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How many InDesign points to a milimeter? (and mm to pt)

What's the conversion between InDesign's point measurement (as used in leading and text size etc) and millimetres? What's the pt : mm ratio? I've seen sources suggesting that a point is 1/72 of an ...
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Why doesn't Size/Resolution in InDesign match the PDF?

I am working in InDesign and I need to create a PDF file. The problem is that if I have a 200px x 200px box in InDesign when I save it as PDF the box appears larger... I am a bit confused about ...
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How to put a 'gap' between pages in a spread in Indesign

(sort of step 2 for this question but also technically a new question in its own right) I have 4 pages side by side in a spread and i would like to put a small gap between them, to simulate how they ...
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Import PNG in indesign

I'm exporting some elements out of photoshop CC 2014 using the new 'extract assets', witch is very handy because i can just select the layer i want and export it. I export the white logo as a png. ...
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How to create an arrow in Adobe Indesign

I've used an arrow like this: ➜ ...in lots of programs - on the web in WordPress, in MSWord, even TextEdit. But when I paste the arrow into an inDesign document, it's not recognised. Is this arrow ...
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How to print to PDF on Mac OS X from Adobe InDesign CS6?

I'm trying to print a booklet to a PDF file instead of a printer in Adobe InDesign CS6. Adobe Acrobat X Pro is supposed to allow this: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/print-to-pdf.html So ...
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How can I connect with an experienced graphic design mentor?

I'm a self-learning graphic designer. I work with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and I thought I was doing fine until I got this big shock at work. I've been working for a year at some web design ...
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Getting a fixed width border when resizing a box in InDesign

I've been building a document in InDesign, and want to collect my text into color-coded boxes and sidebars. My technique so far: Make a text box. Make a colored rectangle. Size them like I want, ...
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Design solutions/ideas/examples/sugestions for good looking cropped images in a product booklet

I am doing this booklet for some chairs and I have a problem. The problem is that I have small images, but the booklet is intended for A4 print. I will post 2 images to explain my problem. What I ...
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Typing single quotes in InDesign

Every time I type character ' InDesign converts it to ›; why? How do I fix it?
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Fitting merged text to the width of the frame in InDesign

I have a document with several text frames with content merged from a CSV. Sometimes the content is too big for the frame. I want the text to scale appropriately so that the content remains on one ...
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How to keep a 2 column text flowing top down after a column-spanning-paragraph

My column-spanning-paragraph breaks the desired text flow. This illustration probably makes it clear. How can I force the text to flow from left-top to bottom to right-top to bottom? The page is ONE ...
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What is the use of registration black in the InDesign swatches palette?

InDesign displays [registration], 100% of each ink colour, as a swatch in the swatches palette. It's impossible to remove the swatch. Why is this? I have never had the need to actually use ...
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How to create a grid system on a tri fold leaflet or brochure in InDesign

I’m new to working with grids and tri folds, and I was wondering if anyone could help me out? As you well know when creating a tri fold, the fold in panel width becomes a different size than the ...
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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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Feathering an Image Edge

I am currently working with a photo that is placed in an InDesign document.I currently have a directional feather applied to the image but the edges are still visible. I would like to feather the edge ...
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InDesign text box column adding bottom gap

I'm having a problem lining up the text in my columns. The frames themselves are set to align top. The images below show examples of how the text will display eventually if the frame is lengthened ...
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Using cropmarks

My InDesign document is 195 mm x 280 mm, has a 4mm bleed, 0mm slug and 10mm margin. My client specified: Size: 195 x 280 + 4 mm bleed. Cropmarks should be used. What does that mean? Should I ...
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How to turn off effects on anchored object that are nested from textbox?

Adobe Indesign CS6. Take a look on this image: How to remove shadow under blue shape? I can't clear effects on this object:
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Is there a way to draw preset 'custom shapes' in InDesign?

Photoshop has a 'custom vector shape' tool, allowing me to draw all kinds of stock shapes like stars, hearts and whatnot without having to do so myself with the pen tool. Is there a similar ...
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Ad layout for programs - Illustrator or InDesign

today I'm looking for some advice from folks who have laid out event programs. In this case, the client (a local nonprofit) has a famous keynote speaker at their event, and have solicited donations ...
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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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In Adobe InDesign, how to print full duplex (both sides of paper)?

When I print or "Print Booklet" in Adobe InDesign, I don't see any options about printing full duplex (both sides of the paper). I'm using a Mac with a Brother MFC-J6910DW printer. Does Adobe ...
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InDesign drag/drop [closed]

So I created an annual report for my company with InDesign CS4. My assistant designer/editor also has InDesign CS4 on her machine. I create an InDesign package and save it on the network drive so she ...
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Why is InDesign creating strange patterns in several viewers?

