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How to add catchwords using InDesign

Many books before 1800 used a feature called catchwords, repeating the first word of the page at the bottom of the previous page. Wikipedia has a small article on them and there's a good question ...
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Adobe InDesign 6 not printing booklets to edges of paper, InDesign 5.5 did

I printed booklets for my students in InDesign 5.5. Worked perfect, on US Letter paper I was able to get 2 worksheets per side. I'd cut them down the middle and have these great packets of ...
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How to insert document metadata into the contents?

I can set up the metadata of an output PDF via file → file info, but when using type → text variables → define (as hinted at here), something like metadata → title yields a "no intersecting link" - ...
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Preparing document for print to have reverse creases

I have a wedding invite that has been created as one page but it will fold like an accordion. It's a portrait page split into 4 with 3 creases. How do you go about preparing a document to have some ...
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Why use a Book?

For several years, I have managed a five-chapter book in InDesign as 12 separate files organized into a Book (five 20- to 30-page chapters, plus all the front and end matter). It just seemed to make ...
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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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Possibility to link two chapters together to show together in the toc of InDesign

A friend of mine is writing a student/teacher book. For the teachers the book should have the questions and also the answers in there. But the answer to a corresponding question should be in the ...
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Copy color to existing swatch in Adobe Indesign

I have some 20 swatches and want to change whole gamma. I perform this in Photoshop using Hue/Saturation tool. Then I put the screenshot into Indesign. But I can only create new swatches with ...
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Adjust font size to fit text to frame in InDesign

I'm using InDesign data merge to generate lots of filled-in pages. I have a specific text block which holds a name, but always needs to be on one line. Is there any way I can have InDesign ...
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In InDesign, is it possible to hide the Web Content loading icon?

I am using web content layouts to make sure my animations are shown on the iPad. If I display the magazine on an iPad, I can see a loading icon on opening the page, right before the animation starts. ...
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Set PDF “Initial View” in InDesign CS6?

When exporting a document from InDesign CS6 to PDF, is it possible to set the "initial view" of the PDF, so that the PDF opens up in "two up" (side-by-side) format by default? I can do this in ...
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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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InDesign CS6 - Update multiple displayed artboard/pages of linked files without relinking

InDesign CS6. I'd like to know if there is a way of updating a linked file's displayed artboard (.ai) or page (.pdf) without having to go through the process of relinking the file. Currently upon ...
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Do we need bleed if the Print output isn't intended to be cut (as is output)

been trying to get a handle on this bleed thing.. and i kinda get it, but for the most part it talks about making sure there are no white-outs at the edges of your printed document after it's been cut ...
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What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?

At my current company, we-- the in-house design team-- oversee the creation and ordering of each employee's business card. This involves: Duplicating a page in the master Indesign Document that ...
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Need to convert Photoshop layers to InDesign layers

I'm using Photoshop CS6 to make a label and I need to convert all layers to InDesign CS4. I've never done this...is it possible?
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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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Confused about InDesign Baseline Grid

novice here. So I'm confused about baseline grids. It's the first time I'm using them and here's the scenario. I will be typsetting about 30 odd volumes of pure text, no graphics, a reference work ...
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Transparency explained

Excuse my ignorance, but could you briefly explain what it means to "maintain (or not) Transparency" in Photoshop when placing it in another program like InDesign?
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How could I make more appealing titles on this particular design?

As a Desktop Publisher I feel like I lack the skills of designing something to make it look appealing overall. I have an A4 page where there are some products shown. It has a kinda dark background ...
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How to package an InDesign file without fonts?

A very common requirement is: To package an InDesign file so that it and all dependent files such as linked images are bundled in one file that can be sent to a third party to work on it further... ...
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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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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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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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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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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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In InDesign can a picture box object's effects (drop shadow) be copied to a different picture box?

When I select an object and apply a drop shadow from the effects menu, then select a different object the effects menu reverts to the default instead of the last settings. Is there a way to copy 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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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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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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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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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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Universal style sheets in InDesign

Does the functionality exist to have a persistent set of character and paragraph styles that's available on an application level as opposed to document level? I know that styles can be imported from ...
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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 ...