Posts Tagged ‘Adobe InDesign’

InDesign Secrets: Making patterns with PatternMaker

Published by | Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Creating patterns with PatternMaker

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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.

3 tips for automatic page numbering in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Three tips for automatic page numbering in InDesign

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The lack of options for automatic page numbering is one of the most popular concerns expressed by InDesign users. But since Adobe hasn’t provided a way to use something other than the default page numbering scheme, Anne-Marie Concepción is here with a few workarounds. Watch the free video below to discover her solutions to the three most common auto-numbering problems. Find out how to automatically update the page count as you add or remove pages, add the current and previous page numbers to a single side of your spread, and use a spread count instead of a page count.

Selecting text in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Selecting text in InDesign

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Got two minutes? Great. Check out this week’s top-secret tip on something David Blatner calls “the keyboard dance”, a technique for making really precise text selections in Adobe InDesign straight from the keyboard. You can even select text before the cursor. So let your fingers do the talking and click through for the full tip.

3 ways to navigate long documents: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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What’s the easiest way to navigate long documents? You can use the Pages panel, but in layouts with more than 20 or so spreads, you’re doing a lot of scrolling. The Go to Page command isn’t much of a shortcut, either. In this week’s free InDesign Secrets video, Anne-Marie Concepción offers not one but three unexpected alternatives.

The first? Use InDesign’s bookmarks. It’s not what the feature was designed for (creating links in a PDF export), but once you create them and open the Bookmarks panel, you have a creative way to zip around your document.

Adding Tool Tips to your form fields in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, October 17th, 2013
adding tool tips to your form fields in InDesign

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Have you ever been asked to fill out a mind-bogglingly complicated PDF form? Even when they’re designed well, complex forms can be hard to understand. Think tax forms and car registrations. When designing these types of documents, you don’t want your clients scratching their heads. Tool tips can help!

Easy figure numbering with paragraph styles: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Easy figure numbering with paragraph styles.

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When you’re getting to the final stages in a long layout and find you need to add or remove a numbered figure or illustration, the prospect of renumbering them all can be very disheartening. But InDesign’s paragraph styles can make figure numbering a breeze. Learn how to create a figure style that auto-numbers your captions by following along with David Blatner in today’s free InDesign tutorial video. David also shows you how to cross-reference the number in the text, and update the figure number and text reference when you need to reorder your illustrations.

Packaging linked objects on the pasteboard: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Package linked objects on the pasteboard

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Powerful as it is, Adobe InDesign does have its flaws. For one, if you package a document that has linked content on its pasteboard, such as images or text, that linked content won’t get added to the final output folder. This means if you’re handing off content to a collaborator or a printer, they’re going to be missing important files. Luckily, there’s a fix. Find out how to solve this InDesign quirk in today’s free episode of InDesign Secrets. (Hint: It involves “slugs.”) Watch the free video below to learn more, and check back next week for more InDesign Secrets.

Inserting custom text: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Inserting custom text with paragraph styles

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Did you know you can insert text before any new line with paragraph styles? The trick is to use numbered lists, and sneak the text into the numbering. This is especially useful in situations where you want to label phone numbers (as work, mobile, home, etc.) or any other information that repeats throughout your document. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to create a style, change the list type, and replace the numbering with the word, phrase, or even symbol you want to insert.