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How to print to PDF on Mac OS X from Adobe InDesign CS6?

I'm trying to print a booklet to a PDF file instead of a printer in Adobe InDesign CS6. Adobe Acrobat X Pro is supposed to allow this: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/print-to-pdf.html So ...
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Large documents: Work first in Illustrator and then import from Indesign?

I have created a Massive document in illustrator out of sheer ignorance. Like 10 pages of graphics with text, because thats how I roll apparently (never do things the easy way). I also Have a 10ish ...
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How can I round the corners on multiple InDesign frames?

I am doing a photo collage layout as part of a re-creation of some older creative for a client. I'm rounding the corners in InDesign by clicking the yellow box below the upper-right handle and then ...
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Different shades of black in Photoshop and InDesign

I'm currently putting together a CD cover, and haven't been working that much with printing, so CMYK tends to confuse me a bit. I'm going to place a logo inside a frame in InDesign. I added the exact ...
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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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Placing Items from Illustrator to Indesign

I'm trying to place an illustrator CC file with many artboards all into an Indesign CC file. When I paste in the illustrations, the bounding boxes are giant. When I place the file from file > Place, ...
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How to align the object on every page to the bottom for multiple pages in InDesign?

What would be the best approach to perform a simple action that needs to be repeated in 800+ pages. Here is what each of my page looks like. All I need to do in each page is align the object to the ...
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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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Can't bring element to front

In one page of my inDesign document, there's a pink rectangle. I created a text element and moved this element on this rectangle. No matter how hard I try to send this pink rectangle to back ...
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Getting a fixed width border when resizing a box in InDesign

I've been building a document in InDesign, and want to collect my text into color-coded boxes and sidebars. My technique so far: Make a text box. Make a colored rectangle. Size them like I want, ...
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Design solutions/ideas/examples/sugestions for good looking cropped images in a product booklet

I am doing this booklet for some chairs and I have a problem. The problem is that I have small images, but the booklet is intended for A4 print. I will post 2 images to explain my problem. What I ...
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Typing single quotes in InDesign

Every time I type character ' InDesign converts it to ›; why? How do I fix it?
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InDesign: Transparent Paragraph Shading?

I'm familiar with two methods for creating "highlighted" text in InDesign - Paragraph Shading and Paragraph Rules. Is there a way to add transparency to either? In the image below, I have some text ...
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Copy Word doc formatting into InDesign?

How do I keep Word document formatting the same as it appears in Word when copy/pasting into InDesign? I have tried several methods and the text becomes homogenized in InDesign and loses all ...
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Text Treading starting at end of thread

I'm using InDesing CS4. Is there a way to setup text frames to start at the end of thread and flow upwards? This is how I want it to look/work. Each box will represent a text frame on a page: If ...
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How can I automate this repetitive Design?

I need to put a pre-written dialoge into graphical chat boxes using Adobe InDesign CC 2015. I've finished the Chatbox and everything I'm doing now is Copy and Paste, Align correctly to other ...
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InDesign Measurements

I'm working with an InDesign document and turning it into HTML/CSS. It is using mm for sizes, but I need the measurements in pixels. Height measures as 66px in InDesign using the measuring tool. I ...
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Indesign: Master pages not applying correctly in the right order

I'm guessing this is a pretty simple problem I'm having. I'm new to indesign and can't figure out how the masters apply to the pages properly. For example, I have a 3 page master and I drag down the ...
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inDesign document becomes “unsaved” after pdf export

just wondering if I'm going crazy or there's a legitimate reason for this. Whenever I pop open an inDesign document and export it to PDF, my document becomes "unsaved" as if I did changes to it. ...
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Creating nice curves with InDesign

I am trying to create nice looking curves with InDesign, but I can't get a good result using the Pen tool. What I want is something like the curves in the following pictures on top and below the ...
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Fitting merged text to the width of the frame in InDesign

I have a document with several text frames with content merged from a CSV. Sometimes the content is too big for the frame. I want the text to scale appropriately so that the content remains on one ...
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Why is my PDF size from my InDesign Export still large?

I'm doing class project that is a four-page, seven-image document with very little text. The project must be submitted as a PDF under 300 KB. However, when I export the document under the smallest ...
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How to keep a 2 column text flowing top down after a column-spanning-paragraph

My column-spanning-paragraph breaks the desired text flow. This illustration probably makes it clear. How can I force the text to flow from left-top to bottom to right-top to bottom? The page is ONE ...
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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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How to create a grid system on a tri fold leaflet or brochure in InDesign

I’m new to working with grids and tri folds, and I was wondering if anyone could help me out? As you well know when creating a tri fold, the fold in panel width becomes a different size than the ...
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Overrides for specific element of a master page

Is there a way to allow overrides for a specific element on a master page? Right now it seems I can only 'Override All Master Page Items' from the drop down menu.
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Indesign: include bleed marks, and bleed

