Book Design: InDesign Tips

29 Jun

There is a useful resource on the internet that is for anyone who uses the Adobe product InDesign on a regular basis. I am always looking for ways to be faster and more efficient in my page layout and this website can make that happen for anyone who has the interest. Learn about using the same image in multiple frames, copying text formatting, changing color modes quickly and much more.

One tip that I have used for book covers is to make a two-page spread by checking the Facing Pages box when creating the file and starting the page numbering at two in the Numbering and Section Options. This moves the starting page from the right (odd numbered) side to the left (even numbered) side of the spread. Also you can view the exact CMYK or spot color used in an eps or vector graphic by activating the Separations Preview palette (Shift-F6) and choosing Separations from the View pop menu. Then when you move your cursor over the image, the exact ink percentages are displayed next to the inks in the Separations Preview palette.

Another tip that has proved useful for me allows you to quickly add a ruler guide by double-clicking on a point on the ruler to create a guide out from that point. If you need a vertical guide at four inches, simply double-click at four inches on the horizontal ruler and you are ready to move on to the next task. In addition, you can apply a swatch to any frame or stroke by dragging a swatch from the Swatches palette and dropping it in a frame or on a stroke. This also works on table cells and cell borders.

Fix damaged files by choosing Export from the File menu and export the file as an .inx or Interchange file. When you open the .inx file, the file is rebuilt from the ground up and hopefully the problem is solved. When placing content into your layout, if you click the Show Import Options checkbox you can intercept a file and perform certain functions, such as stripping formatting from a Word file before the file is placed. Access the Import Options dialog by holding the Shift key when you click the Place button in the Place dialog box.

If you use InDesign, I urge you to see for yourself how useful this is. Just go to their website www.indesignmag.comand click on the “free tip of the week” under “not a subscriber” and then enter your email address. That’s all there is to it. You will receive an email each week containing quick hints for InDesign users. It can only make you better at what you do.



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