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How to Place More Than the First Page of a PDF in InDesign

New users of InDesign often ask me this question. By default, when you place a multi-page PDF in InDesign, only the first page will be placed. So how can you place any other page? The key is the “Show Import Options” checkbox in the place dialog screen. Go File => Place (or use your keyboard […]

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What Font IS That? Find Out With WhatTheFont.com

Have you ever been given a graphic with an outlined or rasterized font, or perhaps a hard copy of a document, and been asked to match the font? WhatTheFont.com is a great free service that lets you upload a JPG sample of a font image. It then analyzes the shapes of the characters in your […]

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InDesign’s Dysfunctional Defaults

Edit 2/17/2018: This article was written 7 years ago, and it has been 5 years since I last updated it. While it still has some useful information, I’ve written an update for CC 2018 that includes many new settings not covered here. The new list is also less verbose, making it easier to just fix the […]

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InDesign Basic Template Example: 1.5″ Square Adhesive Labels

I recently redesigned a template for 1.5″ adhesive labels. This is a rather common task, but it occurred to me it would be a good teaching opportunity. I’ve included my sample templates for download. Feel free to try them out. Step 1: evaluating the original template I started by downloading the InDesign template from the […]

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Creative Commons Search: find free images and other resources

I often tell students in my classes about this useful tool for finding images and other resources to use in projects. Basically, this is a good way to search for content and be relatively sure that it is free of copyright restrictions, and therefore safe to use. The search tool is available at http://search.creativecommons.org/. It allows […]

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Resolving InDesign’s Justification Problems

I was inspired to write this article after seeing yet another (otherwise very professional looking) brochure that must have been printed using InDesign’s default justification settings. Although I mention this issue in my article on Indesign’s problematic defaults, it’s a serious enough issue that I’ve decided to write specifically on the topic. Here is a […]

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InDesign CS6 Offers Single Page Interactive PDF Export

When Adobe first split InDesign’s PDF export into 2 branches, Print and Interactive, they made the blunder of forcing all facing page documents into spreads when exported via the Interactive option. I wrote an article about this issue previously. This has thankfully been addressed in CS6; we can now export interactive PDFs from facing page […]

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*Undocumented* Photoshop Keyboard & Mouse Shortcuts & Tools

Photoshop has some very handy keyboard shortcuts & mouse tricks that, while technically *not* undocumented, they’re not as obvious as most. You can certainly find them listed in many write-ups and lists in books and all over the Net. By “undocumented,” I’m referring to how these particular keyboard shortcuts don’t identify themselves within the Photoshop […]

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Possible Causes of Slow InDesign Performance—And How to Resolve Them

I recently participated in a discussion on the Linked-In InDesign Group concerning slow InDesign performance. I wrote a response there based on my own experiences, and then I learned a few things from other writers as well; one tip in particular I wish to share here. I’m rewriting my post from the group here, and […]

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InDesign to MS Word

**Update 1/14/2013: I’ve been informed by a representative from the plugin development company Markzware that their product PageZephyr Allows people to extract text not only from InDesign files, but also Publisher and Quark—even if you do not have these software programs installed on your computer, or have the wrong versions. I downloaded and tested the free […]

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