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.
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Widows and orphans, those short lines or words at the end or beginning of a paragraph, are a typesetter’s nightmare. While you can eliminate them with soft returns or tracking, you’ll save time and effort by using Adobe InDesign’s powerful typesetting engine instead. Using styles, you can adjust the word spacing, letter spacing, or even change the number of hyphens. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, Anne-Marie Concepción shows you how to create paragraph styles to reformat your text, and save time during layout for more important design issues. Watch the free video below to get started.
Adobe InDesign has a few options for stroke endings. But some designers aren’t satisfied with the defaults. In this episode of InDesign Secrets, David Blatner shows how to create a custom arrowhead using a symbol or special font character, anchor it to your path, and make sure the arrowhead moves along with the path as you move or reshape it. If that’s too much work for you, David also shows you an easier way to create a custom arrowhead using InDesign’s sister program, Illustrator. Watch the free video below to get started.
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.
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.
As David Blatner says in this week’s InDesign Secrets, typesetting a poem is an art and a science. Your layout should complement both the theme and the length of the poem, and make it visually distinguishable from surrounding text.
But one of the greatest challenges designers face when typesetting poetry is centering a poem on its longest line, and then making sure all other lines are flush left with it. In this free video, David shows you how to accomplish just that using the tools in Adobe InDesign. Plus, learn how to determine your cursor position anywhere in your document—a useful tip for any kind of text, poetic or not.
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!