 2014

Making automatic jump lines: InDesign Secrets

Making automatic jump lines

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A jump line is a line of text that appears at the bottom of an article, telling readers that the article is being cut off there, but will continue on another page; e.g., “Continued on page 288.” Another jump line often appears at the top of the column for the continuing article; e.g., “Continued from page 287.”

It’s easy enough to enter jump lines manually, but if you later add or delete pages from your layout, you have to remember to correct the page numbers in all of your jump lines. So if you know how to use page markers in Adobe InDesign, you can save yourself some work.

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