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How to export layers as files in InDesign

I have a one-page document with approximately 150 different layers, each containing an individual set of user credentials. I'm now looking to print 150 copies of this document, one with each set of ...
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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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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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Master page display on top in InDesign?

I read this question regarding Fireworks layers, where it said that master pages have to be applied underneath other layers. Is this true for InDesign as well? If not, how does one put the Master ...
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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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I want to number sentences in InDesign (like Bible verses)

That is, like: 1 ssdfsf sfsfdsf. 2 sfdsffd safdsdff asgg. 3 asdfdsfsag ... and so forth. Not lines, not paragraphs, not list items, but sentences. (I can accept some manual tinkering.) If this ...
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Text disappears in overprint preview CS5 & file won't export to PDF

I'm working on a freelance project doing a church directory, and when I look at it in Overprint Preview all of the text disappears. I've checked to see that it's not checked as "non-printing", master ...
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Reducing InDesign Export in Pixels [duplicate]

I created a very long booklet in Indesign which I created in 4000 x 3000 pixels. I am trying to reduce it by half in pixels so that the size of the file comes down dramatically as I am trying to get ...
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overprint showing wrong in output preview on different profiles

im having a problem concerning overprinting and the overprinting preview in acrobat pro 11. i have a sample document. exported with indesign to "ISO coated v2 (ECI)" and having the profile embedded. ...
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Spanning text across facing pages in Indesign

I have a document with 8.5x11 facing pages that will be printed on 11x17 paper. Can I span a headline across the facing pages without running into a problem with text being cut off? Or would it be ...
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How can I add a border around a paragraph style after xml import in InDesign?

I'm struggling with my first xml import, and i'm used to work with InDesign. Below is an .xml file that's been generated by a database export, and will change every month. Without any problems, I am ...
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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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Color values change between Illustrator and InDesign

I've googled and searched here for an answer to my question but haven't been able to find anything. I designed several pieces of collateral, all using the same single color. Some of the pieces I ...
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Indesign script to replace paragraph style

I am using ID CC 2014 on a Mac and there's a huge file with several hundred pages where I need to delete a certain paragraph style replacing it with another. Say there's a para style called "style-1". ...
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Why does black text look darker in InDesign compared with the PDF in Acrobat?

I am exporting a PDF for printing using the 'Press Quality' PDF Preset within InDesign, but when I view the PDF in acrobat, the black text looks much lighter than it did in InDesign. Why is there this ...
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How can i add this style to all pages in Indesign?

I already have design made in Indesign. Now I just want to add this to the bottom for every page. There'll be some text (always same) + page number. Thank you for your help
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Very small file size PDF's from InDesign, am I doing something wrong?

I am creating a 12 page booklet, 120 x 180mm. All pages are text only except for the front cover which includes a PSD background and a Illustrator vector logo. When I export using the press quality ...
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Importing AI pages into InDesign

Is it better to save AI pages as pdf and then export them as jpg files for input into master indesign document? (Lots of photos, minimal text)
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My first time designing for printing, but printers won't give me any advice or specs [closed]

Edit: I am an amateur and it is my first time designing for printing! The printers are very unhelpful unfortunately and won't help me, but I have already paid the money, so I need to make sure I've ...
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InDesign: Transparent Paragraph Shading?

I'm familiar with two methods for creating "highlighted" text in InDesign - Paragraph Shading and Paragraph Rules. Is there a way to add transparency to either? In the image below, I have some text ...
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How to set long lines of computer output without breaking on spaces

I am trying to set very long lines of computer output that have the form: text(text, "this is text that may span several lines and that may have only one or two spaces in it, or perhaps none") = text ...
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Can you put a thumbnail image into a pdf which enlarges when you click on it? [closed]

We would like to insert images into our quote in the form of thumbnails which our clients can then click on to make them full size images. Is this possible?
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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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Printing From Indesign

Does printing from In-design directly makes the colors any better in resolution than exporting to Pdf and then printing?
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Is there a way to style header rows only in InDesign CS6?

I'm currently making a bunch of tables in InDesign and for most of these i would like to have a header row using a brand colour. The tables currently look like this: And i would ideally like them ...
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Getting saddle-stitched booklets printed (cheaply)

I have a booklet designed for an amateur performance event. It's 12 pages saddle-stitched (stapled), 6 impressions on 3 sheets of paper. It's a small need for 500 copies, somI expect it will use ...
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Easy to turn off “preliminary” indicators?

