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By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, January 04, 2015

Fitness Resolution for 2015? Learn While You Burn!

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It’s a fact. New year’s resolutions fall into two categories: want to and have to.

We want to do fun things like create stuff, tackle projects, pursue our interests, and master new toys. But we have to make time for the basics—like exercise.

The clever lynda.com fans you’re about to meet have all found a way to combine those two things: to check off the unavoidable have to of exercise while indulging in the gratifying want to of learning.

And some of them have even lost weight doing it.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tired of Lorem Ipsum? Here's More Fun Placeholder Text

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Most designers have to work with placeholder text. As useful as it is for experimenting with formatting and generating word counts for writers, the default Lorem Ipsum gets pretty dull after a while.

I have a few interesting variations to offer.

By David Blatner | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Batch Convert InDesign Files to PDF and IDML Formats

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Designers often need to convert InDesign files to another format for publication (such as PDF) or collaboration (IDML for CS4 to CS6 users).

The Export dialog box works fine when it’s a one-off. But when you have a whole folder’s worth of project files? Get ready for tedium.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, December 04, 2014

All About All Caps — in InDesign Secrets

all caps -- in InDesign

Think “all caps” are all the same? In fact, there can be differences under the hood, which become apparent when you perform a Find and Replace.

By Nigel French | Saturday, November 29, 2014

Design a Calendar as a Gift — with InDesign and Photoshop

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Calendars have long been a go-to holiday gift for those people in your life that “have everything.”

No matter what their field, everyone marks out their days with a calendar of one sort or another—and a custom-made wall calendar full of meaningful images will always get pride of place over its store-bought rivals.

Here’s how to design a calendar for someone special.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Monday, November 24, 2014

Goodbye, DPS Single Edition. Hello, Fixed-Layout EPUB!

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Ask InDesign users how they can use the program to create a mobile-friendly interactive digital publication, and chances are they’ll answer “DPS” (Digital Publishing Suite). Just create a few .folios with the free DPS panels in InDesign and  you’re off to a good start—with a browser window logged in to a lynda.com DPS tutorial, of course.

But today’s announcement that Adobe is retiring DPS Single Edition—the DPS service that came free with every Creative Cloud subscription—will make those InDesign users think again. Especially since in the same breath, Adobe suggests that designers create interactive Fixed-Layout EPUBs (FXL) instead, using InDesign CC 2014.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, November 13, 2014

InDesign Secrets: Creative Uses for InDesign Slug Guides

InDesign slug guides are often overlooked but easy to access

You may know and use bleed guides, but do you use InDesign slug guides?

The slug area is one of the most overlooked features in InDesign, but it’s incredibly easy to enable and access.

I’ll show you some creative ways to use it in this week’s InDesign Secrets.

By David Blatner | Thursday, November 06, 2014

Create Blank Entry Spaces on Forms — with InDesign Secrets

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Highlighting the blank entry spaces in a form by hand? Check out this episode of InDesign Secrets.

By applying paragraph rules that use the Text option for their width, you can quickly style empty areas in a table-based form.

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