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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 David Blatner | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Import Folder of Images to InDesign — One Per Page

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Today’s episode of InDesign Secrets was inspired by a question from a fan who asked, “How do I import a folder full of pictures, and place just one on each page?”

The truth is it’s a difficult task to perform with InDesign alone. But there are two (non-intimidating!) scripts that make it possible.

In this week’s free tutorial, I’ll pop out the Scripts panel and show you how to get to the Image Catalog script, which comes built into InDesign.

By David Blatner | Thursday, July 17, 2014

InDesign Secrets: How to Rotate Text Inside a Frame

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Everyone knows you can rotate a text frame at any angle you want: 5 degrees, 63 degrees, etc. The text then tags along with it.

But what if you want to rotate text separately from the frame—or rotate the frame around the text? I show you how this week in InDesign Secrets.

By David Blatner | Thursday, July 03, 2014

Cropping with the Paste Into Command

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InDesign is pretty intuitive, but some features aren’t obvious until you see them in action. Paste Into is one of those.

By Lauren Harmon | Thursday, June 19, 2014

Make a Transparency Mask with InDesign

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Most Photoshop and Illustrator users are familiar with the concept of a mask: a layer or selection that hides the artwork immediately beneath it.

Though you won’t find the word “mask” in InDesign, you can still create masking effects with this technique from David Blatner, involving InDesign’s Knockout Group option. He’ll also show you how to edit your masks and preserve them when you export to PDF. Watch the free video below to get started.

By David Blatner | Thursday, June 05, 2014

Lay Out a Book Jacket

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Designing a book cover can be a chore. The spine can be particularly challenging when you’re not sure how wide the final printed book will be.

But if your layout is set up correctly, InDesign can help you resize the cover to fit. In this week’s free episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to set up your InDesign document and lay out a book jacket, including front, back, and spine. Plus, learn to use the Page tool to resize the width of the spine and export a PDF with fold marks.

Watch this week’s movie to get started, and check back next week for more free tips!

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

Creating bolder, richer gradients

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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