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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…
Tab Leaders (Part 2): Formatting Leaders

Tab Leaders (Part 2): Formatting Leaders

Last week in the first part of this back to ba­sics se­ries on tab lead­ers we dis­cussed cre­at­ing dot­ted tab lead­ers in the Tabs palet­te to sep­a­rate colum­nar text. Now, let’s talk about for­mat­ting those lead­ers. Tab leaders–dots, un­der­scores, hy­phens,…
Change Typefaces without Using the Mouse

Change Typefaces without Using the Mouse

Here’s a quick tip for chang­ing the font of text quick­ly in all ver­sions of InDesign and InCopy–and with­out ever touch­ing the mouse. Let’s be­gin by es­tab­lish­ing two facts: First, CMD+T/CTRL+T opens or clos­es the Character panel/palette. Second, we know that typ­ing…
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 break (“DLB”…
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, and…
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 re­gard­less…
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 of…