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Editing Arabic text in Indesign - how to get sane cursor behavior

On occasion, I have to edit multilingual documents in InDesign, containing both English and Arabic. My system locale is English. I've got Indesign set up to display the Arabic text correctly, but ...
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Chapter numbering breaks by skipping a title

I'm translating a book and the original has the following headers: 1 1.1 1.1.1 1.1.2 1.2 1.3 2 3 3.1.1 My level 3 numbering uses ^1.^2.^# What happens is that, since ther's no 3.1, the numbering ...
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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 ...
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Does InDesign support page sets?

We're creating a set of user manuals with different versions. In some versions, not all the pages should be included. For instance, in version A, everything should be included. In version B, pages 6 ...
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How can I give a name to an image in Corel with Eps format?

I want to export my images from Corel into InDesign. So I export it with a name that I want, but the problem is that when I export my image, Corel automatically adds a number sequence (eg. ...-1, ...-...
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Is there an InDesign to XPS workflow other than printing to an XPS “printer”?

The book I'm designing was requested originally in PDF format, and that's how it's set up in InDesign. So far, so good, and it's about 90% complete at this point. We've already jumped through a fair ...
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How to set the width of one item based on the width of another item in InDesign?

I am taking a bunch of text snippets and creating boxes that are 0.2 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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There and Back Again: What changed when importing a vector from Illustrator to Indesign?

I designed this portfolio piece for a class using Illustrator, and in my rendering I created a crayon by revolving a shape along its axis. I then used Object -> Expand Appearance and it appeared ...
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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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What icons can I use to represent “Essential” or “Desirable”?

I'm putting together a brochure for a job spec, and want to put a table with "Desirable" or "Essential" attributes on it. Not sure what to go with for the icons for Essential / Desirable though. It's ...
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Photoshop / Illustrator / InDesign - placed image different dimensions and resolution

The same problem over and over again - why do images placed in Id/Ai show different size than in PS? I've made image in PS of about 2000x1500 pixels at 300 PPI. Then made Ai document of 2500x1600 ...
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Software like InDesign or QuarkXPress to create instructional documents

I'm creating a booklet on teaching programming through examples and exercises. What's the best software for writing the pages? It'll be code examples, exercise questions and some diagrams. I'm new ...
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What is InDesign used for?

What is Adobe InDesign used for as opposed to Photoshop or Illustrator?
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Set first letter of paragraph to different color in InDesign

In my document I want to color the first letter in my paragraph (among other things). I already found out how to set the first letter as initial, but now I also want to change its color based on the ...
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Why won't a font allow embedding in a .pdf? Will it print right anyway?

When I export to PDF from InDesign I keep getting this error message: "This font could not be embedded due to licensing...The PDF will not be created if the glyphs cannot be represented." Yet the ...
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Why is my background white when exported as PDF in InDesign?

I have a problem with Adobe InDesign. When I change the page's background color (by modifying the Swatches>Paper color), and export it to PDF by going to File>Export, in InDesign - the outcome of that ...
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Why is my .pdf so much larger in file size than the InDesign file I created it from?

I have a 17MB InDesign file. Not a huge file size for a 40 page booklet. When I convert it to a pdf it blows out to 70MB! Usually the file size is reduced when saved to a pdf. I can't figure this one ...
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Right-aligned tabbing not working as expected in InDesign

Working on creating a table of contents. It's right aligned, and since the page numbers go into double digits, I wanted to have a tab in between the page number and the page title so I know that the ...
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Indesign adding white strokes to stroked text when exporting to PDF

I am working on a very basic InDesign project (my first one), and have one trouble that is progressively driving me crazy. I need some bold text, and so have added a 0.25pt black stroke to my 10pt ...
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Indesign RGB color space

Is there a way to set the colorspace to sRGB in indesign? I remember doing this in indesign cs3 years ago and i can't recall how to do this for cs5.
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Number paragraphs at end in Indesign

I am creating a document which needs to have the paragraphs numbered at the end. For example: "If you don’t want to use one of the existing bullet characters, you can add other bullet characters 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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How can I find a mentor to critique my work?

I'm a self-learning graphic designer. I work with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and I thought I was doing fine until I got this big shock at work. I've been working for a year at some web design ...
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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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Data merge “at once”

I get the feeling that I do not really want Data merge, but something similar... I want to merge a .csv file into my InDesign document, have it formatted in a similar way as if I was using Data merge, ...
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What Adobe CS5 program should be used to make A4 multi-page brochure?

