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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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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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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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InDesign antialiasing options

Is there any options for antialiasing? I don't like how InDesign draw fonts. It's especially bad when you use zoom (in example, to fit spread in window). Pages (equivalent for MS Word on MacOS) do it ...
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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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Is there a way in Indesign to link parts of a frame between documents?

Say, I have a CV. There're multiple versions of it - from the longest and the most complete down to the shorter ones, adapted for different industries or positions. The all text in any version of CV ...
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InDesign row height script?

InDesign has ignored my row heights when importing an Excel sheet. Every first and second row height was default (20), every third row height was 10. Does anyone know if I can accomplish these ...
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How to figure out what textvariable is used?

When I insert a text variable such as "chapter number", I get the respective value and only know it is a variable due to the barely visible frame around it. But how can I figure out afterwards what ...
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Convert smart (curly) quotes to dumb (straight) quotes in InDesign using JavaScript

I am trying to write a script to automatically convert all curly double quotes (“”) in a text box into straight double quotes ("). Here's all that I've tried so far and none of them seem to be ...
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Regex to convert custom tags InDesign GREP

Consider the following text: This is a test text with b custom tags /b to apply a b bold /b character style. In the above text, I have used b and /b as custom tags to designate a section I need ...
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Indesign script to automate GREP Find/Replace

This question follows on from my previous question on the subject of GREP and find/replace functionality of InDesign. To summarize the situation, my InDesign document has 3 character styles applied to ...
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Adobe InDesign: support of Hawaiian

Aloha. I need tabloid or small-newspaper designing software, and after researching, Adobe InDesign looks to be the most suitable. My question is: I'll need to use a lot of Hawaiian fonts, graphics ...
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Change colors of linked Illustrator image from InDesign

I'm trying to link Illustrator line drawings, that are made of shapes with black strokes and white fills (hiding parts of other shapes behind them), to an InDesign document. The images will sit on a ...
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Dropping in multiple images and matching size

If I drag an image from Finder into an InDesign image – without activating InDesign – it scales the image to the same size as the previous image. If I do the same but with activating InDesign I have ...
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How can i add this style to all pages in Indesign?

I already have design made in Indesign. Now I just want to add this to the bottom for every page. There'll be some text (always same) + page number. Thank you for your help
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Printing full scale problem on Mac

Sorry guys, I have a printing problem, both with PDF and with preview. I'm not able print in full scale my document, even if I check if the file has the right size and if I did not set margins. It ...
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Is there a proper place to keep unused pages and scraps?

I deleted a page, only to want it back again later. Then, I moved some page content off the page region and onto the grey area associated with the spread; I know that's cut off with any kind of ...
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InDesign script to alternate text color every other line in a text box

I have a very long list of names that I need to alternate the CMYK color value every other line. I found this script online that changes the tint every 3rd line: var i, p; for (i=0; ...
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How to join two paths with one closed and other open as shown in image

I want to join the two above paths as one without getting them ruined, with pathfinder tool i tried but it disappears the straight line.
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Using grep to finding long digit series and inserting thin spaces into them

On my page i have a table with over 500 rows, in it one column where all cells contain a different numbers, such as 55123, 666000, 3000 and 1459000 (figures for sums of money). I would need to insert ...
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How can I have an (InDesign) paragraph style without a paragraph break (running paragraphs)?

I'm creating a small brochure using a design based on Eric Gill's "An Essay on Typography." Specifically, I have (A) paragraphs for each main idea that are new paragraphs (aligned left) starting with ...
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How to Resize InDesign Document and Reflow Text

I have an InDesign document; 100 or so pages of text, no images. I'd like to resize the document from A4 to 6 in x 9 in. Or 5 x 8. Going to File > Document Setup lets me easily change the page ...
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Export a single layer as a new document in InDesign

If I have 5 layers, can I export one of those layers as a new file, with a new name, in a new location? I currently am using "save as" to rename and relocate each layer into 5 new documents.
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Batch replacing colors in InDesign

Is there viable way to swap colors in a InDesign template and export them using a batch process or script? Ideally, I would like to be able to make a CSV file with a list of hexadecimal color values, ...
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Looking for InDesign Help [closed]

I'm a decent PhotoShop artist, mostly using it for exhibition pieces of music artists I listen to and promotional flyers. I'm looking to take my craft to another level by learning InDesign so that I ...
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Indesign CS6 Is it possible to make one really long page and use breaks to make it work as if it's multiple pages?

I'm having trouble using the show/hide feature in Indesign to effect elements across multiple pages (see my question on the issue here). If I can't figure out how to make that work my next best ...
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Does it make any difference compressing a file during exporting or after?

I have an InDesign file with a number of vector images in it. I was wondering whether it made any difference whether I exported a full quality version and compressed the resulting pdf or exported a ...
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Indesign CC - Another box inside my text box?

I have a text box in a document (Indesign CC) that seems to have another box inside of it. It looks like a border-type frame, and it is not resizable like the actual text box. I have attached a screen ...
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CMYK Print - Jpg colours changing between Mac OS and Windows

I am a designer working on Mac OS X - I have created a CMYK .jpg graphic for print using InDesign. I printed it out and the colours appeared as expected. I sent this graphic to my account manager - ...