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.
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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.
GREP (Global Regular Expression Parsing) is one of the most powerful features of Adobe InDesign, but it’s often overlooked since it hides within other capabilities like Find/Change and Paragraph Styles. Once you learn the basics of GREP, you might wonder how you ever worked without it.
If you’re not familiar with GREP and its relationship with InDesign, it’s used for both simple and complex text operations. Simply put, GREP lets you automate formatting and find/changing of text, based on patterns in the text.
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.
This week marks the release of the final two videos in the InDesign FX series. And to say au revoir, I have an especially fun free video to share on creating a bobblehead effect. In the video, I show how to use Adobe InDesign animation tools to make the heads of an adorable pair of furry animals gently rock back and forth, just like a real bobblehead doll.
I know it’s very unlikely that you ever wished you knew how to create this effect in InDesign. But I hope you’ll watch the video and try it out—for two reasons. First, it’s pure fun and I’m sure you can get a laugh from your friends or coworkers by turning them into bobbleheads (or try some celebrity photos as source material). Second, this silly little project serves as a reminder of the main ideas I hoped to get across in the InDesign FX series: namely, to let your imagination run free, to push your tools to make them do the unexpected, and to create memorable visuals that are easy and fun to make.