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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.
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Can I Copy an InDesign page along with the master page?

I am trying to make a calendar, so I have downloaded a simple calendar template (InDesign Markup Document) which has 12 pages for each month The 12 pages contains just text for each month with all ...
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InDesign: Applying Stroke to Similar Types of Text Across a Document

I am using InDesign CC 2014 but this may apply to other versions. I have text throughout a document that of a particular paragraph style. I am trying to bold this text. There are over 350 of these ...
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How to resize tiff file for print

I have a question for you about resizing tif image for print. We are creating a 6x10 inches Indesign brochure right now. I have this 63M, 3840x5760 px, 300 resolution tif image will be whole spread ...
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gap between text on baseline grid

I have applied a baseline grid to some text but there is a gap between the two lines of text. I want the text to sit on the baseline underneath the top baseline. It has a character style applied to it ...
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Master pages with elements that are locked!

A friend of mine gave me an InDesign file which has A-Master page that has two elements on it, but when I try to copy the whole page, it only copies the elements that were added afterwards. The ...
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Place Photoshop layer comps in Indesign

If you have an Indesign document you can place for example PNG's, PSD's, Ai artboards, etc in element place holders in the document. I wonder however if there's any way to also place Photoshop layer ...
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How to export a PDF with pages as jpg or tiff, can not be modified by any editor (such as Illustrator or CorelDraw).

When I export from Indesign I would like to maintain a high quality (eg 300dpi resolution), but I do not want anyone can open with illustrator my pdf and can move objects like I was back in the ...
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A good dark grey cmyk with lots of small white text

My print has got a plain dark grey background CMYK of 0, 0, 0, 90. This has just been rejected from the printers because 'it was black space and not CMYK'.. Not fully understanding this I decided to ...
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Unpixelated Screenshot images

I have some work to showcase: images which are screenshots of work which are online. However when arranging these screenshot images in Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, they all appear to be ...
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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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iPad EPub layout landscape/portrait issue

I'm building a simple EPub with Indesign 5 to simply display a few images with a title above. When I hold my iPad on portrait mode I have this (title above image which is what I want!): When I ...
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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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How to export .pdf from numbers without background

I'm looking for a way to export a spread I made in Apple's Numbers program to a .pdf without adding a background. Is it possible to export only the cells? I'll be importing them into InDesign so it ...
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How to create open page spread appearance in InDesign?

I am working on a project using InDesign and I need to give it an effect such as an open magazine, for example. I saw this video and so many projects like this one: DIESEL FW13 MAIN VISUAL GUIDELINES ...
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Table in Indesign not exactly a table inside text frame. What is it ?

I am desiging a catalog using several elements from another one. BUT what looks like a table is not a table exatly. It's a text frame, it looks like it's all text frame with tabs which it's not ...
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Bullet List Override

I can't seem to create a Bulleted List in InDesign CC where the first line is not bulleted and do it as a Paragraph Style. I have a whole bunch of blocks of bulleted text which are basically menus. ...
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InDesign: Text Won't Go to Top to Text Box [closed]

I am using an already-created document on InDesign (newsletter) to create a new issue. However, I seem unable to get text to go to the top of a text box. When I resize the text box, the text will ...
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Overlapping text with InDesign's data merge

I'm trying to set up a book of song lyrics with a two-column layout. I'd like to pack as many songs as a page as will fit, so I tried doing a data merge with multiple records per page. This works ...
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Script won't output bleed on PDF export, and stuck on other portion of script

So, the following script is a modified version of the script I found here. Its goal is to: Export the current page as a PDF using the HQ Print default Check for bleed. If there is one, the bleed ...
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How do I create a two-page InDesign document to be printed as a double-sided sheet?

I'm trying to create a file where it shows two pages, that will eventually be printed as a double-sided sheet. I'm using InDesign CC, OS X, 10.9.4. I have already created the first page. And I'm ...
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setting text on an diagonal path

I've tried a variety of methods of getting the same style of type, setting it on a path, skewing the text after setting it on a path, setting each individual letter, but none are quite right. Is there ...
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Indesign shuffling page

I have a preset layout on Indesign CC V. 9.1 with a document that has 5 chapters, A front matter, back matter, endnotes and appendices. I have the layout as a facing page--needed for odd and even ...
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Indesign - how to set up a page for printing with crop marks

I received the request to make a project with Indesign. 300px width 100px height. This project should have the crop marks on the corners. Questions: 1) If I want to have those crop marks, should I ...
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InDesign and PDF printing boxes instead of shadows - Onscreen looks perfect

I apologize in advance if this has been asked, but I've searched for a few phrases and I'm not sure how else to ask it. Using InDesign I've created a vector "ribbon" and given it a drop shadow. I've ...
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Editing text from Master Page?

