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The Rough Cut Effect

By Mike Rankin on InDesignSecrets.com

We spend so much time and effort to make things look perfect in InDesign. Now it’s time to make something look really bad. But in a good way!

Basically, the effect is meant to make a photo look like it was roughly cut out of a piece of paper, so there’s a light border around the subject, but the border is irregular and it does not follow the silhouette of the subject exactly. This effect is a lot of fun and it’s super easy to make and adjust. Remember all that time and effort you put into learning how to make sweet Bezier curves with the Pen tool? Forget it. Your aim here is to do the worst silo job of your life. Well, after you do a good silo job in Photoshop first.

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Quick Tip: Using the Print Booklet Feature in InDesign CS5

Gavin Selby on VectorTuts

Sitting at the bottom of the File menu within InDesign is the Print Booklet feature. This feature has the potential to virtually cut out imposition time and for that reason it should not be overlooked. As print machines, paper sizes and ways of working vary I will try to keep this tut as generalised as possible. However the tut will be easier to follow if your design is portrait, saddle stitched(stapled) and contains eight pages or more.


Step 1

Start by opening your design. If you don’t have one, check my previous tut on how to create one How to Make an A5 Print Ready Leaflet InDesign CS5 or alternatively you can follow this link to download a template ready for instant use Elegant A6 Pocket Brochure Template. Note: as we are printing a saddle stitched booklet your pagination should be in multiples of four, for example 4, 8, 12, 16 and so on.


Step 2

Go to File > Print Booklet.


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DPS: Stop a video at the last frame

By Keith Gilbert

A technique being used by many publishers of content-rich tablet apps such as magazines is to have a video play on the cover or the first page of a feature, and then have the video “freeze” at the last frame. This can be done using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Johannes Henseler first documented…

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A Visual Guide to InDesign Preferences

By Mike Rankin for InDesignSecrets.com

It’s no “secret” that InDesign has a boat load of preferences. Press command/ctrl+k and you’re met with a dialog box offering eighteen sets of preferences. I was going to count how many individual settings there were, but even I’m not that much of a geek. Suffice to say, there’s a lot. One key thing to remember as you traipse through all those settings: some are application-wide and will affect your interactions with all documents, others will only affect the current document. You need to close all open documents to make changes in document-specific preferences apply to new documents (otherwise you’d just be changing the preference for the current document).

So how can you tell which ones are document-specific?

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Give your InDesign text a “highlighted” appearance

By The GraphicMac

Highlighted text sample

Ever want to give your text in Adobe InDesign a highlighted appearance but not want to bother with creating a separate piece of artwork to overlay? It’s a simple effect to create, with the added benefit that it sticks with the text when it gets reflowed.

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Compressing video for use in DPS

By Keith Gilbert for Gilbert Consulting blog

Use the following checklist to ensure that video content is optimized for tablet apps you create with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS).

[ ] Save the video in .mp4 format with .h264 encoding

[ ] Scale and crop the video to the exact size that you want it to play in your DPS app before placing it

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Dynamic Liquid Layout in InDesign (MAX Sneak Peek)

Watch Kiyomasa Toma, giving you a sneek peak on Liquid Layouts in InDesign.

Really awesome stuff!

Quick Tip: An Introduction to Scripts in InDesign CS5

By Gavin Selby on VectorTuts+

Scripting is a sure way to save time when performing repetitive tasks within InDesign. Scripts will automatically complete a task for the user, for example, creating crop marks to a specified object. The following tut will serve as an introduction to scripting and will explore a few of the useful sample scripts already contained within InDesign.

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Quick Tip: An Introduction to Threading Text in InDesign CS5 | Vectortuts+

Threading text within InDesign can hugely improve the experience of editing and amending copy while working on layouts. The process of threading text is linking two or more text frames allowing text to flow from one separate frame to another. Gavin Selby shows you the basics.

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Image resolution for iPad publishing

By Keith Gilbert on InDesignSecrets.com

What is the minimum image resolution required when creating a document or screen that will be viewed on an iPad? The answer might surprise you.

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