By David Blatner | Thursday, July 17, 2014
Everyone knows you can rotate a text frame at any angle you want: 5 degrees, 63 degrees, etc. The text then tags along with it.
But what if you want to rotate text separately from the frame—or rotate the frame around the text? I show you how this week in InDesign Secrets.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 10, 2014
Let’s say you have two text blocks of different lengths. How can you unite them visually and create a consistent look and feel in your design?
By David Blatner | Thursday, July 03, 2014
InDesign is pretty intuitive, but some features aren’t obvious until you see them in action. Paste Into is one of those.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, June 26, 2014
Your design is done. It looks great! But when you go to print it, InDesign squawks at you. It’s finding problems that aren’t detectable to the naked eye: overset text, missing fonts, missing links. That’s all fine and good—but why doesn’t InDesign alert you to these issues earlier in the process?
By Lauren Harmon | Thursday, June 19, 2014
Most Photoshop and Illustrator users are familiar with the concept of a mask: a layer or selection that hides the artwork immediately beneath it.
Though you won’t find the word “mask” in InDesign, you can still create masking effects with this technique from David Blatner, involving InDesign’s Knockout Group option. He’ll also show you how to edit your masks and preserve them when you export to PDF. Watch the free video below to get started.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, June 12, 2014
Need to place text (like a caption) over a busy image? Don’t strain your readers’ eyes.
Ghost the area behind that text—with InDesign. In this week’s InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to add a low-opacity fill to text frames that makes type easier to read, while still revealing a hint of the image beneath it. Ghosting an image isn’t spooky; it’s just a great trick.
Watch this week’s free movie, and check back next week for more InDesign Secrets.
By David Blatner | Thursday, June 05, 2014
Designing a book cover can be a chore. The spine can be particularly challenging when you’re not sure how wide the final printed book will be.
But if your layout is set up correctly, InDesign can help you resize the cover to fit. In this week’s free episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to set up your InDesign document and lay out a book jacket, including front, back, and spine. Plus, learn to use the Page tool to resize the width of the spine and export a PDF with fold marks.
Watch this week’s movie to get started, and check back next week for more free tips!
By David Blatner | Thursday, May 22, 2014
Gradients are a great way to spice up your type. But there are other techniques you can use to build bolder, richer gradients, and avoid the muddled grays that can occur in the middle of black-to-color transitions.
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