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Creative Uses for Paragraph Rules in InDesign, Pt 2

Last time I shared a creative way to use paragraph rules in InDesign to make headers stand out; we looked at how to use them to put a block of color behind the words. This time, I was going to show you how to use both a Rule Above and Rule Below to create an effect, but when I was examining a few options, I realized that there was a much easier way to create the effect without using two rules.

Creative Uses for Paragraph Rules in InDesign, Pt 1

Adding blocks of color behind text seems to be popular these days. Is there a way to do this without creating actual shape boxes though? Why yes there is! Thanks for asking.

By modifying the paragraph rules found under paragraph panel flyout menu>Paragraph Rules… you can make these color blocks appear behind your text.

Want an example? Okie-dokie.

Quark for InDesign Users, Part 2

QuarkXpress and Adobe InDesign are the two main layout programs used in the graphic design industry. Quark was the leader–and almost the only game in town–until about 2002 when Adobe released InDesign. At that time many Quark users were irritated that their needs were not being address and InDesign really came in at the perfect time. Many Quark users quickly jumped over to InDesign. Adobe was really smart in practically giving in away free if you bought the Creative Suite–basically a bundle of Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat–the core programs in any designer’s arsenal.

But Quark is still hanging on and indeed, will probably never go away, so it’s good to at least be comfortable working in both, even if you prefer one over the other. Last time I told you about the Tools palette in Quark, and also pointed out some helpful shortcuts you can use. It’s important to know the differences between Quark and InDesign in terms of working with images.

InDesign Help: Speeding Up Formatting and Changes

The Help files provided with your Adobe software should be the first place you turn when you are trying to figure out how to do something. Don’t waste time searching through countless websites, trying to figure it out on your own or creating a horrible work around that only actually works half the time.

Creating a Word Document Template

Ok this might be really lame to many of you, but unfortunately Microsoft Office is a staple in the business world and I find it necessary to create Word templates for other departments to use at my work. This can be a frustrating experience! InDesign is so much more intuitive and I know that I can control the text and object to do exactly what I want them to do. Word sometimes just likes to mess my files up for no reason! Gah!

The following tutorial is valid for Microsoft Word 2000 – 2003 (screenshots from 2003). It may be the same in other versions, like 2007, but I don’t have access to them, so I couldn’t test it.

How to Match Colors and Styles Across Multiple InDesign Documents

always love sharing little tips and tricks I’ve learned while working on a project. This is a quick little InDesign tutorial on loading swatches and paragraph styles from a previous document into a new one.

First, it’s important to set up paragraph and character styles. These changes I’m going to talk about are impossible without the styles as a base. It’s a good idea to always create styles anyway, because it makes document-wide changes almost instantaneous.

Avoiding Disaster with Paragraph Styles

Remember our little horror situation described last time? Appropriate for graphic designers on Halloween, no? So how do you go about making massive changes to things like header colors, body copy fonts or paragraph rules after you’ve already laid out the entire publication? Simple! Set up your paragraph and character styles as soon as you […]

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