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How to change textframe creation order in Indesign

I am writing a script for Indesign. In that script I am taking the contents of the textframes and save them to a database. Till here my script works. However when looping between textframes script ...
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InDesign: How to have a section head to the left of text?

I'm trying to do the layout below. I was originally trying to create this using 5 columns and having the text span 4 of them. But that didn't work properly because when I would add a column break ...
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Keyboard shortcut for making text bold in Indesign CC

I know the shortcut ⌘⇧b works only if you have the bold variant of the font in question installed. For me, it works smoothly for Gill Sans. But elsewhere, where I'm using Adobe Garamond Pro, it's not ...
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Is there an automatic way to replace tab and images, instead of Find and Replace in Adobe Indesign?

I am writing a textbook with Adobe InDesign that has optional sections. These sections have a tab then a flag at the right end of the tabs. I am wondering if in the TOC, how should I treat the TOC ...
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Question about grid - 12 columns gutter widths

I'm a bit confused on the best way to set up a magazine grid, 8.5"x11" page spreads. I found a great template with 12 columns from http://www.thegridsystem.org/ and the gutters are all 1p0. However, ...
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Create automatic low & high res pdf, png with inDesign for multiple user

I am working on a platform, which should create from an inDesign file a low and high-res pdf, a png and maybe a new indesign file with the new data. These steps are in my mind. User logins or ...
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When exporting or saving out from Indesign and reopened a pdf or export to illustrator the text frames keep breaking [closed]

When exporting or saving out from Indesign and reopened a pdf or export to illustrator the text frames keep breaking Ive got some scripts to fix in illustrator but its driving me nuts having to do it ...
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Inserting page causes master to center\resize

When I insert a page or pagination changes within my book, the headers\footers set in my masters center on the spread. The error does not occur when I insert a page that does not have a text box for ...
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Enable flash content in interactive pdf

When exporting my indesign file to an interactive pdf i get the following problem: I open the pdf, when there is flash content , i can set the properties for it to be visible when the page is opened ...
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How to insert a rectangle inside a text frame in InDesign

I have some text inside a textframe, and I'd like to be able to insert a rectangle amongst the flow of the text where the rectangle has a different background colour, different font etc. How do I ...
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How to set page size for Postscript output file in Adobe InDesign CS5?

I want to export a document to a postscript file in InDesign CS5. How can I set the page size for the document? Sadly, the option is disabled in my preferences window. Here is a screenshot of a ...
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How do I make a transparent background on a master page? [closed]

I am working on an InDesign Master page document supplied by a publishing company. the background is solid yellow with black type for the title. How do I make the yellow background transparent? How ...
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How to place a double spread InDesign document into another InDesign document

We are designing a magazine using InDesign. Our Setup: 1 InDesign Document (we cal it the Ladder) that binds all below mentioned document into the Magazine. A lot of Single Page InDesign Documents. ...
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Smooth faceting of beveled/embossed text in Adobe InDesign?

I have been trying to achieve a text effect similar to this "Hobbit-Inspired" text but I keep getting this strange faceting that I can't seem to get rid of. I'm fairly new to InDesign (CS5) and am ...
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InDesign: Find a character at the end of each line

How can I find a character "-" at the end of the line in Adobe InDesign? I do not want to be at the end of the sentence/paragraph, but the line.
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Indesign numbering appendixes in a book

I am working on different documents to create a Book. I have managed to fix all references, figures, numbering, etc But I do not know how to solve the following problem with appendixes: I have 3 ...
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InDesign Merge Data Text width fit frame width and not the opposite

Good Evening, I would like to have my text width stretching automatically to its Text frame in InDesign CS6. (I want the text adapting to the frame and not the frame adapting to the text) So the ...
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Is it possible to flip a spread horizontally in indesign cs4?

I am working on a 3 fold a4 brochure in indesign cs4. I found a template with all the guides and margins but it is only for one side of the paper. Since the folded parts are not of equal width, I will ...
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Control the size of subsequent footnote frames - InDesign

Is there a way to keep very long footnotes from filling the page? I know you can put in frame breaks manually or setup a paragraph style that limits to one paragraph per page, but neither of those are ...
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InDesign Table of Contents with section headers which occur multiple times

I am currently working on a magazine using Adobe InDesign CS6. On each page I have a head with the name of the section in it, and applied the paragraph style "Header" to the text element. Naturally ...
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Adobe InDesign 6 not printing booklets to edges of paper, InDesign 5.5 did

I printed booklets for my students in InDesign 5.5. Worked perfect, on US Letter paper I was able to get 2 worksheets per side. I'd cut them down the middle and have these great packets of ...
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What are methods do you use for handling typography issues (Ill, ill, fi, ct, Th) without using ligatures?

