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By David Blatner | Thursday, July 23, 2015

Flipping Content for 'Work and Turn' Print Jobs

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Have you ever wondered how two-sided documents get printed? This week’s InDesign Secrets is a fascinating look at “work and turn” printing, a timesaving and cost-efficient method of printing doubled-sided designs.

I’ll explain what happens during the work-and-turn process and how you can use InDesign to prepare double-sided layouts for the printer.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 16, 2015

Taming the InDesign Baseline Grid

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The InDesign baseline grid is a nonprinting grid that covers an entire spread. It looks kind of like old-fashioned ruled notepaper and it’s useful for checking alignment, especially when you have multiple columns of text.

However well meaning, though, grids can be distracting for designers and clients alike.  You can toggle the baseline grid on and off with a keyboard shortcut (Alt+Ctrl+ on Windows and Opt+Cmd+ on Mac), but wouldn’t it be nice if it were a little less obtrusive in the first place?

By David Blatner | Thursday, July 09, 2015

Adding Prefixes to Page Numbers in InDesign

Adding prefixes to page numbers in InDesign

For a page layout program, adding pages can be pretty confusing in InDesign. I cover the basics in my course, InDesign Essential Training, but today I’ll address one thing I missed: prefixes.

Prefixes are great for labeling different sections of a book or even a large catalog. For example, A1, A2, B1, B2, and C1.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, July 02, 2015

How to Disable Hyphenation in InDesign

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You may have proprietary names or terms in your layouts that you don’t want to see split across lines, AKA hyphenated.

Luckily, there’s a way to prevent words from hyphenating automatically in InDesign.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, June 18, 2015

Making Text Span Columns in InDesign

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If you fill in and format text everyday for the same kind of publication—especially multicolumn layouts—you’re going to love this week’s InDesign secret.

In this three-minute video, I’ll show you how to speed up text layouts using the Span Columns feature (added in CS6) for multicolumn layouts where you want headlines and other elements to span columns in InDesign.

By Diane Burns | Tuesday, June 16, 2015

InDesign Animation Is Set Free with Publish Online

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The update of Adobe’s Creative Cloud products to CC 2015 includes many exciting new features and services. Potentially, though, the biggest game-changer is not even officially released as a final product.

Publish Online, which has been made available to the public as a “Technology Preview” or public beta, gives InDesign users a platform on which to publish directly to the web.

For the first time, documents can be created that include all of InDesign’s rich features for adding interactivity—including animations. The exciting part is that these documents can be viewed online by anyone, anywhere, and on any device.

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 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.

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