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How do I create a horizontal list with bullet separator in InDesign?

I am trying to create a horizontal layout list of items for a promotional poster. It is much like a music festival line-up poster. After each list item I need a custom bullet or separator. After the ...
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InDesign constantly checks cross-references documents

When I create cross-references to other documents, InDesign gets very slow accessing to disk all the time (I can see the Windows icon) unless I open all related documents. Is there a way to ...
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How to put 4 pages next to each other in Indesign

I'm trying to setup a large presentation spread with 4 panels. They will be hung next to each other so its important that I see all of them next to each other while i design the layout. Facing pages ...
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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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Screenshots look weird on a mac, but good on print

Hey guy's I am making a infosheet for the company I work at as an intern. When I make screenshots of the website, they look good in the Mac previewer app, but when I place them in InDesign, and export ...
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PDF Ads Blurry in InDesign

I am creating a large book in InDesign. Part of the book is composed of PDF ads that have been provided to me. Every time I place these PDF ads in InDesign they're blurry. I have tried saving them as ...
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Is it possible to allow a user to attach an image in a .pdf form?

I created an interactive .pdf in Indesign, but I want to ad an option to let the user attach a picture that he or she has on his computer. Is that possible?
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Master page display on top in InDesign?

I read this question regarding Fireworks layers, where it said that master pages have to be applied underneath other layers. Is this true for InDesign as well? If not, how does one put the Master ...
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InDesign cc - text wrap inconsistent

I have a multi-page document set up on logically ordered layers (background, photos, type, etc. in ascending order, so type on top). On some pages, text wrap works perfectly! On other pages, the text ...
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Fitting merged text to the width of the frame in InDesign

I have a document with several text frames with content merged from a CSV. Sometimes the content is too big for the frame. I want the text to scale appropriately so that the content remains on one ...
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Indesign - what does that hidden character mean?

I was just playing around with InDesign and XML when I noticed a hidden (nonprinting) character in my document. It consists of four dots, composing a rectangle: (The nonprinting character above the ...
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How to change default text language in Abode InDesign?

This problem appeared immediately after installation: InDesign interface is in English, but text settings (RTL, right alignment of new frames, default language of text frame, and therefore arabic ...
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import pages from photoshop to indesign

I am new to indesign. I always did all my print in Photoshop, which I know for multiple pages isn't the best route. What I want to do is start using inDesign but had one question: Can I create all my ...
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Import PNG in indesign

I'm exporting some elements out of photoshop CC 2014 using the new 'extract assets', witch is very handy because i can just select the layer i want and export it. I export the white logo as a png. ...
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Best way to export a Job application to a client for easy editing

This is my first topic, so go easy on me. :D I got a customer who wants me to design her job application. I want to design it with Adobe illustrator and set up the text with indesign. However the ...
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Importing XML into InDesign and automatically adjusting content

My client has an InDesign catalog. Instead of manually updating it as he's done up to now, he'd like to import XML data into the InDesign file and not have to make any of the changes manually. However ...
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InDesign CS6 - Update multiple displayed artboard/pages of linked files without relinking

InDesign CS6. I'd like to know if there is a way of updating a linked file's displayed artboard (.ai) or page (.pdf) without having to go through the process of relinking the file. Currently upon ...
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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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Can you merge multiple .indd files into one editable .indd without using book?

I was curious to know if it is possible to merge several .indd files into one master .indd file that can be editable and preserve all links and images? I am familiar with the drag and drop method and ...
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Complex data merge in Adobe InDesign for business cards

I have a spreadsheet of people's info for business cards including name, title, phone, mobile and email that I want to use as the input file for an InDesign data merge. The phone, mobile and email ...
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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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Connecting Newsletter Details to Header

I am new and learning InDesign, I am upgrading from Word and I was wondering if there was a way to link details within the newsletter to the header. More specifically I have the issue number on the ...
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Alternative layout options for product tables that have a lot of repetition

I'm working on a print product catalogue where each product has all of its variations listed in tables. I've just encountered a product that has 120 unique sku's, which ends up spreading the table ...
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How can I affect the starting point of “paste in place”-coordinates?

I want to copy an object element from one page to another page with a different page height. The elements should have the same coordinates on x and y axis. The "Paste in Place" functions doesn't ...
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How to export a Magazine Document into a PDF for PRINTING?

I know how to export an indesign document into a PDF document, but I want to make sure it is the right format for printing. I've heard about something called Booklet? Thannk you for your answer! ...
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postscript file

I am printing an 8x8 book with 40 pages, and when I save my file as a postscript file under the print setting dialog box, when I view my file in preview it only counts up to 20 pages, not 40. What ...
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How do I get Adobe InDesign CS6 to export high quality PNGs?

