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Controlling Positioning Of Footnotes In InDesign

Is there any way to control the positioning of footnotes in Indesign beyond the most basic options in the footnotes dialogue? It seems that the only option is to have them added as part of the text ...
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XML special characters

I am doing a catalog layout in indesign using xml. Is there a special character in xml for column break similar to 	 for tab characters or are column break characters just an Indesign feature?
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Force page footer in master to stick to the bottom of pages of different height in Indesign

I'm trying to create a website prototype in Indesign. It consists of multiple pages with different height (home page, article page, archive page etc.). I created a master page with header and footer ...
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A4 portfolio as a book in photoshop. page compilation?

i want to design my A4 portfolio like a book format. and want to design 2 pages at a time. Could you suggest how shall i go about it. I was thinking of taking pages (1,4-2,3) and (5,8-6,7) together. ...
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Making Text Fit in a Box in Photoshop

I'm looking at how to design a graphic in Photoshop so that whether it has 2 words, 5 words, etc. they all fit within the same width of a box. Here's an example: How can I do this without ...
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tags for tags - where do they go?

I want to add tags to group my tags. I guess you could call them super tags. Should I put them in the top bar or just above the tags. This is just a visual organization question. Here are my ...
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How to show a gradient within a style guide?

I'm building a new style guide for a sub-section of my company. I have most things listed and am working on the section talking about branding colors. My problem is that I've followed this design ...
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Can I save layers as a template in InDesign CS6?

Is there a way to set up layers without data & style sheets & color in a file and save as a template so that when I open a new document of that particular layout those layers are already there?...
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How to communicate a 3 step process clearly and concisely?

I have the following section in our website, and now when I look at it, I feel it looks unprofessional, and a bit unclear. I tried to break the "How It Works" section into 3, with the second section ...
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Do graphic designers format and proof read documents? [duplicate]

Do graphic designers format and proof read documents? We are editors of large reports, mostly from government. The drafts we get are often a mess of formats, with heading structures not clear and the ...
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Distributing layer position in sequence

I'm in storyboard hell. I have to place about 400 separate images in sequence on a huge board in photoshop. So I have a 20,000 px by 10,000 px board and a load of layers which have been imported in ...
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Should Widgets Follow the Vertical Rhythm?

When designing for a vertical rhythm on the web, should form elements also follow along with the rhythm? I am currently working on developing a new set of guidelines and patterns for an enterprise ...
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Why Bootstrap's grid gutters in the middle are twice as large as on the edges?

The Grid System of the popular Bootstrap Framework creates column grid where the gap in the middle between columns is twice as large as the edge margins: http://jsbin.com/baxunex/edit?html,css,output ...
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InDesign: Adjust object position when shuffling left/right pages

I'm working on a document (some 120 pages, so I'd like to avoid the need to adjust each page manually) with texts and photos. It is sort of a catalogue with each page having independent text, two ...
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Scribus - Masterpage layout on top of content

I have noticed that whenever I apply a masterpage to a regular page, it always goes to the background, leaving the the content of the regular page on top of it. I'd like to know if it is possible to ...
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In InDesign how do I change the gap between spreads?

I didn't see this Q&A here so I thought I would share. So a colleague sent me an InDesign file with a huge gap between the spreads but how can I adjust this gap so it makes the file easier to ...
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Are there mathematical models behind Google material design metrics?

Google's Material Design guidelines such as Typography - Style - Google design guidelines or Metrics & keylines - Layout - Google design guidelines contains many ad hoc metrics for font sizing, ...
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Can I change the outside area colour of my canvas?

I am using Illustrator CS5 and the grey background around the outside of my canvas/page I used to have and loved has gone white. I do not know why. I can not change the colour in preferences-user ...
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Bleed Size for Exhibitor Stand In Adobe Illustrator

I need to make design for a company for the panels which we see in exhibitions. But before starting it I would like to know how much bleed size should I leave for printing for such a big design. ...
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How do you add multiple pages throughout an InDesign file?

I have an InDesign document with 50 pages. I would like to add a new page after each existing page for a new total of 100 pages. Is there a quick way to do this?
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How to create flow and rhythm through composition

Composition is a great tool for creating a visual flow or rhythm to guide the viewers eye and lead them through your content. Thinking about the way you want your users to interact with your content ...
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CorelDraw: problems converting to curves text with embedded graphics

In CorelDraw it is possible to insert arbitrary graphics (raster or vector) right into line of text by copy-pasting object into it. It is useful sometimes since this embedded object will be scaled ...
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Numbering when using one indesign page for two actual book pages

please excuse me if my question sounds too obvious, I'm no new to Indesign, but I can't seem to figure this issue out. I'm currently using one single page (split into two halves) on indesign for ...
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Continuous image from one banner to another

Two banners I've designed in Indesign (to be printed) will be placed next to each other, and there is an image that continues from the first to the second banner. How can I make them join together ...
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Is it possible to give an offset to page grid in Scribus?

