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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 ...
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Brochures font size

Hello This is may first question here. I was working with small projects. I have problem with the Brochures (Tri-fold). At the Back Cover the content are only programme 2 fold and raffle entry 1 fold ...
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In a flowing layout design in InDesign how I might full fill the spaces left at the end of the pages?

As you can see at the left, there is a lot of white space at the bottom of the page 1. My boss doesn't like it and forces designers to put "enters" (new lines) between the paragraphs in order to ...
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Pasting objects between files in Indesign CS6

I just upgraded from CS4 to CS6 and am having an issue pasting objects between files in InDesign. Seems like the issue is with the styles. I'm copying a basic graphics frame but it is losing the ...
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Is there a way to do a numbered recommendation list in InDesign with the recommendation numbers right justified?

I'd like to get some output that looks like this: Lorem ipsum blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.... Recommendation: Put the thingamajigger in the doodlewhatsit. (RANDOM-248) Recommendation: ...
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InDesign: Table of contents grouped by article type

I'm creating a newspaper for a small association, and have run in to a problem when creating the ToC. The paper has a few different types of articles; "Info", "General news", Articles on this issue's ...
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InDesign (CS4) Master Page Overrides

I have an InDesign document with master pages defined. I created the document and the masters. I have overrides allowed on several items on the master page, and have been able to alter them on a ...
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Joining transparent objects without overlap in InDesign

I'd like to join a transparent line and a transparent filled circle together without creating an overlap region with a different transparency. How can I do this in InDesign? None of the path or ...
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How to place cut marks on a 2UP image in Indesign for Printing?

Getting an image ready to print and ran into a problem of cut marks/crop marks not appearing once the file is printed. Just to review the steps I took while working in InDesign to layout the image: ...
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Some text moves when deleting a color swatch (Indesign CC)

I have a color swatch I need to be deleted, but on deleting the swatch some text in certain text frames moves up a little (1 or 2 mm). It is not the frames that move, but the text inside the frames. ...
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InDesign Data Merge: multiple records per page

I'm new to Adobe InDesign user and I'd like to create multiple coupons printed on a A4 page, each of them having a different coupon code. I understand that I need to use Data Merge, but ...
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Color values change between Illustrator and InDesign

I've googled and searched here for an answer to my question but haven't been able to find anything. I designed several pieces of collateral, all using the same single color. Some of the pieces I ...
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Indesign script to replace paragraph style

I am using ID CC 2014 on a Mac and there's a huge file with several hundred pages where I need to delete a certain paragraph style replacing it with another. Say there's a para style called "style-1". ...
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Indesign - Paste Inline Image Resized to Frame Width

I'm inserting large inline images into my text flow, which it then breaks the flow and disappears. Is there a way to have it automatically resize to fit the text frame's boundaries?
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Copy color to existing swatch in Adobe Indesign

I have some 20 swatches and want to change whole gamma. I perform this in Photoshop using Hue/Saturation tool. Then I put the screenshot into Indesign. But I can only create new swatches with ...
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How to apply multiple styles to one object in Adobe Indesign?

For example I have defined two styles named "position: absolute" and "width: auto". Now I want to apply them separately to two objects, and both on third object. How to do this?
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Which is better Cumulus or Portfolio. How do they differ from InMotionNow?

Im looking into a DAM  (Digital Asset Management) software for my company. We are going to jump from the 1800s into the 21st century with probably a little resistance, no prob a lot of ...
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InDesign interchanged TOC levels

I have a really weird problem with my InDesign TOC – it interchanges the levels I preset in the Table of Contents menu. The setup looks like that: Included Paragraph Styles: name – Level: 1, Page ...
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Adjust font size to fit text to frame in InDesign

I'm using InDesign data merge to generate lots of filled-in pages. I have a specific text block which holds a name, but always needs to be on one line. Is there any way I can have InDesign ...
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How can i insert this image to fit this action perfectly with keeping the dimensions?

I am trying to use mookup 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 photoshop action, but when i tried to insert the image it ...
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Why do some, but not all, PNG files (with transparency) in InDesign documents have black borders?

When I put PNG images into an InDesign document, sometimes they have black borders on the exported PDF. Usually this doesn't seem to be a problem in print but in a recent proof, I did see some of the ...
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How does one search for graphic designers with experience in foreign language formatting? [closed]

Is there an easy way of identifying designers who have worked with foreign language scripts, such as Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Farsi... Mostly in indd; sometimes MS Word Thanks for any ...
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JPEG in InDesign Problems

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 ...