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.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 15, 2014
Most special characters are assigned a keyboard shortcut for easy access. But who has time to memorize them all?
By Lauren Harmon | Thursday, May 08, 2014
When you edit images in other programs like Photoshop, InDesign will often re-scale the image when it realizes there was a change. In most cases, this is perfectly appropriate behavior. But sometimes you don’t want scaling. The good news is that InDesign offers a file handling preference that lets you dictate how it treats relinked images. Watch this week’s free episode of InDesign Secrets to learn how to change this preference and preserve the dimensions of edited images.
By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 01, 2014
Some typefaces don’t offer a bold or italic font, but that shouldn’t stop you from adding emphasis to text. Sometimes you have to cheat to get what you want. And InDesign is the ace up your sleeve.
InDesign allows you to bend the rules and fake bold and italic text with typefaces like Andale Mono and Dingbats. In this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to use the Skew and Shear options to angle text and add an additional stroke to create bold type. Watch this week’s free episode of InDesign Secrets to learn more.
By David Blatner | Thursday, April 24, 2014
Numbered lists aren’t exactly cutting edge anymore. Called “ordered lists” by web folks, they allow you to add and delete new items and automatically update the numbering as you go. In InDesign, they’re as simple to create as selecting text and clicking the Numbered List button. But what if you need a multi-level list, with steps like 2a or 1.4.1? This episode of InDesign Secrets reviews the basics of creating multi-level numbered lists, starting with a paragraph style. Host David Blatner also shows how to align and indent your lists.
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