InDesign Secrets

A Visual Guide to InDesign Preferences

InDesign has a lot of preferences that control the way it looks and behaves. In all, there are 20 sets of preferences in a dialog box with hundreds of individual settings. And it's very important for any InDesign user to understand which of those preferences apply to the application as a whole, and which ones […]

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When a Hyphenated Word Won’t Break at the End of a Line

This mystery was driving me crazy… why won’t the hyphenated word “fitting-room” break at the hyphen? Instead, it forces the word “fitting” to hyphenate, leaving a large white space. I tried switching between paragraph composer to single-line composer; I tried adjusting the Hyphenation settings, and the Justification settings; I tried stomping my feet and using […]

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InFocus: July 2016

In excerpts from Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman, this article explains the psychological effects of fonts on the reader, for the purpose of helping you use type more effectively.

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Chartwell Typeface: Update

In 2011, Mike Rankin featured the story of the Chartwell typeface. It is a collection of fonts that can display various graphs in one of seven ways thanks to clever use of ligatures: Pie charts Line graphs (with fills) Vertical bars Horizontal bars Rose charts Ring charts Radar charts Since then, the Chartwell typeface has […]

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All Your Creative Cloud Assets in One Place

Creative Cloud Libraries and the Creative Cloud in general offer real interconnectivity among the Adobe apps, no matter where you choose to work. And while they provide a convenient place to store and re-use assets, each app interacts with libraries and the Creative Cloud slightly differently. With so many pieces of the puzzle, having one […]

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InDesign Trainer Survey

Do you have experience teaching InDesign in a classroom setting? We've put together a short survey (7 questions total) to gather information from InDesign educators for an upcoming issue of InDesign Magazine. We'd love to hear about your thoughts and experiences teaching InDesign! Click here to take the InDesign Trainer Survey.

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Mystery of the Absent Artwork Contest Answer and Winner!

It's time to reveal the solution—and the winners—for this month's InDesignSecrets contest! Here's the scenario:  You’ve prepared a full-color ad that will be printed in a magazine. In your InDesign file, there are just two items, a background photo saved as a JPG, and a vector logo saved as a PDF. But when you receive a proof of […]

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Top 10 Type Tips

In excerpts from Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman, this article explains the psychological effects of fonts on the reader, for the purpose of helping you use type more effectively.

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GPU Support and Animated Zoom Arrives (for the Mac)

Following the lead of Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC, the InDesign CC 2015.4 update finally added GPU support— beginning with Macintosh computers. We covered an overview of 2015.4 features here, but we'll give more details and shortcuts in this posting. As Retina and HiDPI monitors are becoming the standard, applications have to "push" more pixels […]

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