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By David Blatner | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Working with Dynamic Layouts in InDesign

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I believe that page layout programs, at their core, are about managing the relationships of elements on your page. And InDesign is no exception.

But it can be difficult to keep those relationships going, until you dig into InDesign’s more advanced features.

Take a simple page containing a row of images below a text frame, as above. As the text expands or shrinks, the images should re-position themselves accordingly, right? But it doesn’t work like that by default.

So is it possible to create dynamic layouts in InDesign? Yes. I’ll show you how …

By David Blatner | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Use the InDesign Ink Manager — and Make Your Printer Happy

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Your printer’s number one complaint? Designers like us are always sending print jobs containing spot colors when they need process colors.

So save your printer the hassle by doing these two things:

By David Blatner | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Test Fonts Quickly in InDesign CC

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What font should you use today? With the hundreds of choices in InDesign, you might have to try two or three (or 50!) before you find exactly the right one for your layout.

But InDesign CC has a few cool features that allow you to test fonts quickly and in a more fun and interactive way.

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

By David Blatner | Friday, May 15, 2015

Make a Magazine-Style 'Image Sandwich' in InDesign

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Have you ever wanted to re-create the effect seen on covers of big magazines like Sports Illustrator and Vogue—the kind where the masthead appears to be behind one part of the cover image and in front of another part?

It used to take a million-dollar machine to create the effect. Today, you can achieve the same results with a few clicks in InDesign. I’ll show you how with this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Display the Last Page Number in a Book Layout

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Did you know InDesign has a feature that lets you automatically calculate and display the last page number of your layout? And it’s incredibly easy to add, using the Type > Text Variables menu.

But what if your last page is on a different layout—say in a different chapter in a book? In that case you have to use a cross reference instead.

In this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you how to create a cross reference, point it at text or a text anchor, and format it to display the last page number of a book spanning multiple layouts.

By David Blatner | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Start an InDesign Document on a Left-Hand Page

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Start your InDesign document off on the right foot: on the left-hand page.

Existing layouts can be a pain to change; InDesign won’t let you drag right-facing pages over to the left. But with the two tricks shown in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, you can move spreads so that your document starts on the left. Watch and see!

By David Blatner | Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Fastest Way to Find Missing Links in InDesign

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Ever open an InDesign document only to encounter the dreaded “missing links” dialog?

In this super-short episode of InDesign Secrets, I introduce a fast way to find and re-link missing files: files on your hard drive or even on a connected server.

By David Blatner | Thursday, March 05, 2015

Make Your Own Stroke Styles in InDesign: Stripes, Dots, Dashes

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InDesign comes with many stroke styles built in: thick strokes, thin strokes, dotted strokes.

But what if you can’t find exactly the stroke you’re looking for? You can make your own stroke styles in InDesign — from the Stroke panel menu.

Striped, dotted, or dashed!

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