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Questions about changing object properties (shape, color, etc) so they work with the overall design.

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How do you decide the ratio between font-size & line-height?

I don't know if there's a canonical answer, but maybe some theories that you can point me to that I can read about. Do most designers just play it by ear? Or go from the gut?
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numbers and units in InDesign: Is there an easy way to do this?

I am involved in the writing of a lot of scientific texts. A lot of them I (am forced to) do in LaTeX. However, I prefer InDesign, and use it more often than Latex. Scientific/engineering texts often ...
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Which of the following layouts is best for a print/digital publication?

Here are three options: Option 1 (centered charts, two-column text) Option 2 (text on left, charts on right) Option 3 (left text, right charts on odd pages, right text left charts on even pages) I ...
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Is there a way to spread a paragraph over all of a text frame's columns in InDesign?

I'm laying out a text with lists and headings between them. I used the 'Text frame options' to split a page-wide text frame into two columns. Now, it so happens that one of my main headings is too ...
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InDesign not applying footnote separator formatting

Does anyone have any idea why this isn't being applied? I want a full point and an emspace after the footnote number before the footnote text, which is what I've told it to do but all it's doing is ...
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Illustrator text allotment

I want my text to produce exact outcome of 'justify all lines'. i took text, dragged it, created a box (exactly the size i want my paragraph to be in) and then applied 'justify all lines' from ...
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Numbering nonconsecutive paragraphs in InDesign

I have a project that requires that we primarily lay out a lot of text (think sections in an employee manual) with explanatory notes scattered throughout the document. We only want to number the ...
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Add a special character o glyph made of three dots for quick insertion InDesign

I am working on a long text with InDesign cs6 and I need to be able to quickly write/insert a special charter that looks likes this three dots in the image (They are three dots and the middle on is ...
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Word breaks at a parentheses within the word ex. (im)possible

i recently got an offer to do a quick catalogue for an artist and there is a point in his text with a parentheses in it ex. (im)possible. indesign is breaking the word into: blah blah one line (im) ...
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Are “Orphans” and “Widows” ever good?

Referencing text layout. . . A widow is a sentence fragment separated from its paragraph at the start of a page or column A widow is the end of an incomplete sentence which appears at the ...
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Is it a good practice to use small caps for all last names?

I've gotten into the habit of using small capital letters every time I write a last name (both in LaTeX and by hand). Is this a good practice? Are there any recommendations on this subject? I mainly ...
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Parts of paragraph style won't stick

I've got a problem where I am defining a paragraph style, but when I am applying it, it does everythin as defined except for the font style. It just applies a font style I did not select, however the ...
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Adobe inDesign - Table rows cross page

I'm trying to create a two-columns table on InDesign. Unfortunally, when row content doesn't fit the remaining page space, the entire row is pushed on new page leaving a lot of space on previous page....
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Adobe Indesign: Finding the last bullet in a bullet list

My current style sheet is: [Body] After paragraph : 4mm [Body, Start of List] After paragraph : 1mm [Bullets] After paragraph : 1mm [Bullets, Last] After paragraph : 4mm Part 1 Is there a way to ...
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Adobe Indesign CS4 XML Import Problem(Missing Elements After Import)

I have been troubleshooting this problem for hours now. It's quite puzzling since a few hours back this did not happen at all. So I have completed placing the tags on individual text frame and was ...
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Bookman Leading

I am designing the interior for a novel using Bookman Old Style size 11pt. Right now, due to input from readers, I have set a leading of 13.5pt. Is that too large? I do not want the text to look ...
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GREP InDesign, can I move a word to the beginning of a paragraph?

Is there a way to move an entire specific word at the beginning of the sentence it belongs to? Let's say I want words contained within brackets to be repositioned. At the moment I have something like ...
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InDesign: shift baseline by percentage amount

I know I can enter horizontal and vertical scales as percentages, but the baseline can only be entered by points. Is there any way to go around this with a percentage value?
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Designing a printed form - How to handle boxes for characters?

I am designing a printed form that will be printed on paper, where the user can only put a certain number of characters per an answer. The form is printed off and given to the end user. Example: ...
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Removing a color override from a paragraph style in Adobe Indesign

I accidentally specified a color to a paragraph style, which is based on some other. How do I clear this color override, so that I can use the color of the base paragraph?
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Best practice for alignment of numbers in ordered list

Code complexity aside, which of the follow two options is preferred for displaying html ordered lists? The first aligns the item numbers to the right (with decimals all in line). The second aligns ...
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Scribus: how to force sign in calcuated numeric fields?

