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Using Master Pages in Adobe InDesign—Basics

2019-01-29T15:56:20-04:00

The concept of master pages in Adobe InDesign is closely related to headers and footers in many other programs. Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect, or even Excel or Access all have a similar feature. So if you’ve used headers and footers, you won’t be on totally unfamiliar ground. Masters are essentially the “background” behind any pages they’re applied to. Think of paper behind glass, with stuff drawn on the glass, and you’ve got the basic concept. Once we open a document, we usually set the number of pages first. This makes it easier to figure out what goes on a given master [...]

Using Master Pages in Adobe InDesign—Basics2019-01-29T15:56:20-04:00

Using Guides for Line-Up in Adobe InDesign

2019-01-28T16:07:37-04:00

Although some people don’t think it’s vital, lining page elements up neatly—for which guides are very helpful—in Adobe InDesign can make a big difference in the final product. The eye is a better instrument than some people think. And visual neatness can greatly reduce perceived “clutter” in a document. Luckily, the process is very easy, and the program gives us a couple of simple but powerful tools to help. Once we have our page elements in place, we can drag guides right out of the rulers. You can place as many as you like, anywhere, on any page. They don’t print [...]

Using Guides for Line-Up in Adobe InDesign2019-01-28T16:07:37-04:00

How to Create a Preflight Profile for Adobe InDesign

2019-01-28T12:21:59-04:00

When working with InDesign, we need to “preflight” files we intend to print. A pilot will inspect an airplane before flying it, which is where the term comes from. Similarly, we check a file for various potential problems before we print it. And if it’s going to a commercial printing business, this is even more important. A LOT of time and money could be wasted if we don’t. A preflight profile is how we deal with it. A profile is a set of rules we need the document to follow. You can think of it as rather like your mental checklist [...]

How to Create a Preflight Profile for Adobe InDesign2019-01-28T12:21:59-04:00

How to Create or Import a Table in Adobe InDesign

2019-01-25T15:19:29-04:00

The table is just too useful to keep out of many business documents these days. It’s too good at organizing data. Luckily, even a desktop publishing program like InDesign has the feature handy. And we can even import an existing one pretty much as-is, to save some time. To create it from scratch, with a document to hold it, we have to create or select a text frame. Even if we’re going to put graphics in the table, it’s one of those things the program “just does”. Then we go to the Table menu and click the Insert Table… command. We [...]

How to Create or Import a Table in Adobe InDesign2019-01-25T15:19:29-04:00

Using the Baseline Grid with InDesign

2018-01-18T16:37:23-04:00

One of the more subtle things that can be done with an InDesign document to make it look more professional—i.e. polished, consistent, easier to read—is to use the Baseline Grid. This relates to how the text is laid out and vertically lined up on the pages of the document. The main requirement is that the text be reasonably consistent in terms of size and font from page to page; this is normal in most professional documents, so not hard to achieve. Once the text has been placed and the text boxes fine-tuned for size, position, and so on, the feature can [...]

Using the Baseline Grid with InDesign2018-01-18T16:37:23-04:00

Kerning and Tracking Adjustments in InDesign

2018-01-01T23:25:36-04:00

A while back, I posted an item about text layout in InDesign. There’s another aspect of it I wanted to mention which might be of some further interest, namely kerning. This is usually defined as the fitting-closer-together of pairs of letters whose shapes make it aesthetically possible to do so. In some fonts, lowercase “f” and lowercase “i” make a kerning pair called “fi”, where the arch of the “f” can hang over the “i”. Capital “A” and capital “V” in many fonts work this way too. Many fonts created today have what are called “kerning pairs” built into them. All [...]

Kerning and Tracking Adjustments in InDesign2018-01-01T23:25:36-04:00

Adobe InDesign Text Layout Tips

2017-09-29T22:10:21-04:00

Having done desktop publishing since 1985, albeit on an amateur basis, I've learned a few tricks which seem to help with things like layout. And the ability to control layout has come a long way since I started. One is to understand that the appearance of the type can have an influence on the readability. Using sans-serif fonts, such as Helvetica or Arial, is better for online or screen documents, whereas serif fonts like Times New Roman or New Century Schoolbook works better for print; the serifs act as guidelines, much like those on a ruled piece of paper, to speed [...]

