Author Archives: Mike Rankin

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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Tip of the Week: Using Align and Distribute with Guides

This InDesign tip on using align and distribute with guides was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on February 9, 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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Making a Movie Poster

With the Oscars coming up later this month, I thought it would be fun to figure out how to make a movie poster with InDesign. Specifically, how to get the typical look of the credits that appear at the bottom of the poster. The common Hollywood approach is for the person’s name to be preceded…

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How Resolution Affects Image Proxy Quality

When working with images into your InDesign layouts, did you ever notice how some image previews (aka the proxy) on the page can appear low-res while others look high-res, even though you’re using the same display settings? For example, look at these three images. They all have the exact same pixel dimensions in Photoshop (1133…

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InDesign Magazine Issue 94: Special Characters

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 94 (February, 2016) is now available! Here’s what the issue includes: Nigel French weighs in on how to locate those hidden gems on the Glyphs panel and when to use them. David Blatner dives deep into the details of how fonts work in InDesign with tips to help…

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Tip of the Week: Know Your Options (and Alts)

This InDesign tip on knowing your options and alts in InDesign was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on January 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…

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InDesign Template Essentials: Charts and Diagrams

Another month, another free template for our Premium members! (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) This time, it’s a bunch of elements for making charts and diagrams! The set includes items for quickly assembling flow charts, org charts, process diagrams, architectural diagrams—and more! As always, everything is formatted with text and object styles, so you…

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Tip of the Week: The Easy Way to Print a Page Range

This InDesign tip on the easy way to print a page range in InDesign was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on January 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…

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Tip of the Week: Instant Icons with Font Awesome

This InDesign tip on creating instant icons with Font Awesome was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on January 12, 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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10 Terrific Image Tips

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 10 Terrific Image Tips appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcuts For Proxy Reference Points

Ever wish you could use keyboard shortcuts to change the reference point used to transform selected objects? You know the thing I mean, it’s called the proxy, that set of nine tiny squares at the left side of the Control panel. Normally, you click one of the little squares to set the reference point in…

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