Archive for the “Designers’ Corner” Category

Adjusting Page Size, Margins and Bleed

The October 2018 release of Adobe InDesign introduced a new feature called Adjust Layout. You can use this feature to adjust the page size, margins and bleed along with text and other page items.  Adjust Layout You will find Adjust Layout in several places, but let’s start with the File menu. When you choose Adjust Layout from the File menu, the following dialog box will open: Page Size In this example, we are adjusting the page size from 8.5 in. x… READ

Welcome to 2019: Don’t look Back, But You Should Back Up (Your Files)

When it comes to backing up your computer, there are many choices. The only choice I don’t recommend is not having a back‐up plan.. I have a Solid State Device (SSD) in my laptop, so I wasn’t as worried about my hard drive failing as I was about a file getting accidentally deleted or not having access to my files if my laptop got stolen, for example. Since I have a laptop, I didn’t want to rely on plugging in an external hard drive on a regular basis and… READ

The Bad News: You Missed Our Quarterly User Group Meeting. The Good News: We Recorded It.

Laurie Ruhlin, Adobe Certified Instructor joined us at our Quarterly User Group Meeting. She spoke earlier this year to a packed room and received rave reviews. This meeting was no different. We had another very full session, and Laurie covered InDesign Tips and Tricks that included: Borders and shading Numbering and bullets Book feature Image tricks I had the pleasure of complementing Laurie’s presentation with what participants said was highly informative information they could use right now. The key topics of… READ

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

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

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

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

Think GIGO when Creating PDFs

Most creative professionals submit PDFs for final output. A good PDF starts with a good document. That means having the right margins, bleed and, of course, building it to the final trim size. In other words, it’s a matter of garbage in, garbage out (GIGO). To help you create perfect PDFs, we developed various templates that include the proper margins, bleed, trim size and even drill hole placement and allowances aimed at helping you get off to a great start. You… READ

Creating an Index Using GREP and a JavaScript

I recently helped a customer create an index that contains over 3,500 part numbers. The part numbers are 4 – 6 digits in length and may or may not contain a letter. Here’s how we accomplished the task. The first step was to create a GREP statement in the Find / Change dialog box to assign a Character style to the part numbers. Then we used a JavaScript to add the Character style (Part Number) to the Index panel. Here is the GREP statement entered into… READ