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Data Merge InDesign CC layout problems

If you know about Data Merge, you know most people have trouble with styles or with actual entries. Here, I'm having trouble with the layout itself. The document I'm working on will shift down and to ...
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How can I get InDesign CS6 to stop re-apply text from masters when I add a new page?

This is best explained in picture. Here is the master as set up: Here is the spread before I add a new page: And then here's what happens after I try to add a new page (noticed the super-imposed ...
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Can you make a variable image depending on page number using one master

I've searched in vain for at method for changing a footer logo dependent on page number. I want a different image on every other even page but as I am already using a number of master pages to ...
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Universal style sheets in InDesign

Does the functionality exist to have a persistent set of character and paragraph styles that's available on an application level as opposed to document level? I know that styles can be imported from ...
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Using cropmarks

My InDesign document is 195 mm x 280 mm, has a 4mm bleed, 0mm slug and 10mm margin. My client specified: Size: 195 x 280 + 4 mm bleed. Cropmarks should be used. What does that mean? Should I ...
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How could I use Indesign's find by grep feature to find and format words between to underscores?

Lets say I have a bunch of text that needs to be italic. Throughout my text, italics are represented as: _word_ _any_ _car_ And so on... I want to find these, and replace them with word, car, any, ...
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Indesign CS6: Cannot add alt tags to images

I am developing a flyer that will be distributed as a PDF, and our requirement is that it be "Section 508" compliant, that is, readable by a screen reader. I am trying to add alt tags to meet this ...
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Imported image is much larger than it in the original Photoshop file

My inDesign document has the exact same dimensions as my layered Photoshop one. In Photoshop, I hid all layers except background and imported that, as a Photoshop file, into inDesign. No problem here. ...
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When to transfer work from Photoshop to inDesign?

I'm designing a brochure for the first time. I did everything in Photoshop because I'm much more comfortable with it. But to refine the last layout details, put everything together, and deliver final ...
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InDesign Scripting - Price update and Hyperlink creation

I have a 250+ page catalog in InDesign with over 14000 items that need prices updated and each part number needs to be turned into a hyperlink with a specific prefix (i.e. ...
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What kind of paragraph style settings in InDesign have the effect of CSS' `clear: right` property?

There's a wonderful property in CSS called clear that prevents floating objects from appearing adjacent to something else. InDesign allows floating objects, but I can't figure out what sort of ...
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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 reduce the size of a PDF with embed fonts (Calibri)

I need to reduce a PDF form's size to at least 500 KB from 1,117 KB. A client gave me this form already created and they just have to use Calibri as a company standard. I am aware that Calibri is ...
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Force indesign to backup / autosave / keep backup copy

We recently had an incident were we lost some work in a indesign file, although indesign by default autosaves every minute the issue we had is that when the program was closed it prompted us to either ...
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RGB Color Match

I am designing some banners and graphics for a client's website and I am finding it hard to find clean bright colours. I am using Adobe Indesign on an imac. I am saving all as jpegs in RGB. The worst ...
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Indesign Data Merge - Variable number of pages from column in CSV file

I have a CSV file with one line per SKU and a column "Qty" specifying the quantity of each SKU in a large shipment of products. To clear customs in the country I'm in, I now need to stick one label ...
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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 automatically copy text

I am currently looking for a method to automatically copy text from one position onto another. Let me try to explain this a little bit better: I have created a quick survey form in InDesign where I ...
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Having more than one TOC in InDesign

I have a document with multiple sections that has a TOC at the beginning (which includes h1-h3 styles for the whole document) and I want to create a sub TOC for a single section that includes the ...
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How to export large amount of objects to separate images in InDesign?

I have this photo album with two layers, layouted in InDesign (CS6): On the first layer I have all the graphic elements (the gras and the yellow elements) On the second layer are portraits (the ...
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Workflow question: How to Write Memo's in Page Panel in Adobe InDesign?

When using Adobe InDesign, you Pages panel shows you all the pages of your document. But sometimes those pages look similar from the thumbnails (see printscreen below) and you can't really tell which ...
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Data merge exports to multiple PDFs all uniquely named from data

I’m looking to automate data merge to create multiple PDFs per row of data (each PDF would have 10 pages) and with each PDF being named uniquely based on a column in the data. Specs: InDesign ...
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Place Custom Icon Into Document Flow in InDesign

I'd like to place a custom icon on either side of my section headings similar to this hastily-made mockup. I could just place them as images, but every time that subheading moves, I'll have to move ...
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Creating a PDF file with variables

Is there a way to prepare a PDF file in any of the programs in the Adobe Creative Suit, making a part of it change with input from the user? For example, you make an invitation template. You make the ...
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How to increment a number in indesign by 1 using a text variable [duplicate]

my main goal is to come up with a way to automate a version number in an indesign document. for example if I have a field that I type the number 0 into and publish the document then the exported pdf ...
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InDesign XML import — am I missing something?

