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Typography Tips in InDesign CS5

My InDesign students ask a lot of questions about typography, and rightly so! Well-executed type treatment puts the polish of professionalism on a layout, and can make a good design, great. So, I thought I’d go through some of the basics, and share what I look for in type treatment.

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Creating an eBook with InDesign CS5

The truth is, when it comes to graphics, I cut my teeth in print, so it’s hard for me to not think in terms of page sizes and grids. Even in web design, it’s that initial view when you land on the page that matters, in my mind. But that’s not really how it works with ePub, where it’s all about linear flow. And because the platforms are all so different – from Kindle to iPad to Nook to Sony – ePub is like an unruly juvenile, sort of like html in the bad old days. So, while I’m waiting for Adobe to release the miracle digital-publishing software that brings the format under control in InDesign, I’ve done a bit of research and experimentation to establish some basic guidelines. Continue Reading »

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PDF2ID Converts PDFs into Editable InDesign Documents

There are some great plug-ins for InDesign CS5. Some are free and some are costly. One that is not free, but might be worth the money for those in a heavy production environment, is PDF2ID from Recosoft. PDF2ID reconstructs pages from a PDF file into document pages in InDesign, complete with independent graphic elements. Text frames are created, and paragraphs are formed with styles applied. Although it’s not totally seamless, PDF2ID also attempts to intelligently link frames based on similar type styles.

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