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InDesign Trainer Survey

Do you have experience teaching InDesign in a classroom setting? We've put together a short survey (7 questions total) to gather information from InDesign educators for an upcoming issue of InDesign Magazine. We'd love to hear about your thoughts and experiences teaching InDesign! Click here to take the InDesign Trainer Survey.

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Mystery of the Absent Artwork Contest Answer and Winner!

It's time to reveal the solution—and the winners—for this month's InDesignSecrets contest! Here's the scenario:  You’ve prepared a full-color ad that will be printed in a magazine. In your InDesign file, there are just two items, a background photo saved as a JPG, and a vector logo saved as a PDF. But when you receive a proof of […]

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Top 10 Type Tips

In excerpts from Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman, this article explains the psychological effects of fonts on the reader, for the purpose of helping you use type more effectively.

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GPU Support and Animated Zoom Arrives (for the Mac)

Following the lead of Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, the InDesign CC 2015.4 update finally added GPU support— beginning with Macintosh computers. We covered an overview of 2015.4 features here, but we'll give more details and shortcuts in this posting. As Retina and HiDPI monitors are becoming the standard, applications have to "push" more pixels […]

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Why Fonts Matter

In excerpts from Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman, this article explains the psychological effects of fonts on the reader, for the purpose of helping you use type more effectively.

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InDesign Basics: Working With Layers

InDesign Basics is a series of articles for new InDesign users, highlighting basic information and techniques. We all had to start somewhere, so why not start right here! One of the InDesign features that provides users with the level of design control that they need to create visually rich layouts is layering. Often when the topic […]

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Lining Up Baselines Across Frames without Baseline Grid

You have text in two frames, one positioned above the other, and you want to ensure the space from one text baseline to the next is consistent. How do you place the text frames properly? Well, you may know that InDesign has a Baseline Grid feature, and if you locked the baselines to that underlying grid, […]

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Font Management

Take charge of your font library once and for all with a strategy (and maybe some software) for font management. This article appeared in Issue 87 of InDesign Magazine. They say the things you own end up owning you. (OK, in this case, “they” is an imaginary person named Tyler Durden from the novel and film Fight Club. […]

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InDesign Magazine Issue 87: Font Management

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 87 (July, 2016) is now available! Here's what the issue includes: Mike Rankin details the ways to take charge of your font library once and for all. In an excerpt from her book, Why Fonts Matter, Sarah Hyndman shows how to design more effectively with type. Nigel French […]

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Top 5 InDesign Template Tips

Anne-Marie Concepción shares her favorite tips for making awesome InDesign templates This article appeared in Issue 80 of InDesign Magazine. I’ve been producing layout files for my company and my clients for a couple decades now, and I can attest that starting with a workable template (as opposed to a blank page, or a copy of the […]

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Visual Storytelling With Photography

Finding Picture Perfect Images for Design Projects This article appeared in Issue 86 of InDesign Magazine. Visual storytelling is a craft both photographers and designers share. Often these two creative careers overlap, particularly in the world of advertising and marketing, since they are the most practical means of communicating a message in a way that is creative, […]

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Scaling an Object to an Exact Size

One of the most useful (and least obvious) features of InDesign’s input fields is that no matter what units a field is currently displaying (points, millimeters, inches), you can type in a new value using any of the units InDesign supports, and let InDesign do the conversion for you. InDesign can even do simple math using mixed units. You can enter 1"+3mm-2p any […]

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