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

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InDesign: how to turn off hyphenation

I am pasting 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" (as seen in the screenshot). I'm not sure how to ...
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What are the main reasons for using full justification when ragged right is more readable?

Most books and magazine articles are printed with full justification, namely with both left and right justification, even though it is generally accepted that the most readable of the justification ...
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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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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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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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InDesign document needs to be converted to Word or similar program

I have an inDesign file, a booklet of mostly text in a table (names addresses etc) and my client would like the file set up so they can edit it themselves, add to the table. Is there a way to convert ...
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InDesign: grep style to move single i words to next line

I need a Grep style in my paragraph styles in InDesign that makes sure that the letter i cannot stand alone at the end of a line, but will always move to the beginning of the next line. I have a ...
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Right-align rest of paragraph after tab

I’m typesetting an index for a book where the index subjects (the names/words/items themselves) should be left-aligned, but the page numbers referenced should be right-aligned – similar to what you’d ...
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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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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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Is it possible to set the underline thickness with Scribus?

I'm experiencing a strange behaviour with Scribus; I'm using version 1.5.1, I don't know if it's relevant but I'm under openSUSE. I have noticed that when I try to underline the text, the thickness ...
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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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Medical word breaks in InDesign?

I work for a medical journal, and we use InDesign C5. I am wondering if there is a way to "teach" InDesign how to correctly hyphenate medical jargon at the end of a paragraph line. Obviously, our ...
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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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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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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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Keyboard shortcut for making text bold in Indesign CC

I know the shortcut ⌘⇧b works only if you have the bold variant of the font in question installed. For me, it works smoothly for Gill Sans. But elsewhere, where I'm using Adobe Garamond Pro, it's not ...
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Are there any rules of thumb / guidelines to optimize / balance this design?

Considering the following panel, are there any rules of thumb, tricks or guidelines to optimize / balance the look? This is the panel with vertical measurements: The panel is part of a website, in ...
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How do you force right-aligned paragraph text to respect trailing whitespace in illustrator?

If you make a text box / paragraph in Illustrator, then right align the paragraph, as you type, everything moves to the left since it's right aligned - just as you'd expect. However, if you start ...
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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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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: how to adjust table spacing

Is there a way to define how big the distance betweeen text and table grids in InDesign is? Right now my table looks kind of crammed with the text so close to its cell borders.
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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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InDesign: how to get table correctly aligned on master page

Working on a magazine in InDesign that is 204mm wide x 279mm high. I have a header which reads: TEL: 555 123 456 YOUR FREE WEEKLY MAGAZINE 18th - 24th November 2016 (edited since in screenshot) as a ...
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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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How to repeat text formatting settings in Illustrator

I have a bunch of text point objects and I'd like to select a subset of them and change their font size (for example). They might be in different groups so I can't select them all at once, so I select ...
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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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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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Add a border on a word in indesign

Is there a way to add a rounded border/background on only one word in a paragraph in indesign ? Or a way to have a dynamic object that can be put in a paragraph and edited by double clicking to get ...
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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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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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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: 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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InDesign: paragraph style changes when I add rows to a table

When I add rows to a table in InDesign, the paragraph style changes and adds "+" to the paragraph style name. My text then changes color (from black to blue) and a yellow highlight is added. I have ...
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Disappearing characters while typing in InDesign

I am trying to place numbers on successive rows by typing the number and tapping the enter key, then typing a number and so on. I can type the first number, but when I tap the enter key the following ...
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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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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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Indesign: How to fix last line of text to bottom

is there any way in indesign to break a paragraph at a given point and fix the last line to the bottom in the same way it happens with the shift key+tab command for right indent tab? I always resorted ...
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Is there a good way to work with Indesign justification settings?

I don't find it very intuitive, and I haven't found a clear guide online as yet. I end up "playing" with Word Spacing until I get to an approximation of what I need. I only ever modify Word ...
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InDesign: any way to set up document so client can edit content?

I'm creating a brochure for a client which has a table in it. The client will need to change the content in the table in the future. Is there a way to set up the project so that only the information ...
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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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InDesign: how to construct table of contents with dots between titles and page numbers

What I mean is something like this, which I found on a Word document I've been asked to redesign in InDesign.
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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: 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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I would like to recreate this specific paragraph style in this picture but I am not sure how

I am trying to recreate this style with the shading, curved end, etc. I want to find a efficient way to create these titles in a repeating fashion. In fact every one of my titles need to be like ...
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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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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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How to pad list with periods in InDesign?

I've got a text block in InDesign, it's a list, and I'd like to pad the list with periods (to the right of the list elements), so that the padding terminates at the right edge of the text box. How can ...
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Creating line breaks and spacing between heading, subtitle and body copy InDesign CS6

Currently when I am creating headings, subheadings and body copy I am using a hard return to move the text onto a new line. I understand that a hard return is an indication of a new paragraph so ...
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Automatic Spacing between multiple text objects

Hello, here is my issue: I am trying to set up a workbook where titles (h1, h2) and basic text (p) iterate a lot and vary in length. Hence, between those text objects, I want to insert a "spacer&...