Archive for the ‘Designers’ Corner’ Category

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

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

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

Automating InDesign with Scripts

At our last quar­terly Customer User Group, Keith Gilbert showed us some very useful scripts for InDesign. A script can be as simple as an auto­mated task or as complex as an entire new feature. You can create your own scripts, and you can run scripts that other people have created.  How to Load a Script: 1. Open InDesign, then open the Scripts panel  (Window > Utilities > Scripts). 2. Right click on the User Folder in the panel and choose… READ