InDesign Secrets

Creating Dynamic Layouts Where Objects Move as Text is Added

A reader just asked if it’s possible to make several objects on the page move when a text frame expands. For example, in the following image, there’s a “body text” text frame, followed by four images with captions (four graphic frames and four text frames under them): The body text frame (the one that is […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Converting Rounded Corners to Editable Paths

You probably know how every frame in InDesign, whether it contains text or images, is a vector object that you can reshape like a path in Illustrator by moving anchor points and control handles with the Direct Selection tool. But if you’ve ever applied corner effects to frames you may have been mystified about how to […]

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Creating a Screen Printing Effect in InDesign

by Ben Richardson This tutorial will show you how to simulate screen-print effects directly in InDesign, rather than using Photoshop and then placing the artwork into your layout. If you’ve ever played with blending modes in Photoshop, chances are you’ve created this effect at some point on your own. The blended colors can look lovely, the artwork […]

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This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 125

I know it’s trite that “there’s always more to learn,” but it is so true. I’ve been doing this for a long time, but still, every InDesign event I go to, I learn something. Every issue of InDesign Magazine I read, I learn something. And I’m constantly learning stuff from articles and videos around the […]

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Tip of the Week: Adding Files to a Book

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on September 4, 2014. 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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A Script for Printing by Master Page

Did you ever wish you could print a set of pages from an InDesign document according to which master page they were based on? Something like that might come in very handy with certain long documents when you just need to print a specific subset of pages. For example, say you wanted to print out all the […]

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New lynda.com Video Course: Adapting a Print Layout for Digital Publishing

I’m super excited to announce my newest lynda.com course, Adapting a Print Layout for Digital Publishing. The course is composed of 25 movies and the goal is to offer a clear roadmap for converting legacy print projects to digital—even if all you have to work with is a copy of the printed book. I also cover workflows […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Sharing Swatches

They say sharing is caring. It’s true in life and in the world of graphic design. For example, if you care enough to use consistent colors across InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, you need to share your swatches. And in the latest InDesign Secrets video at lynda.com, Anne-Marie Concepción shows how to do that, by exporting swatches from InDesign […]

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Using a One-Cell Table to Highlight a Paragraph of Text

Did you ever need to highlight a paragraph in InDesign? Should be simple, right? You’d think there would be an option to do this in the Control panel or Paragraph Style Options. You’d think that you could just select a paragraph, click a button, and be done with it. You’d be wrong. Of course there are workarounds, like using custom […]

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A Toolbox of Free Scripts

It’s always fun to stumble across some useful new resources for InDesign. Recently on Twitter, I found a link to a fun batch of InDesign scripts posted on GitHub by John Pobojewski. He calls it the InDesign Toolbox and it includes nine scripts that do useful little jobs, like… Adding a Page Border: Counting the number […]

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InDesign Magazine Issue 65: Long Documents

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 65 (September, 2014) is now available! This month’s theme is “long documents” — multi-page and often multi-document publications such as books, catalogs, proposals, and so on. And the issue itself is a pretty long one: 98 pages of tips, techniques, and advice for every InDesign user! Here’s what […]

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Tip of the Week: Toggle the Previous View

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on August 28, 2014. 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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Press Release: WordsFlow 2.0 Now Supports Two Way Workflow and InDesign CS5–CC2014

September 1, 2014 — We’re happy and excited to announce the release of WordsFlow 2.0, which adds Pro-level features that, like DocsFlow Pro, completes the workflow cycle and makes WordsFlow fully two-way. With the Pro version, you can now update your Word documents in place with the latest linked InDesign story contents, and you can […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Uncovering InDesign’s Special Font Folders

Fonts. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. Sometimes you can’t get ‘em to load properly in InDesign. And sometimes you might’ve wished you could have some fonts available to a specific document (or to InDesign in general) and not activate them on your computer. And indeed you can make fonts available only in InDesign or […]

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Making a Checkerboard Pattern With Nested Styles

I love coming up with new and unusual ways to make patterns in InDesign. Awhile back, I came up with a way to make 1950′s inspired floor tiles; basically, a black and white checkerboard pattern. But I recently thought it would be fun to try creating this same effect using text. 1. Go to Type > Glyphs. […]

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Premium Member Benefit: Social Media Templates

For many of us, it’s not enough nowadays to simply create great stuff with InDesign. We also need to maintain a strong online presence to promote our work, find new clients and partners, and be part of the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media. So with that in mind, this month’s Premium member benefit templates […]

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Tip of the Week: Super Fast Style Editing

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on August 21, 2014. 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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Why Fixed-Layout EPUB From InDesign is a Big Deal for Designers

by Gerald Schmidt From a very early glimpse (just a table with a few splashes of color) at the start of 2014, to the big unveiling earlier this summer at PePcon and the Creative Cloud launch, the new fixed-layout EPUB export feature has been, for me, the year’s main event in the InDesign world. Selecting Export […]

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The InDesign Conference Returns to Seattle

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love delving into history and those who prefer to focus on the present and future. (Of course, I don’t really believe that there are only two kinds of people, but it is such a convenient saying.) My problem is that I am forever wanting […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Unexpected Uses For Quick Apply

Any time someone asks me what’s my favorite InDesign feature, I tell them without a doubt, it’s Quick Apply. It makes the job of applying styles to a large amount of text so much faster and easier, I can’t imagine going without it. Geeks be warned: the instant gratification you get with Quick Apply is […]

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