I'm new to Scribus, and using it to make an interactive PDF. I have several fields that are calculating integer values based on a custom calculation script. Now I would like to make sure that positive ...
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Table not formatting properly in InDesign CC

I've got a linked (from excel) table that will not format correctly. These are my settings. Header and Table have been formatted in cell options which are linked to Paragraph styles. The only ...
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How to create custom bullet/number formatting in InDesign

I'm creating a key in InDesign with designated numbers and text. I want the formatting to be like #107, basically like a numbered list (I just manually did it to demonstrate). I tried messing around ...
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DTP: Words or characters that shouldn't be left at the end of the line

Recently I was given a task to check and correct design on catalogues in eleven languages. Unfortunately noone cares how the text is formatted, so now I'm trying to collect rules for each language ...
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How to scale a shape to meet a dynamic element?

I have a PDF of a report which uses the above styles for section headings. I want to replicate these in InDesign. I am not sure how the original one was created. The starting point for me seems to be ...
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What is the word to describe one of the many “styles” a character can have?

What would be the correct word to describe one of the possible styles that can be applied to a character, including bold italic underline font size text color font family
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How to create filling letter template?

I need to create letter template for one company which will keep a format styles unchanged (to keep united design across all letters which are sent from the company) but allow users to add specific ...
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How to produce an Accurate clock face with Roman Numerals

As a personal art project I would like to create a large physical clock face. I am not employing any software. I wish to use paper, pencil, ruler, compass, protractor etc.. I wish to know how to ...
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InDesign: how to fix the position of anchored objects [closed]

How to fix the position of anchored object. It is overlapping on the paragraph after applying a paragraph style.
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Cover page: is it ok to start subtitle with dash?

By far most of the research reports I read that have a subtitle start the subtitle with an uppercase letter (figure to the left below). Is there any reason why the subtitle should not start with an en ...
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Is there any automation for formatting text in PowerPoint

We usually use PowerPoint for formatting slide decks of our clients where maximum time and effort goes in textual formatting like Headings, sub headings, bullets sizing using Master slides. Is there ...
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InDesign: how to align paragraph to ascender grid

I would like to align nicely two paragraphs with different sizes together. Currently, aligning them to the baseline creates a disgraceful whitespace on top caused by the different leadings. What I ...
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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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InDesign: manual line break and justified text

I have the following problem: Hi have a numbered list in which one of the paragraphs has a manual linebreak. Now normally this would not be a problem, however since I have set my text to justified, ...
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InDesign: Increase “space before” but only if content is above

I am currently doing a table of contents in InDesign and have run into yet another problem, namely the spacing: My TOC features two levels of headings. To make the top-level heading stick out more, I ...
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InDesign: Even fontsize for pagenumbers in Table of Contents

I am currently trying to make a table of contents in InDesign that houses two levels of headings. To make the hierarchy more clear I have changed the fontsize of the level 2 headings. My problem is, ...
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InDesign: Table of Contents with differently coloured numbering

I want to generate a TOC whose numbers are a different colour form the actual text. Here an example made in Photoshop: As you can see the leading numbering is in blue, but the text itself is in black....
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InDesign: Display number of heading on all pages that belong to said heading

I am currently working on a larger document that has a number in the top left of every page to give you an idea what part of the document you are currently in. Not as in the page number, but rather ...
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InDesign: Import spreadsheet as single, formatted, column

I'm laying out 100+ business listings into a three-column document. The listings are currently in a .csv spreadsheet that looks like so: A | B | C | D Company name | Location | Blurb | Contact Info ...
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InDesign: are columns inside of a text frame individually customizable?

When I create a text frame with columns, is it possible to adjust every single columns and gaps width individual? Like in the picture, there is one text frame with 3 columns (different widths) and ...
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InDesign: hard return to move to the next text frame?

Is there a way to set a hard return to move to the next text frame, so if I copied a page of text, every hard return would move to the next text frame that I have threaded?
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Illustrator: How to quickly reset text styling?

Upon placing a new text object, Illustrator uses whatever styling was used on the last text object you had selected. This can be annoying in some cases. For example, I've made some extreme changes to ...
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InDesign: auto resize of table cells [duplicate]

Is there a way to fit table cells to their content? (InDesign)
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InDesign: how to apply styles to specific words/phrases

Is it possible to change the font style of specific phrases within an .indd document? I have several phrases to update in a giantic wall of text and all I need to do is change the font to a cursive. ...
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Copy text from Word with with only specific formatting

I have text in Word which has a lot of various formatting - leading, scaling, a few sizes, and some parts are italic and some part are regular. All I need is just to copy it as plain text but from all ...
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Indesign: background image should not break text, other images should

I have a page in Indesign CC which is fully covered by a background image on the lowest layer. There are other images on that page, too. Theres two textboxes on that page. Both other images and the ...
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Anchoring multiple objects in InDesign?

I have several images anchored in my text flow, and I'd like to annotate these images with some arrows. The problem is that the drawing tools (line, pencil, etc) not anchor to the image. So when the ...
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InDesign: how to get first letter bigger in each word of a sentence?

How can i get first letter bigger in each word of a sentence?
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Typography: treatment of brand names in scientific publication

I am working on the design of a scientific publication. For the job, the lead researcher provided the raw text along with the original PDF of the research paper, as a reference. I am going through his ...