Ever export a PDF from InDesign and end up with a much larger file than you expected? Why are PDFs sometimes so much larger than they need to be?
The best designers try to get the most use out of every InDesign document. They avoid recreating documents to accommodate small variations. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner reveals the savvy designer’s trick for creating several different versions of a design, each with different text and images, all stored in a single InDesign file. This technique uses what’s called conditional text, also covered at length in David’s course InDesign Insider Training: Beyond the Essentials. Using conditional text in InDesign is a great way to address different audiences, different languages, different pricing structures, and more, all within the same document. You simply turn on the right condition and export the version of the document you need. Watch now to get started.
Create blank lines for your forms and contracts the easy way in InDesign. David Blatner reveals his secret for adding blank lines inside running text and at the end of a line: rules. When you want to add them after text, simply select the text, open the Paragraph Rules dialog, and enable Rule Above and Rule Below. You can then adjust properties like weight, offset, width, and indent to fit your layout. You can even transform your custom rules into a paragraph style, so you can add more blank lines with a single click.
You usually don’t need to bleed into the inner margins of two facing pages (aka the gutter) of your InDesign layouts. In other words, most of the time, you don’t need your images or other decorative elements to extend beyond the edge of the side of the page that will be bound in the spine of a book or magazine. But there are a few occasions when you do want that—for example, if your book is spiral bound. But where’s the bleed area with facing pages?
This week in InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you a trick for splitting facing pages to create a bleed area in the gutter. The secret lies in the Pages panel: a little-known option called Allow Document Pages to Shuffle. David also shows you what to do when you have an image that spans across facing pages that you would like to split.
Adobe InDesign doesn’t have a cell numbering feature. What it has is an automatic paragraph numbering feature. Learn how to apply paragraph numbering to table cells to circumvent this little oversight, this week in InDesign Secrets.
David Blatner shows you how to turn on automatic numbering, insert zero width characters, change the format of the numbering, and copy and paste the numbering into other cells. Watch the free video below to start learning.
When you import long documents, Adobe InDesign can automatically add as many text boxes or “frames” as your text requires and thread them together in a “text flow.” But can you set up two separate automatic text flows in InDesign? Yes, you can. David Blatner shows how to create the initial text frames on your master page, create two separate threads, and place a document in each thread. Then watch as InDesign adds the additional text frames and pages you need and flows the text between the connected frames. Click the video below to get started.
Do overset text icons make you crazy? Do you hate manually resizing your text frames? Learn how to fit your frames to your content in a couple of different ways in this episode of InDesign Secrets. David Blatner shows you how to resize a text frame with a keyboard shortcut, a (double) click of a button, or without any input from you at all using Adobe InDesign’s auto-sizing options.
Learn how to spice up your boring backgrounds with patterns. While Adobe InDesign doesn’t have a built-in pattern fill feature, in this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to download PatternMaker, a free plugin from Teacup Software, and fill any object with one of its three free built-in patterns. You can then customize the pattern to your heart’s content—making a pattern that’s completely unique to your design. Watch the free video below to get started and learn more about transferring your patterns to Illustrator and expanding your pattern options with Teacup’s PatternPack.