InDesign Secrets

Tip of the Week: Get the Gray Out of Your Gradients

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on July 10, 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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InDesign Secrets Video: Rotating Text and Text Frames

In the latest episode of InDesign Secrets on lynda.com, you can learn how to achieve some cool text effects by rotating text and text frames independently. David Blatner shows how to get different results by using different tools. You can keep your text horizontal, and rotate the frame to a different angle. Or keep the frame level, […]

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Selecting Horizontal and Vertical Spaces With GREP

by Erica Gamet If you use GREP in InDesign, you either know the name Peter Kahrel or you should. He literally wrote the book on using GREP specifically in InDesign. I had the pleasure of meeting him in person at this year’s PePcon (in my GREP session, so no pressure there). He let me in on a little addition to InDesign’s […]

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Ink Manager: Never Forget This Step Before Exporting a PDF

Talk to any printer and they’ll tell you: Designers are forever sending them PDF and InDesign files with spot colors when they really want process colors. Please: do yourself and your printer and everyone around you a favor and learn two things: How to work with spot colors properly; And even more important: Open the […]

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New InDesign FX Movies at lynda.com

One of the nifty new features in the 2014 Release of InDesign CC is the improved handling of scaled effects. Now when you scale an object with transparency effects applied to it all (including drop shadows) the effects will also scale as expected. And to mark this occasion, I’ve added four new movies to the InDesign FX […]

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Using InDesign as a CAD Tool

by Olav Martin Kvern I like to build things. Physical things, not just software and page layouts. In fact, I like to build synthesizers and robotic musical instruments. Yes, I am a weirdo. Don’t run away just yet—even though you may not be doing this yourself, there’s a reasonably good chance that you’ll be able […]

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ComboMambo Script Updated for InDesign CC 2014

If you’ve ever used InDesign’s PDF form tools to make a List Box or Combo Box, you know what a pain it can be to add a long list of choices manually. So. Very. Boring. That’s why InDesign scripter Chuck Weger created the ComboMambo script back in 2012. It allows you to import a list of […]

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Creative Cloud Market: Vector Art Into InDesign

The Adobe Creative Cloud desktop application was updated on July 3 to version 1.7.0. This update brought a new feature announced during the Keynote Address of the 2014 release of Creative Cloud—Creative Cloud Market. These are assets licensed to Creative Cloud users to use royalty free in their design projects. They will be found in […]

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Formatting Text With XML in InDesign

by Andrej Balaz The first time I learned about the XML workflow in InDesign was when I was confronted with the massive task of designing a new edition of the Mobile Developer’s Guide to the Galaxy every few months. The Mobile Developer’s Guide to the Galaxy is a beautiful community publication project initiated by Enough […]

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Tip of the Week: Creating Linked Frames When You Place Text

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on July 3, 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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How To Turn Off All Character Style Highlighting with One Action

As David Blatner reported here, I discovered a cool technique to solve an attendee’s question at the recent PePcon. (For all of you who haven’t gone to a PePcon, the “Meet the Speakers” table is not just a great place to meet the people who speak, do podcasts, and write articles and blog posts, it’s also […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Cropping With Paste Into

In the latest episode of InDesign Secrets on lynda.com, David Blatner shares his must-know tips and tricks for using the Paste Into feature, which he calls “one of the coolest and most important features in InDesign.” And unfortunately as David points out, Paste Into is also one of InDesign’s least intuitive features. For example, you might not know […]

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Migrating vs. Syncing Settings in InDesign CC 2014

When InDesign CC 2014 was released, it introduced a new feature called Seamless Update. This feature migrates all the preferences and settings you’ve created in a previous version of InDesign into the 2014 release. But I’ve observed that many people are very confused over how this differs from another feature offered in InDesign CC and […]

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InDesign Magazine Issue 63: The Best Things in Life Are Free

Happy birthday to us! We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 63 (July, 2014) is now available! This marks our tenth anniversary. (So if you see people setting off fireworks this Friday, July 4, you’ll know they’re probably celebrating us.) This month’s theme is “The Best Things in Life Free,” and features: Jeff Gamet’s roundup of dozens […]

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When an “Update” Isn’t an Update

A few people I know—well actually it was me—got confused when they looked at their Adobe Creative Cloud desktop manager and saw that the listing for InDesign as well as the other Creative Cloud 2014 applications were listed as “Updates.” The label “Update” is wrong. Notice the category at top called New Versions. This means […]

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Making Sure Blackout Redactions Work So You Cannot See Through Them

Have you ever placed a black box over something, trying to blot out whatever was behind it, only to find that you can see through it after all? For example: And what’s even stranger, the settings you choose when you make the PDF sometimes affects how it appears in Acrobat. For example, if you export […]

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Tip of the Week: Rotation–Clockwise or Counter-clockwise?

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on June 26, 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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Making a Custom Composition Highlighter to Find Invisible Characters

Trog, in a tweet, wrote: is there a way to add custom composition highlights ex. soft & hard return invis. characters? Interesting question! Highlights are usually used to find special or problematic formatting. We’ve talked about InDesign’s composition highlights feature several times (such as this overview, and this clever tip from Mr. Rankin). But this […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: Using Preflight to Find Common Errors

In the latest episode of InDesign Secrets on lynda.com, Anne-Marie Concepción describes a terrible malady that has bedeviled some InDesign users for years. It’s called Live Preflight Blindness and it causes you to not notice InDesign’s Live Preflight feature working at the bottom of the document window to show you potential errors like missing links, broken URLs, […]

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A Shortcut to View Pages Horizontally

This post was inspired by InDesign Secrets editor Mike Rankin’s comments about what happens when he selects Digital Publishing as the intent for a new document. From Mike: This has been bugging me for a long time: every time I create a new document with digital publishing intent, the pages panel switches to display pages […]

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