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InDesign: Tips & Tricks Session

TIP # 1: Break Facing Pages into Single Pages

Here's how to convert a facing-pages document into a single-page, non-facing pages document without affecting master page items:

Open the facing pages document. In the Pages panel menu, choose Allow Document Pages to Shuffle (CS3-CS4) or Allow Pages to Shuffle (CS2). (This should uncheck, or deselect, this option.) Grab the right-hand page of each spread and pull the page to the right of the spread until you see a vertical black bar appear and then release the mouse. This will separate the page from the spread, but the page will remain a right-hand page.

TIP # 2: What Is the Registration Color Good For?

The InDesign Swatches panel includes four undeletable swatches: None, Black, Paper, and Registration. The purpose of the first three is obvious. You probably know not to use Registration for any object to appear on the printed page, but do you know why?

The Registration color prints on every ink plate. In CMYK, that means anything with Registration applied to it prints in cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. The result is usually not a nice rich black but rather the color of old mud. That's why the Registration swatch should be reserved for registration marks and other information or structures that need to print on all plates (usually in the slug area), such as the client name, job number, and other specific information. The easiest way to include that information on the film is to set it in the slug area, in the Registration color swatch.

TIP # 3: Wrap Text around a Silhouetted Image

Place an image with a solid, contrasting background or an alpha channel or clipping path masking the background. Open InDesign's Text Wrap panel, choose Show Options from the panel's menu, and you'll see seven Contour Options. From the Text Wrap panel's Type pop-up menu, choose a contour option. Some, like Alpha Channel and Photoshop Path, are only available if they're embedded in the image file. But this doesn't mean you have to use a collage of empty frames to wrap text around a silhouetted image! Arranging the image behind the text (Object > Arrange > Send To Back) and choosing Detect Edges from the Contour Options' Type pop-up menu often does the trick.


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