When I export a document using PDF Bleed Marks printer options, and set bleed and slug to the document settings, crop marks appear in the correct location, however crop out the actual bleed colour. ...
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Numbers and Sections Options altering layout upon changing page number

I am trying to add page numbers to a glossary I am making. While i am getting the page numbers to appear. I now am trying to make it so the page numbering will start on page 2, rather than the cover ...
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Feathering an Image Edge

I am currently working with a photo that is placed in an InDesign document.I currently have a directional feather applied to the image but the edges are still visible. I would like to feather the edge ...
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InDesign text box column adding bottom gap

I'm having a problem lining up the text in my columns. The frames themselves are set to align top. The images below show examples of how the text will display eventually if the frame is lengthened ...
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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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When to transfer work from Photoshop to inDesign?

I'm designing a brochure for the first time. I did everything in Photoshop because I'm much more comfortable with it. But to refine the last layout details, put everything together, and deliver final ...
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How to turn off effects on anchored object that are nested from textbox?

Adobe Indesign CS6. Take a look on this image: How to remove shadow under blue shape? I can't clear effects on this object:
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Is there a way to draw preset 'custom shapes' in InDesign?

Photoshop has a 'custom vector shape' tool, allowing me to draw all kinds of stock shapes like stars, hearts and whatnot without having to do so myself with the pen tool. Is there a similar ...
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How to set a “rule” to apply automatically a font to a certain word?

I'm translating a document in Adobe InDesign. There is a sort of rule that make the word "Action" italic every time I type it in. Where can I modify that rule? I need to add a similar rule for the ...
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Ad layout for programs - Illustrator or InDesign

today I'm looking for some advice from folks who have laid out event programs. In this case, the client (a local nonprofit) has a famous keynote speaker at their event, and have solicited donations ...
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In Adobe InDesign, how to print full duplex (both sides of paper)?

When I print or "Print Booklet" in Adobe InDesign, I don't see any options about printing full duplex (both sides of the paper). I'm using a Mac with a Brother MFC-J6910DW printer. Does Adobe ...
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What's the best way to import to InDesign from Illustrator & Photoshop

I'm illustrating a book. I'm using Photoshop to add effects, my text is in Illustrator and all of the illustrated pages live and will print from InDesign. My book size is 10.25 x 10.25 inches, and all ...
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Why do Illustrator files end up larger than InDesign files?

I just got some labels from a contractor, and they were designed in Illustrator. I started working exclusively in InDesign last year because I noticed the files sizes seem to be smaller and large ...
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Exporting PNG & JPG blurry, can resize in gmail with no blur

I've seen a few questions similar to this, but haven't found an exact answer. Please direct me if you find a thread that can answer this. I've tried exporting a png and a jpg for a email signature ...
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Visible grid using Indesign CS6

I am volunteering at a non-profit, and creating a document for an upcoming event. One of the pages will resemble a 'blueprint' like theme that contains instructions for people to follow. I want it to ...
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How can I view my PDF as a brochure?

I made a brochure (4 panels each side) in InDesign and I'd like to see what it would look like folded without printing it out yet. Kinda like an e-magazine or issuu, where you can flip the pages. Does ...
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Trim lines for vinyl cutting

I have created an image for a door consisting of vector based (AI) emoticon balls in InDesign on a Mac. The supplier doing the print and installation is having an issue where hidden lines are also ...
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Alignment issue with bullet and text wrap with InDesign

[Post was reedited to show the actual constraints, the solution provided for a simplified version was not working properly...] I have a little issue with an InDesign document. Here is an example: ...
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Adobe Indesign effective PPi

I am working in Indesign cc and i am using images with an actual ppi of 72 , and i need to know how much the effective ppi of the same images should come upto if i am to get the document printed in a ...
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How to give dotted effect to sides of a photograph?

See image. Can this be done using photoshop, indesign or illustrator? Using this opportunity to wish all a happy easter.
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Body text alignment to baseline grid when using paragraph styles

I am trying to set paragraph styles for headings in IdCS6. My leading is 15pt for body text, 30pt for headings. My baseline grid is also set to increment every 15pt. After the heading paragraph ...
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Why does grouping or moving textboxes break the script?

I am a beginner at writing scripts for InDesign (just started today!). I have somehow managed to write a script which auto-fills a text box with a list of the linked images within the document. ...
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InDesign: PDF auto fill-in when clicking on hyperlink

is it possible to let InDesign fill in some predefined text when clicking on a hyperlink? For example: You have a pdf with 5 pictures and a form field, when you click on picture number 2 it writes ...
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from RGB to CMYK in InDesign

I read... " InDesign recognizes the color profiles of all placed images (sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB, etc.). When you export to PDF (never PNG or JPG if you're going to press -- never, ever), ...