This Month in InDesign Articles, April 2017

Here’s a fun “throwback Thursday” story about me: In the early 1990s I was a hard-core QuarkXPress user (after all, InDesign didn’t exist back then!) and I was invited to Japan to teach. There I was, on stage in Tokyo, Japan with the wonderful Diane Burns, and a translator. You have to understand that Diane…

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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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Transforming Type

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 Transforming Type appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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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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How to Create a Summer Picnic Community Event Flyer in Adobe InDesign

What You’ll Be CreatingPlanning a town fair, family picnic or summer BBQ? This summery flyer is super simple to put together and would be a great fit for any family foodie event. Suitable for beginners to Adobe InDesign, this tutorial will show you how to set up a single-page layout which is ready to print…

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URLs: Breaking (Badly)

With the help of GREP styles, you can solve the problem of bad breaks in long URLs. Dividing URLs over a line is seemingly simple—Never hyphenate a URL—but the next question is, where do we break long URLs? The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition now recommends breaking before rather than after a slash. But…

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The Shocking Truth About InDesign’s Spell Check

If you work with catalogs with lots of part numbers, or with documents that contain volts or watts expressed like 1200W or 240V, you need to know about a key difference between older and more recent versions of InDesign. Since InDesign CS6, InDesign has offered a choice of two spelling dictionaries in Preferences > Dictionary. Proximity is the dictionary default…

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InQuestion: April 2017

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 InQuestion: April 2017 appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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Tip of the Week: Use RGB PDFs to Avoid Packaging Errors

This InDesign tip on using RGB PDFs to avoid packaging errors was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on April 13, 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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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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Envato Tuts+ Community Challenge: Created By You, April 2017 Edition

Welcome to our monthly feature of fantastic tutorial results created by you, the Envato Tuts+ community! Every day, visitors like you take the time not only to read our tutorials but also to try them out. This is an assortment of those comment submissions found throughout the Design & Illustration section. Check out this set…

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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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InFocus: April 2017

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 InFocus: April 2017 appeared first on InDesignSecrets…

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25 InDesign Templates Every Designer Should Own

If you’re planning to put together a magazine, book, or brochure, Adobe InDesign is without a doubt going to be your tool of choice. This software is perfectly tuned for creating complex layouts for print and digital, but sometimes you need a bit of a helping hand. These 25 templates, from catalogues to letterheads and everything…

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