Our friends over at InDesign Secrets certainly have a knack for coming up with tips and tricks that you didn’t even know you needed! Here are a few recent tips that I’ve used and found extremely useful.

 Constrain Transformations

Mike Rankin lets us know that holding down the command and control keys while applying a new width, height, or scale value in the Control panel has the same effect as having the chain button selected. This gives you the option to easily choose whether or not to constrain proportions when you are resizing an object.

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See more information at https://indesignsecrets.com/shortcut-constrain-transformations.php.

Version-Specific Application Icons for InDesign

Kelly Vaughn’s tip for changing application icons to be version-specific is one of my most favorite tips. As someone who needs to use different versions of InDesign for different projects, this has been very useful to me. Because recent version icons for InDesign are so similar, it’s easy to click on the wrong one. Check out the steps she describes to change the icons to be version-specific — it’s easy and will make it much easier to choose the correct version of InDesign. She also provides images you can use and edit for your custom icons!

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To get all the steps and the image download, see https://indesignsecrets.com/version-specific-application-icons.php.

Corner Stroke Effects

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Need a new and creative way to accent a pullquote or frame an image? Mike Rankin provides the steps to create unique corner stroke effects. Play with the stroke style, thickness, and color, and see what you can come up with.

Check out this easy, step-by-step process at https://indesignsecrets.com/tip-week-corner-stroke-effects.php.

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Posted by: Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years supporting publishing operations of various sizes. In her role as Technical Product Manager for Technology for Publishing, she shares her publishing application expertise supporting a broad range of publishing clients in InDesign best practices, cross-platform content workflows, and InDesign Template strategies. Her weekly tip and blog posts have a committed following in the InDesign community, and as a long-time participant in the InDesign pre-release community, she regularly analyzes and provides feedback for upcoming features. Monica manages the authoring and publication of Technology for Publishing’s handbooks on InDesign, InCopy, and other associated titles.