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Data merge of multiple records returns field name only

I'm trying to data merge multiple records on a page. The single record per page works fine. But when I try for multiple records through the master page I get this: Any suggestions?
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import pages from photoshop to indesign

I am new to indesign. I always did all my print in Photoshop, which I know for multiple pages isn't the best route. What I want to do is start using inDesign but had one question: Can I create all my ...
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Inserting page causes master to center\resize

When I insert a page or pagination changes within my book, the headers\footers set in my masters center on the spread. The error does not occur when I insert a page that does not have a text box for ...
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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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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 ...
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Create pdf with external images

I wan't to create a pdf ready for print with an external logo file so that we can easily print many versions of the same pdf with different logos. Is anyone aware of any way you can keep an image ...
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Can I save layers as a template in InDesign CS6?

Is there a way to set up layers without data & style sheets & color in a file and save as a template so that when I open a new document of that particular layout those layers are already ...
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How do I make a transparent background on a master page? [closed]

I am working on an InDesign Master page document supplied by a publishing company. the background is solid yellow with black type for the title. How do I make the yellow background transparent? How ...
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How to place a double spread InDesign document into another InDesign document

We are designing a magazine using InDesign. Our Setup: 1 InDesign Document (we cal it the Ladder) that binds all below mentioned document into the Magazine. A lot of Single Page InDesign Documents. ...
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Smooth faceting of beveled/embossed text in Adobe InDesign?

I have been trying to achieve a text effect similar to this "Hobbit-Inspired" text but I keep getting this strange faceting that I can't seem to get rid of. I'm fairly new to InDesign (CS5) and am ...
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InDesign: Find a character at the end of each line

How can I find a character "-" at the end of the line in Adobe InDesign? I do not want to be at the end of the sentence/paragraph, but the line.
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Indesign numbering appendixes in a book

I am working on different documents to create a Book. I have managed to fix all references, figures, numbering, etc But I do not know how to solve the following problem with appendixes: I have 3 ...
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InDesign Merge Data Text width fit frame width and not the opposite

Good Evening, I would like to have my text width stretching automatically to its Text frame in InDesign CS6. (I want the text adapting to the frame and not the frame adapting to the text) So the ...
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Is it possible to flip a spread horizontally in indesign cs4?

I am working on a 3 fold a4 brochure in indesign cs4. I found a template with all the guides and margins but it is only for one side of the paper. Since the folded parts are not of equal width, I will ...
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Control the size of subsequent footnote frames - InDesign

Is there a way to keep very long footnotes from filling the page? I know you can put in frame breaks manually or setup a paragraph style that limits to one paragraph per page, but neither of those are ...
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InDesign Table of Contents with section headers which occur multiple times

I am currently working on a magazine using Adobe InDesign CS6. On each page I have a head with the name of the section in it, and applied the paragraph style "Header" to the text element. Naturally ...
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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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Avoid text error in a huge book

My question is extremely weird, so please don't down vote before read it all. I'm a programmer enthusiastic and a graphic/web designer. 6 months ago, I came across an extremely annoying huge wall 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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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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Why does InDesign reduce the quality of my screenshots when Word doesn't?

If I take a screenshot and paste it into InDesign it completely destroys the quality. Yet when I print screen and paste it into Word, the image is resized to the page and the quality is kept. What is ...
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filling a grid with one image in indesign?

I'd like to make a mural wall of rectangles 100 across and 20 down with space between them and fill with only one image so where the gutters are them image is missing. Is this possible?
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Is it possible to split the view in InDesign?

I want to look at two parts of an InDesign document simultaneously. Is it possible to "split" the view in one window so that I can see the two parts together in one window? edit: In CS5 at least, I ...
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How to select all objects in the entire document?

I need to select all elements in the document so that I can perform actions on all of them (don't ask me which actions, please). CTRL+A selects only elements on the spread but I need all pages.
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What is AdobeFnt13.lst?