When creating pdfs with InDesign CS6 my target pdfs show sometimes strange patterns in the pdf. These patterns are sometimes black horizontal lines straight over the whole page, sometimes a square ...
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Two points on curved path have a “gap” when stroke width is increased

I apologize if this has been asked before, but I don't really know what to search for. The issue is that I'm designing a "shield" emblem for my company, and I've done that by creating one half with ...
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How do I make overset text automatically flow into adjacent columns, in Photoshop

Is it possible [in Photoshop] to make overset text flow into an adjacent column, once the first text box is full? ex. I have two three columns [A,B and C] and a surplus of copy. Once column A is ...
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Can't bring element to front

In one page of my inDesign document, there's a pink rectangle. I created a text element and moved this element on this rectangle. No matter how hard I try to send this pink rectangle to back ...
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Should I split different paragraph styles in different Text boxes? - InDesign

When I'm creating a document, I always split each section and each paragraph style in an individual text box. Mainly so I'm able to edit each item individually. However, my question: Is it ...
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Inconsistent Leading WIth Auto and Non-Auto Settings

I just want there to be even leading between lines in my text box, but the leading between the first two lines is always greater even when I change the leading from Auto to a fixed number. I have also ...
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How do I create new spreads

when I add 6 pages in Indesign they create a multi-page spread, 8 pages in a row, instead of adding 3 new 2-page spreads. how do I create 2-page spreads?
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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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How to set a “rule” to apply automatically a font to a certain word?

I'm translating a document in Adobe InDesign. There is a sort of rule that make the word "Action" italic every time I type it in. Where can I modify that rule? I need to add a similar rule for the ...
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How can I automatically number the survey questions in my InDesign document?

I'm relatively new to InDesign and I just know that I'm going about this project in a less than ideal fashion. I've done a lot of Google searching about numbering, but I seem to know little enough ...
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How can I apply a drop cap style for characters that are at the last character of a paragraph?

In InDesign CS6, I'm aware that I can apply drop cap style to characters at the start of a paragraph. However, what if I need drop caps for characters that are at the end of a paragraph? How can I ...
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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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Is there any InDesign extension that gives Sublime Text 2 like capabilities?

I've been working in Sublime Text 2 on my own time to learn web development. Now I'm laying out another book in InDesign and just dreaming of having some of Sublime Text 2's workflow. Does anyone know ...
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Adobe InDesign 5.5: why when I place some pics they come out with a very lower resolution in the doc?

The images I'm using are from different sources but most of all flickr (few from other websites). When I download them in 500 pixel size for example, they look ok in Anteprima, but when I place them ...
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Indesign - TOC with one chapter heading, multiple page headings

Any one know how to automate categories with in a ToC? I'm trying to get ... cars item 1 item 2 item 3 item 4 trucks item 5 item 6 item 7 Right now each page has "Cars(or trunks) | ...
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InDesign CS5: How to create a contact sheet automatically?

I know the instructions exist. I have tried them repeatedly and they simply don't make sense. Can someone explain the steps a little better? (Reading down the list of comments, I'm not the only ...
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Deform image along path

I've got an image I'd like to use as the border on a DVD label, which I'm creating in InDesign. The effect would be like the "Type on a path", but with an image instead - preferrably repeated until it ...
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Leading error in Text box in InDesign, do you know of a way to fix it?

I am creating this text box in InDesign CS5 and on the last row of a paragraph I get a bigger leading for no reason. If I select the text and check the leading setting it is the same for all rows in ...
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Indesign - what does that hidden character mean?

I was just playing around with InDesign and XML when I noticed a hidden (nonprinting) character in my document. It consists of four dots, composing a rectangle: (The nonprinting character above the ...
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Why doesn't my HTML markup have any indentation when I export it to .epub from InDesign?

I am using Indesign CC to create a book on HTML programming. I have used TextFrames to add blocks of code and markup. When I generate an ePub out of it, the code blocks and markup are generated ...
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How do I automatically insert a partial filename in InDesign?

I'd like to get InDesign to insert the first few digits of a filename automatically in a document created from a template. Our filenames are in this format: XXXXX_Name1_Name2_Name3.indd The Xs ...
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Why is my PDF size from my InDesign Export still large?

I'm doing class project that is a four-page, seven-image document with very little text. The project must be submitted as a PDF under 300 KB. However, when I export the document under the smallest ...
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How do I define the print size of an InDesign document that has “Intent: Web”?

I have a 70-page InDesign document - a product catalog - that has been made with "Intent: Web" and dimensions 1600 x 900 pixels. The main target for the document is screen, but we do also want to ...
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How do I export from Indesign to Grayscale in halftone pattern?

I'm laying out a book. Images are in color. I want the book to be in black and white, with images using halftone patterns. Are there any export options to obtain this output?
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Syntax highlighting in InDesign with presets for HTML, CSS and Javascript?

I want to use code in an inDesign document, and for that to be easily readable and pretty, I am looking for a way to get a syntax highlighting as in texteditors like notepad++, Sublime Text and Atom. ...
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Overrides for specific element of a master page

Is there a way to allow overrides for a specific element on a master page? Right now it seems I can only 'Override All Master Page Items' from the drop down menu.