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Free lynda.com Video: Creating and Optimizing a Cover Image for Ebooks

They say don't judge a book by its cover, but we all do, don't we? And that goes for ebooks as well as printed ones. The right cover image will help an ebook stand out from the crowd and capture the essence of the book's contents. And happily, if you're making a reflowable EPUB from […]

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How to View Two Parts of a Document at Once

In the recent releases of InDesign, many new features have been presented quite boldly in the user interface. Even after we’re familiar with these new features, they're still prominently displayed, whether we’re using them or not. Good examples are the Welcome screen, the Colour Theme Tool, CC Libraries, and the Content Grabber, also known as “the […]

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Three Ways to Improve Your Hyperlinks

One of my favorite new-ish features of InDesign CC (version 9.2) is the overhaul of how hyperlinks are created and managed. One aspect of this is that now, when you create the first hyperlink in a document, a new Character style named “Hyperlinks” is created. By default, this character style only has two attributes: a […]

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Tip of the Week: Peek-a-Boo Panels

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on March 19, 2015. Sign up now and every week you'll get a new InDesign Tip of the Week and Keyboard Shortcut of the Week, along with roundups of new articles at InDesignSecrets and CreativePro, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll all the […]

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This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 131

I have to admit that this month it seems like there are fewer InDesign stories out there than usual. (If you find more InDesign-related articles — or have written some! — let me know so I can pass them on.) That said, there are a few here, and I’ve also collected a number of other […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Print Fundamentals

This week's free lynda.com video covers one of the most fundamental topics, which oddly enough also includes some of the most obscure and unknown features in InDesign: the Print dialog box. The video is from David Blatner's course, InDesign Insider Training: Preflight and Printing. In it, David takes you step-by-step, checkbox-by-checkbox through the General options […]

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Supercharge Your Graphics with Cell Styles

I am a new gardener and this year I'm in the process of building raised square foot garden beds. Based on last year's gardening results (no planning+months of hard work=no harvest), this year I want to do my best to have a well-planned garden with a plentiful harvest. Consequently, I have been researching and planning for months. Lately […]

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The Mystery of the Unwelcome Text Wrap Contest Answer and Winners!

In our latest InDesignSecrets contest you all were challenged solve a problem for Bill, the fictional production artist who couldn't figure out why placing images all of a sudden caused unwanted text wrap in his documents. And the prize for getting the right answer—and having your name chosen at random from the correct entries—was a license for […]

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Tip of the Week: Placing Snippets

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on March 12, 2015. Sign up now and every week you'll get a new InDesign Tip of the Week and Keyboard Shortcut of the Week, along with roundups of new articles at InDesignSecrets and CreativePro, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll all the […]

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Overcoming Limitations with Find/Change and Conditional Text

For those of you who are power users of conditional text, this post is for you. Have you ever wanted to delete a condition in your document only get to get the following message? You'll only get this message when the condition is currently bring applied to text. If the condition isn't being used, you can delete […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: The Fastest Way to Find Missing Links

There are few things more frustrating in InDesign than opening a document and being greeted with a dialog box warning you of missing images—especially when you're rushing to finish a job. Who has time to painstakingly search for dozens of missing images and relink them all one by one? Not me, and not you either. That's why […]

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How to Find the Font That Has the Glyph You Need

The fonts we use today contain a huge array of Unicode characters. So how do we find the fonts that contain the particular character we want? Sadly, we cannot use InDesign's Glyphs panel. This panel has many great features, including the ability to create glyph sets for the characters we use frequently. But it contains […]

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New Contest! Solve the Mystery of the Unwelcome Text Wrap

Hey folks, it's contest time again! Last month, I received many creative and correct answers to the Mystery of the Missing Image. And this month I expect to get even more, because, frankly this one's easier. And because we're expecting to get more correct entries, we're giving away more prizes! Three lucky winners will receive […]

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Tip of the Week: Controlling Hyphenation

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on March 5, 2015. Sign up now and every week you'll get a new InDesign Tip of the Week and Keyboard Shortcut of the Week, along with roundups of new articles at InDesignSecrets and CreativePro, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll all the way […]

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What to Know Before Using Live Captions and Text Variables

Text variables and live captions give you a way to make certain content in your InDesign documents dynamic. They can be used to create things like running headers in long documents and captions to go with images. Text variables were introduced into InDesign in CS3, and live captions were added a couple of versions later in CS5. I […]

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Free lynda.com Video: Nesting One MSO Inside Another

The use of multi-state objects (MSOs) is key for creating many of the best interactive elements in Adobe DPS publications. Folks like our own Bob Levine and Keith Gilbert have become MSO masters in their DPS work, and have shared lots of great techniques through their writing and videos. And in the lynda.com course, Adobe […]

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Getting the Right Bleed in Print PDFs

As a prepress operator, one of my responsibilities is to check artwork supplied by clients. An issue that I encounter regularly is PDF artwork that is supplied with no bleed, even though it is clear that elements of the artwork will need to bleed off of the trim edge. The following example uses a supplied business card that […]

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How to Turn Off InDesign’s New Welcome Screen

One of the features that recently debuted with English version of InDesign CC 2014.2 is new Welcome screen, sporting four panels full of links to recent documents, videos, forums, InDesign Help, and more. About all it's missing is a link to InDesignSecrets…and an obvious way to tell InDesign you don't want to see the Welcome […]

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Tip of the Week: Print Dialog Box Previews

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on February 26, 2015. Sign up now and every week you'll get a new InDesign Tip of the Week and Keyboard Shortcut of the Week, along with roundups of new articles at InDesignSecrets and CreativePro, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll all the […]

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InDesign Magazine Issue 71: Fine Art

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 71 (March, 2015) is now available! This month's theme is Fine Art: using InDesign to create high-quality art books for print and digital. Here's what the issue includes: Tina Henderson surveys the world of digital fine art publishing. Matt Mayerchak delves into the details of producing high-quality art […]

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