InDesign Secrets

Making Text and Lines Sit at a Diagonal

It’s easy to rotate a text frame so that your text sits at a diagonal. However, it’s not obvious how to make flow on an angle, but have the left edges of the text line up horizontally, like this: There are, of course, several ways to achieve this (there is almost aways more than one […]

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How to Install InDesign CS6, CC, or CC 2014

The details of how Creative Cloud subscribers can install older versions of InDesign have been mentioned here before in other posts, but since the question comes up a lot (and Adobe is always tweaking things), I thought the topic should have its own post, which I will try to keep updated. Also, I've included instructions for uninstalling apps […]

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New Contest! The Riddle of the Hidden Characters

Hey folks, it's time for another InDesign mystery that you can solve for a chance to win an awesome prize! This month I want to get a LOT of entries, so the mystery is in the form of a little riddle that almost any InDesign user can solve (with a little effort). And I'll even give you […]

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Free InDesign Template of the Month: Flexible Product Catalog

Another month, another free template for our Premium members!  (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) This month it's a template for a flexible product catalog and it comes to us from the good folks at BestInDesignTemplates.com, where you can use the discount code IDS20 to get 20% off any order now through August 31st! Layout The template features several attractive catalog […]

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Tip of the Week: Using Math Symbols

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on July 16, 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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Make a Continued Heading in a Table

You probably already know that InDesign has a feature that lets you put headers at the top of each table, even when the table spans across two or more columns, text frames, or pages. But what if you want a slightly different header at the top of subsequent pages—for example, a regular heading on page […]

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Free lynda.com Video: Optimizing Baseline Grid Previews

I think we can all agree that baseline grids are an essential tool for creating high quality long documents, right? So why are InDesign's default settings for baseline grids so…weird? The grid lines start where you don't need them, they're hard to distinguish from frame edges and selected ruler guides, and they're visible at a magnification where you'd […]

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Resize Your Documents to Fit One or More Objects on the Page

I often make graphics (such as logos or ads) in InDesign, but they’re in the middle of the page. So when it comes to exporting the graphic as a PDF or INDD or whatever, I get too much white space around the edges. For example, I want to export the artwork on this page: Before […]

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How to Copy Transparency Effects Between Groups

If you're a regular reader of InDesignSecrets, you probably know I enjoy creating special graphic effects with InDesign—to the point that I've done over 100 InDesign FX videos for lynda.com. But one thing really don't like about the Effects panel is that you cannot easily copy effects from one group of objects to another. With individual objects, you […]

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Tip of the Week: Printing from the Pages Panel

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on July 9, 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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Understand the Current Limitations of CC Libraries

In the February 2015 release of InDesign CC 2014, a new kind of library panel was added called CC Libraries. I wrote about its initial features in this blog post. In brief, this new library not only lets you share assets between InDesign documents, but also between other Adobe applications like Photoshop CC and Illustrator […]

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Free lynda.com Video: Formatting Table Cells

Want to get a better handle on formatting tables? Check out this free video in David Blatner's lynda.com course InDesign CC Essential Training (2015). In the video, David shows how to use various selection methods and the Control panel to quickly format text and the surrounding cells to make your tables look great. And even if […]

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How to Save InDesign Files as Layered Photoshop Files

Recently, someone asked the question of whether it was possible to export from InDesign to a layered Photoshop file, converting InDesign layers to Photoshop layers. While you won't find PSD as one of the file formats in the Export dialog box, you can accomplish this task on the Mac with the help of a script written […]

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InDesign Documents on Behance

If you're like me, you probably have looked at the portfolios on Behance and wondered how you, as an InDesign user, could get involved. Most of the portfolios are photos, illustrations, etc. from Photoshop and Illustrator. But what about multi-page design? Book designs. Branding. Multi-page ads. Interior book pages. Posters. Brochures. Flyers. Menus. Etc. Etc. […]

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Tip of the Week: Move Items with Precision

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on July 2, 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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More Font Info for InDesign CC Users

Have you noticed that in recent versions of InDesign, the Find Font dialog box isn't as informative as it used to be? Gone are the little icons that used to tell you at a glance what kind of fonts you had in your document (OpenType, Type 1, TrueType, etc). Do you miss this feature? I […]

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Free lynda.com Video: Understanding the InDesign to EPUB Workflow

Some of the best resources for learning how to create EPUB ebooks from InDesign are Anne-Marie Concepción's lynda.com courses. And recently, she added a new course to her list of titles: InDesign CC 2015 EPUB Fundamentals. It contains over 50 videos to guide you through the entire process of EPUB production. And among the free videos, is one […]

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How to Find Obscured Text in InDesign

Someone recently asked if there was a way in InDesign to find text that was obscured by an image. While there isn’t a way to directly find obscured text with InDesign’s preflight features, you might be able to use some other features to help. For example, here’s an image that partially obscures some text. Normally, you’d […]

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InDesign Magazine Issue 75: The Ultimate Guide to Kerning

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 75 (July, 2015) is now available! Here's what the issue includes: Ilene Strizver shows you how to get beautiful letterspacing in any situation. Keith Gilbert surveys all that is new in the 2015 release of InDesign CC. Adam Jury reminds us that when it comes to InDesign features, […]

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Switching Rows and Columns in an InDesign Table

Sometimes you have a table in InDesign that looks like this: A B C D E F G H I But you want it to look like this: A D G B E H C F I That is, you want to transpose (switch) the columns and rows so that the content “flows” down the first […]

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