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What are the different applications in Adobe Creative Suite for?

So, I have never really been into design beyond a few wireframes and paper-pen sketches and have now now bought David Kadavy's book, Design for Hackers and am getting into design a little bit. I am ...
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InDesign Spread Pagination

I have created an 8 page brochure with InDesign and exported a PDF for my print guy. At the moment the pages are exported as: 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8 But for print he'd like them formatted like this: ...
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Folder to put fonts for Illustrator CS6 without having to install fonts in system

I remember there used to be a folder I could just put fonts in and they would work for Adobe InDesign. I thought it was a folder called fonts in the same directory the InDesign document was. I tried ...
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Insert a variable on many pages in Adobe InDesign to fill in when printing PDF

I have a "Name" field on many worksheet pages which I want automatically filled in with a particular student's name when printing. I know in InDesign I can just create a master page that those ...
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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with ...
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Is there a way in Adobe Creative Suite to “share palettes/swatches” across programs?

I use a mixture of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to produce the vast amount of printed media I design at my current position and I find myself faced with copy/pasting color values from one ...
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suggestions for ways to gain practical experience?

If this is not considered an appropriate question for this list (I couldn't quite tell from the FAQ), feel free to close it, but I could really use some specific, concrete advice. I passed the ACE ...
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Weird grey boxes on PDF export and (huge) quality difference in Apple Preview and Adobe Acrobat

I've exported tens (if not hundreds) of PDFs with InDesign and I've never experienced this problem. It's pretty weird... The problem is that grey boxes appear around some objects. Next to that, the ...
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Hiding incomplete pages in an InDesign document

I often work on InDesign documents that have sections that are complete and that I want to export to PDF to share with a client but have other sections or pages that are work-in-progress that I would ...
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How to put 4 pages next to each other in Indesign

I'm trying to setup a large presentation spread with 4 panels. They will be hung next to each other so its important that I see all of them next to each other while i design the layout. Facing pages ...
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How to create a new glyph = letter + ogonek in InDesign

I've got a font, which doesn't have polish diacritic chars which I need. I'm trying to construct them, by merging two glyphs - a letter and ogonek or acute accent, which are provided by my font. I ...
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Creating a book using InDesign

I'm learning about InDesign (using versions CS5.5 and CS6 - depending on which computer I use). I am competent at using it at a basic level - creating INDDs, creating joboption files for PDF export, ...
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Versioning pages in an Adobe InDesign document

In designing many new student worksheets and their corresponding answer sheets, we frequently have to modify them. The problem then is there are mismatches, a student will hand in an older worksheet ...
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Indesign: how to style a paragraph so that it will occupy no vertical space in the document flow (similar to “float” in css)

I am laying out a book that has line numbers on every fifth line. I want it to look like this: line # text line text line text line text line text text line text line text line text ...
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Why are imported PDFs blurry in InDesign?

I'm creating a magazine in Indesign and have pdf ads that I imported and placed all throughout the magazine. The pdf ads are crisp and clear in their original format, but when I place them in ...
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Need to convert Photoshop layers to InDesign layers

I'm using Photoshop CS6 to make a label and I need to convert all layers to InDesign CS4. I've never done this...is it possible?
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How do I create a billboard that is larger than Indesign CS5's maximum document size?

I am making a billboard with this dimentions : 2.19m x 6.09m However, indesign's maximum document size is 5486.4 mm (5.48m) How do I increase this document size or is the another way to handle this ...
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Indesign and syntax highlighting

I have a poster which I have made, it is basically lots of java code and looks like a wall of text. I want to add syntax highlighting to this so that the code is more readable. I know that I can ...
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Using InDesign CS6, how can I simultaneously edit A4 and A5 versions of a poster?

I'm on Adobe Creative Cloud, so I have the latest InDesign, and I'm attempting to design a poster for my choir's next concert. Traditionally, I've done this in Photoshop, in two separate files, ...
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Encyclopaedia-style InDesign running headers, where pages have many, one or zero headings

So, you can have a heading running on each page that varies automatically based on the most recent heading (or, occurrence of any other paragraph style) by putting text with InDesign text variables ...
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Is there a template to display a tri-fold or page-turn for a portfolio?

