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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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Can I set DPI per image/page as opposed to document-wide in InDesign?

I am making a book with some of my photography. I have not been blessed with the best camera in the world so my images range between 1100px squared to 2000px squared. The print size per image will be ...
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In a flowing layout design in InDesign how I might full fill the spaces left at the end of the pages?

As you can see at the left, there is a lot of white space at the bottom of the page 1. My boss doesn't like it and forces designers to put "enters" (new lines) between the paragraphs in order to ...
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Best practice for InDesign document translation?

What are the best practice for translating documents in InDesign? I guess there is some mechanism for import-export XML like Illustrator Variables to translate without using installed Indesign? I'm ...
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Adobe Indesign master pages not aligning properly when loaded or synchronized

I have document DA with master page MB that is based on master page MA. In another document DB I load the master pages from DA. The master page MB is shifted down, the items shifted down are the ones ...
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I have a inline image aligned to the right in a master with one column. How to keep the image to the right with 2 cols master_

I have a master with only one column (A) and the picture it-s into the text frame. Now I need 2 columns but how to make the logo to stay on the right? We found 2 solutions but are not very good: ...
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InDesign: I need a repeating image on every page, and paragraph styles with a variable aren't working

I have a lot of sub-chapters and each sub-chapter needs to have on each page an image. I was thinking of putting the image on the first page of the sub-chapter and set to paragraph style A. Then ...
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How to still keep the automatic InDesign page shuffling while starting a new section on the left or right side?

I have a document in InDesign and I need to start a section on the left side, but InDesign only allows me to do this if shuffling is set to manual. This means that if I need to add a page at the ...
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How to exclude a shift-tab character from a nested character style?

I have a paragraph that looks like this: NN TitleA TitleB [alt-tab character to push to the right] [an image] Then in the paragraph style I set the first word, which is always a number to ...
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How do I move the color picker in a straight line?

Sometimes, when I'm trying to design something using a monochromatic color scheme, I want to make sure I get exact shades and tints of a specific color, but I don't know how I can do that because I ...
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How can I give a name to an image in Corel with Eps format?

I want to export my images from Corel into InDesign. So I export it with a name that I want, but the problem is that when I export my image, Corel automatically adds a number sequence (eg. ...-1, ...
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“Paste Into” tool not working

I can't figure out how to use the "paste into" tool, specifically to create what the image displays from this article. I'm selecting photo #1 from the target so that the border around the photo is ...
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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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InDesign: Is there any way to lock all the styles (paragraph and character) and master pages and keep all of them in a master document only?

I'm setting up a workflow for working in a book with various chapters and I don't want the designers to change the styles in one document in the book. I just want to be able to change the styles in a ...
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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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Resetting InDesign's “Document modified outside of book” warning

This feels more like a Super User question than Graphic Design, but I figure someone here will be more likely to know the answer. Using InDesign 5, I have a "book" collection that I use to keep a ...
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How to make to tables in InDesign to flow horizontally (in other words be side-by-side and not one after the other like normally happens)?

How to make to tables in InDesign to flow horizontally (in other words be side-by-side and not one after the other like normally happens)? I would need to put 2 tables like this: |----| |----| | ...
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How to present logo concepts to a client using Indesign

I'm an amateur graphic designer, however I do know the importance of presentation in any product or service. I was wondering if there are any preset Indesign templates or rules of thumb on how to ...
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How to make Indesign tables of contents interactive, with clickable jump links in the exported PDF

I couldn't find any simple resource saying how to make Adobe Indesign tables of contents interactive, so that each item in the electronic version of the exported PDF is a live hyperlink / cross ...
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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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Text Style in InDesign and Adobe Illustrator?

There is something similar to Microsft Word Text Styles, in Adobe InDesign and Illustrator? For example I choose: "Style 1", for many paragraphs, and then I can change the font of all of them at ...
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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 keep manageable pages after turning off page shuffle?

I've seen this tutorial http://philippaberrysmith.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/how-to-get-page-numbering-to-start-where-you-want-it-in-indesign-cs5/ but after turning off the page shuffle option when I ...
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Is possible to share a text variable across documents of a book in InDesign CS6?

I have a text variable for paragraph style A. The book is like this: ch1_00, ch1_01, ch1_02. ch1_00 contains the chapter cover, and I want to put here the text variable based on the words contained ...
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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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How do I make non-printable template instructions in InDesign?

