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Tab Leaders (Part 6): Tips and Tricks

Tab Leaders (Part 6): Tips and Tricks

This is the last installment in the back-to-basics-and-on-to-advanced “Tab Leaders” series. If you’ve been following the series, we began by inserting tabs and dot leaders in columnar text (Part 1); moved on to formatting tab leaders differently than the text…
Discretionary Line Breaks

Discretionary Line Breaks

There are so many new features in InDesign CS3 that it’s easy to lose track of some of them. One I’d like to draw your attention to is the new discretionary line break. Like a discretionary hyphen, the discretionary line…
Change Measurement Systems on the Fly

Change Measurement Systems on the Fly

You probabaly already know that you can type into just about any of InDesign’s measurement fields a value based on any measurement system InDesign understands. For instance, if the document uses pica for measurement, you can still specify height, width,…
Matching Portrait Head Sizes

Matching Portrait Head Sizes

When laying out portraits or headshots close together, such as in a newspaper or magazine article or publications like membership directories and yearbooks, the golden rule is that all photo subjects’ heads should be the same size. In most cases…
Measurement Field Secrets

Measurement Field Secrets

A trio of (occasionally useful) tips for working with measurement fields to resize and transform type, frames, and other objects. Resize, Move, and Transform by Percentage Ever find yourself in need of cutting something down to half, doubling the size…