Author Archives: Mike Rankin

Tip of the Week: Quick and Easy Photo FX

This InDesign tip how to create quick and easy photo FX was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on June 15, 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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InDesign Template of the Month: Dynamic Presentation

Time for another free template for our Premium members! (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) This month it’s a template for a dynamic presentation. This stylish template comes with five different master page designs, and frames for images and text, all styled with paragraph and object styles that you can use as-is or adapt to your needs. Instructions…

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Button Animation Tip for Interactive Documents

One of the best parts of my job is when folks send me their favorite InDesign tips and tricks. Even better is when they send me videos of tips and tricks! Recently Michela Di Stefano sent me a video showing a cool tip for directing the viewer’s attention to interactive elements in digital documents. It…

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InDesign Magazine Issue 98: Animation

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 98 (June 2017) is now available! Here’s what the issue includes: Wish you had the power to make sweeping changes to the content and formatting of your InDesign documents? You do! Chad Chelius explains. David Blatner shares his thoughts on the latest update to InDesign. Melinda Grant shares three…

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Tip of the Week: A Shortcut to View All Available Font Styles

This InDesign tip how to view all available font styles was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on May 25, 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…

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Breaking Underlines for Descenders

If you’ve ever tried to design type with underlines, you may have run into a problem where the underlines overlap the descenders of some characters and make things hard to read. You could try using all uppercase or move the underline down further, but there’s a better solution: interrupt the underline with a stroke applied…

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Using Quick Apply for Menu Commands

Did you know that InDesign has exactly 714 menu commands? OK, I totally made that up. I have no idea how many menu commands it has. You could probably figure it out, but please don’t do that, life is too short. Instead, let’s just go with 714, or feel free to substitute any large number…

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Tip of the Week: The Fastest Way to Reset a Tint to 100%

This InDesign tip on the fastest way to reset a tint to 100% was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on May 18, 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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Almost Automatic End Marks

You know what end marks are, right? Maybe you call them by another name, but we’ve all seen or used them. They’re the little icons/symbols/dingbats/doo-dads at the end of an article in print or onscreen. For example, we use a little red square in InDesign Magazine to separate the end of an article from the…

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Tip of the Week: Creating a Styled List of Styles

This InDesign tip on creating a styled list of styles was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on May 11, 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…

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