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Recoloring .eps files

I've got 280 .eps files with QR-codes that I data merge into InDesign. However, I need to change the black color into the company color. I can't find a way of doing this in InDesign directly, so I'm ...
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InDesign: Threaded text with different master pages

I have two master pages, "2-col Master" and "4-col Master". I start out with a 4-col page and insert text. InDesign will insert the remaining pages (each with 4-cols) until the text is complete. How ...
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Indesign margin collapse setting?

I have two paragraph styles defined in my InDesign document: Heading1 has the space after set at .75 inches and Heading2 has space before set at .5 inches. In only one spot in my document does the ...
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Creating bookmarks in indesign?

I am creating a catalog in InDesign and I am using the “book” feature because I have different files to create my catalog all into one. I am trying to create bookmarks, so that when I PDF the book, ...
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Can I put a single word before my indent?

I'm working on a movie script. I'm having some issues with my indents... All the spoken text is outlined to the left, but I want the name of the speakers to be in front of this paragraph. The name of ...
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In Indesign, how do I set the top margin of a page following a page break (chapter)?

So, I have a page, make a hard page break, so that content flows to the next page. I would want the next page/frame following such a hard break to have a top margin of n cm, but not other pages. What ...
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Adobe InDesign: how can I get the CMYK code from a color that I have saved in RGB in the swatches?

I'm making a work for school and I have to put together color palettes for some pictures. I also want to indicate the RGB and the CMYK code but when I get a color from a picture with the Eyedropper ...
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How can I use GREP to find all text between bullet and equals sign in bullet list in InDesign?

I have a bulleted list with several entries, it's a list of keyboard shortcuts, similar to the text below: alt+shift+ctrl+2 = Lock Others alt+shift+ctrl+3 = Hide Others alt+ctrl+b = Blend ...
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Vectors or 300 dpi TIFFs for printing?

I have worked with CreateSpace before and used AI vector images on the cover and interior PDF of a book, but the images all printed pixelated. After complaining, CreateSpace told me to only use 300 ...
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ID renumbering TOC

I need to create a master table of contents that incorporates two 100-page documents. Each document has its own table of contents. So, the master TOC would list both of the TOCs of the two documents ...
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How to make Indesign tables of contents interactive, with clickable jump links in the exported PDF

I couldn't find any simple resource saying how to make Adobe Indesign tables of contents interactive, so that each item in the electronic version of the exported PDF is a live hyperlink / cross ...
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Inserting a new column in InDesign changes the paragraph style by adding a + to the name. Why?

When I add a new column to a table in InDesign CS6 and I click into a new created cell it has a + in the style name. When I hover over the style it shows: "Overrides(alt+click to clear): (align: flush ...
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100% black problem on indesign and pdf?

Currently I am facing a HUGE crisis about this 100% black not being right for printing and coming out as 4 colours, in my InDesign document. My swatch for the black text is set at c=0 m=0 y=0 and ...
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Creating a book using InDesign

I'm learning about InDesign (using versions CS5.5 and CS6 - depending on which computer I use). I am competent at using it at a basic level - creating INDDs, creating joboption files for PDF export, ...
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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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How to undo alternate layout in InDesign CS6?

I clicked Create Alternate Layout in my InDesign CS6 document without really understanding what it was for, to try and fix a margin problem I was having trouble with. Now the document has been split ...
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Font conversion from (unknown file type - maybe .pfa) with .afm

I have been given a font that has a .afm file with another file that doesn't actually have a file type. I'm unsure what the file type is meant to be but, on my Mac, when it installs it, it can read ...
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Problem printing Booklet in Indesign to a PDF using postscript

I have this message in Acrobat Distiller when trying to PDF a booklet from Indesign CS5: Acrobat Distiller 9.5.1 Started: Wednesday, 1 August 2012 at 10:22 AM Adobe PostScript software version: ...
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InDesign: How do I automatically style body text differently depending on the prior paragraph style?

in indesign, I have a paragraph style line number and another style body text when a paragraph of style body text is preceded by a paragraph of style line number, I would like to style that body ...
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How can I prevent Export/Printing of an InDesign document if placeholders are still in place?

Pretty straightforward, as in the title. Our University paper's staff sometimes doesn't have the manpower to even Search for Lorem Ipsums, and often times other basic omissions occur, like updating ...
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How to create a bookmark that is a URL in InDesign?

