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Chad Chelius

Chad Chelius, author of Adobe InDesign CC Learn by Video (2015 release), talks about his favorite features in the latest release of Adobe InDesign, including paragraph shading, converting a table cell to a graphic cell, and Creative Cloud libraries.

Sandee Cohen

In this chapter from Creating Animations in Adobe InDesign CC One Step at a Time, you’ll learn how to apply the animation presets that make objects grow or shrink as well as rotate.

In this excerpt from Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release), you'll learn how to work with layers, create and edit text frames and graphics frames, import graphics into graphics frames, import multiple graphics into a grid of frames, crop, move, and scale graphics, adjust the space between frames, add captions to graphics frames, place and link graphics frames, change the shape of frames, wrap text around an object, create complex frame shapes, convert frame shapes to other shapes, modify and align objects, select and modify multiple objects, and create a QR code.

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John Cruise

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

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

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

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.

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