- Features: Written by Sandee Cohen on December 6, 2013How to combine InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop into one super-application.
- Features: Written by Sandee Cohen on October 21, 2013How to combine InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop into one super-application.
- Features: Written by Sandee Cohen on January 26, 2012For many years, I made the tables of contents for my books manually. I would finish the book and then, one by one, I would open the file for each chapter and write down the name of the chapter, the name of the A Heads, and the page numbers for each. It averaged 200 entries for each book's table of contents (TOC). It was a tedious process, but manageable.
- Features: Written by Sandee Cohen on December 28, 2011As you drag to create or move objects on an InDesign page, you may have noticed lines, arrows, and other indicators appearing and disappearing. These are Smart Guides and other elements that can help you work more precisely. If you haven’t yet used Smart Guides, the following tips will introduce you to easy alignment and spacing that will result in better-looking pages. Smart Guides for the Page and Column Centers
- Features: Written by Sandee Cohen on November 16, 2011Many people who use InDesign can't precisely define the word “glyph.” While we may be more confortable with imagery than with words, it's still good to understand the term and, most importantly, know how to use InDesign's Glyphs panel. Put simply, a glyph is the graphic representation of a character. Several glyphs can look very different but represent the same character. Take the example below. While all four letters represent the same character, the lowercase e, they each have a unique glyph shape.
- Features: Written by Sandee Cohen on October 17, 2011Billions of years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, print production managers checked documents with something called "progressive proofs" or "color proofs". These printed pieces of paper showed how each process color (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) would print alone and in combination with the other colors. They were output as follows: • The magenta plate alone • The yellow plate alone • A mixture of the yellow plate combined with the magenta plate • The cyan plate alone • A mixture of the cyan plate with the yellow and magenta plates
- Features: Written by Sandee Cohen on August 18, 2011Everyone knows the healthy habits we should practice regularly, like flossing our teeth, cleaning the litter box, and recycling bottles and cans. But too often, we're in a rush and skip the routine. Similarly, there are healthy habits for working in InDesign that can make your life much easier. If you don't practice these software habits, your teeth won't fall out, the cat won't attack you, and the recycle police won't arrest you, but you will deprive yourself of some of InDesign's power.
- Features: Written by Sandee Cohen on August 16, 2011I love pie charts and bar graphs. There's nothing better than a visual representation of math or statistics to illustrate a point. For instance, did you know that four out of five designers (80%) who deal with statistics want to insert a pie chart in their documents, and would do it if it was easier to do? Or are you aware that the overwhelming majority of clients (90%) would like to see a bar graph in their statistical copy? Figure 1: A pie chart can help visually illustrate statistical data.
- Features: Written by Sandee Cohen on April 28, 2010Cheat-Sheets.org is a website with links to hundreds of reference guides commonly referred to as "cheat sheets". Cheat-Sheets.org includes many cheat sheets for layout and design applications, including Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, InCopy, Flash, Photoshop, and QuarkXPress. Almost all the cheat sheets for Adobe applications are for CS4 and earlier versions. But I have no doubt that as soon as the new software starts shipping, someone will post CS5 versions.
- Features: Written by Sandee Cohen on February 2, 2007
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Gluon's Cropster ID
Rating: 4 out of 5
Moam's QwikMarx 2.5
Rating: 3 out of 5
Cacidi Systems' Cropmarks 3.0
Rating: 2 out of 5
PDS Associates' Text Styles Reporter
Rating: 5 out of 5
Slendro Solutions' StyleReporter
Rating: 4 out of 5
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