If your client hands you a .PPT from MS PowerPoint or and .DOC Word and says: “The presentation/print deadline is tomorrow, make this look nice”, what are you going to do? The answer is to use other programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Quark, Premiere or Keynote and get creative! Here are a few tips [...]
It’s the joyous season of the dreaded companies’ annual report and accounts where artworkers and printers try to make money by producing horribly boring documents full of endless tables with horrendously dull titles like “Intangible Assets”. But, do you know the trick of how to get columns of figures to line up, as the accountants [...]
Question: How can you disseminate a graphically interesting, beautifully designed small book to a large number of people cheaply? Answer: Email a PDF. Almost every computer has Adobe Reader (formerly called Acrobat Reader) and PDFs are widely used as a way to present information with a fixed layout similar to a paper publication. Question: Why [...]
We all know how to stop text running over images in InDesign – go Window > Text Wrap (Command/Control -T if you have selected the Quark keyboard shortcuts) and choose one of the self-explanatory icons. But what if you want some text boxes to wrap around images and others to flow over? Move to front [...]
The keyboard shortcut for a hanging indent (commonly used with bullet points) is command (PC control) + backslash(\). Use this with Quark and in InDesign default shortcuts. When you view invisibles it shows as a dotted line in Quark and a dagger in InDesign. The shortcut for a bullet point? Option -8.
The best advice for a Quark user working for the first time in InDesign is go Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts… at the bottom of the menu and choose, obviously, Shortcuts for QuarkXpress 4.0. While you’re there you may want to remind yourself of the more useful ones. Command-shift-option- R whilst your type tool has clicked [...]
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