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Adobe InDesign: I Can’t Select the Guides

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign I find it difficult to work with somebody else’s files. I don’t know how they were set them up, and I have to figure that out before I can make modifications, or help a student use them effectively. Today’s issue was trying to figure out why I […]

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Adobe InDesign: Customizing Placeholder Text

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign InDesign allows us to generate text very quickly, which is useful when mocking up a layout. Select a frame—or click an insertion point inside of a frame—and choose Type > Fill with Placeholder Text. InDesign fills the frame with faux latin text. Placeholder text follows the rhythm […]

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Adobe InDesign: Allow Document Pages (or Selected Spread) to Shuffle

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign This must rank as the number one most confusing feature in InDesign, because it does the opposite of what most people expect it to do. TL;DR When both commands are enabled, InDesign manages, or shuffles, the pages and spreads for you. When the commands are disabled, you […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Text Symbols

 By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker In FrameMaker, the term “text symbol” refers to the non-printing characters in a FrameMaker document. You can control the visibility of these text symbols using View > Text Symbols or Esc v t. (To invoke the Esc key shortcuts in FrameMaker, press each key sequentially, not consecutively. […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: How to edit the PDF Preset List

 By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker and Acrobat When you create a PDF in FrameMaker, the first decision you encounter is which job option aligns with the document intent. Are you just emailing this to a client for feedback on the layout? Posting it on a website where someone may decide to print […]

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Adobe InDesign: Reverse heads using paragraph shading

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign For years, the way to set up a reverse head in InDesign was to define a ruling line above or below the heading, make it tall enough to cover the heading and then shift it up or down so that it sits nicely behind the heading. For […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Variables

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker FrameMaker offers two types of variables: System variables and user variables. Variables are used to add content to our documentation that we know is going to change. Once you add variables to a document, you can edit the variable definition and it will be FrameMaker’s job —not […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: What to know about working with generated files

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker FrameMaker will happily create, or generate, files for you. A table of contents, a list of tables, a list of figures, a list of effective pages and an index are all examples of generated files. They are fairly easy to set up, and once working, you can […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Master page basics

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker Adobe FrameMaker offers three sets of pages: body pages, master pages and reference pages. Body pages display the content that is seen by the reader and are typically numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, etc. Body pages make up the bulk of a FrameMaker document. Master pages hold […]

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Adobe InDesign: Quickly recognizing and removing overrides

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign InDesign has two great, yet often-overlooked features: Style Override Highlighter and Clear Overrides in Selection They can be used in succession to quickly identify and then remove both paragraph and character overrides. When you import text from Word and assign your styles, it may look OK at […]

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