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Indesign 5.5 Create elbow connector?

I am trying to create an elbow connector between two boxes on a flow chart. for some reason I am not having success. Whenever I use the Pen tool to create the points it automatically creates a line ...
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Enable flash content in interactive pdf

When exporting my indesign file to an interactive pdf i get the following problem: I open the pdf, when there is flash content , i can set the properties for it to be visible when the page is opened ...
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What is the use of registration black in the InDesign swatches palette?

InDesign displays [registration], 100% of each ink colour, as a swatch in the swatches palette. It's impossible to remove the swatch. Why is this? I have never had the need to actually use ...
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InDesign: display delta x/y values (instead of document coordinates) when moving an object

I know that Illustrator and Photoshop both do a great job of showing you how far you have moved an object, in relation to its original position. As it is, InDesign displays the object's coordinates ...
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How do I export from Indesign to Grayscale in halftone pattern?

I'm laying out a book. Images are in color. I want the book to be in black and white, with images using halftone patterns. Are there any export options to obtain this output?
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Saving as a pixel size in In Design

I am trying to make a poster 800x600 pixels in InDesign. When I open a new document I set the increments to pixels and then set the page size of the new document to 800 x 600 pixels. I then design the ...
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Fill InDesign CS6 layout with data from web service

For our wedding, my wife and I created an Instagram hashtag that our guests tagged their photos with. I wrote a little web app that hit the Instagram API for photos in that hashtag and displayed them ...
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Overlapping characters/diacritics detection

is there any tool/script/plug-in for InDesign or Acrobat Pro that would detect/highlight overlapping characters or diacritics? See sample below:
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InDesign: Applying Stroke to Similar Types of Text Across a Document

I am using InDesign CC 2014 but this may apply to other versions. I have text throughout a document that of a particular paragraph style. I am trying to bold this text. There are over 350 of these ...
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How can I connect with an experienced graphic design mentor?

I'm a self-learning graphic designer. I work with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and I thought I was doing fine until I got this big shock at work. I've been working for a year at some web design ...
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Indesign Ad Quality

I am new to InDesign and we have a contract employee that builds and creates most of our ads for us. When we lay them out on the page, the ads look fine, but when we get the newspaper back from the ...
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Adobe Acrobat Pro X can't use font for text field, which Indesign 6 can

I've exported an InDesign 6 (on Mac OSX) file to PDF (not for print, but for interactive), the PDF file has embedded several subfonts of Helvetice Neue already used in the InDesign 6 (on Mac OSX) ...
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Losing transparency when placing or pasting items into InDesign CS5

I know others have asked similar questions, but the answers don't seem to be working for me. If I have an Illustrator file open and am also working in InDesign, I often copy/paste the vector image ...
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Illustrator vs Photoshop vs InDesign? [closed]

Which software is suitable for what and when to use them ?
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Should I link to or rasterize the large amount of artwork I'm using for my catalogue project in InDesign?

I am trying to figure out what I should be doing for a 94+ page catalogue. I have been researching and from what I've read understand that linking files is the best practice for putting complex ...
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Background Video in PDF with In-Design

I really want to create a pdf whereby the screens have some graphical elements overlaid onto a video background. I've found how to add video and this seems fine however I cannot see how to get ...
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Do export settings have a visual impact on printed gradients? (InDesign)

My coworker and I are currently struggling with a gradient on the cover of a booklet. We have gone through all the fiery print settings for gradients and re calibrated the printers gradient adjustment ...
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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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Optimum workflow for re-sizing content in InDesign

I am curious of the workflow that designers have when using InDesign, specifically with placing and re-sizing images while remaining flexible for content whose dimensions can change. I am creating a ...
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color bridge screen percentages for gradients in inDesign

Is there a way to make screen percentage color-bridge colors to be used as swatches in gradients? how do we create a color bridge color screen to be dragged over the gradient sliders.
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Indesign CS5 No longer displaying section markers in Table of Contents

I'm working on a catalogue which has over time worked it's way up to 36 pages. I placed text boxes with Section Markers on the Master Page spread to use as the header for each page. I then created a ...
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Print ready billboard design example

I made one simple example of print ready billboard design (4m x 3m) and I have some questions about it. 1.) In this example I used .jpg picture 7644x5000 and 96 dpi. I learned that for billboard in ...
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'Cutting' type in InDesign

Is there a way, using the Scissors tool, to cut type into pieces within InDesign? I've converted said type to outlines, but when I use the Scissors tool I'm only able to bend existing points. Below is ...
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Help to print book with 8/5x11 pages on 11x17 booklet in reader spread?

I have an Adobe book. The book has five files with each page being 8.5 X 11. I want to print the entire book, on 11X17 in reader sequence. How do I do that? Art
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Is it possible to stop drawing shapes with half pixels in InDesign CC?

Is it possible to stop drawing shapes with half pixels in InDesign CC? I'm trying to draw shapes that are absolute pixel sizes everytime, but I'm struggling. I've setup my InDesign document in a Web ...
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Where can I find “gluten-free” and “vegan” symbols in a font?

