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How do I send a file I've created in InDesign to someone else, so they can open it up in InDesign and work with the file too?

I'm kind of in a pickle and took on a project involving indesign/illustrator. It's been a long time since I was really familiar with InDesign so I feel a bit overwhelmed right now and as though I've ...
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How do you make a justified background color for a paragraph style in InDesign?

In InDesign if I have a paragraph style and every time I use that style I want a "colored" box behind it justified to the column width. How would you suggest doing this? Currently it's been done ...
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Cover Letter using InDesign?

I redesigned my resume using InDesign and this modern resume tutorial. However, I'm wondering whether I need to redesign my cover letter as well since it might look odd if I email my beautiful ...
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Is there a way to enlarge the InDesign interface elements?

I'm using inDesign 9.2 since yesterday and I find the interface elements incredibly small. For example when selecting the TEXT tool and looking at the options on top bar (fonts, alignment, etc), it ...
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InDesign: How to create lines for form design?

Every once in awhile I make forms (applications and whatnot) in InDesign, and, as it often is with ID, there is more than one way to get it done. I have a few techniques that I use, but I often float ...
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Insert a variable on many pages in Adobe InDesign to fill in when printing PDF

I have a "Name" field on many worksheet pages which I want automatically filled in with a particular student's name when printing. I know in InDesign I can just create a master page that those ...
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How to set different color to guides(Ai,Ps,Id,Fw)?

I've been working on this file with a lot of guides(in Illustrator) and at some Point I was wondering is there a way to give different color to guides ? Like the gutter guides to be black, the main ...
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Find/Replace automation in InDesign

I have a great number of text replacements to make in a set of documents in InDesign. They always follow the same formula: Change "this text" to "that text." I've been manually selecting "this text", ...
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Multiply effect when printing on cardboard stock

So I've designed a label and been using a cardboard texture as a guide for when it will be printed on actual cardboard. I've used the multiply blending effect in InDesign so I can get some of the ...
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Folder to put fonts for Illustrator CS6 without having to install fonts in system

I remember there used to be a folder I could just put fonts in and they would work for Adobe InDesign. I thought it was a folder called fonts in the same directory the InDesign document was. I tried ...
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Highlighting text in Adobe InDesign

I want to have inline code snippets in my InDesign document. Similar to how StackExchange does it, like this. So the gray background is perfect. Basically I just want to highlight certain text. ...
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Exporting to High Quality Print InDesign - preserving all fonts/text - Create Outlines?

I'm just about to export a brochure for printing in InDesign (CS4) What is the correct way to export the document so that the fonts used throughout will display properly at the printers. I have used ...
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Script to always save IDML with INDD

Is there an existing script for InDesign that will save an INDD file and an IDML copy at the same time? I work with dozens of independent designers on collaborative projects, and those of us with ...
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How do I move the color picker in a straight line?

Sometimes, when I'm trying to design something using a monochromatic color scheme, I want to make sure I get exact shades and tints of a specific color, but I don't know how I can do that because I ...
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Sharing InDesign Links between Mac & Windows

In our marketing department we have a mix of Windows & Mac computers all running Adobe CS5.5. The problem we're having is that the Windows users will create an InDesign document with links to ...
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Convert Quark files to InDesign files

Is there a quick way to convert Quark files into Indesign without having Quark? I have InDesign CS4 and need to make changes to a Quark file.
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InDesign Data Merge and hiding missing data

I have an InDesign document which is filled from the data in a CSV using data mrege. The csv has columns for name, phone, email etc, but some of the data in the csv isn't filled in as it is not all ...
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Can I check whether plain black or rich black is used for text in a pdf?

A design agency my company is using have created a flyer design for us. Upon print, it looks as if the body text on the flyer has been printed in a rich black, because the text has come out a little '...
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InDesign CS6: “page bleed” with pictures spanning on two pages

lately I had a problem that I neved faced before now, I'll try to explain quickly: usually I setup documents in InDesign CS6 with side-by-side pages and work with pictures that run over two (side-by-...
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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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Relative paths for image links in inDesign

We've got a large indesign file that several people are dipping in and out of on several machines, to do this we've got the indd file and the /images folder that it references in a shared Dropbox ...
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Color picker in InDesign

Is there a way to change the color picker to emulate illustrator or photoshop's color picker? I can never figure out how to get to the color I want in InDesign. I always have to go to the other ...
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How do I print my book using Indesign cs6 and have the pages come out in the right order?

I am trying to print my 4" x 6" book from InDesign CS6 to my home printer. The book has about 100 pages, a perfect bound book with a few front pages and a table of contents. I want to print the pages ...
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Indent paragraph to end of the last line of previous paragraph

I believe I've seen this method of indenting in older books at times and in poetry when one metered line is split between characters or quotes. Essentially, I'm wanting to indent a paragraph based on ...
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How to type two characters on top of each other (superscript) in InDesign

In astronomical publications that use proper typesetting, the magnitude of an object is written like this: The m has the same x position as the comma. How is this done in Indesign CC2014? I'm new ...
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How can I add unicode glyphs using just the keyboard?

