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Imported image is much larger than it in the original Photoshop file

My inDesign document has the exact same dimensions as my layered Photoshop one. In Photoshop, I hid all layers except background and imported that, as a Photoshop file, into inDesign. No problem here. ...
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How to export large amount of objects to separate images in InDesign?

I have this photo album with two layers, layouted in InDesign (CS6): On the first layer I have all the graphic elements (the gras and the yellow elements) On the second layer are portraits (the ...
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How to export to pdf from indesign retaining existing image compression?

I have a document with images. I need the best quality/size ratio. Now I use the "save for web" feature from photoshop because it allows exactly that. When I place my images in indesign it looks ...
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How can you create a “sticky footer” in inDesign?

Sticky footers in web development are basically footers that will always either stick to the bottom if the content isn't tall enough to vertically fill the browser or they stick after the bottom of ...
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Is it possible to remove page margins in Indesign, or make the margins apply to a spread as if it were a single page?

I'm building an app in a hurry, and we're starting the process in InDesign. I won't go into the crazy technicalities that led to this need, but I need to flow text over two pages as if they were the ...
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InDesign CS6: How do I adjust individual corner options?

I'm trying to create a rectangle with two rounded corners and two pointy corners. I should be able to accomplish this by deselecting the "make all settings the same" icon in the Corner Options window, ...
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Paragraph “space after” shortcut - InDesign

I'm looking for a keyboard shortcut to change spacing before and after paragraphs in InDesign CS6. So far I haven't been able to find a default shortcut nor to setup a custom one (couldn't find ...
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InDesign script to print .indd into .pdf

As the title says we were discussing scripting processes and we noticed this has not been asked nor do I know if it can be done. Can you create an InDesign script that will take all .indd files and ...
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Components of a site that might cause imitation concerns

I'm new to the web design and web comic fields. I'm a huge fan of The Oatmeal, and thought his tile layout was a good way to share the most amount of comics for given real estate. So, following the ...
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I have a inline image aligned to the right in a master with one column. How to keep the image to the right with 2 cols master_

I have a master with only one column (A) and the picture it-s into the text frame. Now I need 2 columns but how to make the logo to stay on the right? We found 2 solutions but are not very good: ...
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How to make to tables in InDesign to flow horizontally (in other words be side-by-side and not one after the other like normally happens)?

How to make to tables in InDesign to flow horizontally (in other words be side-by-side and not one after the other like normally happens)? I would need to put 2 tables like this: |----| |----| | ...
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InDesign: create template and paste from Word

I'm asked to convert a Word document to an InDesign file for print. The Word document only contains the text, but in InDesign I need to set up a template with paging and a logo on each page. While ...
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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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Making a form in InDesign with boxes to enter your responses

I need to make a form in InDesign for an application. The entries need to made so that each letter/number goes into an individual box. Here's an example I just found on the web: ...
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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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How do I change the Black used for text in PDFs exported by InDesign?

I have a problem when I get a PDF from a designer and I have to chop it up in Photoshop and place it in InDesign and then re-export it. When it goes to print, it prints all the text in registration ...
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How to apply text effect in InDesign but not have it effect text stroke?

I need to apply an inner shadow effect to some text in InDesign, which works fine. But I also need to apply a stroke to the text, but the effect is also being applied to the stroke ( unlike in ...
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InDesign Margin Exporting To PDF

I've been using InDesign for 6 years, and I've never had this issue. When I export a file to a pdf, the margin line is showing up on it. I can't seem to find anything online about this issue and have ...
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InDesign CS4 displays transparent image correctly on screen, but the exported PDF sometimes prints a faint background

I am working remotely with a client; deliverable product is supposed to be a printable PDF. The problem: The design has a colored background, and over this, an image with transparency. On screen and ...
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indesign - setup for A5 diary

I'm new to inDesign and trying to design a diary, which will be OTA bound (ie. like a book; no wiro-binding or spiral). How do I need to setup the document? shall I create individual A5 pages, which ...
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Chapters under sections in a multi-document Indesign “book”

I am working on a book where each chapter is a separate .indd file. These files are assembled in a single .indb file to make the final book. However, I am considering grouping these chapter-documents ...
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Indesign, Pantone+ are LAB colors?

I wonder if it is normal that Pantone+ are shown as LAB colors? (picture language is Dutch by the way) I never really pay attention until now.. I have also a preflight that complains for the LAB ...
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How do I control the order of text in a PDF exported from InDesign?

