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By David Blatner | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Start an InDesign Document on a Left-Hand Page

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Start your InDesign document off on the right foot: on the left-hand page.

Existing layouts can be a pain to change; InDesign won’t let you drag right-facing pages over to the left. But with the two tricks shown in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets, you can move spreads so that your document starts on the left. Watch and see!

By David Blatner | Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Fastest Way to Find Missing Links in InDesign

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Ever open an InDesign document only to encounter the dreaded “missing links” dialog?

In this super-short episode of InDesign Secrets, I introduce a fast way to find and re-link missing files: files on your hard drive or even on a connected server.

By David Blatner | Thursday, March 05, 2015

Make Your Own Stroke Styles in InDesign: Stripes, Dots, Dashes

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InDesign comes with many stroke styles built in: thick strokes, thin strokes, dotted strokes.

But what if you can’t find exactly the stroke you’re looking for? You can make your own stroke styles in InDesign — from the Stroke panel menu.

Striped, dotted, or dashed!

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Friday, February 27, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Tips for Naming EPUB Files

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One of the things that will get your EPUBs rejected by ebook retailers? File names with spaces and other reserved punctuation marks and special characters.

Although InDesign will allow you to export EPUBs with these characters, publishers won’t accept them, because they cause issues with the HTML and CSS.

To keep your EPUBs healthy, I’ve assembled some tips on fixing any naming errors in your EPUB files before exporting.

By Kristen Fischer | Sunday, February 15, 2015

How to Become a Graphic Designer: Follow These Steps

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Having a career in the arts doesn’t mean you have to be a starving artist. Becoming a graphic designer is a viable creative career that allows you to express your artistic superpowers and pay the bills.

Whether you’re an independent contractor, or work for a creative agency, or nab a job at a company, it takes more than an eye for design to launch a flourishing career as a graphic designer.

Here’s how to become a graphic designer — with help from lynda.com.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Using Typekit Fonts in Your InDesign Documents

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When I’m designing a layout, I like to experiment with a lot of different typefaces.

Luckily, as a Creative Cloud member, hundreds of fonts are available to me via Typekit, Adobe’s font service. It’s like being a kid in a candy store!

I can browse fonts, search for fonts with specific properties, and sync fonts to my computer, where they are automatically installed on the operating system level.

But what happens to Typekit fonts when you need to share your file?

By Mike Rankin | Thursday, February 12, 2015

Using InDesign Master Pages for Long Documents

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Imagine you’re a designer laying out a 500-page book in InDesign, with all kinds of page types—various front matter, end matter, body text, chapter openers, etc.

Would you try to build each of those pages manually, starting with a blank page every time? Or would you reach for a tool that would allow you to easily create all those pages with the speed and consistency of professional-quality work?

Fortunately, just such a tool exists in InDesign: master pages.

In this article, I’m going to show you how InDesign master pages work.

You can also watch my lynda.com course Creating Long Documents with InDesign CC for a complete long-document workflow—including how to use master pages.

By David Blatner | Thursday, February 05, 2015

InDesign Secrets: Clear Text and Images from a Document

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Sometimes you want to use one layout as the starting point for the next, and you need to get rid of text and graphics while keeping all your frames.

In this short InDesign Secrets episode, I’ll give you a few tips for deleting content quickly.

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