I want to use glyphs in my text with keyboard shortcuts. Say an endmark, instead of placing it through the glyphs panel I want to use my keyboard.
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Using InDesign CS6, how can I simultaneously edit A4 and A5 versions of a poster?

I'm on Adobe Creative Cloud, so I have the latest InDesign, and I'm attempting to design a poster for my choir's next concert. Traditionally, I've done this in Photoshop, in two separate files, ...
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How do I spec a character with no keyboard shortcut?

I am working on a corporate standards book for a client. Client works with two design agencies, my office and Other Agency. Both agencies play nicely together. In one particular file, Other Agency ...
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How to get an RGB hex code in or out of an InDesign RGB colour swatch?

I've been using InDesign (CS6) for designing responsive web layouts and, while it makes some things easier to convert to CSS (such as paragraph styles and character styles), colours are surprisingly ...
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Can I store separate grayscale versions of images in a colored pdf?

While one should ideally make sure a color image is also suitable for greyscale printing via a printer's automatic conversion, sometimes it would make sense to simply provide an alternate version (...
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Making Advertisement System in Magazines with InDesign CC

When making Magazines, it's pretty clear that there will be Advertisements that will be placed in with different sizes (full page, spread, 1/2 page, 1/6 page, with bleed or without etc.). 1. When ...
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Export InDesign layers to Photoshop

I have created the design of a website in InDesign (big mistake, I know...). The developer wants to have my layers in a Photoshop format. I do not want to start everything from the beginning. What can ...
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Bullets combined with numbering for InDesign?

I want to achieve something like a bullet and then a number: Recommendation 1-1: Foo I'd like to have deep control over the bullet. I've tried a variety of mechanisms including: Drop caps ...
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how to print saddle stitch booklet from a Indesign book file?

I was wondering if anyone knows how to print saddle stitch booklet from Book File? I know how to do it from normal Indesign file. However, book file is different since there are so many different ...
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Weird grey boxes on PDF export and (huge) quality difference in Apple Preview and Adobe Acrobat

I've exported tens (if not hundreds) of PDFs with InDesign and I've never experienced this problem. It's pretty weird... The problem is that grey boxes appear around some objects. Next to that, the ...
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How to batch update multiple image links in InDesign CS5 or CS6?

I am using Adobe InDesign CS5.5 and / or CS6 (depending on if this feature can be found in one or the other program). Does anyone know if there is a way to batch update multiple image links in ...
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Making ogoneks with GREP style

I followed this solution to make Polish ogoneks in InDesign through GREP style BUT every time I use it, the negative tracking is also be applied to the space or next character which immediately ...
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InDesign, Grep and Syntax Highlighting

I have to make an e-book that contains code snippets. I am using GREP to select all code tags (bounded by <> — triangular brackets), and apply a custom style to them. The RegEx I have developed: ...
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How to change default text settings in Adobe 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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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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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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Change weight of font while maintaining local formatting in InDesign

I have a large block of text that is set to "book" with local italics throughout being set to "book italic." I'd like to increase the weight of the whole works: with the stuff currently set at "book" ...
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Does InDesign have an Edit Artboard-like tool, like Illustrator has?

The size of the poster I am making in InDesign keeps getting adjusted as I work on it. When I changed its width from 60 inches wide to 55 inches wide using Document Setup, it made that change but ...
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Adobe Indesign master pages not aligning properly when loaded or synchronized

I have document DA with master page MB that is based on master page MA. In another document DB I load the master pages from DA. The master page MB is shifted down, the items shifted down are the ones ...
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InDesign: In a table of contents, conflicts between bold & italic text

In my InDesign document, figure captions are bold when they appear in the body of the document, and non-bold when they appear in the list of figures. But when I need to italicize text in a figure ...
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Setting object style in InDesign

I'm trying to somehow set InDesign object style for images that I add into text frame directly so they flow along with text when I edit content. My document is of technical nature so it has a single ...
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Rich black : faded gray appears colored

I have a question about using rich black for a print document. In InDesign, I set a rich black color for the background (0/80/0/100), and I need to set a faded round gray shape, with an opacity around ...
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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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Make an index where “cat” also refers to “cats”

I'm trying to make an index with page references. I want the word "cat" to be in the index and point to all the pages where the word "cat" is. So far so good. But I also want the same word "cat" to ...
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Tri-fold Brochure in Indesign - How do you handle fold lines?

How do people handle margins and gutters when designing a tri-fold brochure in InDesign? When a brochure is folded in three, the inside flap ends up being smaller than the other two flaps, so if I ...