In InDesgin, if I create an object (a tinted rectangle, for example) with a blank text frame inside it on a master page, will I be able to enter text on my document pages? I can't seem to figure out ...
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How do I fix a gap in text in inDesign?

I have text that flows from page to page and all of the pages look good - except one! In the middle of the paragraph there is about a 2 inch gap before the next line of text shows. As far as I can see ...
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Changing InDesign Master Text Size After the Fact

I am just wondering (if u dont mind helping me with a question)......if I create a master page, and then I edit the text in the actual page (therefore overriding it), and then go back to the master ...
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How to print a double-sided, tiled print from an InDesign file?

I have a 22in x 69in chart that I need to print tiled from InDesign CC. It is double-sided. Can I print both sides as 1 tiled print, so I don't have to assemble both sides separately?
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InDesign Header and Copy alignment

I am designing a brochure and run into a small problem: I have three columns with headers and text, however the headers are different length. I have aligned the text beneath the headers to begin at ...
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How to import Illustrator swatch libraries into InDesign - Adobe Indesign Mac?

I have a very reach swatch library in adobe-illustrator like food colors and.... But in adobe-indesign I don't have many colors. Why? Can I import them to indesign?
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How do I make non-printable template instructions?

I've been tackling this for a little while and to no avail. I am doing a letter head template with areas for the user to click on and start typing their letter. I've done it in an interactive PDF ...
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Losing transparency when placing or pasting items into InDesign CS5

I know others have asked similar questions, but the answers don't seem to be working for me. If I have an Illustrator file open and am also working in InDesign, I often copy/paste the vector image ...
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Apply drop caps to the first word in a paragraph?

Simple question: Within paragraph styles, is there a way to tell inDesign to create drop caps not using a set amount of characters at the beginning of a paragraph, but instead using the first word of ...
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InDesign CC File… but I am running CS5

I have inherited design files created in InDesign CC...but I am running CS5. Other than the obvious solution of upgrading my software, are there any other resources that would allow me to work with ...
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inDesign: how to exclude bleed area altogether when exporting to PDF

When exporting to PDF, I wish to eliminate entirely the bleed area. Is it possible to do so in inDesign?
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Printing clear/transparent shape in InDesign

I'm designing packaging that needs a clear see-through window to allow customers to see the contents of the packaging. I created what I want the window to be with the ellipse tool, how do I now ...
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Easier InDesign technique(?) = export JPG and convert to CMYK before printing

So I'm just starting to learn Adobe InDesign. The tutorials tell me to prepare my images and convert them from RGB to CMYK for print.. Now, I like to do rapid development and I kinda don't like ...
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Help with placing Photoshop file into Indesign

Hello all the smart designers out there, I have question regarding about importing photoshop file into Indesign layout. I have received this product photoshop file from a photographer. When I place ...
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InDesign: aligning a horizontal line to an exact coordinate

I am trying to put a Horizonal line at Y: .9253 but cannot do it exactly by dragging it with the mouse. Is there a way I can punch in the exact Y value of the line's placement?
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Indesign: Paragraph styles and line aka rules

How do you change stroke thickness of rules within the same paragraph of your paragraph styles section? I noticed extra rules were created below text, how do you get rid of the extra ones in ...
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Image as background for magazine cover in InDesign

I've created a new car guide magazine, similar to this example. However, I cannot get the image to fit exactly to the page size, in my case 222 x 291 mm ( width x height) and it ends up looking ...
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Fonts not exporting correctly InDesign

When I export to PDF from InDesign, the text appear thick & clumpsy in the resulting file. They look correct in InDesign, they look correct if I print from InDesign but when I export (PDF/X-1 or ...
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Indesign – add symbol before first and after last paragraphs of the same style

I have several paragraphs with the same style. I'd like to auto-add new line before the first paragraph and new line after last paragraph of the same style. How can I do this? Thanks in advance. N.B. ...
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InDesign and advert size (PDFs)

I've learnt the basics of InDesign and created a 10-page magazine with some adverts in (stored as PDFs). My earlier question here was from a purely educational standpoint; not an actual printed ...
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How to create custom page number in a TOC in indesign cs6?

My pages in Indesign are somehow complex that they look like: A3 - 66 where: A: chapter letter 3: sub-chapter number (restarts it's numbering everytime the chapter letter changes) 66: page ...
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How to exclude a shift-tab character from a nested character style?

I have a paragraph that looks like this: NN TitleA TitleB [alt-tab character to push to the right] [an image] Then in the paragraph style I set the first word, which is always a number to ...