55 episodes

A podcast for graphic designers using InDesign who want to tap into the power of Adobe's page-layout powerhouse to accomplish big tasks easily and free up their time to concentrate on designing.

The InDesigner Michael Murphy

    • Technology
    • 5.0, 89 Ratings

A podcast for graphic designers using InDesign who want to tap into the power of Adobe's page-layout powerhouse to accomplish big tasks easily and free up their time to concentrate on designing.

    • video
    The InDesigner - Episode 55 (VIDEO)

    The InDesigner - Episode 55 (VIDEO)

    Learn how to use GREP to describe all items in a list that begin with the same letter, then insert a space between and/or add an alphabetical heading to each alpha group. Covers GREP Find/Change, wildcard/location/found text metacharacters, character sets, marking subexpressions, and backreferences (an undocumented feature).

    • 23 min
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    The InDesigner - Episode 54 (VIDEO)

    The InDesigner - Episode 54 (VIDEO)

    Launch day for Adobe's Creative Suite 5 is here, and so is my first podcast episode dedicated to the newest version of InDesign. In this episode, I take a look at a number of very cool new features in InDesign CS5. There's a lot more in the new version, but I've focused on some of my favorites, including span/split-column paragraphs, multiple page sizes, simplified transformations, metadata captions, the new Layers panel, and new animation features. This episode is kind of a a long one, but I've included chapter markers so you can quickly jump to the section of the episode you want to see.

    • 37 min
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    The InDesigner - Episode 53 (VIDEO)

    The InDesigner - Episode 53 (VIDEO)

    Checkboxes and radio buttons and comb fields…oh my! In this episode, I take a look at adding form elements to an InDesign layout to create Acrobat-friendly checkboxes, radio buttons and comb fields, all of which can be achieved with a little help from anchored objects, GREP find/change and tables.
    You may also notice new feature added to the podcast starting with this episode: chapters. You can now jump right to a specific part of the lesson using the chapters built into the video file.

    • 15 min
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    The InDesigner - Episode 52 (VIDEO)

    The InDesigner - Episode 52 (VIDEO)

    Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of work designing forms, which present their own unique design challenges, one of which is that more forms are being completed digitally as PDFs. As we’ll see in this episode, when you’re designing a form to be as Acrobat-friendly as possible, the same principles that make for a clean, function, well-organized form on the page also lend themselves to fast and easy form field recognition in Acrobat.

    • 14 min
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    The InDesigner - Episode 51 (VIDEO)

    The InDesigner - Episode 51 (VIDEO)

    Today, Adobe announces the Creative Suite 4 in all of its various iterations (Design Premium, Web Premium, Production Premium, and so on). This updated Creative Suite includes another evolutionary and significant new version of InDesign and, in this episode, I take a look at some (but by no means all) of my favorite new features including Smart Guides, Flash export, and GREP Styles.

    • 14 min
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    The InDesigner - Episode 50 (VIDEO)

    The InDesigner - Episode 50 (VIDEO)

    Inspired by a question from a podcast subscriber about creating a text frame that looks like a folder tab, and with the help of a technique suggested by another subscriber, this episode builds on the potential of Paragraph Rules revealed in Episode 49. By combining Paragraph Rules with First Baseline Offset options, a fully-editable, single-object tab-topped text frame is easy. But it gets easier and more interesting when Object Styles and Effects are added to the mix.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

***Jane___ ,

Episode 55

Hooray, Michael Murphy is back from paternity leave and has returned with Episode 55! (At least I guess that’s where he was…) Great GREP episode, Michael!

AmyGil ,

Clear and Succinct

I happened upon this podcast quite by accident when I googled how to do a data merge in InDesign. One of the podcasts is about just that and the material was presented so clearly and succinctly that I was able to get that rush job done about as quickly as if I was already an old hand at the process. I wish Mr. Murphy would do more of these. I am almost done watching all the old ones and would love to see more.

beccable ,

RISD Student very appreciative! THANK YOU THANK YOU!

I'm a student in the Graphic Design department at RISD and I really appreciate that you have these video podcasts! RISD gave us a subscription to Lynda, which was incredible, but the subscription wore off before we had time to use it (having too much work to find the time to watch the videos). mostly we just have to learn on the go and ask each other, but I appreciate that you have your podcast because, when I do find the time, the videos are immensely thorough and helpful.

I have CS4 and after reading through your list of things that are new about CS5 I'm jealous because a lot of them are things that I was frustrated about with CS4 (like scaling all at once, and scaling using dragging rather than percentages, and rotating without using a separate tool the way you can in Illustrator, and having the layers be detailed lists the way they are in Illustrator. I love layers, but in InDesign CS4 they're useless except for making guides.) so this is my longwinded way of saying a huge thank you thank you thank you!!!

Becca

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