There comes a time in every designer’s career when a dark cloud descends over our pastoral workspace and someone commissions an original design created in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. A dubious request, castrating our professional expertise, the Microsoft Office “Template” has the side-effect of sending any seasoned artist into an emotional, design-purgatory. Yet there is light at the end of the tunnel, and only by accepting the inevitable, are we able to navigate through the abominable.
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I find myself surprised when I discover that various InDesign features that I use religiously are features unused by other graphic designers. Enter the preflight panel. Combing through your InDesign documents for errors used to be a long and tedious process, but the preflight panel can automate the entire process based on presets that you can create.
I am told on a regular basis by a client or coworker that they are “not creative” as a way to casually dismiss the ideas they have come to me with. It is true that not all ideas work when it gets down to the nitty-gritty of design (i.e. Craft), but the process of sifting through your mental history to conjure an idea is creativity whether you realize it or not.
Do you think InDesign is the perfect page layout tool? Well, I do too. But I’m digging deep to find 5 things that could use a tune-up to make it even more perfect-er!
The average agency can be a hectic place, with multiple teams working on everything from media plans, social media posts, creative strategies, website builds, to page layouts. A Traffic Manager ensures that all work from the account service team flows efficiently to the creative and production departments, then back to the account service team and out for an agency’s clients to review (and hopefully love).
Learn the difference between “place” and “paste into” and how your work in InDesign can become cleaner, simpler, and more effective.
Here’s a short list of some of the mostly commonly confused terms designers find themselves explaining to non-designers.
We’ll be going over GREP Find and Replace and GREP styles in InDesign and how you can use them to take control of text with automatic styling. Understanding this power function within paragraph styles can push your mastery of text styling into the realm of wizardry.
With increasing efforts to go paperless, forms for almost anything can easily be turned into interactive PDFs. Whether you start with a form made with a number of applications (Word, Excel, InDesign) or a scanned paper form, Adobe Acrobat can turn it into a useable PDF form.