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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?

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.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 02, 2015

How to Disable Hyphenation in InDesign

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You may have proprietary names or terms in your layouts that you don’t want to see split across lines, AKA hyphenated.

Luckily, there’s a way to prevent words from hyphenating automatically in InDesign.

By David Blatner | Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Working with Dynamic Layouts in InDesign

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I believe that page layout programs, at their core, are about managing the relationships of elements on your page. And InDesign is no exception.

But it can be difficult to keep those relationships going, until you dig into InDesign’s more advanced features.

Take a simple page containing a row of images below a text frame, as above. As the text expands or shrinks, the images should re-position themselves accordingly, right? But it doesn’t work like that by default.

So is it possible to create dynamic layouts in InDesign? Yes. I’ll show you how …

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, June 18, 2015

Making Text Span Columns in InDesign

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If you fill in and format text everyday for the same kind of publication—especially multicolumn layouts—you’re going to love this week’s InDesign secret.

In this three-minute video, I’ll show you how to speed up text layouts using the Span Columns feature (added in CS6) for multicolumn layouts where you want headlines and other elements to span columns in InDesign.

By David Blatner | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Use the InDesign Ink Manager — and Make Your Printer Happy

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Your printer’s number one complaint? Designers like us are always sending print jobs containing spot colors when they need process colors.

So save your printer the hassle by doing these two things:

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, June 04, 2015

Printing Tracked Changes in InDesign

printing tracked changes in InDesign

Do you share InDesign files with coworkers and clients? If so, you’re likely editing text together and using Track Changes to keep track of revisions.

This is a great feature, but many publishers prefer to keep a copy of the markup before changes are committed—and, unfortunately, you can’t do that from InDesign’s Story Editor.

However, with InCopy, which comes with a Creative Cloud subscription, you can print the tracked changes.

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