InDesign Secrets – Edit All your Export Tags at Once

Submitted by mhiscock on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 14:38

As a book publisher or author, you should be familiar with preparing your documents for exporting to EPUB in InDesign. Part of preparation process involves creating export tags. If you often find yourself tediously double-clicking each paragraph and character style individually to set your export tags, I have news for you: there’s a better way.

This quick guide shows you how to pull up the interface that allows you to edit your Export Tagging settings for every Paragraph and Character Style all at once. No more double-clicking!

1. Open up the Paragraph Styles panel

Techne Challenge 5: Controlling InDesign Hyphenation

Submitted by jvb on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 04:34

Hyphenation is often a site of struggle for authors and publishers trying to format their books in InDesign. By default, InDesign hyphenates longer words at the end of a line of a text rather than pushing the entire word to the next line. Luckily, it's simple to modify these settings to meet your needs.

InDesign Secrets: Ensuring Bulleted Lists Actually Have Bullets

Submitted by kms on Tue, 03/08/2016 - 02:05

This is what a bulleted list looks like when you first place it into InDesign.

What do you put in front of a bulleted list item?  A bullet, of course! 

However, when placing a Microsoft Word document into InDesign, you’ll often get this:

A set of boxes instead of bullets—not good. 

Time-Saving, Quality Enhancing Tip for Designers: How to Link Images in Adobe InDesign

Submitted by mhiscock on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 21:54

As a book designer, you’re probably very familiar with Adobe’s program, InDesign. InDesign is a page layout and design program that serves as a great tool for book designers. And while you may know all the ins and outs of book design itself, you may still struggle with properly placing and linking images in InDesign. Ever embed an image in InDesign only for it to turn out pixelated in print or PDF form? Follow this guide to help you eliminate pixelated images and hopefully make your book designing endeavors smoother in the future.

Embedding vs. Linking

Eliminating InDesign Overrides and Publishing Attempt

Submitted by mhiscock on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 22:04

Best Practices for Eliminating Overrides in InDesign

When importing and formatting a Word Document in InDesign, you will sometimes find that there’s a “local styling” on top of your paragraph styles. Luckily there’s an easy way find out if there is, what it is, and also how to remove it by clearing the overrides!


Screenshot provided by Michelle Hiscock

Using Fonts In InDesign

Submitted by gcarana on Thu, 01/28/2016 - 21:58

Fonts are an easy and useful way to make an Indesign document look unique and professional. Here a few tips and techniques that will making using fonts in InDesign a breeze:
1. Choose your font carefully.
Some fonts allow you to choose bold, italic, or regular. Other fonts don't offer these features, so it's important to look when choosing a font that there are those options. This is important because if you need to use these emphasizing features, you may have to pick another after you've already done work in a different font.