Is it possible to offset the page grid in Scribus? My page layout has the following settings: Margins = 1.5 cm (top, left, right, bottom) Page Grid = Main spacing 5.0 cm, Secondary spacing 0.5 cm. ...
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How to choose color palette for text on top of an image? [duplicate]

Im assigned to collateral, ad design, web banners, etc. It gets frustrating when the image im gonna put a text on top of has a wide range of color. And sometimes, it gets frustrating to choose what ...
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What program do I use to create a manual or catalog?

The last time I did any desktop publishing it was ten years ago and I used Microsoft Publisher. Now I need to put together a product user manual, troubleshooting guide, and a new catalog. I figured ...
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Van de Graaf Canon and title pages

I am currently working on typesetting a book and I have been fairly consistent about following the Van de Graaf canon. However, the question arises when dealing with the front matter, whether it is ...
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How can we design a better Restaurant Menu?

My team and I are involved on a re-brand for a vegan restaurant. Most of the print collateral has sailed through the approvals process. The trickiest item so far is the menu. We laid the type out in ...
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What is the logic behind loose grids?

I am trying to understand the logic behind these "loose" grid systems often used to display photographs. I have tried deconstructing these types of grids but can't seem to find a coherent explanation ...
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How to make a UI element look clickable?

I have created a button that has multiple options and when a user toggles between these options, the video on that screen changes - See image and animated gif below. In some instances there is ...
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Embedding a picture in Photoshop without super big size

I'm working on a 300 DPI (print) Photoshop document. I imported a medium quality .JPG file (~ 3 MB) into a layer of the Photoshop document. Problem: the size of the Photoshop file has now grown from ...
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Professional software to replace Geometer's Sketch Pad

I've been using an old copy of a program called "Geometer's Sketch Pad" to design character sheets for a tabletop game (think something like D&D). I'd like to copy over my existing work into a ...
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InDesign document printing in wrong font

I have an Adobe InDesign CS5 document that I'm trying to print. It is set in Gill Sans Light. Here is a snippet of the document: However, when I print the document it comes out like this: Does ...
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Is there a formula for the largest readable font size?

I'm working on a project about "creating rules" about design and text sizes in a layout... even when you do not have the size of the layout. My co-worker and I can't agree on the largest text size to ...
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Is the following navigation design readable?

I used D3 JavaScript library to create a time-based linear post navigator for my personal blog which departs significantly from the "traditional" way of linking posts together. I wanted to gather some ...
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Should spacing between containers be consistent?

First an admission: I'm not a graphic designer. So I'm posting this question here. As per request, the purpose of the inner containers is to provide set of options to choose from. All the inner ...
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Align traced text into an object (square). Illustrator

Can someone tell me what Am I doing wrong? I want my traced text (Schlitz) to be aligned in the center of the red square. I tried several methods but can't get it done(wether nothing happens, wether ...
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Adobe InDesign - Courier Not Fixed Width

We have an InDesign project on a technical topic. Like many such books, we are using using a variable width font (Palatino right now) for the body text and a fixed width font (Courier) for portions ...
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Adobe InDesign: Need inline graphic to extend outside of text frame

We have a few issues with our InDesign project, which happens to contain a very large number of screenshot images. We think the solution is to use inline images, but we want them to be maximum sized, ...
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Merge two facing pages with Indesign

I have such a document: 1) How to merge each spread (two facing pages) into one big page? For example, how to convert pages 2-3 (each of them A4) into a single A3 landscape page, without having to ...
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InDesign: how to get anchored objects to flow within text boxes

Writing my thesis and this drives me mad. I: place images, add captions to them, ..and anchor (see pink arrow) them to relevant text, see image: (ignore here that the image falls off the page ...
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What effect is achieved by placing protagonists close to the border?

I am watching Mr. Robot on Amazon Video and I have observed that the actors are often placed close to the border. This placement does not follow the rule of thirds, golden cut or anything else I know ...
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Continuous Footnotes in InDesign CS6

I'm having trouble how to place continuous footnotes to my work. I'm working on a book and in every instance that I use footnotes for a spread, it always starts with 1. Please help me how to fix ...
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What characteristics are common to well-designed and well-formatted textbooks?

I'm looking for inspiration on how to make my book appear more professional with regard to typesetting and page design/layout (although of course these alone don't make it more professional). I found ...
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Reuse previous design for new projects

I have a client that I did branding and design for a particular program within a non-profit organization. The program is now cancelled by the organization the client was working for. Now my ...
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Help! Layout Size 1/2" = 1'

Our Designer will be out for the next couple days so I was given the task of getting her project started since I have the next most experience with this stuff. Unfortunately I can't contact our ...
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I'm using Indesign - the background is black yet when I print pdf it shows white [closed]

I'm using Indesign - the background is black yet when I print the PDF it shows white. How can I fix this please?
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Adobe Reader X changes the spacing on my text [duplicate]

When I add a text to my sheet and do spacing in between my sentences it will change it and compress it all back. How do I keep it from do this. We had a letter head created and this is what I am ...
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indesign delete first page in layout

How can I delete the first page (right-hand page) in a layout? Used to be you could start a section on page 2 (first left-hand page) then you could delete the first page, but I can't see how to do ...