I am having trouble exporting PNGs from Adobe Indesign. The problem is they become very pixelated once they have been exported to PNG. However, when I export to JPEG, there is no pixelation, they look ...
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Placing a multipage pdf in InDesign CC2014 [duplicate]

I'm using InDesign CC (new user) and have placed several pages of a multipage pdf by using the cursor on each sequential page. Is there a way to automate this? There are 63 pages in total. Many ...
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Indesign running-header character style doesnt work if characters are the number in a list

I have a list [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] and in the paragraph style is set that the number [1, 2, 3, 4...] is of character style A. Now I set a variable for the character style A and it doesn't show up the ...
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InDesign: Faster way to resize image in frame

I'm using Adobe InDesign (CC 2014) to layout a photo book. I've created a frame, and placed an image inside it. I want to resize the image and drag it around to frame it nicely. I know that you can ...
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Why doesn't my HTML markup have any indentation when I export it to .epub from InDesign?

I am using Indesign CC to create a book on HTML programming. I have used TextFrames to add blocks of code and markup. When I generate an ePub out of it, the code blocks and markup are generated ...
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Powerpoint-like presentations with InDesign?

So I'll have to create a few presentations and I'm not sure what software I want to use. I distinctly dislike the Microsoft Office programs; I have used LibreOffice Impress before, but it wasn't my ...
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InDesign grep rule that applies to everything then stops if it reaches a certain character?

InDesign GREP rules can get a bit mind-bending. Suppose you want a paragraph style with a GREP style rule that applies a character style to everything except text after a certain character. Something ...
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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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Connected Text Frames in InDesign Page Master

New to InDesign and working on book that is mostly text. Trying to design master page with two empty text frames with different character and paragraph properties that are somehow connected/related so ...
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InDesign: How do I automatically align the bottoms of different columns of text boxes to the same height as the one with the most text?

In InDesign, I have some filled text boxes, sized by columns, with the one on the left being three columns wide. The wide text box is most likely to contain the most text (it's an invoice template). ...
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How do I automatically insert a partial filename in InDesign?

I'd like to get InDesign to insert the first few digits of a filename automatically in a document created from a template. Our filenames are in this format: XXXXX_Name1_Name2_Name3.indd The Xs ...
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How to EXPORT/ SAVE transparency for web use from InDesign?

I would like to create a header for a webpage with a logo (with transparency from a psd/ tiff) some typography and an overall transparent background In InDesign, typography options are ideal for ...
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Why is my PDF size from my InDesign Export still large?

I'm doing class project that is a four-page, seven-image document with very little text. The project must be submitted as a PDF under 300 KB. However, when I export the document under the smallest ...
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how to put 4 page layout to each other in indesign [duplicate]

I'm trying to setup a presentation spread with 4 panels. They will be hung next to each other so its important that I see all of them next to each other while i design the layout. 2 on top and 2 on ...
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InDesign, how do I make chapters vary in colour scheme?

I'm new to InDesign and am working on a catalogue for my company. I'd like each catalogue chapter to have a different colour scheme - e.g. chapter 1 uses blues, chapter 2 uses reds, etc. I've ...
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Placing PSD image in Indesign with a transparent background

I'm a novice Photoshop user... obviously... I've created a wine glass ring image using a brush, on a transparent background in Photoshop. I saved this file as a PSD. When I try to place this image ...
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PC Upgrade recommendation please [duplicate]

I have been a graphic designer for 18 years. I am in the process of upgrading my office computer with a new PC. I haven't bought a new system in quite some time. I will be running Indesign CS6. I ...
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How to keep a 2 column text flowing top down after a column-spanning-paragraph

My column-spanning-paragraph breaks the desired text flow. This illustration probably makes it clear. How can I force the text to flow from left-top to bottom to right-top to bottom? The page is ONE ...
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Can I print a specific page of a tiled document on Adobe InDesign CC?

I have a rather large (5 by 1 meters) banner and I'd like to see an specific section of it in real size. I know I can tile the document on the print dialog on InDesign to be able to print it in real ...
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How do I change InDesign CC Automatic Page Number Prefix/Suffix

I started working on a book in InDesign CC 2014 (10.0.0). The designer's original file makes no use of Master pages at all. He somehow placed page numbers in the footer manually. After a few days I ...
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Indesign CS6 - Anchoring an image large two full page in the text

I'm trying to use the anchor point of an image, that is large two entire pages, to anchor it at the text that it is in the precedent pages, like in this image. The problem is that when I try to do ...
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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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How to export an InDesign file to PDF that is going to be spiral bound

Ok so I designed a 106 page cookbook that is going to be spiral bounded. I created my InDesign document with a 3mm bleed and facing pages. On some pages there is an image that is stretched between ...
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Will a white box in the lower layer cause overprinting issues?

Adobe Illustrator CS6 After setting the document dimension and bleed, I realised that the default white artboard won't go into the bleed region (5mm), and that remains as grey. So, almost out of OCD, ...