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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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How do I import my custom InDesign workspace to a new computer?

I have Adobe Creative Cloud and am switching to a newer Mac. CC says it's saving my preferences (workspace and shortcuts included) but when I sync my settings nothing happens! I've read that the ...
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Gradient Fills in InDesign

how do I create a gradient fill in InDesign where both ends have zero opacity to the fill but the middle is 100% opaque? For example a box over a black background has a fill that is transparent to ...
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How to create files with dynamic heights

I'm wanting to make layered "cards" for print design (think of a tabbed index card but the tab goes the whole width) they'll be layered on 8 1/2x 11. Each card maybe 6in wide. The thing I wish I ...
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Why do colors output differently when I print within InDesign compared to printing within Photoshop?

I was wondering if anyone has experienced this. When I test print a design from Photoshop, my printer output something closer to the colors on screen. However, when I print the same design from ...
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data merge not generating multiple records.

I need to know what i'm doing wrong. i'm making a catalog that needs 4 images per page. as so. i know i can't do that with facing pages so i separated the two pages and created individual file for ...
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Have PDF hyperlinks open in a new window in InDesign CS5

I'm created an InDesign file using CS5. Where do I find the option to have my hyperlinks open in a new browser window? When I create the PDF from InDesign and post the PDF on my web site the links ...
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Convert PSD file to INDD file [duplicate]

I have a text layout in Photoshop that is very precisely arranged. Is there a way to recreate this layout in InDesign without too much work? Tips, tricks, scripts, are appreciated.
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Paragraph Styles with Character Style for Bullets

I've created a Paragraph Style which uses a Character style for the bullet (Zaph Dingbat Solid Block). The Character Style changes horizontal scale to 150% and adding a 50% skew. After applying the ...
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The black and white photos in the Proof Copy of my book are washed out and without blacks

The black and white photos in the Proof Copy of my book (non-coated paper) are washed out and have no deep blacks, or hardly any blacks. Working from InDesign to a PDF file, how do I ensure that my ...
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InDesign CS6 quality difference “Export to PDF” vs “Print Booklet”?

Using InDesign CS6, I regularly create booklets of anywhere from 8, 12, 16 to 32 pages for offset printing. For this I typically use the Print Booklet module, set to create a PDF file at Press ...
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Page resizing in Indesign [duplicate]

We are working with two brochures, which we are looking to copy content from into one new brochure. These two brochures are different page sizes, and so image and text are different sizes as well. ...
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Flowing external files in Indesign

I have two questions regarding inDesign and external files: How can I flow together several word files into a single text frame while maintaining their links? And how can I add a anchored inline ...
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InDesign CS6 - Export selected pages OR Select all objects on page

I'm looking for a way in InDesign CS6 to do one or both of the following: 1) Export one or more pages based on the selection in the Pages panel without relying on the Range selector in the Export ...
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PNG from Illustrator placed in InDesign exports badly in PDF?

Sorry about the title but I'm not quite sure how to word it. Hopefully this will help explain it more: Click image to enlarge
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InDesign: Multiple “pages” to a printed page

The Problem I've designed some playing cards (3.5" x 2.25") in InDesign. Now I want to print a prototype batch on my home printer as a first test. Ideally I would like 4 cards per 8.5" x 11" page, ...
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Why can I only unlock some elements in my master template in Adobe InDesign?

So I am using templates, and can override the locked master items (e.g. text boxes and headers) yet cannot seem to unlock an image (which I am using as a placeholder to replace with the correct image ...
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'Printers page' PDF layout in InDesign?

I'm doing the layout (first time) for a friends charity magazine, last minute as the usual girl quit just before it was due, so panic time there. I'd saved the individual pages (as I'd been asked) as ...