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Color Modes in InDesign CS5

InDesign CS5 has many tools for handling color. Color Modes are mathematical models that describe the components of full-spectrum color. We all learned that the primary colors are Red, Yellow and Blue. In traditional offset printing, the primary colors used to produce full-color images are Cyan, Magenta and Yellow (CMY). When 100% of each color is printed on top of each other, the resulting color, in theory, will be black. Black, however, is usually printed as its own separate ink to shape and define the image, which is why the color model is referred to as CMYK, also known as Process Color.

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Turning Frames Into Compound Paths with InDesgin CS5

In Adobe InDesign, Compound Paths are multiple closed paths that are turned into a single object. For example, when an outline is created from the letter “O”, the O-shape is made up of two ellipses, one inside the other, with the inner circle being a transparent doughnut-hole. InDesign lets you do the same thing with frames.

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How to Right Indent the Last Line of a Paragraph in InDesign

Catalogs commonly have the price aligned flush-right on the last line of the product description. Here’s a simple trick to achieve this with ease.

Before the price, go to Type > Special Characters > Other > Right Indent Tab (Shift + Tab key on both PC and Mac). The great thing about this is the Special Character is not recognized as a tab by InDesign, so you don’t have to override a Paragraph Style.

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Create Custom Numbered Lists in InDesign

In my last blog, I showed how you can create custom Bulleted List formatting in InDesign when you want something different from what InDesign’s Bulleted & Numbered List command provides. Here’s another variation on the same technique for Numbered Lists. Say you have a list of 30 items. The first thing you need to do is establish what the widest two digits would be. Using 00 or 99 is a pretty good bet, as they are the widest digits in most font families.  So here’s how you do it:

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Control the Indent of a Bulleted List in InDesign

Tabs and indents can lead to frustration for a lot of new (and even not so new) InDesign users. I’ve seen the Tabs panel bring even experienced users to the verge of tears, so here are a few InDesign typesetting tricks.

New InDesign users who have worked mostly in MS Word or WordPerfect might not understand how InDesign handles bullet alignment. The key is to use Special Characters and White Space. You can use the Bulleted & Numbered Lists command, but maybe you don’t like the preset spacing, etc. So here’s how you do it yourself.
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Keyboard Shortcuts: The Gain's Worth the Pain

So you’re a right-clicker. You don’t need to use Control-C/Control-V to copy and paste. It’s just as quick with clicks, and in this case, you’re absolutely right. But when you’re in a production environment, on a tight deadline, knowing some basic keystrokes can shorten your work exponentially.  Say your in the Text tool and now you need the Selection tool, you can go over and pick it off your Tool panel, or you can simple press Escape and you’re there! Another example would be zooming in and out on graphic elements. Is it easier to grab your Magnification tool and draw a marquee, or always have your Navigation panel out, cluttering up your desktop? Simply use Control – +/-. That way you can stay in your current tool, and keep your desktop tidy and spacious. Continue Reading »