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Finding & Fixing Disproportionately Scaled Images in InDesign

Disproportionate scaling (stretching an image out of proportion, so that its vertical and horizontal scales do not match) will result in distorted, “stretched” images. If the distortion is slight it may be acceptable, and in rare cases it may even be desirable, but most often images are stretched out of proportion¬†unintentionally. Disproportionate scaling of images […]

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Packaging InDesign Files (detailed instructions)

Many new InDesign users have discovered “the hard way” that simply e-mailing their InDesign file to someone will not allow that person to properly use their file. Their InDesign file depends on fonts and linked graphics that must be sent along with it in order for it to work properly.Fortunately, InDesign has a built-in Package […]

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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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InDesign’s Dysfunctional Defaults

Edit 4/11/2013: I’m surprised I didn’t mention the content grabber in this post when I originally wrote it two years ago. In my classes and consulting I usually have my students disable it, as it is a nuisance. Many users will accidentally move images out of their frames when simply trying to move the entire […]

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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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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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Inadvertent Changes to Defaults, and How to Correct Them

I recently participated in an online discussion started by an individual having difficulty when placing text. The text would be automatically be formatted by a certain paragraph and/or character style. The styles would stay the same for each document placed for a while, and then change for some reason. She hadn’t been able to discern […]

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Create Your Perfect Workspace

Versions CS4 and later of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign all use a standardized user interface that allows users to customize the visibility and arrangement of panels. This panel arrangement is referred to as your workspace. These 3 products also allow you to save multiple workspaces for different purposes. A well organized workspace will help you […]

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Backward Compatibility in InDesign

I’ve recently participated in a number of online discussions concerning backward compatibility in InDesign. It seems to be a popular topic! In response to demand for clarification on the subject I’ve written this article. Opening Documents from Previous Versions in the Current Version InDesign has always been able to open documents created in any previous […]

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InDesign Styles 101

InDesign’s styles are global formatting presets. InDesign offers powerful styles for text, tables, objects, and several other design elements in your document, but we fill focus only on text styles for the time being. A paragraph style can save and apply complex text formatting to an entire paragraph with just a few clicks. Character styles […]

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