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InDesign CS6: Printing Alternate Layouts with Print Booklet (Workaround!)

2013/05/10 3 comments

I recently found out that Alternate Layouts and Print Booklet does not play well together.

Screen shot 2013-05-10 at 11.53.45 AM This is what happens when you try to use Print Booklet with Alternate Layouts:Print Booklet will impose the pages together as if it is one big long layout, mixing your different orientation/sized pages. This is kind of expected, since Alternate Layouts are just page sections in disguise.So, how to get Print Booklet to work? Well, deleting the alternate layout seems to let Print Booklet print the first layout, so that’s all well and good, but when you delete the first layout to print the second layout, we get a different problem:
Screen shot 2013-05-10 at 11.53.49 AM “The active document Uses multiple page sizes. Print Booklet works only with documents that use a consistent Page size.So it’ll print the original, but not the alternate layout. I’ve tried setting the page size from File > Document Setup, Edit Page size from the Page Panel, The Page Tool, Delete Master Pages that are the wrong orientation, Checked Master Page Overlay… and can’t get it to work consistently….So what to do?!
 Screen shot 2013-05-10 at 12.53.28 PM In a last ditch attempt to get this to work consistently, I decided to place the alternate layout into a new InDesign Document (of the same dimension), and then use Print Booklet with the new layout.It’s not an elegant solution, but it’s quick and dirty and doesn’t take that much time if you set up your document right and the layout isn’t long).Problem Solved!

Alternatively, you can use the Booklet Printing function in Acrobat, but I wanted to find a solution in InDesign.

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Illustrator CS6: Brushes / Swatches Matrix (Brush Properties Matrix)

2013/03/08 1 comment

Illustrator CS6 introduces the ability to use gradients on your strokes, which is awesome, but the combination of what you can and can’t do with strokes, brushes, and swatches became a bit confusing, so I put together this chart. Since it’s built in Illustrator (naturally), PDF Here

A few things to note:

  • Gradient on a stroke options (Stroke within a path, stroke across path, stroke along path) doesn’t work at all.
  • For Art and Pattern Brushes, the Pressure sensitivity translates to width profiles if you go back to the path with the Width tool.

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InDesign CS6: Animated Progress Bar in Application Bar

2013/03/04 Leave a comment

Screen shot 2013-03-04 at 1.04.58 PMInDesign CS5 introduced the Background Tasks Panel to display the progress of PDF exports taking place in the background. Prior to CS5, PDF exports get a giant dialog box that prevents you from continuing to work in InDesign.

In CS6, I just noticed that there is an animated progress bar that appears in the Applications Bar while a PDF export is happening. So if you don’t need the detailed information displayed by the Background Tasks Panel, you can just look up into the Application Bar.

InDesign CS6: Placeholder Text in Multiple Languages

2013/02/27 Leave a comment

Screen shot 2013-02-27 at 12.56.19 PMI don’t remember seeing this in any of the documentation, so I was surprised to stumble upon this. For Type> Fill with Place holder text, if you add the Command [Control] key when you choose the command, you will be able to select additional languages!

InDesign CS6: Split Window View

2013/02/22 Leave a comment

There’s a new function called Split Window in InDesign CS6 that is similar to opening up a new window of the same document. Instead of going to Window>Arrange > New window, use Window > Arrange > Split Window.  The two functions are similar, but Split Window splits the same document tab within the same window, versus having the second view as a new window. What’s nice though, is that there is a button within the document window to turn it on and off, much easier to use than the new window!

Edit: The option is available as part of a the alternate layout /pages panel options, as “Split Window to Compare Layouts“. So i guess this is how it’s primarily intended to be used.

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Photoshop CS6 (Creative Cloud): Conditional Actions

2013/02/08 2 comments

Conditionals

 

Conditional Actions are Back! Unfortunately, it’s only for the Creative Cloud version of Photoshop CS6 right now.  I missed it tremendously from when ImageReady had it. Anyways, here is a list of conditions…

If Current:

  • Document is Landscape
  • Document is Square
  • Document Mode is RGB
  • Document Mode is CMYK
  • Document Mode is Grayscale
  • Document Profile is sRGB
  • Document Depth is 8 bits Per Pixel
  • Document Depth is 16 bits per pixel
  • Document Has unsaved changes
  • Document has a selction
  • Document has Layers
  • Document has Alpha CHannels
  • Document is Open
  • Layer is background
  • Layer is Pixel Layer
  • Layer is Adjustment Layer
  • Layer is Shape Layer
  • Layer is Layer Group
  • Layer is Locked
  • Layer is Visibile
  • Layer has Pixel ask
  • Layer has Vector Mask
  • Layer Has Effects

 

InDesign CS6: Content Collector, Content Placer, Content Conveyor (The Best Parts)

2013/02/04 Leave a comment

Once I got past the idea that the Content Collector Tools is more than just a fancy cut-and-paste, there’s some pretty good features in there. This is what I think are the best parts.

  • With the Content Placer Tool, Click and Drag to place content and size it at the same time! Add ALT to distribute objects’ spacing while placing (live distribute)
  • Create Link option: For text, instead of just pasting a copy, the conveyor will “place and link” the text content. This means that the placed text is linking back to the original text (it shows up in the links panel) and any edits you make to the original can be updated in the placed link copy!
  • Map Styles: Maps linked text to an alternate paragraph style. Now the content can synchronize and the appearance be mapped to it’s own style.
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