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By David Blatner | Thursday, September 03, 2015

Creating an 'Intertwined' Effect in InDesign

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Intertwined effects always confounded me. Until I saw Mike Rankin do it in InDesign FX.

Let me show you how to create an intertwined effect the Mike Rankin way, using this incredibly easy, timesaving trick.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Managing Scripts in InDesign

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I’m a big fan of scripts. In fact, my very first blog post at InDesignSecrets.com, way back in 2006, was about scripts.

They’re timesaving, they’re smart, and they’re usually free. You can find them all over the web nowadays and building a great collection of scripts becomes a pastime of most designers. I collect them like candy!

The trouble comes in managing them. But I can help

By David Blatner | Thursday, August 20, 2015

Creating a 'Fold-Back' Effect in InDesign

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This week in InDesign Secrets, learn how to create a “fold-back” effect (where a heading appears to overlap and wrap around a text frame) in InDesign—and set it up so you can repeat the effect with a few clicks.

The technique requires a thick paragraph rule, and a triangle anchored in just the right spot. But all you need to start is a text frame with some dummy text.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sharing Custom Workspaces in InDesign

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Custom workspaces are one of the best features in InDesign. But how do you share them?

While workspaces aren’t as easy to share as swatches or styles, it’s really not that hard—once you know the secret location where InDesign stores the workspace files.

And you don’t have to dig through your hard drive to find them.

By David Blatner | Thursday, August 06, 2015

Formatting 'Drop Words' in an InDesign Document

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You may know how to make a drop cap style for one or more characters at the beginning of a paragraph, but here I have a different kind of text treatment: an entire drop word, which is still totally editable.

How did I do it? Well, the truth is “drop words” are not a feature in InDesign, but you can convincingly fake it with a combination of character styles, paragraph styles, and an empty text frame.

By Claudia McCue | Monday, August 03, 2015

PDFs to Go: Reduce PDF Size for Email

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We’ve all been there: You want to attach a PDF to an email, but the file is too large to send—the recipient’s service provider won’t accept it.

You’ve got options, of course. You can use a file transfer service, such as Hightail.com or WeTransfer.com. Acrobat Pro DC offers some tools for reducing file size. And there are third-party utilities that may be able to further reduce the size of a document.

But your best shot is to address the problem when you’re creating the PDF in the first place.

Here are a few ways to make your PDFs smaller from the get-go.

By David Blatner | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Flipping Content for 'Work and Turn' Print Jobs

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Have you ever wondered how two-sided documents get printed? This week’s InDesign Secrets is a fascinating look at “work and turn” printing, a timesaving and cost-efficient method of printing doubled-sided designs.

I’ll explain what happens during the work-and-turn process and how you can use InDesign to prepare double-sided layouts for the printer.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 16, 2015

Taming the InDesign Baseline Grid

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The InDesign baseline grid is a nonprinting grid that covers an entire spread. It looks kind of like old-fashioned ruled notepaper and it’s useful for checking alignment, especially when you have multiple columns of text.

However well meaning, though, grids can be distracting for designers and clients alike.  You can toggle the baseline grid on and off with a keyboard shortcut (Alt+Ctrl+ on Windows and Opt+Cmd+ on Mac), but wouldn’t it be nice if it were a little less obtrusive in the first place?

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