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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, ...
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Can I search inside my indesign document for the largest files/objects?

I have an indesign file that's larger than needed. Is there a way for me to "scan" the document to find out exactly what files/objects are taking up most of the file space?
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Adjusting images in Indesign

I have a 100 page graphic novel in Indesign and I need to apply an adjustment of the Brightness and Contrast of every image in the file to accommodate the quirks of a particular printer. This is an ...
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Rounding numbers automatically in indesign

In indesign is it possible to automatically round numbers to x decimal places within a table?
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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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InDesign: Is there a way to set table cells at different angles to each other?

I'm trying to create a triangular table, and set my header cells at a 45 degree angle to the rest of the table. Like below (only less sloppy, of course). Is there an easy way to do this, or do I have ...
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How can you fix a header in InDesign so content scrolls underneath?

I have a one page InDesign document with a top navigation element similar to a website that I want to fix and have content pass underneath when a user scrolls through the PDF, is this possible? ...
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Screenshots look weird on a mac, but good on print

Hey guy's I am making a infosheet for the company I work at as an intern. When I make screenshots of the website, they look good in the Mac previewer app, but when I place them in InDesign, and export ...
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Indesign's “import Photoshop clipping path” feature has left me in trouble, please help with a workaround

The book I am working on has hundreds of graphics for children along with text for each of those graphics. The graphics have soft edges for the clouds, walls, etc. that ends up in pure white. The text ...
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How to EXPORT/ SAVE transparency for web use from InDesign?

I would like to create a header for a webpage with a logo (with transparency from a psd/ tiff) some typography and an overall transparent background In InDesign, typography options are ideal for ...
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Why does InDesign only return the field name when I data merge multiple records on a master page?

I'm trying to data merge multiple records on a page. The single record per page works fine. But when I try for multiple records through the master page I get this: Why is InDesign displaying ...
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Printing poster from inDesign file

I've inherited an InDesign file and I'm new to the software. I need to send an exported PDF to print a 30"x40" poster from this InDesign file. The InDesign file was designed as a simple flyer, at ...
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What are some alternative layout options for product tables that have a lot of repetition?

I'm working on a print product catalogue where each product has all of its variations listed in tables. I've just encountered a product that has 120 unique sku's, which ends up spreading the table ...
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Can I combine a few sub master pages to one main master page?

In my document I want to have three different headers and five different backgrounds and one footer. Do I need to create a separate master page for each combination of header-background-footer? Or ...
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InDesign CS4: Word Document import with Header and Footer

is there a possible way to import a word document into InDesign Cs4 INCLUDING its Header and Footer? Thanks in advance G
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Removing line breaks in text copied from Acrobat in Illustrator

I routinely copy and paste text from Acrobat to any number of other Adobe CC applications (Illustrator, PS, InDesign). When I do this, it creates line breaks where they were visually represented on ...
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Indesign Threaded Frames - Applying Different styles to the frames

Using InDesign CC, is there a way to make two or more threaded frames have different paragraph styles applied to them? What I need is to paste a text on the first frame, and when text flows to the ...
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Drawbacks to InDesign Book Files

I am creating my first book file in InDesign CS6. It's not technically a book (with chapters and a TOC) but rather a collection of files that share the same style sheets. Will there be any issues ...
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GREP duplicate line of text

Is it possible to duplicate lines of text with GREP? Here is exactly what I would like to do; I have a list of letters and numbers that looks like this: R1H3BOA2HA4 R1H3BOA2H4 R1H2H3BO4 ...
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My text looks different on different documents although I've used the same paragraph styles

I have a document of 27 pages. I've used the same paragraph styles for all of them. When I export it to a PDF, the text on some of the pages look stroked although I haven't used a stroke. I took a ...
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How could I use Indesign's find by grep feature to find and format words between to underscores?

Lets say I have a bunch of text that needs to be italic. Throughout my text, italics are represented as: _word_ _any_ _car_ And so on... I want to find these, and replace them with word, car, any, ...
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Data merge exports to multiple PDFs all uniquely named from data

I’m looking to automate data merge to create multiple PDFs per row of data (each PDF would have 10 pages) and with each PDF being named uniquely based on a column in the data. Specs: InDesign ...
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Is there a way to annoate a layout with the file source in indesign?

