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
By David Blatner on InDesignSecrets.com
I’ve been dealing with two different problems with the split columns feature recently. I love the split and span columns features, but in both these cases, the feature was driving me to distraction because I could not figure out why text I selected would not split.
By David Blatner
The Find/Change dialog box is full of all kinds of tricks, some less obvious than others. Here are a few tricks that you need to know:
- If you see a little “i” in a black circle above either the Find What or Change To fields, it indicates that text formatting has been assigned. You can clear that out by clicking the trash can icon button. (If you don’t see any formatting options, click the More Options button.)
- To find something and delete it: fill in the Find What field, leave the Change To field blank, and make sure no formatting is applied in the Change Format area.
By David Blatner in InDesignSecrets.com
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:
You view your PDF on screen and — gasp! — tiny white lines! Disaster or not?
Have you ever opened a PDF file and seen thin white lines where there shouldn’t be any? In general, the white lines, or “light leaks” are due to a PDF that includes flattened transparency — transparency effects (such as placed PSD files) in a file saved in a file format that doesn’t support transparency (such as Acrobat 4, a.k.a. PDF version 1.3).
Flattening transparency means “faking it” by creating opaque areas that look transparent. But these opaque areas have to fit together like a mosaic, each piece right next to the next. The result is that sometimes white peeks out between them. In the vast majority of cases, this appears only on screen! Sometimes it shows up on low-resolution printers, too, but virtually never in high-res commercial output.
What file format should you use when using InDesign? Which ones to avoid?
It seems like every few months this topic pops up again: Which is the best file format to use for graphics? Some folks insist that everyone should use EPS and TIFF. Others think AI and PSD. And what about PNG or JPEG?! Here’s my take on the subject, after over 20 years of doing this:
EPS is a dying format. There is virtually no reason for you to ever save anything yourself as EPS. Here are good reasons to use an EPS file:
- if you already have an old vector graphic (from Illustrator or Freehand or something);
- if some software is making it for you (such as this Barcode plug-in); in this case, the software is likely doing special stuff that can only be done in PostScript, then encapsulated in the eps.
PDF is the current and future of publishing. If you have a vector Illustrator document, save it in PDF or AI (see below). The only reason to save a Photoshop document as a PDF is if you have vector type or “shape” layers. (No other format, besides eps, can save vector info from PS.)
AI (native Illustrator format) is great for most files from Illustrator, as long as you’re not using them in other programs. If you’re going to use them in something other than InDesign, consider using PDF instead. By the way, if you save an .ai file, make sure you include the PDF in it (that’s an option when saving), or else InDesign can’t read it.
Every so often I hear a cry for help on the subject of setting poetry. The request is usually something like “how do I set a poem on a page so that the longest line is centered.”
It’s easy to center all the lines on the page, but that’s rarely what publishers want. So how can you keep your text flush-left (left aligned, ragged right) and center that longest line?
My favorite trick is:
Once you do it two or three times, it goes much faster than it takes to read the above instructions.
Here it is in pictures… first the original text frame… View original post