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The Evolution of Paragraph Borders in Adobe InDesign CC

Paragraph Borders Adobe InDesign CC (13), released back on October 18, 2017, intro­duced Paragraph Borders (or strokes) around one or more para­graphs. This was a great new feature, but had one major prob­lem. When creat­ing a border around consec­u­tive para­graphs, the borders often would over­lap. You could fix it manu­ally, which was rather time consum­ing, or use a free script to fix this prob­lem. Paragraph Borders Improved Adobe InDesign CC, released on March 12, 2018, improved the Paragraph Borders. You can… READ

Insights from CreativePro Week 2018

I recently flew to New Orleans to attend CreativePro Week, an event I look forward to with much antic­i­pa­tion. Beginning last year, the event’s manage­ment combined the InDesign Conference with the Photoshop + Illustrator Conference and Printing and ePublishing (PePcon) for an entire week of learn­ing. The sessions were great, offer­ing a huge vari­ety of topics. And while I learned some new tips, the real bene­fit for me is meet­ing with indus­try lead­ers includ­ing members of the Adobe InDesign team. It’s… READ

Will Informed Delivery Help You Communicate with Your Customers?

Communication seems to be one of those things you’re either good at or you’re not. No matter what form of commu­ni­ca­tion you use every­one seems to read and hear things differ­ent. They place their own spin on the topic, even allow­ing emotions to have a say in the mean­ing they gather.   I think you would agree that some­times just pick­ing up the phone and talk­ing some­thing out turns out to be the best alter­na­tive in the long run. Other times, a… READ

In Case You Had a Flat Tire on the Way to the User Group Meeting…

Well, of course, we hope you didn’t. But we had a great Quarterly User Group Meeting on March 15, and I want to share some of the key items we discussed. First, we looked at several TechLines includ­ing: ​“Getting it Right, Right from the Start, Preflighting, and Exporting a PDF.” Visit our Technical Guides Page to down­load our TechLines docu­ments. I’m sure you’ll find these and many others help­ful. We also looked at how you can use GREP in both Find/Change and in Paragraph Styles. A… READ

And Now for a Commercial Break…

I have an approx­i­mately 20-minute commute to and from work. Every morn­ing I listen to my favorite radio station, as I am sure you do. One morn­ing last week, the radio crew was discussing how TV networks are talk­ing about cutting commer­cial time to compete with Netflix and Hulu. The Fox Network announced its goal by 2020 is to reduce commer­cial time to 2 minutes per hour! Now the market­ing side of me thought, ​“Wow! If you want to buy ad time… READ

Photoshop’s New Select Subject Feature

On January 22, Adobe Photoshop added a new feature called Select Subject. You now have another way to select subjects and then use Select and Mask to make further refine­ments. To use this new feature, select either the Quick Selection Tool or the Magic Wand Tool. A new button, Select Subject, will appear at the top of your docu­ment, just to the left of Select and Mask. Click on Select Subject. You should notice your subject has been selected.  To further refine your selec­tion,… READ

Do YOU love print?

In my LinkedIn email feed today was a tiny little head­ing that read, ​“Why do YOU love print?” If you are like me, you get a ton of emails and every once in a while a head­ing captures your inter­est. The arti­cle was writ­ten by Renee O’Donnell and placed in the group I belong to called Print Production Professionals.     In the arti­cle she discusses her passion for print, her love of paper, fonts and how they are tangi­ble. At the… READ

InDesign CC (2018) Object Style Enhancements

The latest release of InDesign has some great new features includ­ing: Support for Endnotes, Paragraph Borders, Text Management in Creative Cloud Libraries, Font Filtering, the abil­ity to find simi­lar fonts and better HTML Export. But there is one feature in partic­u­lar I want to focus on, and it’s Object Styles enhance­ments. You can now set or modify an object’s size or posi­tion. Being able to spec­ify an object’s size and posi­tion makes it much easier to execute global changes through­out your… READ

Be a Pepper, Too!

I like my 16 oz bottle of soda. It may not be the best thing for me to drink, but I am too old to change my ways. Water is not the same as soda; it does not give me the same satis­fac­tion. The results are differ­ent. The health value of soda is not what this is about, anyway.  Diet Dr Pepper is a choice in the vend­ing machines here at work. $1.25 seemed like a lot to pay for… READ

Does Your Mail Have a Freshness Date?

I have done some­thing for years that my husband believes I am absolutely nuts for doing. We argue over it every time. I think it is for our safety, but he thinks it’s a hoax and wastes money. I bet I have you wonder­ing now… Well, I go through the refrig­er­a­tor once a month or so, and toss anything that has exceeded its fresh­ness date. Now I know that is just a sugges­tion, and I know that it affects some… READ

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Adobe InDesign 1.0 – CC (2014) New Features Guide

As a member of the Education and Support Team at Ripon Printers, I often talk with customers using differ­ent versions of InDesign. Sometimes it’s hard to remem­ber when a certain feature got added to InDesign. I decided to create a docu­ment that lists all the New Features begin­ning with the fist release of InDesign back… READ

Before you Install Creative Cloud 2015, read this…

On Monday, June 15, 2015, Adobe announced Creative Cloud 2015. I down­loaded InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Muse and, I’m liking the new features and perfor­mance enhancements.Install Warning: When you choose to update to Creative Cloud 2015, the default is to Remove old versions. Last year some people were confused by having CC (2013) and CC… READ

Are You Budgeting Your Address Lists?

My husband and I are empty nesters, and we purchased a home about five years ago.  It’s an older home, and we have been push­ing money into return­ing the struc­ture to its 1920’s glory.   Seeking out salvage compa­nies was fun, and we were find­ing great, eye-catching addi­tions for our home.  However, we noticed that we… READ