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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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InDesign: how can I fix pagination so linked text threads are in order again?

I'm fairly new to InDesign for complex documents (in a past life I used it for magazine layout, but I'm now typesetting a 300 page book using it) and have probably made a rookie error. My main body ...
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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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InDesign: Resetting character style after end of paragraph

Is there a way (a setting or a shortcut) in InDesign to reset a character style to None after the end of a paragraph? Paragraph styles have the option for Next Style, but this does not apply to ...
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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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Is the maximum ink percentage embedded in the pdf color profile?

I am placing some Photoshop-made artwork into InDesign and exporting to PDF for print. My artwork is quite dark, and Ps's eyedropper tells me that some of my blacks are around the 90/95/95/85 mark. My ...
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InDesign CS4 or CS5: How do I export tiles to a PDF?

Let's say I have a document which is 30 inches by 30 inches. My printer is 11x17. I need to print tiles. Let's also say that the printer is attached to a computer which doesn't have InDesign, but ...
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Generate InDesign content using XML

I'm trying to generate some content in InDesign CS5 by importing XML data, but I can't figure out how to do it. Here's what I have: XML <stuff> <person> <name>John</...
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Recoloring .eps files

I've got 280 .eps files with QR-codes that I data merge into InDesign. However, I need to change the black color into the company color. I can't find a way of doing this in InDesign directly, so I'm ...
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Rounded corners on table cells

I'm pretty sure the answer to this is 'no' but I'll ask it nevertheless. I'm designing a form in InDesign (the kind of thing you might get from a bank, a big light grey box, with white spaces to ...
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Fractions in InDesign : Typing (not ½ = Alt + 0189)

I'm wondering of anyone knows how to easily type a fraction like this: 1 - 2 (but on one baseline). I appreciate the "proper" way is : ½ = Alt + 0189; but the client has specifically asked for the ...
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In InDesign how do I change the gap between spreads?

I didn't see this Q&A here so I thought I would share. So a colleague sent me an InDesign file with a huge gap between the spreads but how can I adjust this gap so it makes the file easier to ...
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Why won't my RGB file print as RGB in InDesign?

In InDesign, I have a file that's RGB (and I set the 'intent' as web, so the program is reading it as an RGB document-I could see it), but it's printing CYMK. what printer settings do i have to change?...
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PDF from InDesign looks correct but prints bounding boxes around effects and transparencies on SOME printers

When I export my newsletter from InDesign to PDF, the resulting PDF, including all transparent graphics, rasters and effects look great on screen. When I print the PDF to a plotter (Canon IPF8300), ...
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How to turn off InDesign's smart text wrap auto-adjustments that minimise/mitigate breaking words? (make text wrap dumber)

I'm not entirely sure what this feature is called, but I'm doing something which depends on perfectly consistent lengths of strings of text, and I need to turn it off. Sometimes InDesign makes tiny ...
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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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Actual & Effective PPI in InDesign

Embarrassed to ask this question, I am not an expert at any software packages, just taught myself InDesign to do my CV and portfolio for a job vacancy. Anyway I have completed adding photos to my ...
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Center align to page or to safe area

I'm designing a cookbook in InDesign using templates from blurb.com similar to the one below. If I want a photo or a piece of text to be aligned to the centre of the page when the book prints, is it ...
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Tell element to not snap to custom baseline grid

I'm editing a template with a baseline grid (the pink lines). The one you turn on/off with Cmd+Option+' by default. I added an icon with Font Awesome and can't align it vertically with my text ...
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How to save a photoshop image for indesign and preserve the pantones?

I'm having a terrible time trying to get a photoshop image to export to an indesign file. The colors need to be in pantone as it will be printed, but whether I export to pdf or import the raw psd file ...
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Resizing ALL images on ALL pages in Indesign Document

i'm looking for an easy way to resize roughly 40 pages of barcode PNGs in indesign. If i can cut off approximately 50-60% of each barcode....well, you can see how many pages i would save at the ...
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How to have full bleed between two facing pages Indesign

Aloha all, I'm working in InDesign CS5.5 on a master plan document. I want the final document to be 11x8.5 landscape with facing pages, spiral bound to allow document to lay flat with full bleed. I ...
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Is it possible to reference two anchor texts hyperlinks for the same paragraph in Indesign

Is it possible to reference two anchor texts hyperlinks for the same paragraph in Indesign? I can create two different anchor texts for the same paragraph. However, when inserting the cross-reference,...
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Create pdf with external images

I wan't to create a pdf ready for print with an external logo file so that we can easily print many versions of the same pdf with different logos. Is anyone aware of any way you can keep an image ...
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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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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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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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Interactive elements of a PDF being hidden when viewed in iOS/Android et al

we have created an interactive PDF in InDesign CC for a client with rollovers on various charts, that display extra information when rolled over. Now obviously the rollovers are meaningless on touch ...
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Dealing with transparent objects in a PDF for Mozilla's built-in PDF reader

Anyone have clever solutions for drop-shadows from InDesign that are being uploaded in .pdf to a website? I've just learned that the new Firefox built-in reader doesn't support it, known issue (...
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Can I put a single word before my indent?

