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Center align to page or to safe area

I'm designing a cookbook in InDesign using templates from blurb.com similar to the one below. If I want a photo or a piece of text to be aligned to the centre of the page when the book prints, is it ...
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Possibility to link two chapters together to show together in the toc of InDesign

A friend of mine is writing a student/teacher book. For the teachers the book should have the questions and also the answers in there. But the answer to a corresponding question should be in the ...
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How do I get Adobe InDesign CS6 to export high quality PNGs?

I am having trouble exporting PNGs from Adobe Indesign. The problem is they become very pixelated once they have been exported to PNG. However, when I export to JPEG, there is no pixelation, they look ...
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Does InDesign support page sets?

We're creating a set of user manuals with different versions. In some versions, not all the pages should be included. For instance, in version A, everything should be included. In version B, pages 6 ...
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Does InDesign have an Edit Artboard-like tool, like Illustrator has?

The size of the poster I am making in InDesign keeps getting adjusted as I work on it. When I changed its width from 60 inches wide to 55 inches wide using Document Setup, it made that change but ...
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Use data merge of indesign using console or through an API

I am trying to evaluate Adobe Indesign for my needs. In this regards, I asked https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6164612/generate-a-catalog-for-print-and-web I looked at the tutorial posted in the ...
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Indesign - remove empty cells from table

I have imported XML which contains nested tables and have created a script to remove all empty cells which is as: var myDocument = app.activeDocument; for(var i=myDocument.textFrames.length-1; i>=...
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How to insert document metadata into the contents?

I can set up the metadata of an output PDF via File → File info, but when using Type → Text variables → Define (as hinted here), something like Metadata → Title yields a "no intersecting link" - ...
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InDesign text variable: number of first page of section

What I want to achieve is a journal style header showing the start and end page numbers of an article: Journal name Vol X, Issue Y (2016): m-n (#) ---------------------...
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Table of content with page number and quadrant

I want to create the table of contents automatically and depending on where the linked word appears on the two columned pages there should also be mentioned the quadrant after the page number in the ...
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How can I create multiple image sizes at the same time?

I program Android apps, and one of the requirements is that there are images of multiple sizes generated for different sized devices. I might create a 48x48, 64x64, 96x96, 128x128, and 144x144 image ...
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How to export layers as files in InDesign

I have a one-page document with approximately 150 different layers, each containing an individual set of user credentials. I'm now looking to print 150 copies of this document, one with each set of ...
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Script for InDesign that checks for halftone spot colors?

Thanks to the help of various people here, I've just about nailed this script for InDesign that I'm working on. There's only one other bit that, while not 100% necessary, I would love to be able to ...
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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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Dots placing incorrectly in multiple language document

I'm translating a book from English to Persian where some of the words need to still be in English and it's a mix of Right to Left and Left to Right reading directions. my language is persian and ...
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InDesign Book – including section title in running header

I have about 80 InDesign documents (each one is about 10 pages) inside a book. The book is divided into sections. Now I need to add a running header with the name of the section each document is in. ...
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How to automatically insert page numbers to hyperlink destination text anchors in Adobe InDesign?

I'm using Adobe InDesign to make a PDF that will have links to pages within itself (e.g. a text on page 10 links to the text on page 32). I'm using "New Hyperlink Destination" to create Text Anchors (...
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Fonts of PDF look different in Preview (made in InDesign CS6)

I am making an interactive pdf in Indesign CS6, using Quicksand (from Google fonts) as main font. In InDesign, at 100% view, everything looks fine and the text is easy to read. (left text in the image ...
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Why does my master page move when the page shuffles left/right?

I am laying out a book in Adobe InDesign. Context: Since creating the original book document, I have changed the page size from 6x9 to 7x10. All my master pages are of the new size (7x10). (I have a ...
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Add column break and space to using paragraph using styles

I'm going to design a fairly large festival programme and wish to make use of XML to ease the process. But I need to be able to make column break after each entry, and also add spacing after certain ...
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How to OTF export the font I created in Indyfont?

I've created a custom made bullet and used the indyfont script to set up the export but I'm not able to click on the the OTF export button. I'm not sure what to do.
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Acrobat X Custom Action to Save PDF as JPG (not export all images)

Can I use Acrobat X Pro to batch process hundreds of multipage PDFs to JPGs? This question is very similar to what I am after but I am wondering if there is a way to do it in Acrobat X Pro. I have ...
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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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There and Back Again: What changed when importing a vector from Illustrator to Indesign?

I designed this portfolio piece for a class using Illustrator, and in my rendering I created a crayon by revolving a shape along its axis. I then used Object -> Expand Appearance and it appeared ...
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InDesign CS6 - Update multiple displayed artboard/pages of linked files without relinking

InDesign CS6. I'd like to know if there is a way of updating a linked file's displayed artboard (.ai) or page (.pdf) without having to go through the process of relinking the file. Currently upon ...
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Client is turning my booklet design into a website - how to charge for this?