Adobe InDesign Text Layout Tips2017-09-29T22:10:21-04:00

InDesign Data Merge with Images

2016-09-06T21:06:47-04:00

https://youtu.be/UnFSgNTtDG8 In this Adobe InDesign tutorial you'll learn how to merge multiple image files into Adobe InDesign to create form letters, postcards or other custom InDesign documents that use custom images for each page in the document. To learn more, visit our InDesign Training Course page to see our InDesign Training classes.

InDesign Data Merge with Images2016-09-06T21:06:47-04:00

Adobe InDesign CC 2015.4; Library Filtering

2016-07-29T13:21:24-04:00

Using InDesign to create your publication is making your life so much easier. The photo shoot for your upcoming article went well. Then you realize in all the pictures taken there is one shot that didn’t happen. Timing, lighting, location…whatever it was, the image isn’t there. Thankfully, the Creative Cloud includes Adobe Stock images. All that is necessary is opening InDesign’s CC Library Panel. It can be found in every Workspace except Printing and Proofing and even then can be opened by choosing Window > CC Libraries in the menu bar. Once open, the Library Panel offers a search option at [...]

Adobe InDesign CC 2015.4; Library Filtering2016-07-29T13:21:24-04:00

How to Use Data Merge in Adobe InDesign

2016-07-18T11:29:44-04:00

https://youtu.be/eKiSbKCUNWY In this tutorial, you'll learn how to merge data from a spreadsheet, worksheet or text file into an Adobe InDesign document. Using data merge, you can create custom post cards, mailings or form letters in Adobe InDesign. To learn more about Adobe InDesign, visit our Adobe InDesign training course page.

How to Use Data Merge in Adobe InDesign2016-07-18T11:29:44-04:00

Paragraph Shading in Adobe InDesign CC 2015

2015-12-31T21:52:08-04:00

Select only the paragraphs you want shaded. Having a background color for a paragraph in InDesign has always been possible. Just use the selection tool and set the fill color to the background color of your choice. If there were several paragraphs in the text frame, use the rectangle tool to draw a rectangle the size of the paragraph you wanted shaded. Set the fill color to the appropriate shade and then place it behind the paragraph. Just remember to group the rectangle with the text frame, otherwise moving one will not necessarily move the other. Do this a dozen or [...]

Paragraph Shading in Adobe InDesign CC 20152015-12-31T21:52:08-04:00

Auto-Size Text Frames in Adobe InDesign CC 2015

2015-12-31T13:28:07-04:00

Eliminate overset text when editing content in InDesign. Your document is finished, your layout is perfect, and you get that last minute email or phone call telling you there are six copy changes that need to be made. We have all been in this position before. Shortening content will not cause as many problems as adding content, usually. Adding a sentence or two in our perfect layout will generally result in pushing content beyond the bounds of our text frame, and that is called overset text. The information is there it is just truncated. Also preflight is informing us we have [...]

Auto-Size Text Frames in Adobe InDesign CC 20152015-12-31T13:28:07-04:00

Adobe InDesign CC 2015.2; Start Workspace

2015-12-23T10:19:36-04:00

Start and Recent files workspace After installing the November update to InDesign CC 2015 the first thing (actually the second, because the first is the new splash screen) you will notice is a new default workspace. The new Start workspace provides access to recent files, libraries, presets, open, new tutorials, Adobe stock photos and syncing to CC libraries. It can be set up in list view, which is its default, or thumbnail view. It displays by default when you launch InDesign or when no files are open. There are two ways to dismiss the Start workspace. You can change the workspace [...]

Adobe InDesign CC 2015.2; Start Workspace2015-12-23T10:19:36-04:00

Adobe InDesign CC 2015.1; What’s New

2015-12-19T12:11:39-04:00

InDesign Makes Working with Glyphs Easier First things first, what exactly is a glyph? In the world of typography a font is a set of characters, numbers, and punctuation that comprise a family to be used together. A glyph, on the other hand, is a single character that within a font set may have several different designs. When working within InDesign in the past if you wanted to see if there was an alternative glyph you needed to select the character, open the Glyphs panel (Type > Glyphs or Window > Type & Tables > Glyphs), select a category in the [...]

