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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

sharing custom workspaces in indesign

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 Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 30, 2015

Preview InDesign Files with Bridge

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I often find myself looking through my hard drive for a particular InDesign layout, jumping from folder to folder, and getting totally frustrated.

I may not always be able to recognize the file I want from the name, and I might not remember which version I want without reviewing the layout itself.

Well, Bridge is here to the rescue! Bridge lets you preview InDesign files without opening them.

The trick is to set up InDesign to make sure the previews are set up the way you want.

By David Blatner | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Flipping Content for 'Work and Turn' Print Jobs

work and turn jobs

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?

By David Blatner | Thursday, July 09, 2015

Adding Prefixes to Page Numbers in InDesign

Adding prefixes to page numbers in InDesign

For a page layout program, adding pages can be pretty confusing in InDesign. I cover the basics in my course, InDesign Essential Training, but today I’ll address one thing I missed: prefixes.

Prefixes are great for labeling different sections of a book or even a large catalog. For example, A1, A2, B1, B2, and C1.

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