Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cross References Pro Quick-start Video

I recently started using Cross References Pro by DTP Tools. It's so powerful that I had a hard time figuring it out at first. Once I figured it out, I decided to make a quick-start video to help others who were in the same position of not knowing where to begin.

Here are links to some of the cross References Pro pages on the DTP tools website.

Cross References Pro Product Page
List of Cross References Pro XML Elements
Cross References Pro Product Forum

Stacking Order Bug when Exporting to Interactive PDF

While preparing a lesson for the Raleigh InDesign User Group, I encountered a stacking order bug that affects interactive PDFs. This article can be found at InDesign Secrets.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Create a Herringbone Brick Pattern Using InDesign and Illustrator

This video will teach you how to:

  • Make InDesign table cells with exact width and height.
  • Locate Illustrator's plethora of built-in swatch libraries.
  • Delete the default swatches built into every Illustrator document, and replace them with your own.
  • Export the swatches as an ASE file.
  • Load the swatches into InDesign.
  • Colorize table cells and strokes by dragging and dropping by the swatch panel.
  • Create an Illustrator pattern swatch.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Conditional Text Sunshine (making a cool design with an unexpected tool)

Dreaming of sunny days again, I was inspired to make my very own sunshine, with sun rays created entirely of conditional text indicators.

This article can be found at InDesign Secrets.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Knitting it Softly

At this year's Print and ePublishing Conference, I had the pleasure of meeting and spending some time with a design educator named Sue Bell. Sue traveled all the way from Tasmania to attend the conference. During our time together, Sue and I had some great conversation about knitting and InDesign. She has a popular blog for mid-life women, and recently interviewed me regarding my work with InDesign, knitting, and patterns.

Read Part 1 here.

Read Part 2 here.

midlifexpress blog