Adobe Digital Publishing Solution and the Power of Automation

By David Schmidt, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager Digital Publishing Solution (DPS 2015) allows organizations to easily create beautiful mobile apps to distribute content to both internal and external users. These apps can be created by your marketing or creative teams. But to unlock the full enterprise value of DPS, you can integrate with other systems…

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Free lynda.com Videos: Using Word and InDesign Together

InDesign and Word are like the Godzilla and King Kong of layout and word processing, and like those legendary behemoths, the two applications don’t always get along. And when they don’t, look out! Your sanity—and your deadlines—can crumble like a cardboard model of Tokyo. Fortunately, Anne-Marie Concepción knows how to make InDesign and Word place nice…

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Giving Creativity Back to the Creatives

Guest post authored by Johanna Savad and Harry Segal, Founders and Creative Directors, SEGAL SAVAD. As partners in an award-winning, multi-disciplinary, New York City-based design consultancy, our job is to provide creative and strategic brand and digital solutions that resonate and inspire effective action. Our clients look to us to strategize, set a clear path to…

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Free InDesign Template of the Month: Restaurant Menu

Another month, another free template for our Premium members! (Not a Premium member? Sign up here.) This month it’s a template for a restaurant menu, courtesy of Themzy.com. The menu comes in both letter and A4 sizes. It’s organized with layers for guides, menu items, backgrounds, and art. And a set of paragraph styles to apply…

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How to Create a Brand Guidelines Document in Adobe InDesign

What You’ll Be CreatingBranding is the visual glue that holds a company or organization together. Once you’ve developed the brand for a client or for your own business, you should tie all of the branding concepts together into a Brand Guidelines document.In this tutorial I’ll take you through the steps of how I created a…

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The Transform Panel Mystery Contest Answer and Winners!

It’s time to reveal the solution—and the winner—for this month’s InDesignSecrets contest! Here’s the question: In the screenshot below, the image is selected. Why are there + signs next to the X and Y values in the Transform panel and what do they mean? The answer is that the placed image—not the frame—was selected with the Direct Selection tool…

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Tip of the Week: Viewing Tool Hints

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on September 17, 2015. Sign up now and every week you’ll get a new InDesign Tip of the Week and Keyboard Shortcut of the Week, along with roundups of new articles at InDesignSecrets and CreativePro, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll all the…

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Exploring OpenType Pro Fonts, Part 2

Last week we started an in depth look at the features of OpenType fonts. Let’s continue now with a review of typographic gems like contextual alternates, all small caps, stylistic sets, and more. See also: Adobe Drops Fonts, Leaves Users Stranded Contextual Alternates These are alternate characters often found in script typefaces to provide a more…

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Using Collections & Browse Pages in DPS

By Colin Fleming, Digital Publishing Evangelist Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS) allows you to design the experience in your app by organizing content into collections and by using browse pages to provide structured navigation to your content. Collections can hold articles and banners, as well as additional collections. This allows for deep nesting or navigation…

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Free Lynda.com Videos: Using, InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator Together

No program can do it all—and that’s a good thing. Can you imagine one application with all the tools you’d ever need for creating layouts, working with images, drawing illustrations, etc? You’d spend half your day wading through hundreds of menus and panels. And developing such an application would be a nightmare. We’re much better…

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Copying Link Info

If there’s one thing I like even better than sharing tips and tricks in the InDesign Tip of the Week email, it’s getting a response from someone with an even better tip. And that’s what happened last week when I got this email from Mary Posner about the tip I sent out on copying a file path from…

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March to MAX – Gotta Have It: Making the Move to Adobe DPS 2015

In less than 20 days, the world’s most creative minds gather in Los Angeles at Adobe MAX 2015. Let’s take a look at another digital publishing session worth your time at the event. Featured Session Six: “Gotta Have It: Making the Move to Adobe DPS 2015“ The new Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS) is packed with so many…

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New Contest! The Transform Panel Mystery

Hey folks, it’s time for another InDesign mystery that you can solve for a chance to win an awesome prize! Here’s the question: In the screenshot below, the image is selected. Why are there + signs next to the X and Y values in the Transform panel and what do they mean? Once you know the…

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Quick Tip: Troubleshooting Font Problems in Adobe InDesign

What You’ll Be CreatingGetting creative with fonts is one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of using InDesign, but every once in a while you encounter font-related problems that make you want to give up your typographic efforts and set everything back to Minion Pro.Hold up! Before you take drastic action, consider trying these…

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Tip of the Week: Copying File Paths from the Links Panel

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on September 10, 2015. Sign up now and every week you’ll get a new InDesign Tip of the Week and Keyboard Shortcut of the Week, along with roundups of new articles at InDesignSecrets and CreativePro, plus exclusive deals sent right to your Inbox! Just scroll all the…

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Exploring OpenType Pro Fonts, Part 1

OpenType fonts may include an expanded group of characters useful for the typographic variation with features like Discretionary Ligatures, Fractions, Ordinals, Swashes, Titling & Contextual Alternates, All Small Caps, Tabular or Proportional Figures, etc. Unfortunately, these rich extended character sets are ignored or misunderstood by many users. So let’s take a close-up look at the features of…

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Free lynda.com Videos: EPUB Typography

At first glance, the topic of EPUB typography might seem to be the InDesign equivalent of herding cats. After all, when it comes to reflowable EPUBs, rendering varies form device to device, and users can change the fonts, size of the text, etc. But there are steps you can follow when producing ebooks that will make for better…

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Adding Hyperlinks in InCopy

Although InCopy is used heavily for products destined for print, more and more the content that we produce in InCopy ends up in one digital format or another. Very often a copy of a product is exported to a PDF file and posted on the web, but InCopy is being used for other digital formats…

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Tips & Tricks: The Perfect Fit — HTML Workflows with DPS

As anyone who has tried to produce content for multiple devices knows, creating and managing renditions can be a royal pain. If you created your content in Adobe InDesign, you had to create an entirely new layout and upload it a second time. The new Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS) has a few tricks up its sleeve…

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Creating a Cut Out Graphic

Ever need to create a graphic that shows where to cut something out of paper, like coupons, cards, or game pieces? Of course, you can just apply a dashed stroke to a frame and find a piece of scissors clip art or a glyph from a font like Zapf Dingbats. Position the scissors somewhere along the dashed stroke and…

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