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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 21, 2015

Which EPUB Format Should You Use: Reflowable or Fixed-Layout?

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Want to turn your publication into an ebook and sell it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or the Apple’s iBooks Store? You need to convert it to EPUB.

But which EPUB format should you choose? Reflowable or fixed-layout?

In this short video, I talk about your options, and the pros and cons of each format.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 23, 2015

Three Ways to Prevent Hyphenation in InDesign

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A lot of designers are picky about hyphens. (I know I am!) Especially hyphens in words that break across lines.

We can control how InDesign hyphenates on a document level by editing the Hyphenation options in our paragraph styles, including the minimum length of words to hyphenate and the acceptable number of hyphens per word.

But what about words you don’t want hyphenated, regardless of length?

Some designers enter soft returns, aka line breaks, to force the word to the next line, but this really only solves the problem if your project is finalized. If you need to edit the layout or text, the word will move and the line break will look out of place.

In this week’s InDesign Secrets, I’ll show you three ways to prevent a word from hyphenating and breaking across lines—without using soft returns.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 16, 2015

Making a Long Shadow in InDesign or Illustrator

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The long shadow is a fun, trendy effect and it’s a great way to make flat text and icons stand out—like those used to represent apps in iOS and Android.

Unlike a soft-edged drop shadow, though, the long shadow can’t be achieved with the click of a button in InDesign.

But this week’s InDesign Secrets shows you how to create a long shadow in InDesign in just a few steps. You’ll also learn how to move your design over to Illustrator and use a shortcut there to create a slightly more refined version of the same effect.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 02, 2015

Put a Box Around or Behind a Paragraph With InDesign

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InDesign is a powerful document-formatting tool, but there are still some tasks that Microsoft Word performs better.

One of those tasks I hear the most complaints about is putting boxes around or behind paragraph, a feature Word calls paragraph borders. So in this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you a hack for mimicking paragraph borders in InDesign. Unfortunately, there’s no single button, checkbox, or effect you can apply, but using rules and tables, you can approximate the effect.

Watch this week’s free movie to learn more.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Use a Preset Photoshop or Illustrator Art Path in InDesign

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Learn how to make your InDesign layouts even more dynamic by customizing the shape of your image frames.

You can edit frames with the Pen tool—but why not use a preset art path from InDesign’s sister programs, Illustrator and Photoshop?

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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