By David Blatner | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
What font should you use today? With the hundreds of choices in InDesign, you might have to try two or three (or 50!) before you find exactly the right one for your layout.
But InDesign CC has a few cool features that allow you to test fonts quickly and in a more fun and interactive way.
I’ll show you how in this week’s InDesign Secrets.
By David Blatner | Friday, May 15, 2015
Have you ever wanted to re-create the effect seen on covers of big magazines like Sports Illustrator and Vogue—the kind where the masthead appears to be behind one part of the cover image and in front of another part?
It used to take a million-dollar machine to create the effect. Today, you can achieve the same results with a few clicks in InDesign. I’ll show you how with this week’s InDesign Secrets.
By David Blatner | Thursday, April 30, 2015
Did you know InDesign has a feature that lets you automatically calculate and display the last page number of your layout? And it’s incredibly easy to add, using the Type > Text Variables menu.
But what if your last page is on a different layout—say in a different chapter in a book? In that case you have to use a cross reference instead.
In this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you how to create a cross reference, point it at text or a text anchor, and format it to display the last page number of a book spanning multiple layouts.
By David Blatner | Thursday, April 16, 2015
The long shadow is a fun, trendy effect and it’s a great way to make flat text and icons stand out—like those used to represent apps in iOS and Android.
Unlike a soft-edged drop shadow, though, the long shadow can’t be achieved with the click of a button in InDesign.
But this week’s InDesign Secrets shows you how to create a long shadow in InDesign in just a few steps. You’ll also learn how to move your design over to Illustrator and use a shortcut there to create a slightly more refined version of the same effect.
By David Blatner | Thursday, April 2, 2015
InDesign is a powerful document-formatting tool, but there are still some tasks that Microsoft Word performs better.
One of those tasks I hear the most complaints about is putting boxes around or behind paragraph, a feature Word calls paragraph borders. So in this episode of InDesign Secrets, I show you a hack for mimicking paragraph borders in InDesign. Unfortunately, there’s no single button, checkbox, or effect you can apply, but using rules and tables, you can approximate the effect.
Watch this week’s free movie to learn more.
By David Blatner | Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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
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 5, 2015
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!
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