Posts tagged "Mike Rankin"

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.

Read on InDesignSecrets

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.

Read on InDesignSecrets

Why is the Effects Panel Grayed Out?

By Mike Rankin on InDesignSecrets.com

Have you ever tried to apply effects to a text frame, but the whole Effects panel was grayed out? Here’s why.

Read on InDesignSecrets

How to Draw Concentric Shapes

Mike Rankin in IndesignSecrets.com

Ever want to draw a series of concentric shapes? It may not be obvious how to do it, but really they’re just a few clicks away.

Click on the W or H to highlight the width or height. Then hold the Option/Alt key and press the up arrow as many times as you like. Each time you press the arrow, you make a copy that is exactly 1 cm larger in diameter.

View original post

New Script for Applying Object Styles While Placing Images in CS5

CS5 users can now apply object styles as needed while placing images, with the aid of a new script.

View original post

Animation Customization via IDML

Oh no! Not another animation post from Mike! Yep, but this is a good one. It shows how you can do a whole lot more with InDesign’s animation features by hacking a little IDML code.

View original post

How Frame Fitting Options Affect Paste Into

If you’ve ever been confused or frustrated with the results of pasting a graphic from one frame to another, this one’s for you.

Go to original post

Deluxe Holiday Lights

It’s time to celebrate the season by lighting up a document with InDesign CS5.

Go to original post