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Apply different master page

I'm formatting a simple book (novel) document. I have basically two master pages, one is for basic pages (a large text field and a page number) and the other is for the first page of a chapter, with ...
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Batch combining images in latex or inDesign? [closed]

I'm making my print and play card game. Everything is ready: card frame which is common for all cards (svg), custom image for each one (svg or png) and text to be placed below image in the text field. ...
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Modifying plain PDF to introduce interactive elements

I have a 70 page PDF that I would like to modify to make elements interactive. For instance I would like to intruduce a contents page that links to other pages and links within the rest of the ...
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Graphics make text blurry in ID

When I place a graphic (or anything else, box etc.) on my page, it messes the text up, makes it look bold and messy, I've never noticed this happening before and I've been using ID for a few years.... ...
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Indesign small subheading graphic library option?

Is there a way to design a subheading (fancy font, lines and small icons) that I could reuse again and again? Sort of like a clipart/small template library? (I'm brand new to using InDesign. I figure ...
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InDesign text variable: number of first page of section

What I want to achieve is a journal style header showing the start and end page numbers of an article: Journal name Vol X, Issue Y (2016): m-n (#) ---------------------...
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My first time designing for printing, but printers won't give me any advice or specs [closed]

Edit: I am an amateur and it is my first time designing for printing! The printers are very unhelpful unfortunately and won't help me, but I have already paid the money, so I need to make sure I've ...
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InDesign Faux Italic Font for EPUB

I'm producing an EPUB with Adobe InDesign. Most of the fonts I'm using have Italic and Bold versions. I simply select the correct font in InDesign, and it is set up as a @font-face in the CSS when I ...
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How can I insert this image to fit this action perfectly with keeping the dimensions?

I am working on a guideline with Adobe InDesign and once I am ready with it, I wanted to create a 3D mock up using a Photoshop action, but when I tried to insert the image it looks really small. I ...
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How do I make my *.jpg's border equal in InDesign?

I'm throwing together a newsletter InDesign that requires putting in JPEG images. It looks fine in InDesign but when I export the image to Adobe reader the borders on my images change so that one side ...
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Removing line breaks in text copied from Acrobat in Illustrator

I routinely copy and paste text from Acrobat to any number of other Adobe CC applications (Illustrator, PS, InDesign). When I do this, it creates line breaks where they were visually represented on ...
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Export of Indesign page thumbnails to PDF xmp metadata

This is a technical question about InDesign/PDF XMP metadata. I'm trying to build a simple document indexer in PHP, making use of XMP information in the files indexed; i.e. PDF:s exported from ...
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Special Characters (InDesign) Total pages marker? [duplicate]

Is there a special character marker for Total Pages? I can use a marker on my master page for current page where it will say A, but if I want it to say A of 3 (3 being the total number of pages) is ...
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Problem with hyperlinks from an InDesign generated PDF - only works if browser is open

I'm at a new job so I'm not sure if this is a Firefox issue or hyperlink issue. Haven't experienced it before. I created a few hyperlinks (three spots for our company website, two for company email) ...
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InDesign CS6 - Content conveyor: placing collected objects (links) at their original positions

With the intent of easily updating elements across several pages I am using the content collector tool to place linked objects. I am finding it unpractical to precisely position several collected ...
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Possible to not have InDesign CC automatically generate class names based on 'Style Name'?

In the Export Tagging settings in InDesign CC, there is an option to use a custom tag as well as a custom class name. However, if the class is left blank then the Style Name is used in its place. Is ...
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How to batch-export SVG's to EPS on Windows or import them into InDesign CS6

I noticed that in Adobe CS6 there is still no way to import *.svg files into Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Now I want to use a lot of svg's from "TheNounProject", due to their high quality and ...
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Creating a PDF file with variables

Is there a way to prepare a PDF file in any of the programs in the Adobe Creative Suit, making a part of it change with input from the user? For example, you make an invitation template. You make the ...
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How do I create a horizontal list with bullet separator in InDesign?

I am trying to create a horizontal layout list of items for a promotional poster. It is much like a music festival line-up poster. After each list item I need a custom bullet or separator. After the ...
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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 there?...
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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 Indesign,...
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How to put a 'gap' between pages in a spread in Indesign

(sort of step 2 for this question but also technically a new question in its own right) I have 4 pages side by side in a spread and i would like to put a small gap between them, to simulate how they ...
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How many InDesign points to a milimeter? (and mm to pt)

What's the conversion between InDesign's point measurement (as used in leading and text size etc) and millimetres? What's the pt : mm ratio? I've seen sources suggesting that a point is 1/72 of an ...
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How to create an arrow in Adobe Indesign

I've used an arrow like this: ➜ ...in lots of programs - on the web in WordPress, in MSWord, even TextEdit. But when I paste the arrow into an inDesign document, it's not recognised. Is this arrow ...
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Why doesn't Size/Resolution in InDesign match the PDF?

I am working in InDesign and I need to create a PDF file. The problem is that if I have a 200px x 200px box in InDesign when I save it as PDF the box appears larger... I am a bit confused about ...
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Difference between InDesign and CorelDraw?

I work in CorelDraw. I also want to learn Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. I think Illustrator and CorelDraw are similar. Output is same. But I want to know how is InDesign used? What is the ...
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What is the best way to create partially extracted photos?

This is from a magazine but I was just wondering how this effect is done please see pink arrows showing areas of image that extends beyond where the background has been cropped. So its kind of like a ...
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Importing AI pages into InDesign

Is it better to save AI pages as pdf and then export them as jpg files for input into master indesign document? (Lots of photos, minimal text)
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Import PNG in indesign

I'm exporting some elements out of photoshop CC 2014 using the new 'extract assets', witch is very handy because i can just select the layer i want and export it. I export the white logo as a png. ...
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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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Is eps the right format for photos with transparency?

I have just started with a company who make a 72pp catalogue of products. There are hundreds of linked eps files used for the product photographs (electrical trade products so typically white and ...
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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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Column Guides Are Unlocked But I Still Can't Move Columns In A Text Frame

I'm using Adobe InDesign CC. I have a three column text frame and I need the middle frame to be just a bit larger than the left and right columns. I have unlocked Column Guides by unchecking View > ...
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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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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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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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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. ...