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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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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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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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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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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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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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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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How do I turn a full color design, into a 1-color design?

I was asked to design a piece of junk-mail advertising. It has to be one color. Here are links of how it should look: What I want to know is, how do you get your design like that? It's like ...
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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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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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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 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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Adobe Indesign automatic deletion of overflow text

Indesign CS5.5 (v7.5.2) Is there an automated method to simply remove all overset text in a text frame? I don't want it hidden by a smaller frame. I want it gone. I spend so much time simply ...
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My text looks different on different documents although I've used the same paragraph styles

I have a document of 27 pages. I've used the same paragraph styles for all of them. When I export it to a PDF, the text on some of the pages look stroked although I haven't used a stroke. I took a ...
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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 CS5: Placeholder for “number of pages in a document”?

Much as I loathe Microsquish's Word, it does allow you to insert into a header or footer the automated text "Page X of Y." When using InDesign, it's easy to set up the "Page X" part on a master ...
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Strange annoying 1px line when I save a PDF from InDesign

I am creating a PDF file from InDesign and sometimes(90% of the times) when I export my work from InDesign into a PDF file a strange annoying 1px line appears(view immage) at the edge of the ...
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importing a multipage PDF file into InDesign CC

When I place a multipage pdf file into InDesign CC, the pages go outside of my document settings, making this function useless. What do I have to do to make the placed pdf pages go within my ...
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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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How can I localize an InDesign file?

I'm looking for some method for automating the localization process for an InDesign document. Basically, I want to be able to take the contents of the file, translate it into a few other languages ...
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How do I print my book using Indesign cs6 and have the pages come out in the right order?

I am trying to print my 4" x 6" book from InDesign CS6 to my home printer. The book has about 100 pages, a perfect bound book with a few front pages and a table of contents. I want to print the pages ...
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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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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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How to use photoshop file in Indesign for print (having Pantone colors)

I have a question for you guys... :) I have Pantone Colors in my photoshop files. However, I am also using Indesign to do final composing and exporting of the design. I was wondering what is the ...
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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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Syntax highlighting in InDesign with presets for HTML, CSS and Javascript?

I want to use code in an inDesign document, and for that to be easily readable and pretty, I am looking for a way to get a syntax highlighting as in texteditors like notepad++, Sublime Text and Atom. ...
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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 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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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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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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Change weight of font while maintaining local formatting in InDesign

I have a large block of text that is set to "book" with local italics throughout being set to "book italic." I'd like to increase the weight of the whole works: with the stuff currently set at "book" ...
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Resizing content in InDesign vs. Photoshop

I've put together a book full of different types of images: raster, vector, and mixed. Everything is placed with their original dimensions and fit to frames. Do I need to resize all the placed ...
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Data Merge InDesign CC layout problems

If you know about Data Merge, you know most people have trouble with styles or with actual entries. Here, I'm having trouble with the layout itself. The document I'm working on will shift down and to ...
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InDesign: Resetting character style after end of paragraph

Is there a way (a setting or a shortcut) in InDesign to reset a character style to None after the end of a paragraph? Paragraph styles have the option for Next Style, but this does not apply to ...
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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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InDesign document needs to be converted to Word or similar program

I have an inDesign file, a booklet of mostly text in a table (names addresses etc) and my client would like the file set up so they can edit it themselves, add to the table. Is there a way to convert ...
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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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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: 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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Using cropmarks

My InDesign document is 195 mm x 280 mm, has a 4mm bleed, 0mm slug and 10mm margin. My client specified: Size: 195 x 280 + 4 mm bleed. Cropmarks should be used. What does that mean? Should I ...
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InDesign CS6 quality difference “Export to PDF” vs “Print Booklet”?

Using InDesign CS6, I regularly create booklets of anywhere from 8, 12, 16 to 32 pages for offset printing. For this I typically use the Print Booklet module, set to create a PDF file at Press ...
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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 ...