Author Archives: Erica Gamet

InDesign Poll Results: Sending Files to a Print Service Provider

Stop the presses!! Or rather, start them and send off your print-ready files! This past month’s poll was all about the format you choose when sending off your files to a commercial print service provider. And the clear winner is PDF. Just which flavor of PDF is where things get divided. And fairly evenly, at…

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InDesign New Features Guide Updated for CC 2018

While I haven’t had the chance to fully digest all the changes in the latest version (officially 13.0) of InDesign, I have taken time to peruse the latest “Wamser Guide.” If you’re not familiar, the New Features Guide by Adobe Certified Instructor James Wamser provides a right-to-the-point digest of the latest InDesign features. But not…

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Tip of the Week: Reset Tracking and Kerning

This InDesign tip on how to reset tracking and kerning was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on October 26, 2017. Sign up now and every week you’ll get a new tip, keyboard shortcut, and roundups of new articles, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll down to the bottom of this page, enter your email…

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InFocus Autumn 2017

Erica Gamet delivers a fresh set of goodies for InDesign users. The post InFocus Autumn 2017 appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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Tip of the Week: Breaking Words With Discretionary Hyphens

This InDesign tip on how to tidy up your tables was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on October 19, 2017. Sign up now and every week you’ll get a new tip, keyboard shortcut, and roundups of new articles, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll down to the bottom of this page, enter your email…

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InDesign Secrets Poll Results: Placing Photos

It’s time once again to head to the polls! No, not those polls…the InDesign Secrets poll! Each month we present a user poll to gain a better understanding of our readers’ interactions with InDesign as well as ask opinions on other design topics. This past month’s poll dealt with the methods used to get photographs…

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InDesign Basics: Paragraph and Character Panels

Working with type in InDesign is as easy as drawing out a text frame with the Type tool and typing away. But if you want to get to the nitty-gritty of styling that text, you’ll need to access the proper panel for that. With type, you’ll actually need to access two: The Character panel and…

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InFocus: July 2017

In excerpts from Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman, this article explains the psychological effects of fonts on the reader, for the purpose of helping you use type more effectively. The post InFocus: July 2017 appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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Great tips, Great Community at The InDesign Conference 2017

Excerpted from Erica Gamet’s article on CreativePro Week in issue 98 of InDesign Magazine (coming soon). What do you get when you combine four of the best creative conferences into one megaconference? Why, CreativePro Week of course! The inaugural outing of CreativePro Week was held May 22–26 in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. Featuring over…

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InFocus: April 2017

In excerpts from Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman, this article explains the psychological effects of fonts on the reader, for the purpose of helping you use type more effectively. The post InFocus: April 2017 appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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InDesign GREP Essentials: Wildcards

This article is part of a series of posts on using GREP in InDesign for beginners GREP finds patterns based on generalities. That is, you don’t need to know exactly which numbers you’re looking for, just that you are, indeed, looking for numbers. Wildcards come into play when we need to write an expression that…

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InDesign GREP Essentials: How to Add, Delete, and Re-Arrange Text

This article is part of a series of posts on using GREP in InDesign for beginners One of the biggest advantages to using GREP with Find/Change in InDesign is the ability to manipulate the text you’ve found. For instance, you could find everything that fit the pattern of a price: \$\d+,*\d+\.\d{2} and then in the Change…

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InDesign GREP Essentials: Ready-to-use Expressions

This article is part of in a series of posts on using GREP in InDesign for beginners. Learning GREP isn’t easy. Fortunately, InDesign comes with a few ready-to-use expressions already written for you. The two I use the most are especially handy for cleaning up Word files riddled extraneous white space (extra spaces after punctuation and extra…

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InDesign GREP Essentials: Quantity

This article is part of a series of posts on using GREP in InDesign for beginners. When writing GREP queries, you may need to indicate exactly how many times a certain character, punctuation, or operation occurs. This helps you tailor an expression to fit a specific pattern while excluding anything that doesn’t fit. When working with quantities…

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InFocus January 2017

In excerpts from Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman, this article explains the psychological effects of fonts on the reader, for the purpose of helping you use type more effectively. The post InFocus January 2017 appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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InFocus: July 2016

In excerpts from Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman, this article explains the psychological effects of fonts on the reader, for the purpose of helping you use type more effectively. The post InFocus: July 2016 appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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All Your Creative Cloud Assets in One Place

Creative Cloud Libraries and the Creative Cloud in general offer real interconnectivity among the Adobe apps, no matter where you choose to work. And while they provide a convenient place to store and re-use assets, each app interacts with libraries and the Creative Cloud slightly differently. With so many pieces of the puzzle, having one…

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6 Tips to Speed Up InDesign

Sometimes, things just don’t run as smoothly or as quickly as we’d like. Even our ever-faithful companion, InDesign, is not free from frustrating slowdowns and inexplicable quirks. Some people are quick to jump on the “trash your preferences” bandwagon, but I almost never have to resort to that. If you’ve done some troubleshooting and are…

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Tip of the Week: Color Panel Tips

With this free InDesign script, you can fix problematic text wrap with precision and ease. The post Tip of the Week: Color Panel Tips appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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Adding Colors to Your InDesign Documents With Adobe Capture

There are so many options for getting colors into an InDesign document, whether they’re imported or created right within InDesign. With the introduction—and recent coming of age—of the Creative Cloud, those colors can come from a wide range of sources. Having Creative Cloud as a central repository makes quick work of finding color inspiration in…

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