Adobe InDesign CC 2015.1; What’s New2015-12-19T12:11:39-04:00

Using Adobe Bridge Instead of Windows Explorer

2015-11-23T14:34:52-04:00

Adobe Bridge CC is a separate application that can be downloaded as part of your Creative Cloud subscription. For years it has been an additional application that came with familiar programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. Its real purpose escaped me for years and I mostly ignored its existence. That is until a little over two years ago. I was doing graphic design work as a contractor for a major hotel chain. Mostly small composited images that went along with weekly articles for an internal newsletter. The number of images could range anywhere from one to two dozen each week. Different [...]

Using Adobe Bridge Instead of Windows Explorer2015-11-23T14:34:52-04:00

Typography: Part 3

2015-09-30T10:26:53-04:00

In Part 1 we began with a simple classification of the different typefaces used today. In Part 2 we took a simple look at some of the basic character components. In Part 3 we want to make the users of Adobe products aware of a wonderful service that is available through the Creative Cloud. Back in 2009 Jeff Veen, Bryan Mason, Ryan Carver, and Greg Veen, all originally part of the Measure Map/Google Analytics team began a company called Small Batch, Inc. Its purpose was to make font usage on the web far more accessible by introducing a product called Typekit. [...]

Typography: Part 32015-09-30T10:26:53-04:00

Typography: Part 2

2015-09-27T12:43:14-04:00

In Part 1 we began with a simple classification of the different typefaces used today. We kept things simple and broke them down into 5 different groups; serif, sans-serif, monospace, handwritten, and decorative. In Part 2 we will take a simple look at some of the basic character components. This is not an extensive listing of all the possible bits and pieces that make up a font, but rather a basic sampling of some more common terms associated with typefaces. There are well over 100 components that can make up a character set. Several of the ones listed might even be [...]

Typography: Part 22015-09-27T12:43:14-04:00

Typography: Part 1

2015-09-30T10:30:03-04:00

This will be our initial look into the world of text. All those letters that we string together to form books, online articles, blog posts, and the like. Most mere mortals pay little attention to the how and why of assembling all those words into a form worthy of consumption. “Typography is to literature as musical performance is to composition: an essential act of interpretation, full of endless opportunities for insight or obtuseness.” ― Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style This series will begin with a simple classification of the different typefaces used today. To keep things simple I, and [...]

Typography: Part 12015-09-30T10:30:03-04:00

Free Webinar: What’s New in Adobe InDesign CC

2013-08-05T17:02:41-04:00

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8gYbZOs62g&feature=share&list=UUrapmkEFek_jwBdiedZN_mw In this free recorded webinar, SkillForge instructor Mark highlights the new features in Adobe InDesign CC. Learn more about InDesign in our InDesign Training courses.

Free Webinar: What’s New in Adobe InDesign CC2013-08-05T17:02:41-04:00

What’s New in Adobe Dreamweaver CC, Photoshop CC and InDesign CC: Free Webinars

2013-06-21T22:41:57-04:00

Adobe Photoshop CC, Dreamweaver CC and InDesign CC are part of Creative Cloud™. In our free webinar series, you will learn some of new features in each of these products. You'll also learn how Creative Cloud enables you to have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. Attend these free webinars to see some of the dozens of new features in Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Dreamweaver CC and Adobe InDesign CC and learn more about how Creative Cloud is changing the way Adobe updates and releases software products! Visit Free Adobe CC Webinars to learn [...]

What’s New in Adobe Dreamweaver CC, Photoshop CC and InDesign CC: Free Webinars2013-06-21T22:41:57-04:00

InDesign Tutorial : How to Use Paragraph Styles in Adobe InDesign CS5

2011-04-26T16:43:44-04:00

In this InDesign Tutorial, SkillForge InDesign CS5 Instructor Tom describes how to create and use paragraph styles in Adobe InDesign CS5. This content is from our live, instructor-led online Adobe InDesign CS5 Training course. To learn more, visit our InDesign Course page.

InDesign Tutorial : How to Use Paragraph Styles in Adobe InDesign CS52011-04-26T16:43:44-04:00

InDesign Tutorial : How to Import Text in Adobe InDesign CS5

2011-04-26T16:44:38-04:00

In this InDesign Tutorial, SkillForge InDesign CS5 Instructor Tom describes how to import text in Adobe InDesign CS5. This content is from our live, instructor-led online Adobe InDesign CS5 Training course. To learn more, visit our InDesign Course page.