So, this is a question I've never asked, and in most cases avoided pointing out all together. I'm finally open to finding a non-ligature solution too. Preferably one that doesn't require a font ...
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What are the options for digital magazine publishing?

I work for a company and we produce a 60 page magazine. We do a print version but are trying to figure out the best, most cost-effective way to create and publish a digital version. Also keeping in ...
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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 ...
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What are the basic rules for designing a book (novel)? [closed]

I promised my friend I'd design a book for him he's releasing for free and I could use the help of you guys. I'm going to use the latest InDesign. The book should be in .pdf format and is intended ...
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Avoid text error in a huge book

My question is extremely weird, so please don't down vote before read it all. I'm a programmer enthusiastic and a graphic/web designer. 6 months ago, I came across an extremely annoying huge wall in ...
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Need to convert Photoshop layers to InDesign layers

I'm using Photoshop CS6 to make a label and I need to convert all layers to InDesign CS4. I've never done this...is it possible?
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Why does the color model still matter?

In applications like inDesign and Photoshop, you get to chose which color model you want to use, RGB or CMYK for instance. But why does this matter? Both RGB and CMYK can be used to describe several ...
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Why does InDesign reduce the quality of my screenshots when Word doesn't?

If I take a screenshot and paste it into InDesign it completely destroys the quality. Yet when I print screen and paste it into Word, the image is resized to the page and the quality is kept. What is ...
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Shortcut to hide all guides and stuff (inDesign)

I often feel overwhelmed by so much guides and frame edges in inDesign. Is there a shortcut to show/hide all of these in order to get some immediate glimpse of the final result?
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filling a grid with one image in indesign?

I'd like to make a mural wall of rectangles 100 across and 20 down with space between them and fill with only one image so where the gutters are them image is missing. Is this possible?
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Exporting from InDesign for print: PDF, JPEG or PNG?

I have a poster I designed with Adobe InDesign (69in x 36in) and I want to go to a print place and have it printed, but I don't know which format I should give the printing guys my file. InDesign ...
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What should I have in mind when preparing files for print in InDesign?

The title makes it pretty clear but maybe I'm not the only one who's curious and wonders about things. I'm currently designing a brochure in InDesign. I've made the background layout in Photoshop and ...
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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 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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What is AdobeFnt13.lst?

New to Indesign, I cannot open this font file. AdobeFnt13.lst Are these standard adobe fonts. I found this file on github ...
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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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Shortcut key for 2 columns in a text box

I am looking for a shortcut key for columns in text boxes. I know that there is probably not one and that I would have to create it, but I don't know what you would call it in the shortcut menu. I ...
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One of the letters in my company's vector logo is partially transparent

I've inherited a file called Logo_Spot.ai. I'm putting together some print ads for my employer using InDesign CS5 and I'm copy/pasting the logo from Illustrator into a new layer in InDesign. For ...
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What is the default size of printable PDF of photography magazine in In Design?

What is the default size of printable PDF of photography magazine in In Design? I like to make photography magazine for online as well as print. I want to know is there any standard size photography ...
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How do I insert a smiley face in InDesign?

This seems simple but I need to insert a black-and-white smily face similiar to this image. Are there any glyphs like this on the Mac. I got this from Microsoft Word it automatically does it when you ...
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Can two master pages be applied to one page in InDesign?

Is there a way of applying two master pages in one page? I want to make an adjustable InDesign template for a report that could be used for various projects. So I want to have one of the master pages ...
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Leading dots with right indent tab in InDesign TOC

I have a table of content that currently looks like this: However, I am trying to add leading dots between the title and the corresponding page number. Here's what my Table of Contents... dialog ...
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Poem indent every second and third line [closed]

Is there a way, in InDesign, to indent every second and third line in a poem to look like this?!
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Objects off artboard in inDesign very dark / almosted greyed out

Ive got an inDesign document with my main artboards, around the artboards are all the images / text etc that i haven't used / included. Normally these items off the artboard are completely legible, ...
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What print settings should I choose to print a booklet on indesign with 8.5x11 page size and 17X11 paper size?

Also, at home I do not have a printer that is able to print on 17X11. Is there a way to shrink the page size so my booklet prints on 8.5x11 paper, so I can have an idea of what it will look like? When ...
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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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Applying Paragraph style to InDesign text boxes

I'm a beginner-to-intermediate user of InDesign. I am unable to apply my Paragraph Style to a number of my text boxes. I have tried holding Opt/Alt while choosing the PS with no luck. I have also ...
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Indesign paragraph style copy attributes from “based on”

I have an Indesign template with a paragraph style called Main defined as below: As you can see, this style is "based on" yet another style called Word which is in a styles-folder called Entry. And ...
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Why are my Illustrator images blurry when placed in InDesign?

I am creating simple, clean designs in Illustrator, but when saved as .jpegs or .pngs and placed in an InDesign file at 100% resolution they are blurry as heck.