I want to know what Adobe CS5 program to use to make A4 multi-page brochure? I have the full master suite so I wanted to know what is best to use for this?
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indesign equivalent of ms word's “Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style” feature

In microsoft word, for paragraph formatting, you have this option: "Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style" Is there a similar feature in indesign? Note: this question is also ...
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Indesign: how to style a paragraph so that it will occupy no vertical space in the document flow (similar to “float” in css)

I am laying out a book that has line numbers on every fifth line. I want it to look like this: line # text line text line text line text line text text line text line text line text ...
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Why do some letters look odd at 100% but not 200%?

I'm looking at a document both in InDesign and, after exporting to PDF, in Acrobat, and the strangest thing is happening to my font; some letters are looking different than they should when shown at ...
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Make the same grayscale image appear in different colours in InDesign

I have seen an old InDesign file link to the same tiff image but have it in different colours just by applying those colours on the object's frame within InDesign. The tiff file itself was a 8-bit ...
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Arrow (or any other shape) as part of Heading Styling - Adobe InDesign

I want to create headings in a book, which are encapsulated in a box with a small arrow at the bottom. See the Photoshop mockup below. Is there a way to make a paragraph style or something similar ...
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How to retrieve an image which is gone yet still present in the document?

In my document I used images which are now gone (files were deleted) but yet they are still in my document. When packaging the document, InDesign says links are missing though. I don't understand this,...
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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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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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Padding between border and text in textframe InDesign

Is there a way in InDesign CS6 to add space between the text and its border? Or do I have to just make a shape behind the text instead?
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How to merge two images, so that one will take the shape of the other?

Got two images, one of an old sheet of paper with jagged edges. The other is a photo of beach. How can I merge them together, so that the beach image will take the shape of the other picture, i.e. ...
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What resolution do I need for images placed in InDesign?

I am creating a A4 Print PDF file from InDesign. From the InDesign file I am doing the following : File > Adobe PDF presets > [High Quality Print] Doing this exports a PDF file from InDesign pretty ...
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Designing A PDF That Can Be Printed At Home

I have designed plenty of documents that have been printed, but always professionally. I have been asked to design a (short) PDF that can be distributed online and which many readers might choose to ...
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Professional Powerpoint design from Indesign

I just have some very basic questions regarding how a professional designer would approach creating an impressive Powerpoint presentation using todays techniques. The presentation has to be made in ...
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Set an alternate baseline grid in an InDesign document, different to the rest of the document

Baseline grids in InDesign are set on a per-document basis, in preferences. What if I need a different baseline grid somewhere in a document? Can I override the document baseline grid in one section,...
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Should my white logo be a Spot or Process color for printing?

I am creating my logo in Illustrator (ready to place in InDesign as part of a DVD sleeve.) and I'm wondering if I should be choosing 'Spot Color' or 'Process Color' for my whites. (For the other ...
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How to create a new master page based on the current regular page?

There are easy ways to take a current style and turn it into a Paragraph Style, Character Style, etc. Is there any equivalent for Master Pages? I.e. taking the margins etc of an existing regular page,...
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InDesign CC: Can you spellcheck by style?

I have an enormous conference book which includes over 100 pages of attendee names with their titles and companies. I don't want to spellcheck the names of the people, but I do want to check titles (...
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Indesign stroke resize

I'm using Adobe Indesign CC 2015. When I create a shape, by default it will add a black stroke to it. So if I need to create a 2 inches square for example, it will be 2 inches stroke included. But if ...
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Working with InDesign paragraph styles and text indenting with paragraph rules

I'm trying to create a "Pull Quote" paragraph style and having issues with spacing. I'd like the paragraph to have "padding" or text indenting around all sides (I realize that padding is the wrong ...
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How do you split table cells in Indesign(CC) independent of each row?

Using tables in indesign CC. If you split a row into multiple columns those columns run the entire height of the table - much like in HTML. Can you independently move the cells with the rows, outside ...
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How to create a page template of solid and dotted lines for handwriting practice?

I am looking to make a tear off children's handbook for writing practice of words. I wanted to know how make "dotted lines" or "four lines" template that is to the standards of what child handbooks ...
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Can InDesign paragraph styles be exported out as XML or CSS for review?

I've been spending more time in InDesign's paragraph styles I've found where a document can be created with set styles and used as a template but Im trying to figure out how I can review that InDesign ...
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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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Making custom sized columns in InDesign

I have an A5 2 fold template. Mathematically it should mesasure 444mm wide (3 x 148 by 210mm height or 3 x A5 paper) but I have set it to be 441mm as one of the sides (of A5) will be folded into the ...