InDesign Secrets

Force Color Images to CMYK with a 240% Ink Limit

So your printer our output provider (such as Lightning Source) says you have a 240% ink limit, eh? First of all, what does that mean? How can you have more than 100% ink? Well, if you place 100% cyan and 100% yellow in the same place, that green color is called 200% total ink. (It […]

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Tip of the Week: Locking Items

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on December 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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Digital Publishing Book Provides an Up-to-date Overview

Some of the most difficult concepts to get across are the different publishing routes now possible from Adobe InDesign for digital publishing. In a recent blog posting, David Blatner provided a quick overview of the differences between EPUB, DPS, and PDF. But a blog posting can only skim the surface of the issues involved. What […]

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Tables to the Rescue: Centering a Bullet Character on a Paragraph

In most cases, bulleted lists have the bullet character beside the first line of the paragraph. This is how we’d normally set things up: But what if, as one person asked recently, you wanted to center the bullet on the whole paragraph, in such a way that no matter the length of the paragraph—one line, […]

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Idea for a New and Improved Conditional Text Dialog Box

Ahhh, Conditional Text. It is one of my favorite (and sadly neglected) features of InDesign. Conditional Text is most commonly used for showing and hiding different currencies within catalogs. It allows you to just change bits of text, while keeping the overall layout the same. The result is that you can have one document with multiple […]

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Why You Should Import RGB Images Into InDesign and Convert to CMYK On Export

[This article was co-authored by Claudia McCue and David Blatner.] Yes, we know you probably learned to convert images to CMYK in Photoshop before placing them in InDesign. And yes, we know that you’ve been doing this since 1989 with PageMaker 2. But you know what? This is the 21st century now and it’s time to […]

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A Hyperlinks Mystery Solved

The InDesign team has done a lot to improve the hyperlinks features in recent months. But one interesting issue I sometimes come across is phantom links listed in the Hyperlinks panel, which do not exist in the document. Like so: Notice that the panel is saying I have a bunch of hyperlinks in overset text, where […]

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InDesign New Features Guide Updated Back to Version 1

Would you like to do some time travel? Download the updated version of James Wamser’s great InDesign New Features Guide. You can travel into the not-so-long-ago time when QuarkXPress reigned as the king of desktop publishing. A young upstart called InDesign 1.0 was the young David that challenged the king with its exciting new features […]

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Tip of the Week: Converting InDesign Notes to PDF Comments

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on December 5, 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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Did You Know InDesign Ignores CMYK Profiles?

Here’s something every InDesign user should know, but almost none do: InDesign, by default, completely ignores CMYK profiles you have embedded in your images. If you don’t know what that means, let me explain: Let’s say you convert an image to CMYK in Photoshop.  (Note that I rarely convert images to CMYK, preferring to leave […]

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InDesign Secrets Video: All About All Caps

When you need to emphasize a specific piece of text, what kind of formatting do you choose? Do you try to stay classy, and use italics? Do you get really bossy and use bold? Or do you really TURN UP THE VOLUME WITH ALL CAPS? Yes, if it wasn’t for all caps, how would we shout in […]

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Leading as a Character Attribute? I’m a Believer!

Ever since I started working with the first beta of InDesign (K2), I’ve been irked by the choice of the engineers to make leading a character attribute. I’d “grown up” with years and years of QuarkXPress and MS Word, where leading is a paragraph attribute. I remember during the InDesign beta, Olav Kvern tried to […]

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InDesign Magazine Issue 68: Workflow

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 68 (December, 2014) is now available! This month’s theme is Workflow: how teams of people can work together to produce any kind of publication or document. Here’s what the issue includes: Adam Haus lays out the important questions you need to ask, and the choices you have when working […]

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Tip of the Week: Measuring Angles

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on November 28, 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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Arranging Numbered Lists in Separate Frames

Did you know you can have numbered lists run in a sequence that jumps across separate frames (stories)? Way back in 2007, Anne-Marie wrote a terrific column explaining how to use the list feature to set up that type of numbered list. Without going into too much detail, the trick is to define a custom list […]

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Premium Member Benefit: Perfect Bound Cover

It’s time for templates again!  This time it’s a perfect bound cover for Premium members of InDesignSecrets. (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) Once again, the original template came to us from James Wamser of Ripon Printers. We modified it and added elements to make laying out a cover for a perfect-bound document easy and efficient. […]

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Traps when Packaging Data Merge files

I often recommend that clients use Adobe InDesign’s “package” feature to collect all assets into one folder to give to another party. While it is not completely foolproof, it is certainly better than providing no links or fonts at all, or wasting time trying to find those assets manually. When packaging a file used for […]

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What’s the Difference Between EPUB, DPS, and PDF?

I saw this question on twitter recently: “What is the fundamental difference between EPUB3 and Adobe DPS?” and I realized that I’ve been asked this a lot recently. For example, we had an EPUB track and a DPS track at The InDesign Conference and a lot of people wrote in to ask which one they […]

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A Shortcut to Constrain Transformations

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on November 20, 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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New lynda.com Course: Creating Fixed Layout EPUBs with InDesign CC

Most InDesign users would love to have a simple, export-once-you’re-done way to turn their layouts into digital publications. Digital pubs that include not just the fonts, colors, and layout (like a PDF), but also any interactive elements (video, buttons, animation) they care to add, and have that miracle file and its buttons and gizmos work, dangit, on […]

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