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 Justin Seeley | Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Today Adobe has announced major updates to its Creative Cloud subscription service. This is known as the 2014 release of Adobe Creative Cloud and included changes to all three pillars of the platform including desktop apps, mobile apps, and services.
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 Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, May 29, 2014
Designers collect fonts like magpies. True font enthusiasts may have thousands of typefaces loaded on their computer at any one time. So how do you find the one you need? Anne-Marie Concepción spills the secrets to sorting and filtering fonts in InDesign CC. Earlier versions of InDesign offer a few of these tricks, but as Anne-Marie reveals in this week’s movie, the search field in CC make it easier than ever to find the font you need: Arial to Zapfino, light, bold, or condensed.
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.
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