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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 ...
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How do I use a document more than once in a book in inDesign CS6?

When setting the page ordering of a book in inDesign, I am having trouble figuring out how to have the same document show up twice. I am creating a business book that has the same forms appearing ...
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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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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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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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Is there an easy way to handle minor content changes in InDesign?

I would like to know if there is a way to handle minor content changes in InDesign 5.5. I need to create a few different versions of a document where the majority of the content will remain the same ...
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InDesign and transparency flatteners location

I have InDesign CS5 on Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow Leopard, and created a new transparency flattener style called test1 as a preset. I'm interested to know, where is my custom preset stored on Mac OS X; ...
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Convert Images to CMYK in Indesign

I have a large Indesign Document (about 200+ pages), and in about the half of the pages the images were copied & pasted into the document instead of linking them. These images are now somewhat ...
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Make 100 PDFs with unique code

I have a text document/csv with 100 unique codes that should be used for a gift card. For the gift card, I need to provide 100 PDF's each with the unique code. Is it possible to do this using ...
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Folder to put fonts for Illustrator CS6 without having to install fonts in system

I remember there used to be a folder I could just put fonts in and they would work for Adobe InDesign. I thought it was a folder called fonts in the same directory the InDesign document was. I tried ...
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InDesign: In a table of contents, conflicts between bold & italic text

In my InDesign document, figure captions are bold when they appear in the body of the document, and non-bold when they appear in the list of figures. But when I need to italicize text in a figure ...
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How do I use a vector image in a two-color design?

I need to create a two-color poster for my choir's Christmas concert. I'm choosing the colors red and gold, and will liaise with the printer when it comes to printing about what specifically they will ...
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Indesign Document-Master

We have have facing pages with a border ether side, however our printer wants it in single pages. When we change it to single pages for pdf printing, we lose our alternating borders. (Border on the ...
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How to merge two images, so that one will take the shape of the other?

Got two images, one of an old sheet of paper with jagged edges. The other is a photo of beach. How can I merge them together, so that the beach image will take the shape of the other picture, i.e. ...
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Best way to implement this box / table design in Adobe Indesign

I am sorry about asking such a newbie question but I am wondering if Adobe Indesign has any easy method of making the box that is on the top of the page that I posted below (With the numbers on top ...
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InDesign: How to create lines for form design?

Every once in awhile I make forms (applications and whatnot) in InDesign, and, as it often is with ID, there is more than one way to get it done. I have a few techniques that I use, but I often float ...
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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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Using InDesign CS6, how can I simultaneously edit A4 and A5 versions of a poster?

I'm on Adobe Creative Cloud, so I have the latest InDesign, and I'm attempting to design a poster for my choir's next concert. Traditionally, I've done this in Photoshop, in two separate files, ...