Coming up to a final preview, the PDF was still reduced in image dpi, had simulated greyscale, and was without bleed and printer marks. Worried that someone would down-the-line confuse it with the ...
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Export InDesign CS5 file for Corel Draw

I'm sometimes giving small adverts that I created in ID CS5 to a local newspaper. They are building their stuff in Corel. They usually want me to either give them an image (as in jpg) or a pdf file. ...
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Defining a resolution in Indesign XML Import for an image

I import an xml file into InDesign. It contains images. <Image href="file:///path/to/file.jpg"></Image> This will load the image into the document, but it will be import with 72px/inch ...
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Make InDesign not re-hyphenate an already hyphenated word

On a publication that I work on I run into a problem where hyphenated words are hyphenated again at the end of a line. (Here's an example: self-sufficent would end up self-suffi-cent) Is there a way ...
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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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Is there a proper place to keep unused pages and scraps?

I deleted a page, only to want it back again later. Then, I moved some page content off the page region and onto the grey area associated with the spread; I know that's cut off with any kind of ...
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EPS file not displaying correctly when exported from InDesign?

I am working on a directory document that was created using InDesign CS6. It has three .eps files of map regions which were originally created in Illustrator CS6 that have been imported into the file. ...
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Printing portions of booklets

I printed a booklet to see how it was coming in the physical world, and show it to somone else. 8 pages in indesign, two covers and 3 spreads, automatically printed with the right pages on the same ...
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Print ready billboard design example

I made one simple example of print ready billboard design (4m x 3m) and I have some questions about it. 1.) In this example I used .jpg picture 7644x5000 and 96 dpi. I learned that for billboard in ...
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InDesign script to alternate text color every other line in a text box

I have a very long list of names that I need to alternate the CMYK color value every other line. I found this script online that changes the tint every 3rd line: var i, p; for (i=0; ...
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InDesign GREP style ignoring last word

I'm formatting a music program that mixes English and Chinese. I read a tip that suggested using the Chinese font in the style definition and then using a “GREP style” for switching to an English ...
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Updating-Links ignoring Layer Options

Question: How to update links when prompted, but also preserve previously selected Layer Import Options from earlier placement? (linked file has been altered to trigger prompt) Issue Context: ...
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Print Booklet feature in indesign is Shuffling my pages?

Indesign has a very handy feature only id doesn't seem to be working for me. I have set up a 20 page document with facing pages (1 being the cover and 20 the back) the second page is designed to be ...
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Why can I only unlock some elements in my master template in Adobe InDesign?

So I am using templates, and can override the locked master items (e.g. text boxes and headers) yet cannot seem to unlock an image (which I am using as a placeholder to replace with the correct image ...
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Can new-chapter page break be omitted? [closed]

How do you start new chapters on the same page? I'm using the latest InDesign. EDIT: I'm making a book, with about a hundred short chapters, sometimes as short as half a page. So far, I haven't ...
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Images blur when exporting as interactive PDF (CS6)

When I export my InDesign CS6 Document as an interactive PDF the images come out blurry even though they're all properly linked and look fine when exported to a print PDF. What can I do?
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changing spot colours to CMYK in a PDF which are then editable?

Ive been supplied a PDF with spots colours, I've worked out how to change them in adobe to CMYK but I then need to be able to slightly alter the cmyk values in indesign for our printer i.e. add 10% ...
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Copy Word doc formatting into InDesign?

How do I keep Word document formatting the same as it appears in Word when copy/pasting into InDesign? I have tried several methods and the text becomes homogenized in InDesign and loses all ...
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Extend Slug beyond 5 inches

Working in InDesign CC 2015 and I wonder if there is a way to enlarge the slug area beyond the default 6". In this case, I'm using the page size to create iPhone screen layouts, the bleed to feature a ...
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Using grep to finding long digit series and inserting thin spaces into them

On my page i have a table with over 500 rows, in it one column where all cells contain a different numbers, such as 55123, 666000, 3000 and 1459000 (figures for sums of money). I would need to insert ...
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Automatically Create Chapters with Master Pages and XML

I'm working on a catalog that contains several chapters and well over 100 pages. Luckily, I know that each chapter will be four pages long and use the same four Master Pages. In a perfect world, I ...
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Why is my vector logo pixelated around the edges

I have created my first logo in Illustrator, I have just copied it to inDesign and the edges appear very pixelated. Can any anyone explain why that might be? I have created it in CMYK format. Kind ...
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What colour system to use for print AND web publications?

Everyone loves a color best practise conversation so here goes: When I lay up publications in inDesign that will go both onto web and print I do so in CMYK (cos I love print). Then let inDesign ...
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Adobe Indesign CS6 - Make Text Frame fit text contents automatically

Is it possible to have a text frame auto-expand to fit the text in Indesign CS6? So when I continue to add text the frame containing it automatically grows in size and doesn't cut the text and show ...