tips and techniques

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. 

Book Spine Design

Submitted by YKK on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 23:11

Platform – For a book designer:

This “time-saving, quality enhancing tips and techniques for designers” topic is geared towards designing the spine of a book.

Why? What for? Who cares?

Who should care about some skinny book spine? The answer is, YOU SHOULD. You may scoff, but your book spine is an incredibly important feature of your published book.

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

The Importance Of Research for Book Designers

Submitted by gcarana on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 18:48

If you are a Book Designer, you are likely in charge of everything from the book cover to the layout to the design of the pages. Whether you are first time book designer or a seasoned veteran, there are some important tips and tricks that can help you be the best book designer you can be. One of these tips is the importance to doing research before you start your design. This may not sound like a time saver, but good research beforehand can prevent you from having to redo your work and will save time in the long run!