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Adobe InDesign: How to Use the Next Style Attribute

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign The Next Style attribute is little-understood property of a paragraph style. It can be used to automatically apply styles in a variety of ways. The first example will how you how to apply styles as you type. Let’s say that a title always follows a chapter number […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: How to Float Tables & Anchored Frames

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker Float, or Floating, is a property that can be assigned to either a table or to an anchored frame. When assigned to either object, the object will float to the next page, and the text that previously appeared after the object will backfill onto the previous page. […]

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Adobe FrameMaker: Unresolved Cross-References

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on FrameMaker No one likes to find themselves with unresolved cross-references (aka, x-refs) but we all encounter them from time to time. Here are a few important tips for working with them: 1. When you open a file and get the message about unresolved cross-references—and the helpful advice to […]

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Adobe InDesign: Basic Nested Lists

By Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign Lists help us get organized and numbered lists indicate the correct order to perform a series of tasks. But what if you have subtasks? Then you need a nested list. Create two paragraph styles: one for the main steps and one for the sub steps. I’ll call […]

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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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