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.
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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.
Many PDFs that begin their lives in Adobe InDesign are later sent to Acrobat, where they are given calculated fields, buttons, bookmarks, and other special features. If, at some point in the document’s life cycle, you need to update the text, an image, or another design element in InDesign—do you have to rebuild the document in Acrobat all over again? Not if you know this week’s InDesign secret! Anne-Marie Concepciòn introduces a little known Acrobat command called Replace, which allows you to refresh the design layer without messing with the interactive features. Learn how this trick works in this week’s free video.
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.
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.
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.
The MiniBridge panel brings all the file management and review features of Adobe Bridge straight into InDesign. Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to get the most from MiniBridge in this week’s InDesign Secrets, by adding favorite folders, placing images directly from the panel, finding linked images scattered across your hard drive, and more.
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.