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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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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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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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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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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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How to place a double spread InDesign document into another InDesign document

We are designing a magazine using InDesign. Our Setup: 1 InDesign Document (we cal it the Ladder) that binds all below mentioned document into the Magazine. A lot of Single Page InDesign Documents. ...
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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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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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Gradient Fills in InDesign

how do I create a gradient fill in InDesign where both ends have zero opacity to the fill but the middle is 100% opaque? For example a box over a black background has a fill that is transparent to ...
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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 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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How to use photoshop file in Indesign for print (having Pantone colors)

I have a question for you guys... :) I have Pantone Colors in my photoshop files. However, I am also using Indesign to do final composing and exporting of the design. I was wondering what is the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Adobe indesigncs5.5 not printing the same as on the screen

In a single page document all appears well on the screen. When printing it prints farther to the right, not centered. I have reloaded indesign. I have reloaded the printer driver. I have adjusted ...
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What is the default size of printable PDF of photography magazine in In Design?

What is the default size of printable PDF of photography magazine in In Design? I like to make photography magazine for online as well as print. I want to know is there any standard size photography ...
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Have PDF hyperlinks open in a new window in InDesign CS5

I'm created an InDesign file using CS5. Where do I find the option to have my hyperlinks open in a new browser window? When I create the PDF from InDesign and post the PDF on my web site the links ...
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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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Can I automatically insert name label in indesign?

I work with a group of designers on a project using InDesign. Is there anyway we can automatically assign the name of the person working on it into the Indesign document every time the document is ...
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Background Object Outlines on “Print Booklet” but not on “Export”

I am using Adobe CS6 and have been using the "Export" function within InDesign for many years. I am tired of creating brochures in "Printer's Spreads": [Blank Page] [8,1] [2,7] [6,3] [4,5] I want to ...
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InDesign cc - text wrap inconsistent

I have a multi-page document set up on logically ordered layers (background, photos, type, etc. in ascending order, so type on top). On some pages, text wrap works perfectly! On other pages, the text ...
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InDesign: Find a character at the end of each line

How can I find a character "-" at the end of the line in Adobe InDesign? I do not want to be at the end of the sentence/paragraph, but the line.
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How to make GREP match everything between two markers, regardless the Forced Line Brake occurance

I'm wondering if it's possible to make GREP "jump over" the Forced Line Brake (FLB), while he is searching for particular keyword. I have a text frame containing multiple Companies described by three ...
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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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InDesign ignores Illustrator artboard?

When placing a *.ai in InDesign, InDesign auto-crops the frame if part of the Illustrator artboard is empty. Even if I outline the Illustrator artboard with a no-stroke, no-fill rectangle, InDesign ...
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Tools to aid compatibility between InDesign CS6 and earlier versions

In our office we have multiple users all using different levels of creative suite, they include CS5, CS5.5 and CS6. Most adobe files seem to work fine when switching between different CS versions, ...
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Indesign numbering appendixes in a book

I am working on different documents to create a Book. I have managed to fix all references, figures, numbering, etc But I do not know how to solve the following problem with appendixes: I have 3 ...
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Automatically remove underlined whitespace on line-break in Indesign

See the underline continues after the word "trademarks", before the line-break?
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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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How to export to pdf from indesign retaining existing image compression?

I have a document with images. I need the best quality/size ratio. Now I use the "save for web" feature from photoshop because it allows exactly that. When I place my images in indesign it looks ...
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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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Can you create interactive pdf with changing images on mouseover?

Is it possible to produce pdf files with InDesign that have interactive images on them? For example, the initial appearance of the image is black/white but once the mouse touches it, it changes to a ...
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How to set a “rule” to apply automatically a font to a certain word?

I'm translating a document in Adobe InDesign. There is a sort of rule that make the word "Action" italic every time I type it in. Where can I modify that rule? I need to add a similar rule for the ...
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Can data merge put multiple records on the same page with specific placement for each item?

A simple example would be a map of the United States. If I want to overlay the state name, capital city, and population in their proper location on the map...is there a way I can use data merge to ...
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Image as background for magazine cover in InDesign

I've created a new car guide magazine, similar to this example. However, I cannot get the image to fit exactly to the page size, in my case 222 x 291 mm ( width x height) and it ends up looking ...
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Indesign data merge and facing pages

I know that my question is could already be asked, but I can't find a clear answer. I'm new to Indesign (i'm coming from webdesign), and I have to create a catalog. Each page contains the photo of a ...
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With modern digital publishing process is there any reason to use InDesign for a final advertisement?

One of the most cited things I've found online is to create final advertisements in InDesign to send publishing companies because it will result in better text quality. Is this just for high end ...
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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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Avoid text error in a huge book

My question is extremely weird, so please don't down vote before read it all. I'm a programmer enthusiastic and a graphic/web designer. 6 months ago, I came across an extremely annoying huge wall in ...
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Best way to export a Job application to a client for easy editing

This is my first topic, so go easy on me. :D I got a customer who wants me to design her job application. I want to design it with Adobe illustrator and set up the text with indesign. However the ...
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What is the best Adobe software for designing a résumé?

I have been creating my CV with Photoshop for several years now. I've heard and seen it myself, that this is not the right tool at all to design a résumé. I never used the other tools from the Adobe ...
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InDesign Merge Data Text width fit frame width and not the opposite

Good Evening, I would like to have my text width stretching automatically to its Text frame in InDesign CS6. (I want the text adapting to the frame and not the frame adapting to the text) So the ...
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Bulk relink images in InDesign when the path structure has changed

We've got a load of images linked into an InDesign document which are linked like this: user/documents/project-name/images/batch2/image1.png The actual images are sub-filed like this images/batch1, ...
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How do I use an Adobe Illustrator Die-Cut File as a template in Adobe InDesign?

so my manufacturer was nice enough to give me die-lines in illustrator, but i want to use them as cutmarks/die-lines in InDesign, mainly to keep learning InDesign. I imagine there's a pretty simple ...