Designed a print booklet for my client and I charge an hourly rate. I work for them freelance on an ongoing basis and they already paid that invoice. Next, they got the web designer to use the booklet ...
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Why are imported PDFs blurry in InDesign?

I'm creating a magazine in Indesign and have pdf ads that I imported and placed all throughout the magazine. The pdf ads are crisp and clear in their original format, but when I place them in Indesign,...
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How do you make a justified background color for a paragraph style in InDesign?

In InDesign if I have a paragraph style and every time I use that style I want a "colored" box behind it justified to the column width. How would you suggest doing this? Currently it's been done ...
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What icons can I use to represent "Essential" or "Desirable"?

I'm putting together a brochure for a job spec, and want to put a table with "Desirable" or "Essential" attributes on it. Not sure what to go with for the icons for Essential / Desirable though. It's ...
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How can I prevent InDesign from overriding my prime signs with apostrophes?

How can I prevent InDesign from overriding my prime signs (ie, "minutes" Unicode 0027) with apostrophes (Unicode 0313); and likewise the doubled forms? Primes are required for describing ...
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How to create a document with alternating (left and right) master pages without working in spreads?

I am creating a large pricelist with multiple (15) master pages (for example, pages 1–10 have Master A and 10–20 have master B and so on). The end result will bee a saddle-stitched booklet that the ...
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Is there a way to enlarge the InDesign interface elements?

I'm using inDesign 9.2 since yesterday and I find the interface elements incredibly small. For example when selecting the TEXT tool and looking at the options on top bar (fonts, alignment, etc), it ...
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Cover Letter using InDesign?

I redesigned my resume using InDesign and this modern resume tutorial. However, I'm wondering whether I need to redesign my cover letter as well since it might look odd if I email my beautiful resume ...
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Why doesn't size/resolution in InDesign match the PDF?

I am working in InDesign and I need to create a PDF file. The problem is that if I have a 200x200px box in InDesign and when I save it as PDF the box appears larger. I am a bit confused about ...
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Confused about InDesign Baseline Grid

novice here. So I'm confused about baseline grids. It's the first time I'm using them and here's the scenario. I will be typsetting about 30 odd volumes of pure text, no graphics, a reference work ...
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InDesign: how to make a "phone button" style or inline graphic

I'm making a manual where I need to show which buttons to press on a phone in order to make something happen. I'm trying to figure out what's the best way to accomplish a style as in the picture below:...
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Outline consecutive numbers up to 132 to be used as stickers

I had a project where I had to design numbers only consisting of a stroke for some cabinets starting from 001 to 132. I would like to know the easiest way to generate these numbers instead of typing ...
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Sharing InDesign Links between Mac & Windows

In our marketing department we have a mix of Windows & Mac computers all running Adobe CS5.5. The problem we're having is that the Windows users will create an InDesign document with links to ...
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Insert a variable on many pages in Adobe InDesign to fill in when printing PDF

I have a "Name" field on many worksheet pages which I want automatically filled in with a particular student's name when printing. I know in InDesign I can just create a master page that those ...
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How to cut lines exactly outline of shape?

ish to illustrator, and I've been working on this logo for my partner. I have created all these lines and am happy with how it is looking. However, I want the lines that make up the image to be cut ...
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Client's editor wants to work directly on my InDesign files

I design books on a 'for hire' basis i.e. I provide the client with the indd and image link files at the end of the project (once the book has been printed and there are no further revisions to be ...
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How do I make my InDesign document easier to update?

I made a price book for my company last year when I was completely new to InDesign. The book contains many two page spreads that are saved as PDFs, and are tables that I created in a separate indd ...
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How can I make this picture print exactly (or almost exactly) the way it looks on screen?

I have this image that is used as a cover page of a magazine I made. When I print it, it prints a very dark image and does not show the spiky designs at all. I saw some suggestions to use Photoshop ...
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Can I automatically replace missing fonts by other fonts in inDesign?

I have an inDesign document in which certain fonts don't work (size equal to zero for PC fonts). Is there a way to have these fonts automatically replaced by other fonts of my choice? If so, can I ...
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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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Is it possible to split the view in InDesign?

I want to look at two parts of an InDesign document simultaneously. Is it possible to "split" the view in one window so that I can see the two parts together in one window? edit: In CS5 at least, I ...
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How did I make these comb fields for this form in InDesign?

Link to file: InDesign File - watch out. There are text fields (with the captions) sitting more or less "on top" of the comb fields. It's not a trick question. I really did it already, last year! I ...
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Why are rounded corners in InDesign not perfectly round?

At first glance, everything looks fine... Circle is 2p and square behind has rounded corners of 1p but if the stroke is removed, there is clearly some inconsistency. What is the reason for this ...
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Find/Replace automation in InDesign

I have a great number of text replacements to make in a set of documents in InDesign. They always follow the same formula: Change "this text" to "that text." I've been manually selecting "this text", ...
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Copy Word doc formatting into InDesign?

How do I keep Word document formatting the same as it appears in Word when copy/pasting into InDesign? I have tried several methods and the text becomes homogenized in InDesign and loses all ...
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