Author Archives: Mike Rankin

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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How to Find InDesign Documents That Use Specific Fonts and/or Swatches

Ever have to determine which of your InDesign files uses a particular font or color swatch? You can use Adobe Bridge to quickly search a folder of files and tell which ones use specific fonts and/or solid color swatches. Here’s how: With the folder selected in Bridge, press Command/Ctrl+F, or Choose Edit > Find. In…

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Tip of the Week: How to Find Notes in InDesign Files

This InDesign tip on how to find notes in InDesign files was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on May 4, 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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Adjusting Text Spacing With Keyboard Shortcuts

Here’s a little productivity tip to try out: Give the Control panel a rest and use keyboard shortcuts to adjust text spacing. You can adjust leading, tracking, kerning, and baseline shift all from the keyboard. The amount each shortcut moves the text is controlled by the values set in your preferences, specifically in Units in…

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Customizing InDesign’s Story Editor

Recently, I posted a tip about how InDesign’s Story Editor can help when you’re designing with text. Seeing the plain, sad, default Story Editor display in my screenshot reminded me of another key tip for getting the most out of the Story Editor: customize it! In InDesign’s preferences dialog box, about two-thirds of the way down the list…

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InStep: Borrowed Design Elements

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 InStep: Borrowed Design Elements appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Highlight Text

This InDesign tip on using the Story Editor when designing with text was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on April 27, 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 Magazine Issue 97: Find/Change

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 97 (May 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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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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