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PDF is a complex standard that includes a huge number of features, and the kitchen sink on top of that. Not all of those features are conducive to print production (for example, hyperlinks). PDF/X requires that your document is prepared for print. That is: All fonts are embedded in the file All images are in CMYK or in spot color mode, OR contain color ...


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Bleed and slugs are meant to be cut off after printing. Therefore you don't want them on the page. By being outside the InDesign page definition, it should make it clear that when printed, only the actual page will be seen. When you export to a press-ready PDF or output the InDesign file with printer's marks, the additional areas for bleed and slug are ...


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There are roughly four options. Here are three I wouldn't recommend: Bundle the InDesign file with File > Package, as discussed by Vincent ("Generally a Bad Idea™." to let a client loose with InDesign) Get them a copy of Adobe InCopy, which is designed for this purpose (editing text in InDesign files). However, it costs money, and while I've not used it ...


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Even if I use RGB Colors in inDesign and print the document, I will still get the right colors on the printout Nope. There are 2 primary reasons as to why there is no guarantee that your chosen RGB colors will print the way you want them to. You can't reproduce all of the CMYK colors in RGB space Converting RGB to CMYK isn't an exact process and ...


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The same way you'd export any print-destined file. Export as single page, PDF/X-1a with bleeds and marks. Be aware, you really want large inner margins for any type of spiral or comb binding. And spanning images across the gutter may result in misaligned images. It's generally not a great idea to span across the gutter when spiral or comb binding.


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That's not something you can do with regular paragraphs of arbitrary length, but it's easily done using a two-column table. Set up the table so that the text offset top and bottom is exactly half your normal paragraph spacing. The right column will contain your text. The left column will the Paragraph Style for your guillemet, with the cell style set to ...


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The recommended sizes for print are 10-12pt however this is dependent on the typeface being used also as the structure (cap height, x-height, etc. (if you want more information on that this is a nice starting point) varies from typeface to typeface. For the body 11pt is typically a good size but you must remember to keep your audience at the front of your ...


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Press-ready PDF files are almost always much larger in terms of file size due to flattening and expanding of objects. Note InDesign merely links to external images. However, a press-ready PDF must embed those links for proper reproduction.


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Following on from your (most excellent) set up: 5) Create a new character style, name it "non-italic" and set it's font style accordingly ("Regular" works in this example). 6) Bring up Find/Change, but leave the "Find what" and "Change to" fields blank. Beneath those fields you'll see Find Format. Specify Character Style as "italic" and Paragraph Style as ...


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Well among what could be many answers—right here. We're all different levels of experience, and in different aspects of graphic design. Some more web, others more print, others more technical drawings, etc... But we're all here to help people just like you (and each other, because we don't know everything either). I agree with John Manly's comment. ...


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Text Variables can be used. Type > Text Variables > Define. Then name it, I used Issue Number to go with your question and whatever text you want. Then just for example I created two text boxes and did Type > Variable > Insert > Issue Number Now when I want to update I just edit that variable Didn't screenshot but hit edit, changed it to Issue 02 ...


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I figured it out, so I am sharing... First turn off "Allow Document Pages to Shuffle", and add as many pages together as you want (they will be aligning horizontally). Then go to the Page Tool and on the panel on top where there are some setting for this tool, click on "Objects Move with Pages" then drag the pages. It behaves like the artboards in ...


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For any print, regardless of format, the optimal legbility is around font size 11pt, with ~15pt leading and ~60 characters per line (including spaces). These are of course dependent upon your target audience and other factors (like Ryan mentions). An example would be a publication aimed at seniors: they will prefer a slightly bigger font. Of course, als ...


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Just press the 'w' key. It will give you a preview. Press it again and you'll get all the guides back.


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Pantone to Pantone gradients are really never smooth on screen. The translation to RGB for display doesn't tend to allow for smooth transitions between spot colors. L*A*B is smooth because it's spectrum is not as rigid as spot colors. Create two separate gradients, one which goes from Pantone A 100%-0% and the other which is Pantone B from 0%-100%. Stack ...


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When setting up a long document in inDesign, there are a few best principles to follow that will make your experience much smoother and enjoyable. A) Use master templates. This is crucial, create a master template for every page type that you will be using in your book. A classic standard is a blank template without page numbers for end pages, chapter ...


