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Beginners Guides to InDesign

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InDesign is a powerful design program with so many tools and features it can a bit tricky to find a topic to begin with. With this in mind, we've put together a collection of beginner guides on various InDesign topics like the best way to create a new document, how to import text and images and even useful advice on what to do when a document is corrupted and how to make comments and track changes. Work your way through the guides and you will be well on your way to mastering InDesign.

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  • Designing
    Quick Tip: Creating New Documents, InDesignCS5Preview
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    This Basix tutorial will give readers with no or limited InDesign experience the basic knowledge on how to set-up a document for print.Read More…
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    The Layers Panel: InDesign CS5Preview
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    The new layers panel added to InDesign CS5 is packed with features that can really speed up your operating pace. The panel now resembles Adobe's Illustrator Layer panel and has borrowed many of its useful features. So if you are new InDesign or have simply overlooked this addition read on.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Working with Rulers and Guides in Adobe InDesignPreview
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    This tutorial will teach you how to improve your In Design skills, whether you are a beginner or an intermediate user, you will learn some good tips to improve your workspace using rulers and guides.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Setting Margins using InDesignPreview
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    As you will have heard countless times, white space is a very important element to a successful layout. A large proportion of a white space will typically be occupied by margins. The purpose of this tut is to give new InDesign users the knowledge on setting up margins and their functions relating to two main layout types, which are single and facing page layouts.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Importing Type Using InDesign CS5Preview
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    Importing type into Indesign can seem like a straight forward process, either copy and paste or use the place option. It is definitely a process designers take for granted. This tut will illustrate the capabilities InDesign offers when importing type using the "Show import options" feature. In turn this will give insight on how you - the designer - can take full control over importing and placing type.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Using Em Dashes, En Dashes and Hyphens within InDesignPreview
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    When using dashes you have three options available, a hyphen, an en dash and an em dash. Choosing the right dash for the job in hand is usually overlooked and misunderstood. This Quick Tip will outline the differences between the three dashes as well as advice on when and how to use them correctly within your designs.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Importing Graphics using InDesign CS5Preview
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    InDesign can handle a variety of graphics including jpg, eps, pdf, tiff, psd and most Adobe formats to name a few. InDesign doesn't actually place the graphic into the document. Instead it makes a link to the original file and generates a preview within the document. In this Quick Tip you will learn about the various ways you can import image files into an InDesign document and how to replace and re-scale them.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Importing Multiple Graphics using InDesign CS5Preview
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    Since CS4, InDesign has held the capability to import multiple graphics quickly and all at once. The feature allows the user to place a number of graphics on a document arranged within a grid. This can be particularly useful if you are designing a contact sheet, story board or similar structure. Learn more about importing multiple graphics into Indesign in the following Quick Tip. Read More…
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    Quick Tip: An Introduction to Threading Text in InDesign CS5Preview
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    Threading text within InDesign can hugely improve the experience of editing and amending copy while working on layouts. The process of threading text is linking two or more text frames allowing text to flow from one separate frame to another. Lets take a look at the basics.Read More…
  • Tools & Tips
    Quick Tip: An Introduction to the Page Tool in InDesign CS5Preview
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    You may have missed the addition of the Page Tool to InDesign CS5. If you did, take ten minutes out to discover the capabilities this superb tool offers when working with multiple page sizes.Read More…
  • Tools & Tips
    Quick Tip: Creating Quick Grids and Using Live Distribute with InDesign CS5Preview
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    Within this tut we are going to explore the Grid and Live Distribute features. The following information will help you create fast grids as well as explaining how to distribute frames quickly. Let's begin!Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Create Compound Frames in InDesign CS5Preview
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    By using the pathfinder panel within InDesign CS5 it is possible to create a compound frame that can be used to import an image to create a unique effect. Find out more about Compound Frames at the jump.Read More…
  • Tools & Tips
    Quick Tip: The Gap Tool in InDesign CS5Preview
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    The Gap Tool can be used to adjust the white-space in-between and around page items. This tool holds the ability to allow the user to work quickly with item heavy layouts as well as viewing real-time changes. Read More…
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    Working with Track Changes in InDesign CS5Preview
    The Track Changes panel is a handy feature that gives the user the ability to view all significant changes made to an existing story. Changes can be kept for reference or discarded once checked and approved. The feature can also be useful when there is more than one contributor working on the same document.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Using the Story Editor in InDesign CS5Preview
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    The Story Editor feature within InDesign is a great tool to know and utilise. Once mastered, you will be able to edit text clearly without distraction from formatting. Story Editor also has other advantages when handling text heavy documents. Instead of zooming and moving back and forth, the Story Editor will present the user with simple easy to read text. OK lets take a look.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Working with CS Review and InDesign CS5Preview
    This tutorial shows how you can quickly upload your InDesign document for collaborative online commenting via Acrobat.com. This is a great trick if you work as part of a remote team, or need quick feedback from clients, best of all, the comments stay in your InDesign document!Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Use Notes and add Comments to InDesign CS5 DocumentsPreview
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    The notes mode is perfect for adding comments to existing copy within an InDesign document. Notes can be added, but are not visible in the body of the text, instead these notes are hidden and can be viewed in the Notes panel or Story Editor. If you usually keep notes in a separate document this Quick tip could save you some valuable time.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: An Introduction to Scripts in InDesign CS5Preview
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    Scripting is a sure way to save time when performing repetitive tasks within InDesign. Scripts will automatically complete a task for the user, for example, creating crop marks to a specified object. The following tut will serve as an introduction to scripting and will explore a few of the useful sample scripts already contained within InDesign.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: How to Fix Corrupt InDesign FilesPreview
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    If you regularly use InDesign, you may find that from time to time a file may be corrupt and glitch. In this Quick Tip you will learn a technique that may help recover your file in just a few easy steps. Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Eleven Tricks That Will Help Your Workflow in InDesignPreview
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    Today we have a collection of useful InDesign tips will help or enhance your operating skills. Perfect for beginner users in InDesign, there's plenty of tips here to get you started. Let's begin!Read More…