Archive for March, 2011

Tips I Wish I’d Known When Starting Out

By Lisa Valuyskaya in Smashing Magazine

I love Adobe InDesign. For multi-page documents, it’s the most flexible and complete application out there. Yet I remember how counter-intuitive some things were when I was learning it for the first time. Here are some tips I wish I had known when starting out, as well as some answers to questions that others often ask me. This is not intended to be a manual; some good ones are already out there (although I personally learned by doing). Hopefully, these tips will help you make the best of your day-to-day use of InDesign.

Margins And Bleeds

If you are preparing a document for print, keep your margins and bleeds in mind from the beginning. Your printer will give you the measurements for the bleed, but generally 1/8 inch or 3 mm should suffice. Approximately the same area within the document should be kept free of text and important graphic elements (such as the logo). Set up your document for bleed in InDesign as you create it by selecting the correct settings in the document set-up box.

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Adobe InDesign: Why Do my Images Look So Bad?

by Barb Binder in Rocky Mountain Training

No one wants to see a low-resolution, pixelated image in their InDesign layout, but it happens all the time.

There are three primary reasons why:

  1. You placed a low-resolution file into your layout. Remember the rule of thumb for color or grayscale images that are intended for print on large commercial printers: scan at a resolution of 1.5 to 2 times the screen frequency used by the printer. For example, if your output device uses a screen frequency of 133 lpi (lines per inch), then your image should be between 200 and 266 ppi (pixels per inch). You can view the resolution of your placed file by selecting it’s name in the Links panel and checking the resolution settings:

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Creating a Two-Function Button for Interactive PDF or SWF

By Steve Werner in

How to create a button that appears to have two appearances and toggles two actions.

I’ve posted before about how to create a button which both shows and hides another object. Such an interactivity effect can be exported both in an interactive PDF file and in a SWF file which can be played in a web browser.

The method which I described is to give the trigger button two events. Events are mouse actions. I described giving an action to the On Roll Over event to show a picture, and giving the same button an action to hide the picture during the On Roll Off event. (Alternatively, you could have the picture show when the trigger button is clicked—the On Click event—and have it hide when the mouse button is released—the On Releaseevent.

But on the Adobe InDesign Forum, I saw this request:

Using InDesign CS5, I’m trying to create a button that when clicked, shows another button; when clicked again, hides the button that was previously shown. Like a toggle. I’ve not been able to do this.


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Quick Tip: Working with CS Review and InDesign CS5

By Ian Norris on VectorTuts+

This tutorial shows how you can quickly upload your InDesign document for collaborative online commenting via This is a great trick if you work as part of a remote team, or need quick feedback from clients, best of all, the comments stay in your InDesign document!

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Quick Tip: How to Fix Corrupt InDesign Files

By Gavin Selby on VectorTuts+

If you regularly use InDesign, you may find that from time to time a file may be corrupt and glitch. In this Quick Tip you will learn a technique that may help recover your file in just a few easy steps.

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First Baseline Blues

By James Felici on CreativePro

Don’t let frames dictate your layout. Here’s how to make sure you have precise control over the position of your type on the page.

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Using Camera Raw Smart Objects in InDesign

By Dave Cross in Layers Magazine

Use the power of Camera Raw Smart Objects to create an editable design layout in InDesign. Dave also shows users how to use Photoshop layer comps to experiment with different versions of the image.

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Copyfitting InDesign text

By Keith Gilbert on the Gilbert Consulting blog

I’m in Abuja, Nigeria this week doing InDesign and InCopy training for one of the media companies here. One of the things that I’ve taught is the various ways to make text fit a fixed amount of space in InDesign.Here’s a list of the ways that I can think of to adjust body text so that it will…

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How to Draw Concentric Shapes

Mike Rankin in

Ever want to draw a series of concentric shapes? It may not be obvious how to do it, but really they’re just a few clicks away.

Click on the W or H to highlight the width or height. Then hold the Option/Alt key and press the up arrow as many times as you like. Each time you press the arrow, you make a copy that is exactly 1 cm larger in diameter.

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Check Out Pantone’s Color Forecast

The Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Planner covers color in the graphic arts, yes, but also fashion, cosmetics, lifestyle, and industrial design.

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