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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.

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 David Blatner | Thursday, April 24, 2014

Making a Multi-Level Numbered List

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Numbered lists aren’t exactly cutting edge anymore. Called “ordered lists” by web folks, they allow you to add and delete new items and automatically update the numbering as you go. In InDesign, they’re as simple to create as selecting text and clicking the Numbered List button. But what if you need a multi-level list, with steps like 2a or 1.4.1? This episode of InDesign Secrets reviews the basics of creating multi-level numbered lists, starting with a paragraph style. Host David Blatner also shows how to align and indent your lists.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reduce Your PDF File Size

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Ever export a PDF from InDesign and end up with a much larger file than you expected? Why are PDFs sometimes so much larger than they need to be?

By Lauren Harmon | Thursday, March 27, 2014

Adding Effects to Reverse Type

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Do you want to make your headlines pop? Reverse type—light text against a dark background—is a good design choice. Readers are predisposed to seeing dark text on a light background, so the opposite effect is quite eye-catching. Although reverse type is a pretty standard design element at this point, you can make the effect fresh again with additional ornamentation. This week in InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows how to use paragraph rules (both the Rule Above and Rule Below options) to add rounded caps, cutouts, and patterns to the backgrounds behind your type. He also shows how to build the rules into a paragraph style that you can reuse again and again throughout your documents.

By David Blatner | Thursday, March 13, 2014

Using conditional text in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Using conditional text

The best designers try to get the most use out of every InDesign document. They avoid recreating documents to accommodate small variations. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner reveals the savvy designer’s trick for creating several different versions of a design, each with different text and images, all stored in a single InDesign file. This technique uses what’s called conditional text, also covered at length in David’s course InDesign Insider Training: Beyond the Essentials. Using conditional text in InDesign is a great way to address different audiences, different languages, different pricing structures, and more, all within the same document. You simply turn on the right condition and export the version of the document you need. Watch now to get started.

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