I'm building my portfolio, and rather than handing out hundreds of various designs, I want to put several items on one page. But I also want to illustrate what they are, such as a tri-fold or ...
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What are the best practices and techniques to fix rags?

What would be the best practices to fix the rags on a left aligned text for print. Besides breaking lines and hyphenations, should you use tracking, and if so how much. Also, how would you judged a ...
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How would you print extremely small words (microprinting)

The Problem: I am working on a project and I wanted to add super fine print (words and graphics). When I say small I am not referring to 7pt type at 300dpi business card small. I am referring to ...
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Adobe Illustrator vs Adobe Indesign for brochures

You may know me (not that I am worth knowing) from my first question. I am a noob in web design, graphic desgin, font theroy, color theory, guess all of the mixes that are crucial. My expertise ...
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How do I make non-printable template instructions in InDesign?

I'm trying to create a business card template for my work and I wanted to add text to the file giving instructions on how to use the template. How do I create text that won't print once the file is ...
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Right-aligned tabbing not working as expected in InDesign

Working on creating a table of contents. It's right aligned, and since the page numbers go into double digits, I wanted to have a tab in between the page number and the page title so I know that the ...
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Highlighting text in Adobe InDesign

I want to have inline code snippets in my InDesign document. Similar to how StackExchange does it, like this. So the gray background is perfect. Basically I just want to highlight certain text. ...
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What are good alternatives to adobe software (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator)?

Is there any professional software (for Mac) that I can use to replace some of the adobe software like InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator? I don’t mean one that replaces all, but the equivalent of ...
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Vectors or 300 dpi TIFFs for printing?

I have worked with CreateSpace before and used AI vector images on the cover and interior PDF of a book, but the images all printed pixelated. After complaining, CreateSpace told me to only use 300 ...
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InDesign CS4 or CS5: How do I export tiles to a PDF?

Let's say I have a document which is 30 inches by 30 inches. My printer is 11x17. I need to print tiles. Let's also say that the printer is attached to a computer which doesn't have InDesign, but ...
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InDesign: How do I automatically style body text differently depending on the prior paragraph style?

in indesign, I have a paragraph style line number and another style body text when a paragraph of style body text is preceded by a paragraph of style line number, I would like to style that body ...
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InDesign grep rule that applies to everything then stops if it reaches a certain character?

InDesign GREP rules can get a bit mind-bending. Suppose you want a paragraph style with a GREP style rule that applies a character style to everything except text after a certain character. Something ...
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How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6?

How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6? I would like to lock those properties in each page in Indesign. Sometimes the designers get wrong and drag and drop the text frame ...
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Diacritics in InDesign for beginners

We have Turkish text that we have to layout Universe 65 Bold. This works for most letters, but not for ğ and a few others. In Universe LT 45 Light it works. Now, I went into Word to check out the ...
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Adobe Indesign - Table of Contents with Data Merge content

I have about 100+ rows of content in a .csv and I'm bringing it into my Indesign template. That's working fine but I can't figure out how to integrate it with the Table of Contents. Has anybody ...
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What are the basic rules for designing a book (novel)? [closed]

I promised my friend I'd design a book for him he's releasing for free and I could use the help of you guys. I'm going to use the latest InDesign. The book should be in .pdf format and is intended ...
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Why doesn't Size/Resolution in InDesign match the PDF?

I am working in InDesign and I need to create a PDF file. The problem is that if I have a 200px x 200px box in InDesign when I save it as PDF the box appears larger... I am a bit confused about ...
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How to put a 'gap' between pages in a spread in Indesign

(sort of step 2 for this question but also technically a new question in its own right) I have 4 pages side by side in a spread and i would like to put a small gap between them, to simulate how they ...
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Unpixelated Screenshot images

I have some work to showcase: images which are screenshots of work which are online. However when arranging these screenshot images in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, they all appear to be ...
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InDesign CS5 tables: Can I automatically fit rows or columns to the size of content?

You know how Excel has the function "Autofit," where you select a whole row or a whole column and it resizes the entire thing to the height or depth of the largest content item? I want to do that in ...