I'm working on a movie script. I'm having some issues with my indents... All the spoken text is outlined to the left, but I want the name of the speakers to be in front of this paragraph. The name of ...
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Scaling images down in InDesign and ppi

If I place a 10" X 6.7" 72 ppi .jpg into InDesign and scale the image down to about 3" X 2", does the ppi change for that image? And how can I tell?
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How do you change iBooks UI format for graphic novel?

I'm working on a digital graphic novel, moving from InDesign CS6 to iBooks and Kindle. Every page is a giant image, and I can't figure out how to get it to be in the same style as a graphic novel that ...
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Proper set up for using Indesign, exporting to PDF, and then data merging PDF

I've been doing some preliminary research regarding data merging. I have a client requesting layouts of essentially sales package components. His current workflow is to use Word to data merge with ...
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ID CS6: Can I set an exact height for a cell style?

I am working in a table. I am creating cell styles for various kinds of cells. I want to create what is essentially a spacer cell (unless there's some way to create padding-above like in CSS :) ) ...
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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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Is there a way to script InDesign to read the EXIF information of a photo?

I'm thinking of making a photo portfolio in InDesign and I have the following functionality in mind: First I would make a document of several pages containing placeholder images. Each page has a ...
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Versioning pages in an Adobe InDesign document

In designing many new student worksheets and their corresponding answer sheets, we frequently have to modify them. The problem then is there are mismatches, a student will hand in an older worksheet ...
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Layout attached to a master page but with a different swatch for every page/document

If I need to make more than a hundred documents, with the same layout but different content, it seems to make sense for me to use a master page and do them in the same InDesign file (exporting them to ...
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InDesign: Re-Link text frames to master page [duplicate]

I need to ask for your help again ;) I am working at a 200-page-Document for our high school graduation, which is going to be printed as a book and contains a page for each student with a photo and a ...
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Is there a way to mass delete text without deleting the text frames in Indesign?

I'm trying to delete text in non-linked text frames without having to individually click inside each one, select all, and delete. Is there a faster way of doing this?
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Indesign - TOC divided in multiple categories

This is something related to the question "Indesign - TOC with one chapter heading, multiple page headings". I'd like Indesign to generate a TOC like this one: News item 1 item 2 Culture item ...
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How to Force Update of All InDesign Links (Even Ones It Thinks Are Current)? [closed]

I'm working on an InDesign document that makes extensive use of linked Illustrator graphics. Many of these Illustrator graphics themselves make use of placed png images. The problem I've run into is ...
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Indesign: Find which pages apply certain masters

I couldn't find this on my own. Using InDesign CC, I have set up 17 masters and +100 pages on a document. Hovering over a page will tell me which master it has applied to it. Ideally, the converse ...
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Why a bigger picture than page is enlarged rather than shrinked in InDesign?

We want to prepare a book for electronic publishing on iPad by using InDesign. Hence in the InDesign's Document Setup we entered as intent 'Digital Publishing' and as page size 2048px X 1536px. We ...
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Is it possible to automatically remove the same object from every page in InDesign?

I have a pre-made document and I want to remove a line (same length, same stroke, same color) from every page. Is there a quick way to do this aside from deleting manually?
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Recommendation for 2 column gutter width

Hi just looking for a recommendation for standard gutter width for a 2 column layout on an A4 page. The point size is 10pt the margins are 12.7mm (the default InDesign setting) I thought this would be ...
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Can a Word Document Be turned into a Data Stream To allow for Editing over the Network to Update a link into InDesign?

So here is the idea. To have a Folder on a Server containing Word Documents for all our books and Materials. Turn These Documents into Data Streams that are linked to InDesign Documents. Allow ...
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Indesign margin collapse setting?

I have two paragraph styles defined in my InDesign document: Heading1 has the space after set at .75 inches and Heading2 has space before set at .5 inches. In only one spot in my document does the ...
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Creating bookmarks in indesign?

I am creating a catalog in InDesign and I am using the “book” feature because I have different files to create my catalog all into one. I am trying to create bookmarks, so that when I PDF the book, ...
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Combining multiple data merge documents in InDesign

I have a report made in InDesign that needs to go to several different types of recipients (e.g. study participants, advisory board, and other powers-than be). The report everyone gets is the same, ...