Is there a way to print / export a indesign file as a pdf or other but first annotate any images with the file source ie. user/documents/images.. etc so that whens its printed / exported it will say ...
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InDesign cc - text wrap inconsistent

I have a multi-page document set up on logically ordered layers (background, photos, type, etc. in ascending order, so type on top). On some pages, text wrap works perfectly! On other pages, the text ...
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How can I open my InDesign 7.2 document in 6.0 or convert it into PDF?

I have a document that was saved as a InDesign 7.2. Now I have version 6.0, and I was wondering if there is any way to open it or convert it online to a 7.2 document and/or PDF.
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Best way to export a Job application to a client for easy editing

This is my first topic, so go easy on me. :D I got a customer who wants me to design her job application. I want to design it with Adobe illustrator and set up the text with indesign. However the ...
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Can InDesign CS6 automatically update figure and step numbers for consumer instruction revisions?

Thanks in advance for any help with this! I'm creating consumer instructions with many steps and associated graphics with corresponding figure numbers. For example, Step 6 refers to the graphic ...
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Will a non-printable layer in InDesign still export?

Per a similar question asked, Can I Put my logo on an outputted PDF?, I was familiar with the Acrobat process to create watermarks. However, I was curious if you created a non-printable layer within ...
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Why are my screenshots blurry in InDesign when I export to a PDF?

Just so you know I am very new to Creative Suite. I am trying to make a whitepaper using InDesign and then export it into a PDF. The PDF looks blurry if I export it at anything, but 300ppi. The ...
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Color picker in InDesign

Is there a way to change the color picker to emulate illustrator or photoshop's color picker? I can never figure out how to get to the color I want in InDesign. I always have to go to the other ...
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Paper size and printed magazine question

I'm designing a magazine, and it's trim size is 272mm x 342mm when printed. One of my other test InDesign files is 222mm x 291mm at trim size (a fictitious local tourist guide). What paper size would ...
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Get the start and finish of text in a certain character style in Indesign GREP

I've been fighting with InDesign GREP find/change quite a bit and couldn't find any way to get it to look at the start and the end of a character style. This is necessary if, for example, you want to ...
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Automating splitting of an image between pages in inDesign

I'm going to be printing from inDesign onto a borderless printer. I want images that bleed over from one page onto the next to continue without a gap. The document is too long to use vertical page ...
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How do I create a horizontal list with bullet separator in InDesign?

I am trying to create a horizontal layout list of items for a promotional poster. It is much like a music festival line-up poster. After each list item I need a custom bullet or separator. After the ...
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Is there a template to display a tri-fold or page-turn for a portfolio?

I'm building my portfolio, and rather than handing out hundreds of various designs, I want to put several items on one page. But I also want to illustrate what they are, such as a tri-fold or ...
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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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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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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 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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InDesign - exporting PDF and viewing it in proof colours?

I exported a PDF from InDesign CS5 - it worked well, no issues with the program or the output of the PDF. My problem relates to color - this area's fairly new to me. My OS is Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow ...
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InDesign - Can't see purple alignment lines in CS6

In InDesign CS5 I could draw a text box, drag it on page, and see purple lines that helped me align. Where did they go in CS6? I don't see them as I drag text boxes. Ideas?
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Data merge and layout of photoshop files

I have a PSD where the design contains a text layer. I want to generate a version of the image for each name in a text file and lay out the results 6-up on a page for printing without any scaling or ...
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Indesign cs5.5 export as Epub interactive

i'm testing how far i can go with interactive epub format ebook.I've just added two buttons (prev and next) and 3 overlapping pictures to make a mini-slideshow. I've tested this on my pc with the ...
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Please help me grid this A4 landscape poster

I'm working on this simple A4 landscape poster basically saying "adobe.com/" (newline) "indesign" with big letters in the middle of the page, and a small lipsum footer at the bottom. But I'm having a ...
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how can I create an index automatically in indesign?

I'm planning to create an index automatically and then fine tune the entries manually. I remember having done it in the past but now I cannot figure out how.
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Apply different master page

I'm formatting a simple book (novel) document. I have basically two master pages, one is for basic pages (a large text field and a page number) and the other is for the first page of a chapter, with ...
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Export of Indesign page thumbnails to PDF xmp metadata

This is a technical question about InDesign/PDF XMP metadata. I'm trying to build a simple document indexer in PHP, making use of XMP information in the files indexed; i.e. PDF:s exported from ...
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Special Characters (InDesign) Total pages marker? [duplicate]

Is there a special character marker for Total Pages? I can use a marker on my master page for current page where it will say A, but if I want it to say A of 3 (3 being the total number of pages) is ...