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Save time and keep your layouts consistent in your workgroups with these great Library techniques!
Once you anchor a group of objects into a text flow, it is impossible to change the stacking order of these objects–even via the Layers panel. But there’s a trick… First, let’s see the problem: Draw a picture frame in which you import an image, and below the image draw a text frame with the […]
When using paragraph and character styles in a document, you will frequently need to check or verify which style is applied to which paragraph or characters. You should know the 4 best ways to do this. 1. The Paragraph Styles and Character Styles panels The obvious method is to click in some text with the […]
It started with a simple request from my co-author Diane Burns. She was about to teach a class basic InDesign the next day, but all the people at the company are on Windows machines. She wanted two simple screen shots to show how to add A new command to Toggle between Preview and Normal for […]
Let’s say you have a long document broken down into sections or parts — for example, books are often broken down into headings, catalogs are often broken down into categories, directories might be broken down by geographical location. But how can you jump to any location inside the InDesign document quickly? Of course, if you […]
You have three printers in your office, and you constantly find yourself changing the same settings in the Print and printer driver dialog boxes? Stop the insanity and get efficient with print presets! First, I want to be clear that we’re all on the same page: When you’re printing from InDesign you have to think […]
I’ve been training InDesign users for a decade, but I’ve never had a student like the one I’m working with now: my 9 year old son! He decided (on his own) to start a newspaper for his 4th grade class. He has several other kids writing stories, and he’s enjoying laying out the paper in […]
Put Humpty Dumpty back together again with this delightfully geeky solution!
Are you teaching InDesign at a high school, college, or university? If you have one or more students creating cool artwork using Adobe InDesign, we want to see it and possibly highlight it in an upcoming issue of InDesign Magazine! What’s “cool artwork”? Well, put it this way: If you, as a teacher, look at […]
Today I stumbled across a new “feature” in InDesign CC. I have encountered it before, as it mysteriously wreaked havoc on my documents. Randomly, Conditional Text Indicators would print, and fonts would be changed. But the reason eluded me. Until today. I finally pinpointed the culprit. I’ll call Hover Scrolling. First, let’s take a look at the perfectly […]
Did you know that InDesign has a “sort paragraphs” feature built in? No, it’s not in any of the menus. No, it’s not in the Paragraph panel or Control panel, or anyplace else that you’d likely look. Instead, it’s hiding inside the Scripts panel. Fortunately, it’s not hard to run a script. You can find […]
Vallery wrote: I have a paragraph… diagonally across the paragraph I want to write a word — let’s say, ‘cancelled’. How do I do this? I think the best way to handle this would be an anchored object. It’s a relatively painless operation: First, put the word in a text frame and format it the […]
No need to package your InDesign file just to get a list of its links. Use this hidden feature in the Links panel menu instead!
While editing a file created by someone else, I selected a group, pressed command-shift-g to ungroup, and received the following error message. I was stumped. Its always more difficult to edit files created by others, because its often far from obvious how the file is constructed. In this case, I had a visible group right […]
Come for the Content. Leave with a Community™ Wow, has it been five years already? We’re so pleased to announce the fifth annual PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference®, coming to Chicago, June 15-18, 2014! PePcon is the world’s greatest event for InDesign users — bringing together users, trainers, experts, developers, and members of the […]
Let InDesign and your computer make fast work out of finding all the missing links scattered around your hard drive.
So you want to use a dashed line, and you want to specify exactly how long the dash should be and how long the gap should be. On the one hand, this is easy, but on the other hand, it can be maddeningly difficult in InDesign. Here’s a quick rundown of the problem and solutions. […]
The great folks over at Rorohiko have developed an amazing plugin called Magneto Paths. This plugin makes objects stick together while they are being drawn, resized, and reshaped. This means you can effectively apply more than one stroke or fill to (what appears to be) a single object. To demonstrate the true beauty of this plugin, […]
There has been some debate about whether, now that InDesign CC has been released, there would be any more updates to InDesign CS6. InDesign CS6 is still available for purchase with a perpetual license, and it can be downloaded if you have a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Today, September 30, 2013, the question […]