Adobe Max 2014: New Features for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Mobile Apps

What You’ll Be CreatingIt’s that time again: a huge update has come to Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Below, you’ll find all of the new features added to Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and some new iOS mobile apps that integrate with many of Adobe’s applications. Take advantage of Library panels, easily extractable assets, apps like Adobe Brush…

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Color Themes, Interactive eBooks added to InDesign CC (October 2014 Release)

The 2014 Adobe MAX conference opens today, and as is their custom, Adobe is using the opportunity to showcase new features in the updated versions of their Creative Cloud apps, which were made available early this morning to Creative Cloud subscribers. Of interest to all of us InDesign types are two big new features. First, InDesign now has…

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3 things you didn’t know you could do with InDesign

Adobe InDesign is well-known for its publishing capabilities. With this powerful tool, you can create books, magazines, posters, brochures, flyers – more or less anything you can think of when it comes to print design. But did you known that InDesign has some other cool features?…

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The DPS Challenge – MAX 2014

Attending MAX? Don’t miss The DPS Challenge – it’s a fast, fun scavenger hunt that qualifies you for a drawing to win the iPhone 6 Plus or a free trip to SXSW Interactive* in March 2015. Start by picking up the Take the DPS Challenge flyer at any DPS Session, at a MAX information desk…

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Importing an Excel Table to Design a Schedule in Adobe InDesign

What You’ll Be CreatingTutorial AssetsWe’ve used Adobe InDesign CC in this tutorial, but older versions would work as well to follow along. You will also need the following stock photo to complete this tutorial. Please download it before you begin, or substitute with a similar picture and adjust the steps accordingly:USN Aircraft Model Plane PSD…

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InDesign Secrets Video: Keeping Page Numbers Visible

Running headers, footers, and page numbers are document elements that should always come from a master page. But you might wonder how to keep things like page numbers visible on your document pages when you have other objects like photos or backgrounds that overlap them. Unless you override them, master page items will be stuck sitting behind…

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The InDesign Conference

I thought I’d take this opportunity to let everyone know about a fantastic conference coming up on November 3-5 in Seattle Washington. The InDesign Conference is shaping up to be a great opportunity for beginner and advanced InDesign and InCopy users! There will be many great speakers presenting at this years conference covering topics including…

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Pointer Lines for Technical Writers: Part 2

Several years ago, I wrote a blog post called Pointer Lines for Technical Writers. It explored the process I went through in creating a stroke style that allowed me to call out important items in technical photographs. To summarize, I created a custom stroke striped stroke style with a black stroke and a white gap…

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InDesign Magazine Issue 66: Workarounds

We’re happy to announce that InDesign Magazine Issue 66 (October, 2014) is now available! This month’s theme is “workarounds” Here’s what the issue includes: Bob Levine brings together twenty essential workarounds from a supergroup of distinguished InDesign pros. Mike Ranking describes five different ways to put a border or background on a paragraph. Sandee Cohen offers…

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This Week in InDesign Articles, Number 126

There is more in the InDesign universe that is dreamt of in your philosophy, my friend! Here’s just a glimpse of what I’ve been looking at recently: Here is a list of GREP wildcard codes I’ve never seen before, apparently based on Perl — including “any math symbol,” and more. Okay, this is cool: a…

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Tip of the Week: Move Text to a New Frame

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on September 25, 2014. 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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Window Seat: Fixed-Layout EPUB is Ready for Take-Off

Let’s take a little break from the usual fare of tips, tricks, scripts, and shortcuts, to consider a topic that’s probably a bit over your heads—literally (unless you are reading this in an airplane)—human flight. When we fly, we put up with everything from baggage fees to body scanners to get where we need to…

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InDesign Secrets Video: Making a TOC With the Index Feature

The next issue of InDesign Magazine is coming soon and the theme is…(drumroll please)…workarounds! So it’s only appropriate (yet entirely coincidental) that in the latest InDesign Secrets video at lynda.com, David Blatner shares one of the most amazing workarounds you’re likely to ever see. He shows how to build a table of contents with any text (not just the text that’s…

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Editing Text Wrap With the Pen Tool

InDesign offers five kinds of Text Wrap: No Text Wrap, Wrap Around Bounding Box, Wrap Around Object Shape, Jump Object, and Jump to Next Column. Most of the time, one of these will give you the right results for your layout. But once in a while, you might find that none of them gives you the exact look that…

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My White Text Disappeared (and solution)

I was just working on some artwork for The InDesign Conference and I exported a PDF and some of my text disappeared: Where did the “The” and “Conference” go?! I exported the PDF several more times with different settings. I confirmed that the text (which had been converted to outlines so I could make some…

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New Research Indicates that Mobile is the Future of Sales Enablement

Historically, sales success was driven by a sales rep’s ability to manage the customer conversation from first engagement to final deal. That’s all changing. Now, through technology, customers are more in control. They have access to information about products, pricing options and the competitive landscape at their fingertips, long before they meet with a sales rep…

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Tip of the Week: Color Shortcuts

This tip was sent to Tip of the Week email subscribers on September 18, 2014. 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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The Apple Watch Effect

Unless you were trapped under a rock (or a pile of Android tablets) recently, you undoubtedly have heard about Apple’s new iWatch, er, Apple Watch. The glossy wearable gadget got more press attention than a Kardashian running for President. And whether you think the Apple Watch is a game-changing gizmo or a crazy contrivance, you had to have some…

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The Role of Microsoft Word in an InCopy Workflow

Whenever I explain the concept of InCopy to new users, I’m often asked if InCopy replaces Microsoft Word in an InCopy Workflow. Truth be told, I often hear people describe InCopy as a replacement for Word. InCopy can in fact be a replacement for Word in some workflows but it can also be used as…

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