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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 17, 2014

Share InDesign Presets, Workspaces, and Custom Shortcuts

Saving custom presets, workspaces and shortcuts

Regular InDesign users often build a bank of custom settings: workspaces, scripts, keyboard shortcuts, PDF presets, font sets, and even Find/Change queries. These settings are too valuable to lose in a crash and too important to leave behind if you move to a different computer.

By David Blatner | Thursday, April 10, 2014

Reduce Your PDF File Size

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Ever export a PDF from InDesign and end up with a much larger file than you expected? Why are PDFs sometimes so much larger than they need to be?

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, April 03, 2014

Fitting Text to a Specific Size

Live Text Effects with InDesign

Ever see a great text treatment and wonder if it’s an image or actual live type? You too can fool the eye and create type that looks like a work of art—and then customize it to fit any frame.

By Lauren Harmon | Thursday, March 27, 2014

Adding Effects to Reverse Type

InDesign Secrets

Do you want to make your headlines pop? Reverse type—light text against a dark background—is a good design choice. Readers are predisposed to seeing dark text on a light background, so the opposite effect is quite eye-catching. Although reverse type is a pretty standard design element at this point, you can make the effect fresh again with additional ornamentation. This week in InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows how to use paragraph rules (both the Rule Above and Rule Below options) to add rounded caps, cutouts, and patterns to the backgrounds behind your type. He also shows how to build the rules into a paragraph style that you can reuse again and again throughout your documents.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, March 20, 2014

Add navigation points to embedded video: InDesign Secrets

Add navigation points to embedded videos

When you’re embedding a video in an interactive document, like an SWF or a PDF, you often want to call attention to certain events in the video. With navigation points, you can jump readers to certain time codes with the click of a button. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows how to add navigation points with InDesign’s Media panel and link them to ready-made buttons (complete with rollover states) from the Button library. You can then assign video-specific actions and export your document to an interactive format—and you’re ready to go.

By David Blatner | Thursday, March 13, 2014

Using conditional text in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Using conditional text

The best designers try to get the most use out of every InDesign document. They avoid recreating documents to accommodate small variations. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner reveals the savvy designer’s trick for creating several different versions of a design, each with different text and images, all stored in a single InDesign file. This technique uses what’s called conditional text, also covered at length in David’s course InDesign Insider Training: Beyond the Essentials. Using conditional text in InDesign is a great way to address different audiences, different languages, different pricing structures, and more, all within the same document. You simply turn on the right condition and export the version of the document you need. Watch now to get started.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, March 06, 2014

Working with the Polygon tool: InDesign Secrets

Working with the Polygon tool

There are two Polygon tools in InDesign: the basic shape tool called (unsurprisingly) the Polygon tool, and the Polygon Frame tool. Although it’s the “basic” version, the regular Polygon tool offers you quite a bit of drawing power. It can help you draw polygons from 3 to 100 sides, quickly and easily.

In today’s free episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you a couple of tricks for working with the Polygon tool and creating a variety of multisided shapes. She’ll even show you how to vary the number of sides and the inset on the fly, as you draw. Plus, learn how to take advantage of the Polygon tool’s “sticky” settings and convert any shape to a polygon using the Object menu.

By David Blatner | Thursday, February 27, 2014

Creating blank lines for forms and contracts: InDesign Secrets

Creating blank lines for forms or contracts in InDesign

Explore InDesign Secrets at lynda.com.

Create blank lines for your forms and contracts the easy way in InDesign. David Blatner reveals his secret for adding blank lines inside running text and at the end of a line: rules. When you want to add them after text, simply select the text, open the Paragraph Rules dialog, and enable Rule Above and Rule Below. You can then adjust properties like weight, offset, width, and indent to fit your layout. You can even transform your custom rules into a paragraph style, so you can add more blank lines with a single click.

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