Posts Tagged ‘Adobe InDesign’

A trick to help separate facing pages: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, February 13th, 2014

A trick to separate facing pages

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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.

Making automatic jump lines: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Making automatic jump lines

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A jump line is a line of text that appears at the bottom of an article, telling readers that the article is being cut off there, but will continue on another page; e.g., “Continued on page 288.” Another jump line often appears at the top of the column for the continuing article; e.g., “Continued from page 287.”

It’s easy enough to enter jump lines manually, but if you later add or delete pages from your layout, you have to remember to correct the page numbers in all of your jump lines. So if you know how to use page markers in Adobe InDesign, you can save yourself some work.

Numbering rows in a table: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Auto-numbering table cells in InDesign

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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.

Saving for web in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Save for web from InDesign

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InDesign is the red-headed stepchild of the Adobe family when it comes to Save for Web. Photoshop and Illustrator both allow you to export a file to JPG, GIF, and PNG with a simple command from the File menu. Why not InDesign? Well, the truth is InDesign actually has a far more flexible workflow for exporting layouts for the web. It allows you to isolate independent objects such as graphics, images, and text frames and export just those elements—no slicing or hiding layers like those other programs. So what seems at first like a design flaw is actually a benefit for InDesign users.

Explore the January updates to Adobe Creative Cloud

Published by | Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Illustrator - Update Screen

Adobe Creative Cloud members will have a nice surprise waiting for them when they fire up their computers today as Adobe is pushing a big round of updates to both InDesign and Illustrator CC. Below are a few of my favorite new features in these two products, and why I think they’ll be a big deal for creative professionals going forward. (If you’re also interested in recent updates to Photoshop CC, be sure to check out Deke McClelland’s Photoshop Creative Cloud Updates, Chris Orwig’s course Photoshop for Photographers Creative Cloud Updates, and Ryan Kittleson’s blog post on Photoshop’s new 3D printing features.)

Illustrator CC

Illustrator gets the biggest update today with the addition of features like Live Corners, revamped shape manipulation, and a brand-new Pencil tool. Users who previously found Illustrator’s drawing tools cumbersome or difficult to use now have a whole new way to work and create shapes within Illustrator.

Automatically threaded text flows: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Automatically threaded text flows

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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.

Mapping Word styles to InDesign styles: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Mapping Word styles to InDesign

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Get your Word styles into your InDesign layout with a minimum of fuss. Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to place the contents of a Word file into InDesign without stripping out this useful bit of formatting. The secret is to map your styles. Learn how to customize your style import, map your styles, and even save the Word and InDesign style relationships as a preset. Watch the video below for a brand-new InDesign Secrets.

Allow a text frame to resize with text: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Resize a text frame with text

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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.