InDesign Secrets

Tip of the Week: Setting How to See and Edit Overset Text

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on May 21, 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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Skip to the Leading, My Bonny Loose

I cut my teeth on desktop publishing: QuarkXPress 1.0, PageMaker 1.0… anyone remember Ready, Set, Go? But I was baffled when I recently opened InDesign after several months of not touching it. While delighted with its new performance and new EPUB features (which have made it far simpler than even a year ago to produce […]

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Free lynda.com Video: Folding Families

Did you ever want to produce a folded print project, but you're the type of person who could barely fold a road map properly (back in the days before mapping apps and GPS)? Well, you can make amazing folded work, even if you've got ten thumbs. Just start by checking out the free video on […]

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The Incredible Shrinking Italic Small Caps

When everything in a project proceeds according to plan, that's great. It's business-as-usual and all's right with the world. But once in a while something doesn't go according to plan, and that's when knowing what's happening under the hood can help you out. Here's a little gotcha I came across on a current project. The typeface I […]

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New Contest! The Mystery of the Missing Frames

Every InDesign user knows that part of the job is figuring out what you’re seeing on screen — but sometimes it’s a matter of figuring out what you know is there but that you don’t see on screen! So for this month’s InDesignSecrets contest, here’s one of my favorite “what you see is not what […]

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Tip of the Week: Setting Font Preview Size

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on May 14, 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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Finding Type on a Path

When you're exporting a layout to reflowable EPUB, InDesign will warn you if the content includes things that cannot be represented with CSS, and therefore won't appear the same—or at all—in the EPUB unless you convert them to images with Object Export Options. For example, type on a path will be entirely left out of a […]

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Free lynda.com Video: Creating an Image Sandwich

Hungry for another great InDesign tip? How about an image sandwich? You know the effect, you've seen it a million times on magazine covers. It's where some sharp vector text looks like it's sitting between the subject and the background of an image. And in the latest InDesignSecrets video at lynda.com, David Blatner shows you the best […]

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Creating Dropwords with InDesign

One of the top wishlist items for InDesign has long been “drop words,” which is a feature required for Hebrew typesetting. (I’ve never heard of it used in other typesetting, but if you use it for something else, leave a comment below.) A “dropword” is like a drop cap, but instead of making one or […]

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Free InDesign Template of the Month: Product Data Sheet (Premium Members’ Benefit)

Another month, another free template for our Premium members! This month it's a product data sheet from Themzy.com. The template comes in both letter and A4 sizes, and is well crafted with master pages, layers, paragraph styles, and object styles. If you're currently logged in to InDesignSecrets.com as a Premium member (monthly or annually-paid), the download […]

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Tip of the Week: Choosing the Right Folder for Relinking

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on May 7, 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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Yes, InDesign’s Radial Gradients are Insane (it’s not you)

InDesign’s Gradient feature has bothered me for over a long time and I finally figured out part of the problem! I don’t make a lot of radial gradients (or blends or vignettes or whatever you want to call them)—you know, oval or circular blends. But when I do, I’m often stymied by getting them right. […]

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Free lynda.com Video: Three Ways to Prevent a Word From Hyphenating

At one time or another, we've all been in this situation: you're proofing a document with the pressure of a deadline looming, and you come across a word that is hideously hyphenated. You can't leave it as is. You don't want the word hyphenated at all. And the clock is ticking. What do you do? Do your […]

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How to Magnify Your Screen Display

Sooner or later, it happens to most of us. No matter how good your eyesight once was, that day comes when small print and other fine details become hard (if not impossible) to make out. It's bad enough when you're in a restaurant and everyone at the table is waiting for you to order from a blurry […]

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Preparing for PePcon: Hit the Ground Running With Social Media

Editor's Note The 6th annual Print + ePublishing Conference (PePcon) will take place June 1-4 in Philadelphia, PA. Author Renee Brisson-Khan is an enthusiastic veteran of previous PePcons and we asked her to share some tips for her fellow InDesign users on how to get most out of attending. Don't miss her previous post, Preparing for PePcon: Coming Up With Your Conference Strategy. […]

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Tip of the Week: Edit Original

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on April 30, 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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How to Check Tint Shades Using the Separations Preview Panel

I recently designed a large table (900+ cells) for a client. I used cell styles, paragraph styles, and character styles. We went through several iterations as the client decided how she wanted various tints to appear in the design. At the very end of the project, the client asked me to double check the tint shade […]

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Free lynda.com Video: Creating a Cut Out Effect

Of all InDesign's effects features, drop shadows are probably the one used by the most people. But did you know InDesign also allows you to place inner shadows on objects? With that kind of shadow, you can create the illusion that you're looking through a hole in an object. Even better, if you combine drop […]

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InDesign Magazine Issue 73: The Food Issue

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 73 (May, 2015) is now available! Here's what the issue includes: Pamela Pfiffner explores the world of designing and producing restaurant menus Chad Chelius reveals his recipe for efficiently producing distinctive cookbooks (includes a downloadable template!) Claudia McCue shows how to get started working with edible printing Diane Burns […]

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When InDesign’s Find/Change Gets Really Slow

I’ve been sitting here, editing a document that someone sent me, and wondering why every time I do a Find/Change it takes much longer than usual. Find/Change usually goes pretty fast, and I can make a change that replaces hundreds or even thousands of pieces of text in a few seconds. But in this document […]

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