Does anyone know where I can find dingbats with a gluten-free, vegan, and other special diet symbols? I know I can drop them in the menu I am working on as graphics, but what a pain in the backside ...
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Indesign cross-reference styles

I have a document with plenty of very diverse cross references (some for paragraph, some for anchor text, some show the page number, some show the paragraph title, etc.) At the moment, they all show ...
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PDF Ads Blurry in InDesign

I am creating a large book in InDesign. Part of the book is composed of PDF ads that have been provided to me. Every time I place these PDF ads in InDesign they're blurry. I have tried saving them as ...
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Fonts blurry on png exported from InDesign

I have created a new InDesign document and typed some text on it in Times New Roman. I then exported the page to PNG at 72ppi. However, the text on the exported png is blurry. How can I fix this ...
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Typed text on PDF disappears when imported to Indesign CS5.5

I have several PDFs which have been edited using the type tool and/or the PDF was set up as a form. When I import into Indesign some typed text is visible but not all. That is, in a 4 page document I ...
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How to show/hide specific objects based on variables in InDesign?

I'm creating a 80-page product catalog for a clothing company. Each page contains one clothing item. On each page, there is a table that contains four pieces of information about that clothing item: ...
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Apply drop caps to the first word in a paragraph?

Simple question: Within paragraph styles, is there a way to tell inDesign to create drop caps not using a set amount of characters at the beginning of a paragraph, but instead using the first word of ...
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Tell InDesign how to insert an XML structure

I have a few questions about the InDesign XML import. So, when I import my XML file, I get a structure which I can insert into the document. I would like to customize the way that InDesign puts the ...
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Alternative layout options for product tables that have a lot of repetition

I'm working on a print product catalogue where each product has all of its variations listed in tables. I've just encountered a product that has 120 unique sku's, which ends up spreading the table ...
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Can I combine a few sub master pages to one main master page?

In my document I want to have three different headers and five different backgrounds and one footer. Do I need to create a separate master page for each combination of header-background-footer? Or ...
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Stroke and fill on paragraph style in inDesign?

Soo ... I have an inDesign-document with one big text frame that contains multiple paragraphs with different paragraph styles. In that, I would like to have some paragraphs have a stroke and a ...
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Shortcut key for 2 columns in a text box

I am looking for a shortcut key for columns in text boxes. I know that there is probably not one and that I would have to create it, but I don't know what you would call it in the shortcut menu. I ...
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InDesign is changing the color of my image when I export!

thank you for reading my question, this is driving me insane. I have been exporting JPEG in InDesign, my settings are good (I think) but when I export it and open it, the color is darker!!! What am I ...
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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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Importing Arabic script into InDesign

I am trying to import arabic script into inDesign. I have the script in a word document, in Times New Roman. i have changed the font to times in my InDesign file, but when I import it, it changes. I ...
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How to upload .ase to kuler

Is it possible to upload my .ase swatches to kuler? This seems like a function that should exist, since Ai, Ps, and Id all have an applet dedicated to Kuler, but I can only move palettes in one ...
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Why does the color model still matter?

In applications like inDesign and Photoshop, you get to chose which color model you want to use, RGB or CMYK for instance. But why does this matter? Both RGB and CMYK can be used to describe several ...
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Export an object at a given pixel size

We had an artist create a series of vector art icons, and she sent them to me as an imdd file, a single "page" with all of the icons spaced out vertically. I need to export these to our iOS app, and ...
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What are some differences between Scribus and Indesign?

I recently heard that scribus is a good free alternative option to Indesign. I recently opened Scribus up, and none of it makes any sense, and it doesn't look like it'd be a good fit for what I want ...
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Resizing ALL images on ALL pages in Indesign Document

i'm looking for an easy way to resize roughly 40 pages of barcode PNGs in indesign. If i can cut off approximately 50-60% of each barcode....well, you can see how many pages i would save at the ...
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Why is my text blurry when I transfer it from Illustrator to InDesign? [duplicate]

I know that we aren't supposed to use Illustrator for text, but I needed to use the Type on a Path feature and that's why I did it. Above is the text in Illustator. When I export the text from ...
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InDesign CC File… but I am running CS5

I have inherited design files created in InDesign CC...but I am running CS5. Other than the obvious solution of upgrading my software, are there any other resources that would allow me to work with ...
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How to make text behave as a hyperlink in PDF exported from Adobe InDesign 5.5

I have a long text with some hyperlinks in it. All hyperlinks except of one are automaticaly recognised and behave in PDF as hyperlink. One not. How to do it manually?
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From CC InDesign file version to CS6

How can I do this? I have an InDesign file in CC version, but I need it in a CS6 version. Write now I don´t have my CC instalation. Please help me, this is urgent. Best regards
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How to insert a rectangle inside a text frame in InDesign

I have some text inside a textframe, and I'd like to be able to insert a rectangle amongst the flow of the text where the rectangle has a different background colour, different font etc. How do I ...