Posts Tagged ‘David Blatner’

Highlighting text: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Highlighting text

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Many word processors can mimic the look of highlighters—the florescent pens used to call attention to certain passages of text. InDesign doesn’t have this effect built in, but in this week’s InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to work around it. The key is creating a custom underline effect with a large, offset line weight. Watch the video below to learn the exact steps to highlighting text and building a highlighter character style so you can use the effect over and over again.

Trigger two features with a single key command: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, September 5th, 2013

InDesign Secrets: Create a key command for two features

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Adobe InDesign has a very complete and customizable group of keyboard shortcuts, but did you know they can be used contextually? That means the same keyboard shortcut can be used to invoke two different commands, depending on where you are in InDesign. The assignment changes based on whether you’re editing text, selecting objects, or have your cursor inside a table or dialog box. This is a very cool and overlooked option, which is why it’s one of Anne Marie Concepción’s favorite InDesign secrets. Find out how to assign keyboard shortcuts, and assign shortcuts to different contexts, by clicking on the free video below.

Create a QR code: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, August 29th, 2013
Create a QR code with Adobe InDesign

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QR codes are a great hybrid of the information-rich nature of text and the small footprint of images. You can encode almost any information you want, even long email messages, into a small square bar code that can be scanned and read by a smartphone. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows how to embed plain text, URLs, text messages, emails, or a digital business card as a QR code in your Adobe InDesign documents, with one simple command from the Object menu. Then learn how to create a more eye-catching QR code by breaking down and styling its editable objects. Watch the free video below to learn more.

Convert footnotes to endnotes with one easy script: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, August 8th, 2013
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Adobe InDesign does footnotes well. Endnotes? Not so well—not at all, in fact. Anne-Marie Concepción has the solution for you in this week’s InDesign Secrets: a free script that converts footnotes to endnotes. It actually changes footnotes to styled cross-references at the end of your story, and reflows the text. The links to the cross-referenced destinations stay active when you export to the PDF and EPUB formats, too. (Be aware that these endnotes do not renumber when you add new entries, so it’s best to run the script after you have entered all of your footnotes.) Find out where to download the free script in this week’s free video.

Congratulations to the lynda.com MAX Masters!

Published by | Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

MAX Masters

Each year at the Adobe MAX conference, session attendees vote on their favorite speakers—and the top names are invited back to speak at future MAX events. We’re proud to announce that 10 of the top 22 speakers this year, or “MAX Masters,” are lynda.com authors.

We work hard to choose authors who are not only experts in their field and passionate about their subject matter, but are engaging teachers as well. We’re glad Adobe MAX audiences enjoyed their presentations as much as lynda.com members do!

Check out our training from these authors and see for yourself why they’re MAX Masters:

Anne-Marie Concepción
Bryan O’Neil Hughes
Chris Meyer
David Blatner
Deke McClelland
James Fritz
Julieanne Kost
Michael Ninness
Mordy Golding
Richard Harrington

Surprising ways to do a word count in InDesign: InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Adobe InDesign can provide a word count for any story, which is a great feature if you’re trying to stay under a certain editorial limit, fit text within a proscribed layout, or measure readability. But this week in InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to take it to the next level with scripts.


Updating pages efficiently with primary text frames : InDesign Secrets

Published by | Thursday, June 27th, 2013

A longtime frustration of Adobe InDesign users is that when you apply a master page to another, the objects on that page do not reformat correctly. The good news? That’s all changed in InDesign CS6 with a feature called primary text frames. In this week’s InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows you how to use this incredibly useful option.

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InDesign Secrets: How to place and link text—without its formatting

Published by | Thursday, June 13th, 2013

The Place and Link feature of Adobe InDesign is amazing. If you select any object in your layout, you can go to the Edit menu, choose Place and Link, and it’s as though you were placing something that you imported from an external file. The benefit to Place and Link is that, unlike simply copying an object, the parent element and its children are linked; any change to the parent ripples down to all the other children when you update the link. This can be a huge timesaver when you need to reuse artwork or text multiple times in multiple places.

However, there’s also a way to keep the formatting of child objects in place. In this week’s InDesign Secrets video, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to create multiple copies of linked text that retain their own formatting.

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