I'm trying to create a business card template for my work and I wanted to add text to the file giving instructions on how to use the template. How do I create text that won't print once the file is ...
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Indesign running-header character style doesnt work if characters are the number in a list

I have a list [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] and in the paragraph style is set that the number [1, 2, 3, 4...] is of character style A. Now I set a variable for the character style A and it doesn't show up the ...
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Why I cannot set a cell style without getting a +, it also doesn't apply faithfully the strokes on the cells

I have indesign cs6 and a table with 2 rows and 5 cols and some horizontal and vertical merges. If I try to define the cell style from the cell style menu I cannot set the inner strokes. Because of ...
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Issues with Pantone Colours in InDesign

I have the branding guidelines in PDF format (so viewing on screen) for an organisation with the specific Pantone Colours displayed alongside their code. Now when I add swatches for these Pantone ...
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Export With Transparency / Set Page Background

I am new to InDesign. I have been supplied a file with a number of pages consisting of tiff images. I was told that the tiffs have transparent backgrounds, but when I export to png, the entire page is ...
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Converting InDesign CS6 document to printer spreads using print booklet

I am trying to create a press ready PDF for a 16 page InDesign document using Print Booklet. I see the Print Booklet preview and everything looks fine, spreads are correct, etc. However, when I run ...
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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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InDesign Table of Contents with section headers which occur multiple times

I am currently working on a magazine using Adobe InDesign CS6. On each page I have a head with the name of the section in it, and applied the paragraph style "Header" to the text element. Naturally ...
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Pasting objects between files in Indesign CS6

I just upgraded from CS4 to CS6 and am having an issue pasting objects between files in InDesign. Seems like the issue is with the styles. I'm copying a basic graphics frame but it is losing the ...
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I can't group all elements (NONE LOCKED) when adapting A4 to A3 in Indesign CS 6

I'm resizing and have changed the doc setup to be A3 from A4. I then selected all elements (none locked) and grouped them. Then, when attempting to hold shift and drag them to fill the page, two ...
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Endnotes in InDesign: Closest thing to a pain-free, flexible workflow?

It's an age-old complaint: up to and including CS6, InDesign supports footnotes, but not endnotes. Documents, books, reports etc aren't going to stop needing endnotes because Adobe don't support them. ...
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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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Export InDesign CS5 file for Corel Draw

I'm sometimes giving small adverts that I created in ID CS5 to a local newspaper. They are building their stuff in Corel. They usually want me to either give them an image (as in jpg) or a pdf file. ...
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InDesign 5.5 Section Numbering

I am putting together a telephone directory, and I was trying to figure out a good way of getting section markers to work for me. My setup has 3 towns: Burford, Paris and St George. Under each of ...
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How should I handle vector artwork and images for street pole-sized ads?

I am a very junior graphic designer / art director. I try to go through as many Lynda.com courses to equip myself with knowledge but some things I'm not sure of so please go easy on me here, I'm not a ...
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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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How do I turn a full color design, into a 1-color design?

I was asked to design a piece of junk-mail advertising. It has to be one color. Here are links of how it should look: What I want to know is, how do you get your design like that? It's like ...
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Is there a way to do a numbered recommendation list in InDesign with the recommendation numbers right justified?

I'd like to get some output that looks like this: Lorem ipsum blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.... Recommendation: Put the thingamajigger in the doodlewhatsit. (RANDOM-248) Recommendation: ...
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Adobe Indesign CS6 - Make Text Frame fit text contents automatically

Is it possible to have a text frame auto-expand to fit the text in Indesign CS6? So when I continue to add text the frame containing it automatically grows in size and doesn't cut the text and show ...
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InDesign: Export all placed files into one folder

I've got an InDesign doc ready for to send over to someone. Along with it I've got an images folder full of placed images that the InDesign file references. While I was making my document lots of ...
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What are the best practices and techniques to fix rags?

What would be the best practices to fix the rags on a left aligned text for print. Besides breaking lines and hyphenations, should you use tracking, and if so how much. Also, how would you judged a ...
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unique serial number on page each time a pdf or indesign doc prints

Im having to design a document for internal use that needs a unique serial number on copy of the sign off sheet. Im aware that indesign has a numbering function (to number book/magazine pages) but ...
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Mirrored spreads page reshuffling: objects partially outside pages don't update positions

Working on a file with a mirror layout where the inside margins are bigger than the outside margins. When creating a new page in the middle of the file or changing page positions, objects are ...
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Heading numbering without threading?

We're beginning our work with InDesign to create technical documents (reports for customers) due to its XML/import capabilities. Our document has a pretty traditional structure: Title page, TOC, ...
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Making millimeters the default unit in InDesign

Almost all of my design requirements are given in millimeters, not points, pica, or any other classical measurement. I design for board games, and the printer's specs always list their requirements in ...