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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fixing Style Collisions in EPUB Outputs from InDesign

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When you export an InDesign document to EPUB, it transforms your paragraph styles into CSS rules, which have a much stricter naming convention.

This issue can get you in hot water if you have similar style names that start with different numeric characters, causing something called style collisions.

Check out the solution my cohost David Blatner and I came up with in this week’s episode of InDesign Secrets.

By Lauren Nilsson | Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Using the Join Tool in Illustrator CC

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Illustrator CC is always evolving. It now includes the Join tool, introduced in late October of 2014, for merging paths.

How is this different than joining paths with the Pen tool? Instead of creating a straight line between two points, the Join tool extends both paths and creates a new point where they intersect.

It’s a pretty cool effect but it helps—as with most Adobe innovations—to see the tool in action before you attempt to use it on your own.

So join Deke McClelland for this brief look at Illustrator’s new Join tool.

By John McWade | Thursday, September 3, 2015

What's the Most Readable Typeface for Print?

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Making up the acres of gray in books, magazines, reports, and hundreds of other documents, text type is more common than any other.

When reading is the primary goal, it’s the designer’s job to ensure that the text is smooth, flowing, and pleasant to read.

In my new video course, Before & After: How to Set Perfect Text, I walk you through choosing the right typefaces and adjusting the letterforms so they’re balanced and beautiful.

But here are eight quick tips to help you choose the most readable typeface for print.

By David Blatner | Thursday, September 3, 2015

Creating an 'Intertwined' Effect in InDesign


Intertwined effects always confounded me. Until I saw Mike Rankin do it in InDesign FX.

Let me show you how to create an intertwined effect the Mike Rankin way, using this incredibly easy, timesaving trick.

By Lauren Nilsson | Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wrapping a Gradient Around a Circle in Illustrator

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Even Adobe’s biggest fans are sometimes disappointed when a feature is left out of their favorite program. Take the angle gradient: a neat little option in Photoshop introduced way back in 1998 that allows you to “shade[s] in a counterclockwise sweep around the starting point.”

Now in 2015, Illustrator still doesn’t have an angle gradient. But when’s the last time that stopped Deke McClelland?!

In this episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke shows how to make the impossible possible, and wrap a gradient around a circle in Illustrator.

It’s not a built-in option and it’s not magic; in fact, it’s a stroke. You just need Illustrator CS6 or later to follow along.

By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, August 27, 2015

Managing Scripts in InDesign

managing scripts in indesign

I’m a big fan of scripts. In fact, my very first blog post at InDesignSecrets.com, way back in 2006, was about scripts.

They’re timesaving, they’re smart, and they’re usually free. You can find them all over the web nowadays and building a great collection of scripts becomes a pastime of most designers. I collect them like candy!

The trouble comes in managing them. But I can help

By Lauren Nilsson | Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Transforming Photos with Photoshop LAB Color Mode

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Some people think Photoshop’s Lab color mode is destructive, but nothing could be farther from the truth.

In fact, Lab color mode allows you to make the smoothest possible levels adjustments—corrections that can’t even be seen in the image’s histogram.

How? The trick, as Deke reveals in this week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques, lies in converting to Lab, applying your adjustments, and converting back to RGB.

By Nigel French | Monday, August 24, 2015

How to Put Textures or Pictures Inside of Text


Putting a picture or texture inside of letter shapes is sometimes irresistible. Remember the thrill you felt the first time you filled a word or phrase with a picture? I do—and I’ve been working to improve on it every since.

All of the Big Three—InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop—allow you to place pictures inside of text shapes in similar but sometimes confusingly different ways.

Here are some tips on how to do it:

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