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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 David Blatner | Thursday, August 28, 2014

Uncovering InDesign's Magic Font Folders

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InDesign has a couple of font-locating tricks that seem almost magical to the untrained eye.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 21, 2014

Helpful, Uncommon Uses for Quick Apply in InDesign

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Any designer worth her salt knows about Quick Apply in InDesign — but I have a few other uses for Quick Apply that often surprise InDesign users.

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.

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