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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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Is Scribus a viable alternative to Quark or InDesign?

For someone who has worked in the professional publishing industry, I rely on InDesign and Photoshop for creating professional documents, even if they're as simple as a business card. Sometimes I don'...
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Is there a way to tell InDesign not to break words in a Paragraph? (hyphenation)

I am pasting this text into a text box in InDesign, I have a Paragraph Style set for that box and I am using "Justify with last line aligned left" (you can see in the screenshot, the red circles) The ...
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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with in-...
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InDesign: Faster way to resize image in frame

I'm using Adobe InDesign (CC 2014) to layout a photo book. I've created a frame, and placed an image inside it. I want to resize the image and drag it around to frame it nicely. I know that you can ...
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Is there a way in Adobe Creative Suite to “share palettes/swatches” across programs?

I use a mixture of InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to produce the vast amount of printed media I design at my current position and I find myself faced with copy/pasting color values from one ...
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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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Why are PDF/X files better than “standard” PDFs?

I have a friend who is also a graphic designer, has little experience in prepress, but has a nice portfolio and seems to have a good knowledge of using the Adobe products. I can't dismiss his opinion ...
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Essential Steps for Long Document Project in InDesign

first time posting here so bear with me. I'm a fairly new user to InDesign and have a project to do which involves typsetting numerous volumes of pure text, it could end up coming to about 30 odd ...
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How to put 4 pages next to each other in Indesign

I'm trying to setup a large presentation spread with 4 panels. They will be hung next to each other so its important that I see all of them next to each other while i design the layout. Facing pages ...
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How can I change the default typeface in Indesign?

When I use InDesign the text box automaticly selects Times New roman as the typeface. can I change this so it automaticly selects my brands typeface.
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How would you print extremely small words (microprinting)

The Problem: I am working on a project and I wanted to add super fine print (words and graphics). When I say small I am not referring to 7pt type at 300dpi business card small. I am referring to ...
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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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Indesign auto column width size for table based on the data containing?

I have a lot of tables that designers have to adjust slightly to fit the content. This takes a large amount of time in our process and I would like to know if there is anyway to skip this? Perhaps a ...
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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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Importing XML into InDesign and automatically adjusting content

My client has an InDesign catalog. Instead of manually updating it as he's done up to now, he'd like to import XML data into the InDesign file and not have to make any of the changes manually. However ...
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Export: Copy text from pdf without line breaks

There are some PDF out in the wild where every line of text seems to be hardcoded so when I copy a text block everything comes with it: Line breaks and even "-" separators. My questions is: How do I ...
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How do I create a billboard that is larger than Indesign CS5's maximum document size?

I am making a billboard with this dimensions : 2.19m x 6.09m However, indesign's maximum document size is 5486.4 mm (5.48m) How do I increase this document size or is the another way to handle this ...
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Adobe Illustrator vs Adobe Indesign for brochures

You may know me (not that I am worth knowing) from my first question. I am a noob in web design, graphic desgin, font theroy, color theory, guess all of the mixes that are crucial. My expertise (...
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Master page display on top in InDesign?

I read this question regarding Fireworks layers, where it said that master pages have to be applied underneath other layers. Is this true for InDesign as well? If not, how does one put the Master ...
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How to use Subversions for Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

I found the tool Timeline from Pixel Novel, but I wondered if I could use any subversions app to manage my design files. I'm not sure to understand everything about Subversions yet, and I did not ...
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Can I create a PNG from InDesign?

I usually have to export my InDesign file into an eps, then convert it to PNG in illustrator. Does anyone know an easier way?
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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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InDesign - Can I “float” an anchored frame to the top of a column?

It is very, very common in textbooks and publications of that ilk to locate a figure (or even two) at the top of the page that contains the figure reference text (e.g., “See Figure 39.2”). If layout ...
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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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What is the purpose of typesetting a Word document with InDesign?

We have a bunch of Word documents that people create using a template that matches our business's look-and-feel. When we're done writing the content, we send it to a designer than the typeset the ...
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Adobe Indesign automatic deletion of overflow text

Indesign CS5.5 (v7.5.2) Is there an automated method to simply remove all overset text in a text frame? I don't want it hidden by a smaller frame. I want it gone. I spend so much time simply ...
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How to get Illustrator export into shortcut?

