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By David Blatner | Thursday, July 03, 2014

Cropping with the Paste Into Command

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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

Find Document Errors with InDesign Preflight

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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

Make a Transparency Mask with InDesign

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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

Ghosting an Image Behind Text

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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

Lay Out a Book Jacket

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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

Building Bolder, Richer Gradients

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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

Inserting a Glyph

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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

Preserve Image Scale When Resizing

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.

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