InDesign Secrets

Tip of the Week: Move Text to a New Frame

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on September 25, 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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Window Seat: Fixed-Layout EPUB is Ready for Take-Off

Let’s take a little break from the usual fare of tips, tricks, scripts, and shortcuts, to consider a topic that’s probably a bit over your heads—literally (unless you are reading this in an airplane)—human flight. When we fly, we put up with everything from baggage fees to body scanners to get where we need to […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Making a TOC With the Index Feature

The next issue of InDesign Magazine is coming soon and the theme is…(drumroll please)…workarounds! So it’s only appropriate (yet entirely coincidental) that in the latest InDesign Secrets video at lynda.com, David Blatner shares one of the most amazing workarounds you’re likely to ever see. He shows how to build a table of contents with any text (not just the text that’s […]

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Editing Text Wrap With the Pen Tool

InDesign offers five kinds of Text Wrap: No Text Wrap, Wrap Around Bounding Box, Wrap Around Object Shape, Jump Object, and Jump to Next Column. Most of the time, one of these will give you the right results for your layout. But once in a while, you might find that none of them gives you the exact look that […]

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My White Text Disappeared (and solution)

I was just working on some artwork for The InDesign Conference and I exported a PDF and some of my text disappeared: Where did the “The” and “Conference” go?! I exported the PDF several more times with different settings. I confirmed that the text (which had been converted to outlines so I could make some […]

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Tip of the Week: Color Shortcuts

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on September 18, 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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The Apple Watch Effect

Unless you were trapped under a rock (or a pile of Android tablets) recently, you undoubtedly have heard about Apple’s new iWatch, er, Apple Watch. The glossy wearable gadget got more press attention than a Kardashian running for President. And whether you think the Apple Watch is a game-changing gizmo or a crazy contrivance, you had to have some […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Converting Local Formatting to Styles

If somewhere on this Earth there existed a stone tablet on which were carved the Ten Commandments of InDesign, you can bet your bottom dollar that the words “Thou Shalt Not Commit Local Overrides” would be at the top of the list. Having a cleanly styled document has many benefits, regardless if your document is […]

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Big Problem with FindChangeByList (and an easy fix)

The FindChangeByList script is a marvel, and I’ve used it many times to clean up documents. For example, double-clicking this script in the Scripts panel will convert all your double-dashes to em dashes, remove multiple spaces in a row and spaces at the beginning of a paragraph, and more. I’ve recorded a movie about it […]

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Premium Member Benefit: Corporate Flyer Templates

Hey folks, it’s template time again! Whether you need them for your own business or a client’s, flyers are essential marketing materials. And this month we’re proud to offer an awesome set of corporate flyer templates from StockInDesign as an exclusive benefit for Premium InDesignSecrets members. The download package includes one template in InDesign CC 2014 and IDML […]

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What is That Weird “A” Bullet Character in the Dialog Box?

Krissy wrote: Does anyone know what that bullet symbol with the A is called? And why anyone would use it as a bullet? About half of the world’s InDesign users know what you’re talking about, and half have no idea because they see the bullet correctly! For those in the latter camp, Krissy is talking […]

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Tip of the Week: Jump Between Masters

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on September 11, 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 to Apply Cell Styles Based on Content

In a recent browse through the InDesign Scripting Forum, I came across another little gem, a script you can use to apply cell styles based on the content within those cells. You can get the script here. You’ll need to open it in a script/text editor and make a couple changes to match your needs, […]

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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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