In InDesign, how do I create a bookmark (i.e., a bookmark that will be exported to a PDF file) that is a hyperlink to a URL?
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Use data merge of indesign using console or through an API

I am trying to evaluate Adobe Indesign for my needs. In this regards, I asked http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6164612/generate-a-catalog-for-print-and-web I looked at the tutorial posted in the ...
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Indesign exports A4 document as US Letter .pdfs

When exporting a document created in InDesign which has A4 selected under File > Document Setup > Page Size into a .pdf by using File > Export > Adobe PDF (Print) format and use the default 'High ...
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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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How can I open my InDesign 7.2 document in 6.0 or convert it into PDF?

I have a document that was saved as a InDesign 7.2. Now I have version 6.0, and I was wondering if there is any way to open it or convert it online to a 7.2 document and/or PDF.
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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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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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Paper size and printed magazine question

I'm designing a magazine, and it's trim size is 272mm x 342mm when printed. One of my other test InDesign files is 222mm x 291mm at trim size (a fictitious local tourist guide). What paper size would ...
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Indesign CS5 relink all links when moving to a different computer

I have done a lot of work on a lot of files. To give them to a new designer working for us, I have put them on an external HDD and passed them over. But he now has to open up every file individually ...
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Get the start and finish of text in a certain character style in Indesign GREP

I've been fighting with InDesign GREP find/change quite a bit and couldn't find any way to get it to look at the start and the end of a character style. This is necessary if, for example, you want to ...
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Automating splitting of an image between pages in inDesign

I'm going to be printing from inDesign onto a borderless printer. I want images that bleed over from one page onto the next to continue without a gap. The document is too long to use vertical page ...
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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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Is there a template to display a tri-fold or page-turn for a portfolio?

I'm building my portfolio, and rather than handing out hundreds of various designs, I want to put several items on one page. But I also want to illustrate what they are, such as a tri-fold or ...
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Can I set DPI per image/page as opposed to document-wide in InDesign?

I am making a book with some of my photography. I have not been blessed with the best camera in the world so my images range between 1100px squared to 2000px squared. The print size per image will be ...
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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: I need a repeating image on every page, and paragraph styles with a variable aren't working

I have a lot of sub-chapters and each sub-chapter needs to have on each page an image. I was thinking of putting the image on the first page of the sub-chapter and set to paragraph style A. Then ...
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InDesign 5.5 Section Numbering

I am putting together a telephone directory, and I was trying to figure out a good way of getting section markers to work for me. My setup has 3 towns: Burford, Paris and St George. Under each of ...
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How do I use a document more than once in a book in inDesign CS6?

When setting the page ordering of a book in inDesign, I am having trouble figuring out how to have the same document show up twice. I am creating a business book that has the same forms appearing ...
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InDesign - exporting PDF and viewing it in proof colours?

I exported a PDF from InDesign CS5 - it worked well, no issues with the program or the output of the PDF. My problem relates to color - this area's fairly new to me. My OS is Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow ...
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InDesign - Can't see purple alignment lines in CS6

In InDesign CS5 I could draw a text box, drag it on page, and see purple lines that helped me align. Where did they go in CS6? I don't see them as I drag text boxes. Ideas?
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Data merge and layout of photoshop files

I have a PSD where the design contains a text layer. I want to generate a version of the image for each name in a text file and lay out the results 6-up on a page for printing without any scaling or ...
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Versioning pages in an Adobe InDesign document

In designing many new student worksheets and their corresponding answer sheets, we frequently have to modify them. The problem then is there are mismatches, a student will hand in an older worksheet ...
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Indesign cs5.5 export as Epub interactive

i'm testing how far i can go with interactive epub format ebook.I've just added two buttons (prev and next) and 3 overlapping pictures to make a mini-slideshow. I've tested this on my pc with the ...
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Please help me grid this A4 landscape poster

I'm working on this simple A4 landscape poster basically saying "adobe.com/" (newline) "indesign" with big letters in the middle of the page, and a small lipsum footer at the bottom. But I'm having a ...
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how can I create an index automatically in indesign?

I'm planning to create an index automatically and then fine tune the entries manually. I remember having done it in the past but now I cannot figure out how.
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Apply different master page

I'm formatting a simple book (novel) document. I have basically two master pages, one is for basic pages (a large text field and a page number) and the other is for the first page of a chapter, with ...
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InDesign: base an item's width off another item?

I am taking a bunch of text snippets and creating boxes that are .2 inches wider than the text snippet to use as a background for it. I have hundreds of these to make. I can't think of a way to ...
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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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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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Rename text anchor and update cross-reference text

I have quite a few text anchors in a document and now the naming of the text anchors has to be changed. Does someone know how to rename text anchors (have not found a rename option yet) Is it then ...