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Adobe InDesign: What’s the Difference Between the Single-Line Composer and the Paragraph Composer?

by Barb Binder Most layout programs and word processors set the line breaks in a paragraph by evaluating a single line of type at a time. As you edit a paragraph, you will notice the text reflowing on the line you are working on, and you will likely notice the text reflowing through the lines below […]

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Adobe InDesign CS5: Tool Hints (or How to Remember Shortcuts!)

by Barb Binder A lot of my Adobe InDesign CS5 students want to use keyboard shortcuts and tool modifier keys, but feel like they just can’t keep them all straight in their heads. By the time they remember (or look up) the shortcut, they may as well have just used the menu command. In the past, […]

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Adobe InDesign CS5, CS6 & CC: Rounded Corners

by Barb Binder Back in the day, if you wanted a frame with just one or two rounded corners in Adobe InDesign, you either had to be pretty darn good with the Pen tool or you poked around the obscure Scripts panel long enough to locate the CornerEffects script in the Applications folder. Anyone on CS4 […]

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Adobe InDesign CS5: Creating & Editing Paragraph Styles

by Barb Binder I love almost everything about Adobe InDesign, but if you forced me to focus on the one feature I couldn’t live without, it would have to be paragraph styles. One can design beautiful documents in InDesign without them, but why would you? There are three reasons why you should consider using styles on […]

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Adobe InDesign: Turning off Hyphenation

by Barb Binder What do religion, politics and hyphenation have in common? These are emotional subjects for most of my students, and I try to keep discussion on all three of them out of the classroom. If you are thinking that hyphenation couldn’t possibly fall into that category, then you probably haven’t spent much time teaching […]

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Adobe InDesign: Replacing Text with Icons, Really Fast!

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign updated Jul 6, 2017 A little known addition to Adobe InDesign CS4 was the ability to replace an object by pasting the contents of the clipboard. This can be useful in a variety of ways, but it’s is the single easiest way to replace a text string with an […]

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Adobe InDesign: Baseline Alignment Across Columns

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign Updated Sep 9, 2020 Baseline alignment is a fairly easy task in InDesign. Place your multi-column story and set up the formatting for your body text, heads, lists, etc. Once you’ve made your various design decisions, it’s just a few more steps to align your baselines across columns. […]

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Adobe InDesign: Tracking and Kerning

by Barb Binder When I ask my InDesign students to define the words “tracking” and “kerning”, the best I usually get is a vague reference to letter spacing. And that’s on a good day. More often I get furrowed brows and people suddenly fascinated by their keyboards. The terms aren’t hard to understand, and when I […]

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Adobe InDesign: Setting (and Removing) Defaults

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign Updated on Aug 29, 2023 In my opinion, your software works for you, and the running theme in my training classes is how to automate your workflow so that your layout comes together quickly and leaves nights and weekends for fun, and not trying to meet your deadline. […]

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Adobe InDesign: Using Rules & Underlines Together

by Barb Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor on InDesign Updated:  May 24, 2020 This post marks the sixth and final entry in the series on InDesign underlines and paragraph rules. Now that you have a solid foundation, here are some fun ways to tie all this information together. For these next tutorials to work, you must […]

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