Author Archives: Mike Rankin

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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ChainGREP: A Script that Gives You GREP Super Powers

In my experience, there are there are two keys to achieving amazing feats of efficiency and productivity in InDesign: sugar and caffeine scripting and GREP. GREP gives you amazing text processing and formatting power. Scripting allows you to handle a vast amount of work in the blink of an eye. So imagine what you could…

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Adding the Last Page Number in a Book to Text

It’s probably a bad idea to write blog posts on an empty stomach because all I think about is how using InDesign is a lot like cooking… Anyway, one of the cardinal rules in my kitchen is that the best tools are the most versatile ones. Sure, I did once buy a combination avocado pitter…

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Organizing Linked Files into the Proper Folders

There’s plenty of diversity among InDesigner users. We come in all colors, ages, shapes, and sizes. But until Adobe launches Creative Cloud for Pets, we all have one thing in common: we’re all human. We all make mistakes and cut corners at times. We all can be lazy or careless. We all “cheat” to make…

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InDesign Template Essentials: GREP Styles

Another month, another free template for our Premium members! (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) This time*, we have a nifty collection of GREP styles to save you time and effort in formatting text! The template starts out with a brief introduction to the basics of using GREP in InDesign, and an explanation of how to…

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InDesign Magazine Issue 95: Footnotes

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 95 (March, 2017) is now available! Here’s what the issue includes: Peter Kahrel shares the techniques, tips, and scripts you need to make perfect footnotes, endnotes, and sidenotes, and more. Sandee Cohen goes out of (page) bounds to reveal everything you never knew about InDesign’s pasteboard. David Blatner interviews…

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Tip of the Week: The Friendly Alien Easter Egg

This InDesign tip on the friendly alien easter egg was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on February 23, 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…

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Tip of the Week: Finding the Location of Missing Fonts in Your Layout

This InDesign tip on finding the location of missing fonts in your layout was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on February 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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Copy and Paste Text Formatting with the Eyedropper Tool

Here’s a quick tip for those times when you’re experimenting with different combinations of text formatting to find the right look for a piece of type. Use the Eyedropper tool. It can make quick work of the job because it allows you to sample and apply just about any combination of text formatting options. To…

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