New to Indesign, I cannot open this font file. AdobeFnt13.lst Are these standard adobe fonts. I found this file on github ...
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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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One of the letters in my company's vector logo is partially transparent

I've inherited a file called Logo_Spot.ai. I'm putting together some print ads for my employer using InDesign CS5 and I'm copy/pasting the logo from Illustrator into a new layer in InDesign. For ...
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What is the default size of printable PDF of photography magazine in In Design?

What is the default size of printable PDF of photography magazine in In Design? I like to make photography magazine for online as well as print. I want to know is there any standard size photography ...
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Can I Copy an InDesign page along with the master page?

I am trying to make a calendar, so I have downloaded a simple calendar template (InDesign Markup Document) which has 12 pages for each month The 12 pages contains just text for each month with all ...
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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 to resize tiff file for print

I have a question for you about resizing tif image for print. We are creating a 6x10 inches Indesign brochure right now. I have this 63M, 3840x5760 px, 300 resolution tif image will be whole spread ...
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gap between text on baseline grid

I have applied a baseline grid to some text but there is a gap between the two lines of text. I want the text to sit on the baseline underneath the top baseline. It has a character style applied to it ...
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Master pages with elements that are locked!

A friend of mine gave me an InDesign file which has A-Master page that has two elements on it, but when I try to copy the whole page, it only copies the elements that were added afterwards. The ...
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How to export a PDF with pages as jpg or tiff, can not be modified by any editor (such as Illustrator or CorelDraw).

When I export from Indesign I would like to maintain a high quality (eg 300dpi resolution), but I do not want anyone can open with illustrator my pdf and can move objects like I was back in the ...
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A good dark grey cmyk with lots of small white text

My print has got a plain dark grey background CMYK of 0, 0, 0, 90. This has just been rejected from the printers because 'it was black space and not CMYK'.. Not fully understanding this I decided to ...
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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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How do I insert a smiley face in InDesign?

This seems simple but I need to insert a black-and-white smily face similiar to this image. Are there any glyphs like this on the Mac. I got this from Microsoft Word it automatically does it when you ...
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plugin to allow you to run cs6 indesign files in cs5?

in our office we have multiple users all using different levels of creative suite, they include CS5, CS5.5 and CS6. Most adobe files seem to work fine when switching between different CS versions, ...
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Editing text from Master Page?

In InDesgin, if I create an object (a tinted rectangle, for example) with a blank text frame inside it on a master page, will I be able to enter text on my document pages? I can't seem to figure out ...
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How do I fix a gap in text in inDesign?

I have text that flows from page to page and all of the pages look good - except one! In the middle of the paragraph there is about a 2 inch gap before the next line of text shows. As far as I can see ...
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Changing InDesign Master Text Size After the Fact

I am just wondering (if u dont mind helping me with a question)......if I create a master page, and then I edit the text in the actual page (therefore overriding it), and then go back to the master ...
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InDesign Header and Copy alignment

I am designing a brochure and run into a small problem: I have three columns with headers and text, however the headers are different length. I have aligned the text beneath the headers to begin at ...
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How to import Illustrator swatch libraries into InDesign - Adobe Indesign Mac?

I have a very reach swatch library in adobe-illustrator like food colors and.... But in adobe-indesign I don't have many colors. Why? Can I import them to indesign?
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How do I make non-printable template instructions?

I've been tackling this for a little while and to no avail. I am doing a letter head template with areas for the user to click on and start typing their letter. I've done it in an interactive PDF ...
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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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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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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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inDesign: how to exclude bleed area altogether when exporting to PDF

When exporting to PDF, I wish to eliminate entirely the bleed area. Is it possible to do so in inDesign?
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Printing clear/transparent shape in InDesign

I'm designing packaging that needs a clear see-through window to allow customers to see the contents of the packaging. I created what I want the window to be with the ellipse tool, how do I now ...