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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 - 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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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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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 ...
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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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How do I make InDesign TOC with single item listing multiple page numbers?

I'm making a TOC for a catalog and must list items that appear on multiple pages. Right now it displays as: Widget 123 Other Widget 111 Widget 456 Other Widget 789 Widget 999 etc. I'm trying to ...
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Efficient Way to Insert Repetitive Page Images Consistently in a Large InDesign Doc?

Hi Graphic Design People, I am trying to put together a comic book to print, whose pages I have saved as flattened tif (of course I have the layered files too in case I need to modify anything). ...
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In Indesign cs6, is there a way to link placed text that was generated using data merge?

I'm working on a catalog layout and have all product information is a csv file. I'm using data merge to import this into Indesign so that my paragraph and character styles stay intact. Other people ...
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InDesign: Printing as booklet messes up colours

Graphics were designed in Illustrator CS3 and "placed" in InDesign CS3. When I use the print booklet option to print to PDF, the pages are correctly put in the print spread order, but my some of my ...
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Skipping numbers in indesign bullets

Is is possible to skip numbers in a numbered bullet list? So for example it begins 1-10 and the next 10 are skipped so the next bullet is 21. I can see that you can pick the starting number but I ...
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How to add white-space / padding / margin around the outside of a finished page layout in InDesign?

I am recently working on an InDesign template, however when I export the template as PDF the contents of the page reach to the far left of the page. I want to leave some gap on the left side, center ...
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How to automatically cycle through dates using text varibales in inDesign CS6?

I am making a Diary in Indesign with a week to a page set up, I want to create a start date and have the variable text to cycle through the rest automatically like page numbers? How would I do this?
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How do I delete individual cells of a table in Indesign CC?

I created a table. After filling in the data I had a couple of empty cells at end. I would like to delete those without affecting the other columns or rows. How do I do this? I looked online but they ...
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positioning numbers after text

I have added a paragraph style that has numbering in it. I was wondering how I make the numbers come after the text? I have tried aligning the number to the right but that doesn't work.
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How to Print Onto Letterhead Designs

I'm looking to start offering letterhead designs to clients. I could of course handle the design and printing side of things no problem, but how do my clients go about setting up their documents so ...