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mijlee's picture
500 pencils

Zen and the art of InDesign workspaces

Hopefully anyone that has been using InDesign for a time will have found this alread but for newbies or those who don't fiddle with apps…

One of the best things about InDesign over Quark for me is the ability to really control your workspace and keep things hidden and within easy reach at all times. I find it's much easier to work when your workspace is uncluttered and only the panels you need are permanently active. The rest I dock to either the left of the right of the screen.

fidel's picture
337 pencils

Control palette

While working on a project speed is often required. The client changes his mind all the time, but you, yes you, have to deliver at the earlier agreed on date. So shortcuts for changing things are handy.

mijlee's picture
500 pencils

InDesign Interchange format

Corrupt file?
Bloated documents?
Need to send a big document over email?

These are all things that may occur rarely or often depending on how much you use software as complicated as InDesign. This is where the Indesign interchange format comes in.

fidel's picture
337 pencils

Being a bit lazy

Well this is my first Blog for the InDesign Blog.

I made magazines for about 18 years and one thing that I always liked was doing one thing and be able to use it time and time again. Yes I'm a little bit lazy.

JimD's picture
2626 pencils

The scroll wheel and InDesign

The scroll wheel on your mouse can do more than scroll an InDesign page up and down.

You can also hold down the Shift key down while you turn the wheel to scroll to the left or right. And if you hold down the Command/Ctrl key, InDesign will zoom in and out on your page, focusing on the spot where your cursor is.

Ben's picture
121 pencils

InDesign Type Mask

Here is a great trick for solving a problem such as this one. This method does not require the use of the InDesign transparency features, therefore no flattening problems will occur when the file is sent for output.

JimD's picture
2626 pencils

Text Frame Options

InDesign Text Frame Options preview

To access more Options for text frames in Adobe InDesign, you can hit Command + B. But a faster way that allows you to keep one hand on the mouse is to simply hold down the Option key while double-clicking the text frame with either the Selection tool or the Direct Select tool.

JimD's picture
2626 pencils

The future and the truth, sorry Quark

I'll start this off with an InDesign Easter Egg.

Select "About InDesign..." in the InDesign menu and type the word "bounce" (without the quotes) to display an Adobe InDesign CS Easter Egg.

There you go, I know you'll all sleep better knowing you can do this now.

JimD's picture
2626 pencils

Customizing the InDesign Eyedropper Tool

ID_eyedropper

Did you know that you can customize the Eyedropper tool in Adobe InDesign? Most people are familiar with Photoshop's Eyedropper tool to select colors in an image, and it works pretty much the same in InDesign, except you can pick up and apply more than just colors.

Double click the Eyedropper tool in InDesign for an extensive list of settings you can choose to apply or not apply when using the tool.

JimD's picture
2626 pencils

Ink Alias in Adobe InDesign

Anyone who has had to work on someone elses files has probably run into the problem of having multiple callouts for the same Pantone ink color in the document. For example, You WANT to have Pantone 158 C (for "coated"), but the person who supplied the file has both 158C and 158U (for "uncoated"). This presents a problem at the print shop because the pre-press operator may have to spend valuable time fixing it.

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