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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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A3 indesign file, wanting to export to A4 PDF how?

I'm sure this can be done, just cant figure out how. I'm needing to export my portfolio as a pdf but my indesign document is a3, i see no option to chose the size. Any help? Thanks
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How can I fit multiple pages on to one A3 PDF page in Adobe InDesign?

I want the document in the screenshot below to export as PDF on a single A3 paper format with crop marks. So all 6 pages have to fit on a single page, A3 print size. Right now I am only able to ...
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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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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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How to use an Illustrator graphic as a text bullet in InDesign?

I've created a vector image in Illustrator. I would like to import it into InDesign and use it as bullets. I googled it but they just mention pasting it on to the clipboard and they don't explain ...
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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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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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“Paste Into” tool not working

I can't figure out how to use the "paste into" tool, specifically to create what the image displays from this article. I'm selecting photo #1 from the target so that the border around the photo is ...
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InDesign text box column adding bottom gap

I'm having a problem lining up the text in my columns. The frames themselves are set to align top. The images below show examples of how the text will display eventually if the frame is lengthened ...
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How to print to PDF on Mac OS X from Adobe InDesign CS6?

I'm trying to print a booklet to a PDF file instead of a printer in Adobe InDesign CS6. Adobe Acrobat X Pro is supposed to allow this: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/print-to-pdf.html So ...
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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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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 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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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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Why are my screenshots blurry in InDesign when I export to a PDF?

Just so you know I am very new to Creative Suite. I am trying to make a whitepaper using InDesign and then export it into a PDF. The PDF looks blurry if I export it at anything, but 300ppi. The ...
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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with ...
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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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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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Simplest Program to create alternating page layouts

I'm looking for an easy to learn layout program that allows me to create alternating page layouts. MS Word does NOT seem to have this feature (argh!). By simplest I mean lowest learning curve. This ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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How to repair InDesign document that categorically crashes the Application

I have a document that I created that now categorically crashes ID. I've tried opening the file on multiple computers (Windows) and multiple versions of ID (7 and 8). The document opens, and then, the ...
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How to still keep the automatic InDesign page shuffling while starting a new section on the left or right side?

I have a document in InDesign and I need to start a section on the left side, but InDesign only allows me to do this if shuffling is set to manual. This means that if I need to add a page at the ...
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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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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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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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How to create an arrow in Adobe Indesign

I've used an arrow like this: ➜ ...in lots of programs - on the web in WordPress, in MSWord, even TextEdit. But when I paste the arrow into an inDesign document, it's not recognised. Is this arrow ...
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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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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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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 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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InDesign CS6 - Export selected pages OR Select all objects on page

I'm looking for a way in InDesign CS6 to do one or both of the following: 1) Export one or more pages based on the selection in the Pages panel without relying on the Range selector in the Export ...
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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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How would you print extremely small words (microprinting)

The Problem: I am working on a project and I wanted to add super fine print (words and graphics). When I say small I am not referring to 7pt type at 300dpi business card small. I am referring to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...