I'm trying to create a flyer, using InDesign CS6, for which the content is imported from XML, but I'm struggling... This is my InDesign template: I've tagged the individual text elements I need to ...
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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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Column align text (InDesign)

Not sure exactly how to describe this, but here goes... I have some key/value pairs that I want to display separated by a colon: Name : Some Person Description : A description that ...
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Weird spacing problem with a font - Indesign

I am using a font (custom made)for a title- which never posed any problem in other programs (illustrator, powerpoint, etc) - and it is acting very odly. See for yourself: It gives me this huge space ...
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Gradient Fills in InDesign

how do I create a gradient fill in InDesign where both ends have zero opacity to the fill but the middle is 100% opaque? For example a box over a black background has a fill that is transparent to ...
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Is there a way to apply Paragraph styles on a conditional basis

I think the question I am asking is the following: Is there a way to apply Paragraph styles on a conditional basis (until they encounter a specific character or word) or, if that is not possible, is ...
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How to create files with dynamic heights

I'm wanting to make layered "cards" for print design (think of a tabbed index card but the tab goes the whole width) they'll be layered on 8 1/2x 11. Each card maybe 6in wide. The thing I wish I ...
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How to use photoshop file in Indesign for print (having Pantone colors)

I have a question for you guys... :) I have Pantone Colors in my photoshop files. However, I am also using Indesign to do final composing and exporting of the design. I was wondering what is the ...
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How to turn off effects on anchored object that are nested from textbox?

Adobe Indesign CS6. Take a look on this image: How to remove shadow under blue shape? I can't clear effects on this object:
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Why do colors output differently when I print within InDesign compared to printing within Photoshop?

I was wondering if anyone has experienced this. When I test print a design from Photoshop, my printer output something closer to the colors on screen. However, when I print the same design from ...
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Next Month Indesign Text Variable

Is there any way to create a text variable that has a date in the future calculated from today's date? What I need is: Todays date + 1 month. I know you can have text variables with the output or ...
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Is there a way to draw preset 'custom shapes' in InDesign?

Photoshop has a 'custom vector shape' tool, allowing me to draw all kinds of stock shapes like stars, hearts and whatnot without having to do so myself with the pen tool. Is there a similar ...
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data merge not generating multiple records.

I need to know what i'm doing wrong. i'm making a catalog that needs 4 images per page. as so. i know i can't do that with facing pages so i separated the two pages and created individual file for ...
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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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Is there a way to annoate a layout with the file source in indesign?

Is there a way to print / export a indesign file as a pdf or other but first annotate any images with the file source ie. user/documents/images.. etc so that whens its printed / exported it will say ...
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Adobe indesigncs5.5 not printing the same as on the screen

In a single page document all appears well on the screen. When printing it prints farther to the right, not centered. I have reloaded indesign. I have reloaded the printer driver. I have adjusted ...
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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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Have PDF hyperlinks open in a new window in InDesign CS5

I'm created an InDesign file using CS5. Where do I find the option to have my hyperlinks open in a new browser window? When I create the PDF from InDesign and post the PDF on my web site the links ...
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What's the best file type for photos to be brought into InDesign?

I'm building a newsletter in InDesign and have some company photos of people's faces. What file type should I use to place them in my InDesign file? JPEG TIFF EPS PSD
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Can I automatically insert name label in indesign?

I work with a group of designers on a project using InDesign. Is there anyway we can automatically assign the name of the person working on it into the Indesign document every time the document is ...
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Background Object Outlines on “Print Booklet” but not on “Export”

I am using Adobe CS6 and have been using the "Export" function within InDesign for many years. I am tired of creating brochures in "Printer's Spreads": [Blank Page] [8,1] [2,7] [6,3] [4,5] I want to ...
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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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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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How to make GREP match everything between two markers, regardless the Forced Line Brake occurance

I'm wondering if it's possible to make GREP "jump over" the Forced Line Brake (FLB), while he is searching for particular keyword. I have a text frame containing multiple Companies described by three ...
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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?