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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 ...
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Weird color distortion when using an effect on top of an image in InDesign

In Adobe InDesign, I have placed a pink image that I brought in from Photoshop. The below screenshot is how the pink looks like in Mac Preview (I'm on Mountain Lion). I wanted to add some lines to ...
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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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Convert Images to CMYK in Indesign

I have a large Indesign Document (about 200+ pages), and in about the half of the pages the images were copied & pasted into the document instead of linking them. These images are now somewhat ...
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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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Designing shape in InDesign - how to emulate effect from Quark XPress?

This is part of my original document from Quark XPress [Windows demo] (which I am recreating in InDesign, since I'm converting manually for now, I don't need Q2ID for now, since it's just a ...
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InDesign: How do I automatically style body text differently depending on the prior paragraph style?

in indesign, I have a paragraph style line number and another style body text when a paragraph of style body text is preceded by a paragraph of style line number, I would like to style that body ...
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InDesign: Threaded text with different master pages

I have two master pages, "2-col Master" and "4-col Master". I start out with a 4-col page and insert text. InDesign will insert the remaining pages (each with 4-cols) until the text is complete. How ...
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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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Hide text outside margin in InDesign

Is there a way to hide those parts of a textbox that are outside the page margins? In the screenshot below, I want the line to stop at the margins. Or is there another (better?) way to achieve the ...
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I want to print a double sided BOOK not booklet that is 200 pages long

My book is 200pages long.I need to print double sided but I want it bound properly so needs to be in order for guillotine and stacking.My paper size is A4 but the book is A5 sideways on the A4 paper ...
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2nd character drop cap?

I use InDesign 4. I do a lengthy quarterly journal for a non-profit. I always start my articles with a drop cap, but now I have one that begins with a open quotation mark. Is there any way to leave ...
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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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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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InDesign PNG Not Exporting Text Smoothly

Whenever I export a design as a PNG, the text on it looks all funny: It reminds me of when, in Photoshop, you mess around with the 'font smoothing' bit of the character panel. Except in InDesign, ...
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Placing PSD image in Indesign with a transparent background

I'm a novice Photoshop user... obviously... I've created a wine glass ring image using a brush, on a transparent background in Photoshop. I saved this file as a PSD. When I try to place this image ...
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How do I do these certain things in Adobe InDesign CS5.5?

Disclaimer: I'm fairly new at this, I haven't gone to school for it or anything, I'm just trying to teach myself this stuff as I go along, one piece at a time, so please, to the greatest extent ...
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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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Autosizing Textbox in Photoshop

I was wondering if there was a way to autosize a drawn out textbox to fit the height of the text in PS. Something similar to inDesign where if you double-click the bottom-center draggable point of the ...
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Indesign question about layers on objects or texts

So i haven't used InDesign in years. I'm a little embarrassed to ask this but I'd rather just find out on this site instead of taking an hour to figure it out. I would like to add layers to a shape ...
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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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OpenOffice table data merge into Indesign table (single page)

I need to import data into a table in InDesign (CS6). But i keep getting the same value in every single cell, what am i doing wrong? 1). I start by making a .csv file in OpenOffice with some test ...
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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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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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How to create 'sub' tables of contents for each section in a table of contents in Adobe InDesign?

I have a document with multiple sections that has a table of contents (TOC) at the beginning, which includes h1-h3 styles for the whole document. I want to create a sub TOC for a single section that ...
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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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InDesign constantly checks cross-references documents

When I create cross-references to other documents, InDesign gets very slow accessing to disk all the time (I can see the Windows icon) unless I open all related documents. Is there a way to ...
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Adobe InDesign: how can I get the CMYK code from a color that I have saved in RGB in the swatches?

I'm making a work for school and I have to put together color palettes for some pictures. I also want to indicate the RGB and the CMYK code but when I get a color from a picture with the Eyedropper ...
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How can I use GREP to find all text between bullet and equals sign in bullet list in InDesign?