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Generally, sending an InDesign file to a non-designer is a Bad Idea™. InDesign has quite a steep learning curve for one, and project managers are prone to edit more things than you ask them when you send them source files. On top of that, sending a native (source) file to a customer is not a very good move as a designer, for it contains lots of ...


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While making a book it's extremely important to use baseline grid because Pages are thin and transparent and you don't want line to show from the page before, and baseline grid avoids this from happening 2 pages side to side that the lines are not aligned to each other is unaesthetic to the point of almost unreadable Here's how you work with baseline ...


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First.. there is no such thing as a "standard" PDF. What does that even mean? What is a "standard" pdf??? If anything, there are "PDF Standards" which is the PDF/X format. PDF/X-1a comes with some valuable restrictions on the data it can contain. All color must be greyscale, CMYK, or Spot colors. RGB data is not allowed in a PDF/X-1a file. All fonts ...


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Books for electronic devices are typically sold with reflowable text. I suggest you look into how to build an ePub. I suggest this because your are not allowed to sell or offer PDF format on iBooks Since you have mentioned possible building for android I would advise reflowable and not fixed. Fixed layout ebooks are developed based on the devices ...


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It is because somewhere there is a font which is not licensed to embed in PDFs, just as the warning states. The PDF will look fine if the font is installed on the system. Therefore it will look okay on your system. However, any system which does not contain the font may not render that particular font properly.


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You only have to work with the letter m. Select the letter m and in the character formatting controls make the following: make the letter m [superscript] or reduce the [font size] of that m, and increase the [baseline shift] to an appropriate value. still m selected. reduce [Tracking] to any value you like. after you finish save the selected m in a ...


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Basically, what you're asking is: Is it possible to quickly learn this job you guys've been doing your entire working life? Short, but blunt: just knowlegde of a certain piece of software is not going to be enough to be able to lay-out and create a book. Yes, Adobe InDesign is can be learned rather quickly if you are a bit savvy with graphic ...


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Got a solution; somewhat automatic, but not very elegant :o In the end, you will get something like this (screenshot below): (Download this InDesign file from Google Drive) The summary, without the images: Make text box for the numbers. Format it. Use character style on it (if you want). Don't make it too small. Add a SPACE in the text box. Yeap, just ...


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I once worked at a quick printer. I changed, set up, and sent for proofing an average of 80-150 cards a day. Yes a day. These were all for different companies - 5 cards for A, 10 for B, 3 for C, etc. (back before Indesign, with QuarkXpress 4, Illustrator 8 [or maybe it was 6 or 7], and Photoshop 4/5) There's no real shortcut. Your processes is a good one ...


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If all the labels are consistent in appearance and the only changes that will be needed is text on the label -- I'd use PDF forms. It is a simple matter to create a PDF form which allows any user to input form field data (text) in specific areas. Using a PDF form ensures a few things: Editing is easy on the end user. They click and type, then save or ...


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These screenshots are from InDesign CC, but should be similar to your version of InDesign. Please start with the pages flowing the default way InDesign sets them (first page is page number 1). The triangle above the first page indicates that a section starts there. Next, select pages 2-3 by shift-clicking them individually. Then, right-click that spread, ...


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When generating a PDF for print production you should first use the PDF/X-1a setting. "High Quality Print" is okay, but PDF/X-1a is much better. It ensures the PDF will meet standard requirements for press in terms of color, flattening, etc. It is also important to always select the Crop Marks option unless you're asked not to specifically. Crop marks tell ...


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Don't let the grid get you into problems. It's a tool, a means to an end, but it should never govern your work. If it's in the way, ignore it. More concretely: try and determine your outer margins, your leading and your vertical pacing (baseline grid is great for that last one). Then include those margins on each of the tri-fold's six pages separately. Mark ...


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In addition to Scott's answer, you can circumvent this issue by converting all type in the offending font into outlines: Type > Create Outlines. This will markedly increase your .pdf file size if you're using the font a lot (for say, body text). This way, you don't have to embed any of the info in the font file--all your letters are shapes after all. Be ...



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