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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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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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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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License Plate FX

By Mike Rankin on InDesignSecrets.com

Learn how to build a cool custom license plate with InDesign FX and pick up some key tips to use with all FX as you go.

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Hiding Sound Files in an Interactive PDF

By Steve Werner on IndesignSecrets.com

When you’re creating interactive PDF files, hiding your sound files is surprisingly tricky. Here are a couple of tricks to help.

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Secrets of the Control Panel Revealed

By Mike Rankin on InDesignSecrets.com

The Control panel is teeming with hidden shortcuts to other panels, preferences, and dialog boxes. Here’s not one, but four maps, to reveal them all.

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Amazon’s Kindle Publishing Guidelines for InDesign

Amazon’s Kindle Publishing Team released a new help file to help InDesign users publish to the Kindle, and the file itself practices what it preaches: it’s an InDesign document. Neat.

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Batch Apply XMP ALT Tags to EPUB and HTML Images

By Anne-Marie Concepcion at InDesignsecrets.com

EPUB and HTML exports are more accessible with descriptive ALT tags you can apply with CS5.5′s Object Export Options. This script adds the missing “Apply to All” function.

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Creating Two Kinds of Page Breaks in EPUB with CS5.5

By Steve Werner in InDesignSecrets.com

You might want to set page breaks in an EPUB using two different paragraph styles in InDesign CS5.5. Here’s how.

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Document Overhead in InDesign’s PDF Can be Huuuuuuge

By David Blatner in InDesignSecrets.com

In which an exploration of why a PDF file is too large leads to two discoveries and an awesome tip

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