I have a bulleted list with several entries, it's a list of keyboard shortcuts, similar to the text below: alt+shift+ctrl+2 = Lock Others alt+shift+ctrl+3 = Hide Others alt+ctrl+b = Blend ...
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Vectors or 300 dpi TIFFs for printing?

I have worked with CreateSpace before and used AI vector images on the cover and interior PDF of a book, but the images all printed pixelated. After complaining, CreateSpace told me to only use 300 ...
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ID renumbering TOC

I need to create a master table of contents that incorporates two 100-page documents. Each document has its own table of contents. So, the master TOC would list both of the TOCs of the two documents ...
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Is there a way to record an action that sets guides to a 3 or 5 grid for a variable doc size?

I'm looking to record an action that will set guides in a 3x3, 5x5, 3x5 and 5x3 grid on my canvas in equal partitions, but I want it to be able to work for any document size. I'm interested in doing ...
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Inserting a new column in InDesign changes the paragraph style by adding a + to the name. Why?

When I add a new column to a table in InDesign CS6 and I click into a new created cell it has a + in the style name. When I hover over the style it shows: "Overrides(alt+click to clear): (align: flush ...
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Make 100 PDFs with unique code

I have a text document/csv with 100 unique codes that should be used for a gift card. For the gift card, I need to provide 100 PDF's each with the unique code. Is it possible to do this using ...
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Creating a book using InDesign

I'm learning about InDesign (using versions CS5.5 and CS6 - depending on which computer I use). I am competent at using it at a basic level - creating INDDs, creating joboption files for PDF export, ...
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Font conversion from (unknown file type - maybe .pfa) with .afm

I have been given a font that has a .afm file with another file that doesn't actually have a file type. I'm unsure what the file type is meant to be but, on my Mac, when it installs it, it can read ...
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Problem printing Booklet in Indesign to a PDF using postscript

I have this message in Acrobat Distiller when trying to PDF a booklet from Indesign CS5: Acrobat Distiller 9.5.1 Started: Wednesday, 1 August 2012 at 10:22 AM Adobe PostScript software version: ...
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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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Print booklet like in Adobe InDesign for PDF files?

I use the print booklet feature in Adobe InDesign to print little booklets. I actually then slice the booklet down the middle to have convenient half-size pages printed front and backside. Works ...
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InDesign HTML 5 plugin or web apps to create HTML 5 ebooks based on InDesign project

I am designing e-books for iPad & Android tablets. The problem is I have very little options to add animated effects to my e-book when doing it on InDesign (which is a must for me, as the e-books ...
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How can I prevent Export/Printing of an InDesign document if placeholders are still in place?

Pretty straightforward, as in the title. Our University paper's staff sometimes doesn't have the manpower to even Search for Lorem Ipsums, and often times other basic omissions occur, like updating ...
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How to create a bookmark that is a URL in InDesign?

In InDesign, how do I create a bookmark (i.e., a bookmark that will be exported to a PDF file) that is a hyperlink to a URL?
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Use data merge of indesign using console or through an API

I am trying to evaluate Adobe Indesign for my needs. In this regards, I asked http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6164612/generate-a-catalog-for-print-and-web I looked at the tutorial posted in the ...
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Indesign exports A4 document as US Letter .pdfs

When exporting a document created in InDesign which has A4 selected under File > Document Setup > Page Size into a .pdf by using File > Export > Adobe PDF (Print) format and use the default 'High ...
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Trying to add a list of photo credits inDesign

I am working on a book project in InDesign where each chapter is a separate documents, all compiled into a "Book" document. Each chapter has an image on the intro page and these images all come from ...
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Weird bookmarks with random string reference in InDesign generated PDF?

I have a document in InDesign with some headings and a table of contents generated from them. In the exported PDF file I get lots of bookmarks with weird names starting with "h", followed by period, ...