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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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How to get continuing numbering in textboxes in InDesign?

I have boxes with references which are located beneath pictures in my InDesign 6 document. I want to have a consistent and continueing auto-numbering of these boxes. Therefore I created two paragraph ...
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My outputted PDF looks different on a Mac to a PC

I'm a bit concerned as my outputted PDF from InDesign CS5 looks different on Mac. This has happened a few times. It seems as though sometimes the Mac does not draw the new version of the PDF, which ...
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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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Setting up bleed/margin for printing [closed]

I have to create a 400 page book with the measurements height: 16cm by 24cm in Adobe InDesign. It is intended for publishing, but what are the bleed and margin measurements I need to follow so that it ...
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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 ...
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How to keep manageable pages after turning off page shuffle?

I've seen this tutorial http://philippaberrysmith.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/how-to-get-page-numbering-to-start-where-you-want-it-in-indesign-cs5/ but after turning off the page shuffle option when I ...
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Export With Transparency / Set Page Background

I am new to InDesign. I have been supplied a file with a number of pages consisting of tiff images. I was told that the tiffs have transparent backgrounds, but when I export to png, the entire page is ...
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How do I use a vector image in a two-color design?

I need to create a two-color poster for my choir's Christmas concert. I'm choosing the colors red and gold, and will liaise with the printer when it comes to printing about what specifically they will ...
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Place a CD packaging measurement PDF file into Adobe InDesign

i need to work on a cd packaging layout. i thought i can just open the pdf file with the basic layout in adobe indesign, so i can drop words and images on it. but that doesnt seem to work. if i ...
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Printing from InDesign has correct margins, but not from Acrobat using exported PDF

I have half-US Letter (8.5" x 5.5") documents I print out in booklet form from Adobe InDesign CS5.5 on a Brother 9970CDW color laser. Works great. Problem is InDesign doesn't allow you to print ...
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What's the difference between Color and Swatch in InDesign

Regarding the API (JSX or COM) there's the option to add Colors and Swatches. What's the difference? I see Color's that I add listed in the swatches panel.
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Can InDesign import .xlsm files?

I need to import an .xlsm file (as a linked file) into InDesign, but couldn't select it in the Import Dialogue. There, I would need to extract only individual cells. Tried making several versions of ...
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InDesign extract each page as a separate file

In a document where I have, say, 20 business cards front and back, and I have to export them as individual PDFs. That's 40 exports! I know that in acrobat I can extract the pages afterward, but I was ...
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InDesign: Adjust object position when shuffling left/right pages

I'm working on a document (some 120 pages, so I'd like to avoid the need to adjust each page manually) with texts and photos. It is sort of a catalogue with each page having independent text, two ...
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INDESIGN Artboard issue… how do I fix this?

I am having an issue with the artboard/ pasteboard Im not sure what it;s called here.. but as you can see it is much larger than the rest, how do I fix this?
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Lighten photo in InDesign

I'm publishing a BLACK AND WHITE book being published. The lady asked to have a color image (against my thoughts) at the beginning of the black and white (interior) book. I did it wondering how it ...
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Merging Multiple Page InDesign Documents

I worked on a book that was saved in separate InDesign documents. Each file has about 10 - 20 pages. I want to combine it now to become one big InDesign document. Is this possible?
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How do I set pages in the right order for a perfect bound book in Indesign?

2 documents. 1st is the front and back covers. 2nd document is the 56 pages of the booklet I want to create. I would like to print these pages and perfectly bind the book by hand. Is there a way ...
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Managing strokes on inDesign multi-frame tables

found a bit of a stumper. I have a pretty large table that spreads over multiple pages. The problem: I can't separate the stroke at the bottom of the page 1 table from the one at the top of table 2. ...
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Text frame over line in Indesign [closed]

I'm trying to duplicate a header for a book project, but I can't get my text to go over the two lines I created, like it is in the example i posted below. I created two lines like on the image, ...
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Indesign script to list hyperlinks

I am new to this, done some reading but got stuck at this point. I am trying to get a list of hyperlinks from my document printed in the console or output to text file. for (k=0; ...
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PSD file that only links to other image files but doesn't contain them

In InDesign, when importing external images, the .indd file stays small, and the images are not embedded in it : the .indd file only contains links to images instead. Is it possible to have the same ...
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Exporting to pdf with CMYK transparency

I have a shape with a CMYK fill color and a transparent image. When I export it to PDF the colors get distorted. In the export the color setting is in CMYK. What I noticed is when I change ...
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Continuous image from one banner to another

Two banners I've designed in Indesign (to be printed) will be placed next to each other, and there is an image that continues from the first to the second banner. How can I make them join together ...
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InDesign: Synchronize styles WITHOUT Color swatches

I need to have several InDesign (CS6) documents with same object, paragraph and character styles, but each with a different color scheme. For example a Paragraph style Heading with Character Color set ...
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InDesign document printing in wrong font

I have an Adobe InDesign CS5 document that I'm trying to print. It is set in Gill Sans Light. Here is a snippet of the document: However, when I print the document it comes out like this: Does ...
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What is the difference between Working RGB and Document RGB when exporting a PDF from InDesign CS5

I'm using InDesign CS5, sometimes my export setting gets stuck on CMYK mode as I was working on a different document previously and when exporting the PDF setting is saved. No problem, I just go to ...
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Creating a book for print

I am creating a book in InDesign for the first time. It's a children's book that will feature scanned actual photos that I've touched up in Photoshop and am dropping into Indesign. I've saved these as ...
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Adobe InDesign - Courier Not Fixed Width

We have an InDesign project on a technical topic. Like many such books, we are using using a variable width font (Palatino right now) for the body text and a fixed width font (Courier) for portions ...
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Split master spreads into pages in Adobe Indesign

I'm currently working on a document that consists of multiple master spreads, but I'm looking for a way to split these spreads into individual pages. Is this possible, or do I have to do it manually ...
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Select all text across multiple stories

I need to change all text in all the stories in an indd file from "Adobe Paragraph Composer" to "Adobe World-ready Paragraph Composer". Can it be done through UI or I have to use scripts. In the ...
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InDesign CC losing quality when importing image

Is it really possible that when you import image to InDesign its quality gets worse? In this case image contains logo made in Photoshop. We are using iMac which has retina screen I believe. What ...
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How to set Table of Content numbering to use 01, 05, etc. for page numbers

I was inspired by the table of contents in this document and set out to mimic, in a document of my own, the way the page numbers fall before the text in large numbers each with two digits (e.g. 01 ...
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What is the best way to export imposed PDFs from InDesign?

The only way to export imposed PDFs directly from InDesign is through print booklet. But that only exports a .ps file, which has to be processed in Distiller. Adobe recommends to create PDFs directly ...
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Data missing when importing a spreadsheet into InDesign [closed]

I am currently having a bit of a delima importing excel spreadsheets into InDesign. The spreadsheets in question use formulas to pull data from other spreadsheets on the network (using vlookup) - ...
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Creating an indesign fillable form with computation (addition)

I am trying to set up a bespoke menu order form using Indesign CC interactive forms. I have my master template set up however I cannot quite get how to do the following for the viewer to be able to ...