- Features: Written by Tim Cole on August 9, 2006
Many layouts mix type point sizes and leadings, plus they include sidebars and captions in different point sizes than the mainbar text. With all those variables, it's hard to align column baselines, especially because you can specify only one document grid in InDesign's preferences. But CS2's frame grid feature lets you use multiple baseline grids on your page. This article by InDesign expert Tim Cole shows you how to use frame grids.
- Features: Written by Tim Cole on January 28, 2005
If you haven't tapped into the nested styles feature of Adobe InDesign, you're in for a treat. Nested styles combine paragraph and character formatting into a single sophisticated style that can be applied at the click of a mouse.
A key factor in setting a nested style is choosing what character or text element will trigger the various formats. For example, you can tell InDesign to start with bold text then, when it encounters a period, switch to plain. After one sentence, change the style to italic.
- Features: Written by Tim Cole on May 28, 2004
One of the advantages of Adobe InDesign's membership in the Adobe Creative Suite is its interoperability with other Adobe applications. That means you can drag and drop native Photoshop and Illustrator files directly into InDesign while maintaining all their attributes and editability.
But InDesign goes even further by allowing you to drag as many files as you like from the desktop and drop them into InDesign. That's not all: You can also place text from Microsoft Word by simply dragging it from an open document into InDesign.
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Every designer has the need to create a custom page size every once in a while.
- Features: Written by Tim Cole on September 12, 2003
Rulers and guides are essential for positioning objects with precision in your page-layout program. Anyone who uses QuarkXPress, PageMaker or InDesign is familiar with basic ruler operations like changing units of measurement, resetting the zero point, or dragging guides onto pages.
But there's more to rulers and guides than picas and inches. Adobe InDesign offers many ways you can leverage rulers and guides when designing a page layout or creating a document template. For instance you can color code guides, use guides on layers, and save them in libraries.
- Features: Written by Tim Cole on May 9, 2003
The comparison between InDesign and Illustrator has often been noted. "If you're familiar with Illustrator, you can use InDesign" goes the common wisdom. But if you're not an Illustrator user, you may not be aware of InDesign's hidden power. One such timesaving feature is the ability to replace color swatches in a gradient fill.
- Features: Written by Tim Cole on April 18, 2003
It's a small detail but it reveals a lot about your page-layout skills. Bad line breaks and poor hyphenation can doom a design and interfere with the reader's enjoyment of the text. Controlling H&Js in many programs involves entering numeric values to set line-break limits and hyphenation stacks -- a not terribly intuitive process. InDesign 2.0 gives you those same controls, but also adds something called a hyphenation slider, which lets you adjust line length and hyphenation zones through visual feedback.