InDesign Tutorial : How to Import Text in Adobe InDesign CS52011-04-26T16:44:38-04:00

InDesign Tutorial : How To Perform a Data Merge Using Adobe InDesign CS5

2011-04-26T16:45:47-04:00

In this InDesign Tutorial, SkillForge InDesign CS5 Instructor Tom describes how to perform a data merge using Adobe InDesign CS5. This content is from our live, instructor-led online Adobe InDesign CS5 Training course. To learn more, visit our InDesign Course page.

InDesign Tutorial : How To Perform a Data Merge Using Adobe InDesign CS52011-04-26T16:45:47-04:00

InDesign Tutorial : How to Import Paragraph and Character Styles in Adobe InDesign CS5

2011-04-26T16:47:15-04:00

In this InDesign Tutorial, SkillForge InDesign CS5 Instructor Tom describes how to import paragraph and character styles in Adobe InDesign CS5. This content is from our live, instructor-led online Adobe InDesign CS5 Training course. To learn more, visit our InDesign Course page.

InDesign Tutorial : How to Import Paragraph and Character Styles in Adobe InDesign CS52011-04-26T16:47:15-04:00

InDesign Tutorial : How To Fix Missing Links in Adobe InDesign CS5

2011-04-26T16:48:05-04:00

In this InDesign Tutorial, SkillForge InDesign CS5 Instructor Tom describes how to fix missing links in an InDesign document. This content is from our live, instructor-led online Adobe InDesign CS5 Training course. To learn more, visit our InDesign Course Page.

InDesign Tutorial : How To Fix Missing Links in Adobe InDesign CS52011-04-26T16:48:05-04:00

InDesign Tutorial: How to Add Tables In Adobe InDesign CS5

2011-04-26T16:49:11-04:00

In this InDesign Tutorial, SkillForge InDesign CS5 Instructor Tom describes how to add tables to an InDesign document. This content is from our live, instructor-led online Adobe InDesign CS5 course. To learn more, visit our InDesign Course Page.

InDesign Tutorial: How to Add Tables In Adobe InDesign CS52011-04-26T16:49:11-04:00

InDesign Tutorial : How to Export InDesign Documents to a Flash File

2011-04-26T16:50:07-04:00

In this video, SkillForge InDesign CS5 Instructor Tom describes how to export InDesign Documents to Flash Files using the Flash Page Turn Effect as an example. This content is from our live, instructor-led online Adobe InDesign CS5 course. To learn more, visit our InDesign Training Page.

InDesign Tutorial : How to Export InDesign Documents to a Flash File2011-04-26T16:50:07-04:00

How to Replace Missing Fonts in Adobe InDesign CS5

2011-04-26T16:50:55-04:00

In this video, SkillForge InDesign CS5 Instructor Tom describes how to replace missing fonts in an InDesign document in Adobe InDesign CS5. This content is from our live, instructor-led online Adobe InDesign CS5 course. To learn more, visit our InDesign Training page.

How to Replace Missing Fonts in Adobe InDesign CS52011-04-26T16:50:55-04:00

InDesign Tutorial : How to Add Images in Adobe InDesign CS5

2011-04-26T16:52:01-04:00

In this video, SkillForge InDesign CS5 Instructor Tom describes how to add images to an InDesign document in Adobe InDesign CS5. This content is from our live, instructor-led online Adobe InDesign CS5 course. To learn more, visit our InDesign Training page.

InDesign Tutorial : How to Add Images in Adobe InDesign CS52011-04-26T16:52:01-04:00

InDesign Tutorial : How to Add Page Numbering in Adobe InDesign CS5

2011-04-26T16:52:57-04:00

In this video, SkillForge Adobe InDesign CS5 Instructor Tom shows how to add page numbers to an InDesign CS5 document using Master Pages. This is a sample of the content from our live, instructor-led online course title Adobe InDesign CS5 Training. To learn more or register for this course visit our InDesign Training page.

InDesign Tutorial : How to Add Page Numbering in Adobe InDesign CS52011-04-26T16:52:57-04:00