I am an avid InDesign user and a big fan of shortcuts. In InDesign you can use the shortcut cmd+E to export items within InDesign but this feature is not a default in Illustrator. How can I add the ...
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Restart indesign ruler at every page

In indesign 5, I have created several A4 pages after another. However the ruler stretches over the three pages, see picture below, and I would rather see them "restarting" at every page, i.e. ever ...
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“Flip” italics/oblique with character style

We are exporting content from our CMS into InDesign via RTF. All content has style names applied automatically, including italics which has an italic character style. italic has the Font Style set to "...
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How can I localize an InDesign file?

I'm looking for some method for automating the localization process for an InDesign document. Basically, I want to be able to take the contents of the file, translate it into a few other languages (...
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Why use a Book?

For several years, I have managed a five-chapter book in InDesign as 12 separate files organized into a Book (five 20- to 30-page chapters, plus all the front and end matter). It just seemed to make ...
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When designing for apparel how should the canvas be addressed?

I am aware that most screen printing or DTG (Direct To Garment) have a maximum print size but I'm curious to know what is the proper way to address apparel designs when the intended design is to be ...
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InDesign Spread Pagination

I have created an 8 page brochure with InDesign and exported a PDF for my print guy. At the moment the pages are exported as: 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8 But for print he'd like them formatted like this: 8-...
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What is the best Adobe software for designing a résumé?

I have been creating my CV with Photoshop for several years now. I've heard and seen it myself, that this is not the right tool at all to design a résumé. I never used the other tools from the Adobe ...
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What are the different applications in Adobe Creative Suite for?

So, I have never really been into design beyond a few wireframes and paper-pen sketches and have now now bought David Kadavy's book, Design for Hackers and am getting into design a little bit. I am ...
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Why is InDesign pushing short words to the next line?

As shown in the image, "the" easily fits on the line above but regardless of what I do, InDesign pushes it down to the next line.
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How to make millimeters the default measurement unit in Adobe 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 specifications always list their ...
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Recommended Body Font Size for Print Magazine?

I am working on a print magazine in InDesign with a smaller than normal layout: 169mm x 239mm - which body font size would be recommended for this layout size? I have tried using 8pt for the body ...
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How to create a new glyph = letter + ogonek in InDesign

I've got a font, which doesn't have polish diacritic chars which I need. I'm trying to construct them, by merging two glyphs - a letter and ogonek or acute accent, which are provided by my font. I ...
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InDesign: How to restore text-frame position/size to be managed by the master page instead of the actual page?

I have some designer that moved slightly a text-frame and in order to be managed again by the master page we need to remove the page and create a new one inserting the content in it. Is there any ...
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Automatically apply different fonts based on text/symbol

I'm working on layout for a 300-page trilingual “coffee table” style textbook, and one of the languages uses a glottal stop symbol which the chosen body text font can't handle. This means that for ...
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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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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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Hiding incomplete pages in an InDesign document

I often work on InDesign documents that have sections that are complete and that I want to export to PDF to share with a client but have other sections or pages that are work-in-progress that I would ...
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Add a background-color to a paragraph-style in inDesign

I am currently creating a book layout with inline code and code-blocks. For those code parts, i would like to add a background-color. It should handle code similar to the way it is displayed on ...
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How can I affect the starting point of “paste in place”-coordinates?

I want to copy an object element from one page to another page with a different page height. The elements should have the same coordinates on x and y axis. The "Paste in Place" functions doesn't ...
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Force indesign to backup / autosave / keep backup copy

We recently had an incident were we lost some work in a indesign file, although indesign by default autosaves every minute the issue we had is that when the program was closed it prompted us to either ...
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InDesign script to verify spelling and grammar

I was curious to know if there is a way to or a script available within InDesign (any solution alternative is preferred) that I can batch check spelling and grammatical errors with either .indd or ....
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InDesign CS6: How should I structure pages of lists?

I'm having several different parts of a publication I'm doing where I'm presenting essentially a list of compound data. Examples are contact specifications (data points are [Name,Phone,Email]), recent ...