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Adobe InDesign: How to Copy your Presets after an Update

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor When you upgrade to a new version of InDesign, it’s usually a good idea to not import your previous settings to the new version. I find InDesign to be more stable over the long run if I turn that feature off and take a few minutes to set things […]

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Adobe InDesign: Paste Live Text from Illustrator

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign and Illustrator New in InDesign CC 2023: we can now copy text from Illustrator and paste it as live text (fully editable, not outlines!) into InDesign. It’s as awesome as it sounds but may want to adjust your preferences in InDesign. Here’s a quick overview of the […]

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Adobe InDesign: Index All Occurrences of a Proper Name

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor for Creative Cloud Design & Layout Solutions InDesign has a handy shortcut you can use to index proper names. Let’s say you want to add the name John Doe to the index, but you would like it indexed in the D section, and appear as Doe, John. For proper […]

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Adobe InDesign: Restoring the Aspect Ratio of an Image

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor for Creative Cloud Design & Layout Solutions In a perfect world, we always hold the Shift key when resizing images to maintain the aspect ratio. However, as fallible humans, sometimes we forget. Luckily for us, it’s very easy restore the aspect ratio on an image. When a frame is […]

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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 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 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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