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When to transfer work from Photoshop to inDesign?

I'm designing a brochure for the first time. I did everything in Photoshop because I'm much more comfortable with it. But to refine the last layout details, put everything together, and deliver final ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I view my PDF as a brochure?

I made a brochure (4 panels each side) in InDesign and I'd like to see what it would look like folded without printing it out yet. Kinda like an e-magazine or issuu, where you can flip the pages. Does ...
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Trim lines for vinyl cutting

I have created an image for a door consisting of vector based (AI) emoticon balls in InDesign on a Mac. The supplier doing the print and installation is having an issue where hidden lines are also ...
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Adobe Indesign effective PPi

I am working in Indesign cc and i am using images with an actual ppi of 72 , and i need to know how much the effective ppi of the same images should come upto if i am to get the document printed in a ...
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How to give dotted effect to sides of a photograph?

See image. Can this be done using photoshop, indesign or illustrator? Using this opportunity to wish all a happy easter.
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Body text alignment to baseline grid when using paragraph styles

I am trying to set paragraph styles for headings in IdCS6. My leading is 15pt for body text, 30pt for headings. My baseline grid is also set to increment every 15pt. After the heading paragraph ...
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Why does grouping or moving textboxes break the script?

I am a beginner at writing scripts for InDesign (just started today!). I have somehow managed to write a script which auto-fills a text box with a list of the linked images within the document. ...
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InDesign: PDF auto fill-in when clicking on hyperlink

is it possible to let InDesign fill in some predefined text when clicking on a hyperlink? For example: You have a pdf with 5 pictures and a form field, when you click on picture number 2 it writes ...
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from RGB to CMYK in InDesign

I read... " InDesign recognizes the color profiles of all placed images (sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB, etc.). When you export to PDF (never PNG or JPG if you're going to press -- never, ever), ...
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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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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.
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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 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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I would like to recreate this specific paragraph style in this picture but I am not sure how

I am trying to recreate this style with the shading, curved end, etc. I want to find a efficient way to create these titles in a repeating fashion. In fact every one of my titles need to be like ...
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Looped GIF or video in InDesign

Is it possible to A, embedding an animated GIF, or B, embedding a video where the controllers are hidden and loops itself automatically within InDesign, then export it as an interactive PDF? Is ...
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Indesign grep: Grab everything but

I need to be able to grab the birth year in a summary of a number of people. I know how to grab exactly 4 digits and I know how escape any digit. But I cannot seem to be able to combine the two. Here ...
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Drop caps for first paragraph in chapter in InDesign

Is there a way to format paragraph styles so that only the first paragraph in each chapter gets a drop cap? So far I have seen this solved by saving a "first_paragraph" style and a "regular" style to ...
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Indesign bleeding makings 4x6 into 4.50 x 6.50 instead of 4.25 x 6.25?

New to indesign and when I have a document thats 4x6 and when I add the bleeding to be .25 the red border(which I assume is the bleeding border) is actually enlarged to 4.50 by 6.50. Is there any ...
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Place into InDesign and keep transparent padding / exact artboard size?

When I place a vector image like an Illustrator file or PDF into an InDesign file, InDesign always trims away any clear whitespace around the artwork. This causes problems because normally, I've set ...
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Are there any differences between Paragraph Shading and Paragraph atop Color?

Alright so new feature of InDesign CC 2015 is Paragraph Shading. A long overdue feature. The question is for Print Projects is there any difference between using Shading vs the old way of putting a ...
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How can i center the bullet to the body text in InDesign?

as you see at the picture, the bullets look not at the right position as it's not centered the body text! what can i do to fix that problem? thanks
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How do you split table cells in Indesign(CC) independent of each row?

Using tables in indesign CC. If you split a row into multiple columns those columns run the entire height of the table - much like in HTML. Can you independently move the cells with the rows, outside ...
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A2 french folded then trifolded - InDesign pages/spreads support?

Does InDesign support spreads with pages arranged above-and-below as well as side-by-side? And if not, how do I work around this shortcoming? I would like to arrange sheets as follows, for a folded ...
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How to “fit frame to content” with overset text, to a single line in InDesign

I would like for when I choose "fit frame to content" on a text box with overset text, the frame width is adjusted to fit the remaining text, rather than the height. The image should visually explain. ...
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InDesign: Text Won't Go to Top to Text Box [closed]

I am using an already-created document on InDesign (newsletter) to create a new issue. However, I seem unable to get text to go to the top of a text box. When I resize the text box, the text will ...
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Switching between templates in InDesign

I have a document that I'm currently working on in InDesign which has white text on a dark background. Graphic styles (boxes with outlines) are also light on dark. This is well and good for when I ...
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Indesign script to copy from clipboard to story

I know app.paste(); method dumps the contents of the clipboard at the spot where the cursor is currently. However, I want to define the location via a variable such as this: myStory = ...
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Indesign script to add/change text in a paragraph

There's a particular paragraph in my document and I want to replace its content completely with something else programatically. Is there any function to do this? I need something like this: ...
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Adobe InDesign - Batch create 'Named Destinations' anchors

Within a pdf, you can create anchors called 'named destinations', to which a later hyperlink can refer (https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/hyperlinks.html) Is there a way to automatically turn ...
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Applying different margins/slugs to different pages

My client wants the following margins/slugs: However I don't see anywhere an option in inDesign to apply this automatically to all pages (my document is 12 pages long). How to do that? A second ...
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Adobe Indesign frame converted to text frame right aligns

I have spent the last couple of days trying to get a colleague's build of Indesign cc 2014 to behave. She is in the habit of creating a rectangle frame and then immediately converting it to a text ...