Archive for April, 2011

Quick Tip: Working with Rulers and Guides in Adobe InDesign

By Dario Mendoza on VectorTuts+

This tutorial will teach you how to improve your In Design skills, whether you are a beginner or an intermediate user, you will learn some good tips to improve your workspace using rulers and guides.
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Hope for Japan, Artists and Designers Show Their Support

By LoungeKat on VectorTuts+

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9 Earthquake hit Japan. The Earthquake and the subsequent Tsunami caused wide spread damage to the country and many people lost their lives. As the shocking events unfolded, artists and designers from across the globe created images to show their support for the people effected by this disaster and began to raise funds for the Japanese disaster relief efforts. Find out how you can help.

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The best way to create a Straddle Head

By Keith Gilbert in

The new Span Columns feature of InDesign CS5 provides a really quick and simple way to create a headline that straddles multiple columns. But what if you use an older version of InDesign?

Most users just select the headline. cut it out of the text frame, and paste it into a separate text frame above the text columns. The trouble with this is that the headline is then completely separate from the rest of the text. This comes back to haunt you later if you need to export the entire article to XML, HTML, or text format, or if you want File > Select All to select the entire story. It’s a much better practice to make the head a part of the text flow of the story. This is really easy to do, and is no more work than the cut and paste method. Here’s how:

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Quick Tip: How to Batch Replace Characters and Glyphs

By Lucian Marin on VectorTuts Plus

Whether you live in a non-english speaking country, or find yourself editing text for clients in other languages, you’re very likely to need a quick way to add glyphs and diacritics to words in InDesign. In the following Quick Tip you will learn how.

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8 Steps to Optimize InDesign files for translation

By Oana Diaconu at GPI Translation Blog

Best practices to optimize your InDesign documents for translation

There are many best practices to optimize your InDesign documents for translation, but here are some of the top techniques to use:

1. Use lists appropriately

Lists: When creating a numbered list, have all items in the list number automatically by using the Numbered List option, instead of manually typing in numbers. This will ensure that the list will be correctly numbered after translation. In case of text expansion, when one item may be shifted to the next page, the risk of errors or different formatting for continued numbers is eliminated.

2. Inline anchored frames

When using creative design elements in lists (e.g. white numbers grouped with black circles, see example below), make the graphic number an inline anchored frame that will paginate with the list item text. If graphic bullets or numbers are not anchored to their accompanying text items, a DTP specialist at your translation company has twice the number of elements to manually reposition on the page when text expansion occurs. Each “bullet” or “number” will have to be manually “nudged” to line up with the first line of each list item. This one feature can save hours in a project if your InDesign file is translated into dozens of languages.

Read complete article at 8 Steps to Optimize InDesign files for translation.

Turn Off Spell Check for Certain Words in InDesign (like catalog part numbers)

By David Blatner in

How you can make InDesign skip certain pieces of text when checking spelling.

Fortunately, you can tell InDesign to ignore words as an actual property of its character formatting. That is, you can selectively turn off spell-checking for individual words or phrases. The trick is to choose No Language from the Language pop-up menu (in the Control or Character panel). Even better, make it a character style:

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