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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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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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Quick Tip: An Introduction to the Page Tool in InDesign CS5

If you’ve missed the addition of the Page Tool to InDesign CS5, take ten minutes out to discover the capabilities this superb tool offers when working with multiple page sizes.

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Quick Tip: The Gap Tool in InDesign CS5

The Gap Tool can be used to adjust the white-space in-between and around page items. This tool holds the ability to allow the user to work quickly with item heavy layouts as well as viewing real-time changes.

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Quick Tip: Create Compound Frames in InDesign CS5

By using the pathfinder panel within InDesign CS5 it is possible to create a compound frame that can be used to import an image to create a unique effect. Find out more about Compound Frames at the jump.


Step 1

Start by creating a number of frames to work with. Select the Rectangle Frame tool from the Tool box or use Shortcut = F, click and drag to create the frames.

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Quick Tip: Adding Movies and Sounds to InDesign PDFs

By Dario Mendoza on VectorTuts+

Did you know that you can add movie and sound files to an InDesign CS4 project letting you build an Interactive document? In this Quick Tip you’ll learn how to embed files and export your final work to Adobe PDF.


Introduction

This quick tip was written using the features of Adobe InDesign CS4; nevertheless you can find a section listing the principal changes and improvements made for CS5 and CS5.5 right before the conclusion.
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Quick Tip: InDesign Working with Tabs

By Dario Mendoza on VectorTuts+

If you ever worked with a text processor you should be familiar of “Tabs”. When you press the Tab (Tabulator) key the cursor is displaced to the next tab stop; this is particularly useful when you need to organize content in a document. This Quick Tip is an introduction to working with Tabs in InDesign and is perfect for beginners.


Open the Tabs Palette

To open the Tabs palette go to “Type > Tabs” (Option + T).

You should be able to see the following in your workspace:

The palette units will be the same as the documents, in this case millimeters (mm). Suppose you want to change the document units while working on your file or just change it momentarily, you can do it without any worry since the units from the tab window will update automatically conserving the positions of the tabs.
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Quick Tip: Using the Story Editor in InDesign CS5

By Gavin Selby on VectorTuts+

The Story Editor feature within InDesign is a great tool to know and utilise. Once mastered, you will be able to edit text clearly without distraction from formatting. Story Editor also has other advantages when handling text heavy documents. Instead of zooming and moving back and forth, the Story Editor will present the user with simple easy to read text. OK lets take a look.

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Quick Tip: Working with Text Wrap and Fit Content Options in Adobe InDesign

By Dario Mendoza on VectorTuts+

Adobe In Design lets you wrap text around any object, including text frames and imported images. There are different styles to choose from and some features you can set up including the distance between the text and object frame. In the following Quick Tip you will learn more about basic image and text placement in InDesign. Let’s get started!


Activate Text Wrap

To activate this option go to: Window > Text Wrap (Option + Command + W).

There are five options to choose from:
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