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    The Great Missing Font Mystery

    Saturday, May 13th, 2006

    Have you ever opened you InDesign document only to have it scream at that your missing fonts?
    Who needs ‘em? Just print it, anyway, you’re thinking?
    Ahh if it were only that easy.
    No, you have to find ‘em, one way or another. But what if the missing font isn’t really there? What if it’s on the list but InDesign won’t show you where it is or won’t let you swap it with something else…now that’s wierd.
    One trick I like to do first is the ol’ InDesign Interchange Format.
    I received a file from a reader just this week with Times Bold Condensed showing up for no reason. Sure enough, it didn’t exist in the doc. After running it through the inx format…good as new.
    Click Here to Watch the Video
    Or what about when you copy and paste from another document, or drag from the library and all of a sudden…when the fonts were fine…they’re not fine anymore? Now that’s just crazy.
    We’ve created a little video to show you one common reason for The Great Missing Font Mystery.
    Click Here to Watch the Video
    If you have other examples of missing font issues, be sure to let us know…we’ll add them here.

    Starting With a Spread

    Saturday, May 13th, 2006

    According to the Laws of Printing, odd number pages have to be on the right side…period…no questions.
    But what if you’re doing a simple two-page spread or four-page brochure and you want the two spreads as spreads in the Pages palette?
    Many people just ignore page one and build on pages 2-5…but who really wants to do that?
    Well, there’s a better way. In the fly-out menu of the Pages Palette, you’ll see the option Allow Pages to Shuffle, which, by default, is checked…uncheck it.
    Now you can move page one to the left, drop page two on the right side and add other spreads below.
    Click Here to Watch the Video

    Quick Apply

    Saturday, May 13th, 2006

    There comes a point when working with Style Sheets that you might have too many of them. Add to this the fact that there are now three kinds of styles: Object, Paragraph and Character.
    So how do you sort through them quickly without having to move your mouse all the way over to the three palettes?
    Quick Apply.
    There you go…Quick Apply.
    Simply Cmmd + Return (Mac) or Cntrl + Enter (Windows) and you’ll see a menu drop from the Control Palette. Type in the first letter or two of the style and you’re rockin’.
    Click Here to Watch the Video
    If you have an object selected with the selection tools, you’ll see the menu contains ALL the styles in your document. If you have your insertion point (cursor) inside some type, you’ll only be offered the Paragraph and Character Styles.
    Give it a go.

    Style Sheets for Objects…now that’s cool

    Saturday, May 13th, 2006

    How many centuries have we been using Style Sheets in our pagination software… PageMaker has ‘em… that says something.
    But in the past, we were only offered Style Sheets for type. Headline, body copy, cutline, etc. But what about the boxes?
    Nope, we had to click…shift + click… shift + click… our brains out until we selected, then changed all the objects manually… spread… after spread… after spread.
    Not any more. Nope. Now we’ve got Object Styles.
    That’s right. Style Sheets for boxes. Isn’t life sweet? And they’re as easy to use and create as Paragraph and Character Styles.
    Click Here to Watch the Video

    InDesign: Adjust Text Attributes when Scaling

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

    Here’s a thing that gets some people so frustrated they throw chairs across the room…or at least growl a lot.
    When adjusting type, sometimes the size is shown as the original size, then, in parenthesis is a second size to the right. Now what’s that all about.
    Well, the size in parenthesis is the adjusted size and the other, to the left of it, is the original size.
    Click Here to Watch the video (more…)

    InDesign: Click Through Objects

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

    It doesn’t take long for your document to get busy enough that you have to stack objects on top of objects.
    So you do you click through without having to move stuff out of the way?
    Click Here to Watch the Video (more…)

    InDesign: Ignore Text Wrap

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

    QuarkXPress converts quickly learn that InDesign’s Text Wrapping is different from Runaround.
    There is a preference that will allow you to make them behave the same, but I don’t recommend it, and we discuss that elsewhere.
    Here we want to focus on how to make type that is designed to go over a photo that has Text Wrap turned on. By design, since Text Wrap forces ALL type out of the perimeter, then the type placed over it would also be forced out, making you think you’re not typing anything.
    Click Here to Watch the Video. (more…)

    InDesign: Interchange Format

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

    Need to take your InDesign CS2 file back to CS1?
    Well then you’ll need the InDesign Interchange Format.
    Click Here to Watch the Video. (more…)

    InDesign: Libraries

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

    Are you tired of navigating the labyrinthe of your server for a graphic you use 1.3 billion times a day? Who isn’t?
    Stick it in the library.
    Have an InDesign text and graphic design you use repeatedly?
    Stick it in the library.
    Read any good books lately? Different library.
    You can store frequently-used objects for quick retrieval in your InDesign Library and it remembers link location, x and y coordinates and more.
    Click Here to Watch the Video. (more…)

    InDesign: Doing the Math

    Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

    Are you weak in the areas of ‘rithmatic and unit conversions? Of course you are…you’re a designer.
    So, stop trying to figure it all out with your fancy calculator…let InDesign do the math for you.
    Really…InDesign is able to do addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and percentages. It can even figure out how many inches 278mm is…and more.
    Click Here to Watch the Video.