5 Top InDesign Tips to Unlock Your Creativity.

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5 Top InDesign Tips to Unlock Your Creativity.

InDesign can seem very simple on the surface, however underneath that is some very advanced tools to help you create stunning publications. Check out these 5 Top InDesign Tips

5 Top InDesign Tips

1 COMPOUND PATH FRAMES
Everyone knows that you can place a single image in a single frame. However, few know that you can actually place a single image in multiple frames for a visual effect. Select the Rectangle, Ellipse, or Polygon Frame tool and create two or more frames. Choose the Selection tool (V) and Shift-click each frame. Choose Objects>Paths>Make Compound Paths. Go to File>Place, select the image of your choice, and click Open. InDesign will automatically place the image inside your new frames.

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2 MATH IN THE CONTROL PANEL
Let’s say you have a frame with an image in it on the page and you know that it would probably fit better if it were 1.25″ bigger. No worries. In the Width field up in the Control panel, type +1.25 next to the existing size. When you’re done, press Tab or Return (PC: Enter) and InDesign will do the math for you to adjust the size of your frame. You can also use different operations, such as subtraction (–), multiplication (*), and division (/).

3 STORY EDITOR SHOWS OVERSET TEXT
When you’re doing layout, more times than not you’re going to place text into your document and there will be more text than fits your design. However, the real question is how much more text is there. You can find this out quickly and easily by bringing up the Story Editor from Edit>Edit in Story Editor (or Command-Y [PC: Ctrl-Y]). Look for the red line to the left of your text. Everything next to this line is overset text.

4 PLACE INDESIGN DOCS IN INDESIGN
One of the most powerful collaboration features in InDesign is the ability to place InDesign documents into other InDesign documents. This means that you could be working on one master document while your colleagues work on other sections. Once they’re done, you can place their InDesign documents into yours as you would any other graphics (File;Place). If you need to edit the placed InDesign document, choose Edit;Edit original.

5 CONTROL YOUR PHOTOSHOP LAYERS
It’s great that InDesign can place and output layered Photoshop files, but what makes it even better is that you can turn on and off layers in that placed PSD directly within InDesign. You can even have the same PSD in your document multiple times with different layers turned on and off for different looks. Go to File>Place, navigate to your PSD, and click Open. Now choose Object>Object Layer Options and in the dialog that appears, turn on Preview, and click the Eye icon on and off next to the desired layer to control visibility.


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