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

Printing Tracked Changes in InDesign

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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.

By David Blatner | Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Test Fonts Quickly in InDesign CC

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What font should you use today? With the hundreds of choices in InDesign, you might have to try two or three (or 50!) before you find exactly the right one for your layout.

But InDesign CC has a few cool features that allow you to test fonts quickly and in a more fun and interactive way.

I’ll show you how in this week’s InDesign Secrets.

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 David Blatner | Friday, May 15, 2015

Make a Magazine-Style 'Image Sandwich' in InDesign

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Have you ever wanted to re-create the effect seen on covers of big magazines like Sports Illustrator and Vogue—the kind where the masthead appears to be behind one part of the cover image and in front of another part?

It used to take a million-dollar machine to create the effect. Today, you can achieve the same results with a few clicks in InDesign. I’ll show you how with this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 07, 2015

Place InDesign Document Inside Another InDesign Document

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InDesign allows you to place and import lots of different file formats: text, images, QuickTime movies, sound files, and even PDF pages.

But did you know you can place an InDesign file into another InDesign file? It’s kind of an InDesign Inception, if you will—and it’s a great feature for bringing samples of your InDesign work into a promotional publication.

In this InDesign Secrets video, I’ll show you how to “place an InDesign document” and take advantage of all the unique options this technique offers.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 30, 2015

Display the Last Page Number in a Book Layout

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Did you know InDesign has a feature that lets you automatically calculate and display the last page number of your layout? And it’s incredibly easy to add, using the Type > Text Variables menu.

But what if your last page is on a different layout—say in a different chapter in a book? In that case you have to use a cross reference instead.

In this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you how to create a cross reference, point it at text or a text anchor, and format it to display the last page number of a book spanning multiple layouts.

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.

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