I've created a document that's got an elaborate layout of a bunch of text boxes. When I export to PDF, open the PDF in Preview, select all and copy out to a text file, the order of the text boxes is ...
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InDesign CC - Making a table of contents that spans a single section

I want a book where each new chapter has a page which displays a ToC containing the headers within that chapter. The problem I'm running into is that indesign generates the contents for the entire ...
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Arranging objects under master template objects in Adobe Indesign

I have set up an Adobe Indesign template and it is working perfectly okay except that I can't arrange page objects under the objects that come from the master template. I tried send it to back from ...
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InDesign CC: Place a batch of phots and text on pages

I am currently working on an InDesign-Project involving a ~200 page DIN-A4-Sized Book for our high school graduation. Any student in our senior year gets his own page with a photo and a short text ...
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InDesign Data Merge with hyperlinks [closed]

I want to run a data merge with text and photos and I want to be able to hyperlink the photo to a website. I have about 400 entries with the data merge that will each be on a separate page but I can't ...
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automatically adding a sequence of characters

Is there any way of adding specific sequences of characters at the start and/or end of every instance of a determined paragraph style? I could do this using Grep find & replace, but then the text ...
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InDesign: Faster way to resize multiple frames but not images

I've used Shift + Cmd to place 48 images into an indesign (cc2014.2) doc. i'd like to change all of the image frame sizes to let's say 9p square, while not affecting the images. how do i do this?
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InDesign RGB to CMYK Problems

I created an InDesign document (4 pages) that has various shapes that are different colors (yellow, green, etc.). The shapes are InDesign shapes (not imported graphics). We originally created the ...
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Importing layers from another InDesign doc via script…?

Is there a way to have layer imported into an Indesign document from another separate INDD file (contents intact with paragraph and object styles) upon running a script?
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Indesign: same color (gradient) looks differently on 2 pages

This InDesign document has 2 pages. On each page there is a rectangle that uses same gradient color. Looks differently: What mystery should I attribute this phenomenon to?
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Indesign script (Javascript) to return/select words around insertion point

Consider the following text: She sells sea shells. Say my insertion point is currently at a blank space between two words, i.e. app.selection[0].characters.length < 1 I need to select or ...
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Prevent two paragraphs from separating across a page break in Indesign CC

I know one can use the Keep feature to prevent widows and orphans in Indesign but I have a slightly related issue that seems to defy this workaround. I have two paragraphs as below: Word (paragraph ...
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Is there a way to mass delete text without deleting the text frames in Indesign?

I'm trying to delete text in non-linked text frames without having to individually click inside each one, select all, and delete. Is there a faster way of doing this?
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Numbering pages and subsections

I've read through a few threads and tried section numbers, but can't work this out. `Pg1 - cover Pg2 - contents Pg3 - section a cover Pg4 - section a 1 of 2 Pg5 - section a 2 of 2 Pg6 - section ...
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Is there a quick/easy way to scale one line of text to match another in Illustrator?

I find myself having to do this kind of thing fairly often: ie have a line of smaller text underneath a bigger one, matching widths. I usually do this by placing the smaller text directly over ...
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How to fix disproportional scaling across multiple images at the same time in InDesign?

In InDesign CS6, you have to directly select an image and scale up or down after clicking the "constrain proportions" chain-link button in order to revert the proportions back to normal. When ...
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How to repeat section number without incrementing it in Adobe InDesign?

I am styling a document with many sections. The section number needs to be repeated throughout the section (a la running header). However, there is no text variable/marker for the current section ...
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Mailto: links in a PDF, with a prepopulated Body, not working when viewed in iBooks reader

I've designed a brochure for a client using InDesign, exported as an interactive PDF. He wants a simple way to capture info from the reader so I suggested an email link with a prepopulated body. The ...
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How to set Balance Ragged Lines as a paragraph style?

I was experimenting with Balance Ragged Lines after discovering that Adobe are trying to make it work on web text (seeing if it can handle dynamic text from data merge - turns out it can). I ...
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How can I create a Grey swatch using the swatch palette?

I realize this is a super stupid question but I do not know how to create a grey color with the swatch palette. Here is what my current setup is. Isn't there some color scale that is strictly ...
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Is it possible to allow a user to attach an image in a .pdf form?

I created an interactive .pdf in Indesign, but I want to ad an option to let the user attach a picture that he or she has on his computer. Is that possible?
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Connected Text Frames in InDesign Page Master

New to InDesign and working on book that is mostly text. Trying to design master page with two empty text frames with different character and paragraph properties that are somehow connected/related so ...
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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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How to apply an Object Style to a group of objects in InDesign

I'm using InDesign to create a manual containing slides and lines beside the slides to write notes. All the text boxes are linked and I want the spacing to be automatic. Is there a way to select my ...
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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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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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How can I detect overlapping characters / diacritics in InDesign?

Is there any tool, script, or plug-in for InDesign or Acrobat Pro that would detect or highlight overlapping characters or diacritics? See sample below:
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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 ...