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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?

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, June 26, 2014

Find Document Errors with InDesign Preflight

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Your design is done. It looks great! But when you go to print it, InDesign squawks at you. It’s finding problems that aren’t detectable to the naked eye: overset text, missing fonts, missing links. That’s all fine and good—but why doesn’t InDesign alert you to these issues earlier in the process?

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ghosting an Image Behind Text

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Need to place text (like a caption) over a busy image? Don’t strain your readers’ eyes.

Ghost the area behind that text—with InDesign. In this week’s InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to add a low-opacity fill to text frames that makes type easier to read, while still revealing a hint of the image beneath it. Ghosting an image isn’t spooky; it’s just a great trick.

Watch this week’s free movie, and check back next week for more InDesign Secrets.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 29, 2014

Find the Right Font With InDesign's Font Menu

Designers collect fonts like magpies. True font enthusiasts may have thousands of typefaces loaded on their computer at any one time. So how do you find the one you need? Anne-Marie Concepción spills the secrets to sorting and filtering fonts in InDesign CC. Earlier versions of InDesign offer a few of these tricks, but as Anne-Marie reveals in this week’s movie, the search field in CC make it easier than ever to find the font you need: Arial to Zapfino, light, bold, or condensed.

By David Blatner | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Building Bolder, Richer Gradients

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Gradients are a great way to spice up your type. But there are other techniques you can use to build bolder, richer gradients, and avoid the muddled grays that can occur in the middle of black-to-color transitions.

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