Author Archives: Mike Rankin

3 Problems You Can Solve by Applying No Language to Text

Every once in a while you might have some special text in your documents that you want to treat differently from the rest. Maybe it’s something that you never want to hyphenate, like a brand name or a URL. Or a passage with lots of words you don’t want to be flagged in a spell…

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Tip of the Week: Use the Story Editor When Designing With Text

This InDesign tip on using the Story Editor when designing with text was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on April 20, 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…

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Poster Frame and Mat Effects

If your layout contains photos, paintings, or posters you can easily add effects to make those images look like they’re framed and matted. There are several ways to do so, but none simpler than giving the image a thick stroke to represent the frame. Then add an inner shadow to the graphic so it looks…

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5 Tips for Working with Animation Motion Paths

Since InDesign animations are supported in fixed-layout EPUB and Publish Online (and the dream that they may work in some future version of PDF), I thought it was a good time to offer up some tips for working with motion paths. These are the paths you use to determine exactly where an animated object goes…

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Tip of the Week: Use Bookmarks to Navigate Inside InDesign Documents

This InDesign tip on using bookmarks to navigate in InDesign documents was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on April 6, 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…

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Naming Items in the Layers Panel

Back in the day, before a laptop became my main work machine, I used to put sticky notes around my monitor as reminders to do certain things in the files I worked on. Those days are long gone, but there are plenty of ways to add notes and labels to content in your InDesign files…

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Tip of the Week: Adding Alt Text to Images With Object Styles

This InDesign tip on adding alt text to images with object styles was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on March 30, 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…

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InDesign Template Essentials: GREP Queries

Another month, another free template for our Premium members! (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) This time, we have a cool set of GREP Find/Change queries to save you time and effort in formatting text! These queries have the potential to make you look like a miracle worker to someone who doesn’t know the power of GREP!…

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InDesign Magazine Issue 96: Type FX

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 96 (April 2017) is now available! Here’s what the issue includes: Russell Viers shows how to take type effects to the next level with the “ultimate plug-in”: Adobe Illustrator. Mike Rankin shares his tips for finding inspiration and turning it into items you can use in your layouts. Bob…

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Tip of the Week: Adding Alt Text to Images With Object Export Options

This InDesign tip on adding alt text to images with object export options was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on March 16, 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…

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Tip of the Week: Making Torn Paper Effects

This InDesign tip on making torn paper effects was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on March 16, 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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Using Spring-Loaded Tools to Maximize Your Efficiency

Since today’s the first day of spring (apologies to our friends in the Southern Hemisphere), I thought it was a good time to dust off an old “spring” tip about using spring-loaded tools to maximize your efficiency in InDesign. Spring-loaded tools have been around in InDesign since CS5, but I’d bet that most InDesign users…

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