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Insert a variable on many pages in Adobe InDesign to fill in when printing PDF

I have a "Name" field on many worksheet pages which I want automatically filled in with a particular student's name when printing. I know in InDesign I can just create a master page that those ...
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InDesign CS5: Placeholder for “number of pages in a document”?

Much as I loathe Microsquish's Word, it does allow you to insert into a header or footer the automated text "Page X of Y." When using InDesign, it's easy to set up the "Page X" part on a master ...
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Set fonts per document

Like many people, I have hundreds of fonts installed in my library. Is there any way to set fonts available on a per document basis for Adobe apps (or any other apps for that matter)?
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InDesign Gradients Showing a lot of Gray

Right now, I'm trying to create a radial gradient for a client who uses Pantone 282 and Pantone 5415 (Navy Blue and a sort of Slate Blue). The problem is, I'm getting this ugly-as-sin gray taking up a ...
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InDesign inline column reflow?

In InDesign, I know that I can break a text box into columns pretty easily by selecting it and playing with these options: I also know that I can set up the margins and columns and then use linked ...
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Disappearing InDesign Text

I am working on a page someone else created as a master page, and want to add a text box to the page. I created the box and placed my text in it, but the text is not visible. If I drag the text box ...
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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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What is the best page size, in pixels, for a PDF to be read on iPhone?

I want to design an instruction manual to be read on an iPhone and maybe Android devices. I know that the iPhone screen width is 320 pixels. What would the best page size be? What is the best height? ...
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Can I automatically replace missing fonts by other fonts in inDesign?

I have an inDesign document in which certain fonts don't work (size equal to zero for PC fonts). Is there a way to have these fonts automatically replaced by other fonts of my choice? If so, can I ...
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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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InDesign grep rule that applies to everything then stops if it reaches a certain character?

InDesign GREP rules can get a bit mind-bending. Suppose you want a paragraph style with a GREP style rule that applies a character style to everything except text after a certain character. Something ...
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insert the same image on every other page

I am creating a booklet and want to include a small image on every odd page. To do that, use master pages, right? But here's the catch - I want to rotate and move the image just a little as the pages ...
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InDesign: Blank pages on 1,4 when creating a booklet?

I'm trying to supply the printer with a 2-page saddle up print job - which I'm assuming is a 2 page spread stapled in the middle and folded. The document is a 22 page booklet, The 1st page is the ...
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Strange annoying 1px line when I save a PDF from InDesign

I am creating a PDF file from InDesign and sometimes(90% of the times) when I export my work from InDesign into a PDF file a strange annoying 1px line appears(view immage) at the edge of the ...
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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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Select only one side of a text frame in InDesign CS6

I am designing a fillable form in InDesign CS6 (Mac) and want to add a border to only the bottom of certain text frames. My question is: how do I select only one side of a text frame?
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1st time sending PDF book of 48 pages created from InDesign to press

While I've been sending PDFs to press for years, I've never sent an annual 48 page booklet to press as a PDF. I've always sent InDesign package. I guess the thing that makes me most nervous is the ...
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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 ...
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Is there a difference between the actual ruler and InDesign's inches scale?

I am pretty new to InDesign. I have set my scale to measure in inches. Today I had an actual physical-ruler (like the one image below) lying around so I picked it up and compared it with the scale on ...
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Setting quote type for Indesign paragraph style

In an Indesign document, I have two kinds of paragraphs: Normal (English) text, and source code snippets. In the normal text, Indesign is very clever, so I get nice typographers quotes, and all is ...
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INDESIGN: How do I unlock an object larger than the page?

I have an object larger than the pasteboard. It's lock icon is outside in the grey field and not visible. How do I unlock it?
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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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InDesign changes document dimensions when exporting to PDF

I've been sent an inDesign document with many pages. Format: A4 landscape. Most of the pages are double (two landscape A4 pages one next to the other) but some are triple (three A4 pages one next to ...
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Custom page numbering in InDesign

I'm creating two catalogues with some overlapping parts so I'm working with two different .indd files. First catalogue (35 pages in total, excluding cover and back) is all ready and and page ...
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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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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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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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InDesign CS6 - Same weight stroke on different placed images appear different size

I created an object style to apply to pasted images in my document. The object style has a 6 point white stroke. I then applied this object style to two images and the size of the stroke is visually ...
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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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Is it possible to guarantee the exact trim point of a design?

I'm designing a business card for a client, and they have asked to use a geometric repeating pattern as a background on part of the card. Initially I thought of placing the pattern flush against the ...
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How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6?

How to lock the position and size of a text-frame in InDesign CS6? I would like to lock those properties in each page in Indesign. Sometimes the designers get wrong and drag and drop the text frame ...
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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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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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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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How to make Word 2010 Justified like adobe InDesign?

I compared the screenshot of result betwen InDesign vs MsWord, and I think InDesign has better "Justify" than Microsoft Word. I think MsWord's justify is too much space between words. Is it possible ...
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In InDesign, how to leave a fixed space from start of previous paragraph?

I want to apply a style to a title and have the next text start in the same vertical position everywhere i do this (a space before, but from the start, and not the end, of the previous paragraph). ...
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Powerpoint-like presentations with InDesign?

So I'll have to create a few presentations and I'm not sure what software I want to use. I distinctly dislike the Microsoft Office programs; I have used LibreOffice Impress before, but it wasn't my ...
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Pdf output looks different when exported from InDesign vs CorelDraw?

I have created a design in CorelDraw. While publishing it to PDF, it gets washed out. That might be due to some color management issue. Now, when I'm create the same design in InDesign the PDF ...
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Can you design print material with the intent to use LC and LM?

When printing material that will include photos it is best to use Lc and Lm (Light Cyan and Light Magenta) to aid in the quality of the print. The description from Wiki says: CcMmYK, sometimes ...
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How to automatically apply alternate Master pages in inDesign CS6?

I have set up two different spreads as Master pages and I have to alternate between them as I add new pages I want the spreads to alternate A-B-A-B, cycling through about 200 pages. Is there a ...
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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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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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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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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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PDF colours coming out 'dull' when exported as cmyk

We make quite a lot of mood boards in InDesign, which we then export as CMYK PDFs (Document CMYK - U.S Web Coated(SWOP) v2) as the image below. We then send them off to the printers to be printed on ...
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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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Is there a way to have instant spell check in InDesign?

Much like most word processors have spell check as I type, is there a way to have this done in InDesign? I'm constantly forgetting to run the spell check before sending off proofs and I'm getting a ...
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How to setup a duplex document printed both sides with page numbers in InDesign

I'm about to create an A4 business brochure magazine style of 8 pages and i was wondering how to setup my document. I have two options. 1 would be creating an A4 document, facing pages with proper ...
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Small caps not appearing on Windows computer

I've made a document on inDesign CS5 on OSX containing a section typeset in Palatino small caps. These appear fine when viewing the exported PDF on a Mac however on a Windows computer some of the ...