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Laura Ross

User Group of the Month Q&A: New York InDesign User Group

By Laura RossFeb 19, 2013

Each month we will select one User Group that has been exceptional in their communication with meeting updates, giveaway requests and book reviews and ask them to share some insights and tips with us. This week, we turn the spotlight on New York InDesign User Group as our UG of the Month!

John Cruise

Five Adobe InDesign CS5 Tips in Five Days: Tip 5 - How to Create 3D Text Effects

By John CruiseApr 16, 2010

When Adobe® InDesign® CS3 was released a few years back, included among its new features was an enhanced set of special effects. If you haven’t had a chance to explore these special effects and add them to your bag of InDesign tricks, you owe it to yourself to take a look. This tip will focus on using the Bevel And Emboss effect to create three-dimensional typographic elements, but there are eight other effects—each with its own set of controls—that you can apply to text, frames, pictures … pretty much anything. Although many of these effects are available in Photoshop and Illustrator, the option to apply them to InDesign objects can save time and reduce file-management overhead.

John Cruise

Five Adobe InDesign CS5 Tips in Five Days: Tip 4 - Removing a Light or Dark Background from an Imported Graphic

By John CruiseApr 15, 2010

Sometimes when laying out an Adobe® InDesign® page, you may want to remove the background of an imported image—perhaps so you can wrap text around a shape as in Figure 1. Creating a clipping path in Photoshop is often the best solution because its selection tools make it easy to isolate and remove even complex backgrounds. However, because the graphic element (the dancing pair) in Figure 1 is much darker than the background (the surrounding white area), you can easily remove the background using the Clipping Path feature in InDesign. In addition to removing white and light backgrounds, you can also use the Clipping Path feature to remove black backgrounds and backgrounds that are significantly darker than the graphic element they surround.

John Cruise

Five Adobe InDesign CS5 Tips in Five Days: Tip 3 - Spanning a Paragraph Across Multiple Columns

By John CruiseApr 14, 2010

Since the dawn of page layout software in the mid-1980s, layout artists have been forced to create two text frames for stories that span multiple columns: a one-column text frame that spans multiple columns for the headline and a multicolumn text frame for the body text. Adobe® InDesign® CS5 makes it a whole lot easier to lay out pages with multicolumn stories by providing the option to extend paragraphs across the gutters of multicolumn text frames. It’s a killer feature with an intuitive UI that will save many users considerable time.

John Cruise

Five Adobe InDesign CS5 Tips in Five Days: Tip 2 - Format Text in Multiple Frames

By John CruiseApr 13, 2010

The Formatting Affects Text button, one of the smallest and least documented features in Adobe® InDesign®, is barely visible next to its silent partner, the Formatting Affects Container button. (They’re just below the Stroke and Fill boxes in the Tools panel.) The Formatting Affects Text button doesn’t do much, but if you know how and when to use it, you can save time and spare yourself from a lot of manual text formatting. Here’s a common scenario in which this button is useful.

John Cruise

Five Adobe InDesign CS5 Tips in Five Days: Tip 1 - Converting Text in Multiple Frames into Outlines

By John CruiseApr 12, 2010

If you’re an Adobe® InDesign® user, you’re probably familiar with the Create Outlines command in the Type menu. It lets you convert highlighted text characters into editable shapes. What you may not know is that in addition to working with highlighted text, the Create Outlines command is also available when one or more text frames are selected. In this situation, choosing Convert Outlines will convert all of the text in all selected frames into outlines. (It’s worth noting that the Convert Outlines command does not work with text frames that are part of a group. If you want to create outlines of text in a frame that’s part of a group, you’ll need to ungroup the objects [Object > Ungroup] before you create outlines.)

Classroom in a Book series updated for CS4

By Victor GavendaDec 23, 2008

Here at Adobe Press, we've paused to catch our breath after releasing the first crop of new books in the popular Classroom in a Book series, now freshly updated for Adobe Creative Suite 4.

Adobe Unveils Creative Suite 4

By Victor GavendaSep 23, 2008

This week, Adobe Systems Inc. took the wraps off the latest version of its flagship product, Creative Suite 4.

Public invitation to Adobe Creative Suite 4 announcement

By Victor GavendaSep 3, 2008

In an unusual move, Adobe gave advance notice of a major software release this week.

Clifford Colby

Adobe applications and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

By Clifford ColbyOct 27, 2007

Adobe last night release an FAQ on how its applications work with Apple's just-released Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Adobe MAX 2007

By Victor GavendaOct 5, 2007

I just got back from Chicago, where I attended Adobe MAX 2007, the company's annual confab for developers. The bulk of the conference was taken up with hundreds of workshops, hands-on sessions, whiteboard talks and other kinds of presentations, all of which had the 4,300 attendees running from one end of the vast, brand-spanking-new, McCormick Place West convention facility to the other.

All of us came together in one room, however, for two keynote addresses and an evening sneak peek session, during which Adobe announced several new products and initiatives and allowed us a glimpse at future developments.