Solving Acrobat’s “resize window” issue
Colecandoo! » InDesign
by colmin8r
2M ago
One more example of adjusting a PDF in a text editor to adjust view settings of a PDF that can be fixed in Acrobat, but not before creating the issue in the first place ..read more
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Using text editors to determine Spot Colours
Colecandoo! » InDesign
by colmin8r
4M ago
Need to know spot colours in a graphic but only have an RGB PDF? Opening it in a text editor might be worthwhile ..read more
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InDesign in denial or in decline? Then innovate!
Colecandoo! » InDesign
by colmin8r
2y ago
At the same time every year when Adobe MAX comes around, I look at the new features in Photoshop and Illustrator and wonder “will the changes in InDesign be as advanced?” and for the last several years, I’m always let down by the new features that InDesign has in comparison to its companion software. I ..read more
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To be, or CSV, that is the delimiter
Colecandoo! » InDesign
by colmin8r
2y ago
From time to time I receive emails requesting support for some of the scripts that I offer through the site. Since InDesign began to support semicolon separated text files for data merge, one particular issue began to receive more requests than normal. The emails were consistent in nature – users had downloaded the data merge ..read more
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Highlighting the benefit of GREP… literally
Colecandoo! » InDesign
by colmin8r
2y ago
I’m a fan of the GREP feature of the Find/Change dialog box in Adobe InDesign as it allows me to search for patterns of characters within text based on regular expressions. As handy as this feature is, I always require assistance writing my GREP searches, just in case my patterns are either too greedy; or ..read more
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Page Size Lies
Colecandoo! » InDesign
by colmin8r
2y ago
Have you ever received a client’s InDesign file and sent it to PDF or print, only to measure the document and realise it is a different size to the one that was in InDesign’s document setup? What could cause this issue to arise? The page tool has been used It is likely that at some ..read more
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PDF spreads from InDesign: radio button vs dropdown
Colecandoo! » InDesign
by colmin8r
3y ago
When proofing PDFs of books to clients, it is often important that the client sees the proof as a series of left and right page spreads. PDFs made with any of InDesign’s default settings (these are the options in the Export Adobe PDF dialog box in the top dropdown field in square brackets) will show ..read more
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Intolerant about tolerances
Colecandoo! » InDesign
by colmin8r
3y ago
Designing print projects on-screen comes with a false sense of precision. It is easy to assume that whatever is designed on-screen will accurately reproduce – without flaws – into a real-world finished product. This is reinforced by the ability to place objects on precise coordinates and align and distribute with similar precision. Unfortunately, the practical ..read more
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Inklude (sic) Mixed Inks into Illustrator
Colecandoo! » InDesign
by colmin8r
3y ago
A feature which is strangely absent from Adobe Illustrator (yet present in Adobe InDesign) is mixed inks. This gives the user the ability to make a new swatch based on percentiles of other swatches that can include spot colors, along with process colors. InDesign’s mixed ink feature also allows groups of mixed ink colors to ..read more
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Shortcut to rotate in fractions
Colecandoo! » InDesign
by colmin8r
3y ago
A colleague of mine recently had a task of inserting lineart scans into an InDesign file and then rotating the images so that they were straight on the page. During this process, he’d asked: What’s the shortcut for rotating an image by a fraction of a degree? While I can remember many of the shortcuts ..read more
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