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Importing Swatches in InDesign

November 17, 2003 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

One of InDesign CS's new features is the addition of "Load Swatches" to the Swatch palette's fly-out menu. With Load Swatches, you're able to add previously-defined color Swatches from other InDesign (CS and v2) files to your active InDesign CS document. This makes it easier to keep your colors consistent from one project to the next.

But what if you don't want *all* of the swatches from that other file, just one or two?

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InDesign's "Other" Paste in Place

November 3, 2003 - 3:00am ||| 2 Comments | Add new

In InDesign, when you've sucked something into your clipboard via cutting or copying (Command/Control-X or -C), and then paste it (Command/Control-V), the item appears smack in the middle of your InDesign window.

What if you want the pasted item to appear at the exact same page coordinates as the original item? Like you're trying to get the same icon to appear in the same spot on a few of your pages … do you have to select the original item and jot down what the Transform palette says so you can enter it again on the new page?

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InDesign's Hidden Proportional Scaling Command

September 23, 2003 - 2:00am ||| 1 Comment | Add new

You've placed an image in InDesign and you want to scale it up or down proportionally.

Let me count the known ways, and then I'll tell you a little-known way.

— Select the image/frame combo with one click of the Selection tool, and Command (Mac)/Control (PC)-Shift-Drag on any handle of the frame (this scales both the image and its frame but not the frame's stroke, which is a Good Thing);

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Facing Pages Flexibility Face-Off: QuarkXPress and InDesign

July 3, 2003 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

First, a little background info for people who never read dialog boxes, let alone manuals, you know who you are:

When you create a new document in a page layout program, you have the option of setting it up as a Single Page or Facing Pages document.

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