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By David Blatner | Thursday, February 13, 2014

A trick to help separate facing pages: InDesign Secrets

A trick to separate facing pages

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You usually don’t need to bleed into the inner margins of two facing pages (aka the gutter) of your InDesign layouts. In other words, most of the time, you don’t need your images or other decorative elements to extend beyond the edge of the side of the page that will be bound in the spine of a book or magazine. But there are a few occasions when you do want that—for example, if your book is spiral bound. But where’s the bleed area with facing pages?

This week in InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you a trick for splitting facing pages to create a bleed area in the gutter. The secret lies in the Pages panel: a little-known option called Allow Document Pages to Shuffle. David also shows you what to do when you have an image that spans across facing pages that you would like to split.

By David Blatner | Thursday, January 30, 2014

Numbering rows in a table: InDesign Secrets

Auto-numbering table cells in InDesign

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Adobe InDesign doesn’t have a cell numbering feature. What it has is an automatic paragraph numbering feature. Learn how to apply paragraph numbering to table cells to circumvent this little oversight, this week in InDesign Secrets.

David Blatner shows you how to turn on automatic numbering, insert zero width characters, change the format of the numbering, and copy and paste the numbering into other cells. Watch the free video below to start learning.

By David Blatner | Thursday, January 16, 2014

Automatically threaded text flows: InDesign Secrets

Automatically threaded text flows

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When you import long documents, Adobe InDesign can automatically add as many text boxes or “frames” as your text requires and thread them together in a “text flow.” But can you set up two separate automatic text flows in InDesign? Yes, you can. David Blatner shows how to create the initial text frames on your master page, create two separate threads, and place a document in each thread. Then watch as InDesign adds the additional text frames and pages you need and flows the text between the connected frames. Click the video below to get started.

By David Blatner | Thursday, January 02, 2014

Allow a text frame to resize with text: InDesign Secrets

Resize a text frame with text

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Do overset text icons make you crazy? Do you hate manually resizing your text frames? Learn how to fit your frames to your content in a couple of different ways in this episode of InDesign Secrets. David Blatner shows you how to resize a text frame with a keyboard shortcut, a (double) click of a button, or without any input from you at all using Adobe InDesign’s auto-sizing options.

By David Blatner | Thursday, December 12, 2013

InDesign Secrets: Making patterns with PatternMaker

Creating patterns with PatternMaker

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Learn how to spice up your boring backgrounds with patterns. While Adobe InDesign doesn’t have a built-in pattern fill feature, in this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to download PatternMaker, a free plugin from Teacup Software, and fill any object with one of its three free built-in patterns. You can then customize the pattern to your heart’s content—making a pattern that’s completely unique to your design. Watch the free video below to get started and learn more about transferring your patterns to Illustrator and expanding your pattern options with Teacup’s PatternPack.

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 21, 2013

Making a custom arrowhead: InDesign Secrets

Creating a custom arrowhead.

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Adobe InDesign has a few options for stroke endings. But some designers aren’t satisfied with the defaults. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows how to create a custom arrowhead using a symbol or special font character, anchor it to your path, and make sure the arrowhead moves along with the path as you move or reshape it. If that’s too much work for you, David also shows you an easier way to create a custom arrowhead using InDesign’s sister program, Illustrator. Watch the free video below to get started.

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 07, 2013

Selecting text in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Selecting text in InDesign

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Got two minutes? Great. Check out this week’s top-secret tip on something David Blatner calls “the keyboard dance”, a technique for making really precise text selections in Adobe InDesign straight from the keyboard. You can even select text before the cursor. So let your fingers do the talking and click through for the full tip.

By Lauren Harmon | Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Typesetting poems: InDesign Secrets

Typesetting poetry

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As David Blatner says in this week’s InDesign Secrets, typesetting a poem is an art and a science. Your layout should complement both the theme and the length of the poem, and make it visually distinguishable from surrounding text.

But one of the greatest challenges designers face when typesetting poetry is centering a poem on its longest line, and then making sure all other lines are flush left with it. In this free video, David shows you how to accomplish just that using the tools in Adobe InDesign. Plus, learn how to determine your cursor position anywhere in your document—a useful tip for any kind of text, poetic or not.

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