In a previous post on our blog, we highlighted some secrets that you could find in Adobe InDesign. With this blog post, however, we’d like to give you an insight into which features we – a print loving company – love to use when working with the design software. So, buckle up and get ready to learn about our five favorite features in Adobe InDesign!
1. Content Aware Fit
This element, new to the update of autumn 2018, is one of our favorites. Maybe that’s why we placed it number one on this list of favorite features? Anyways, the Content Aware Fit in Adobe InDesign applies to images you insert in your design. What it does exactly?
Well, if you plan on including a photo in your design, you can select the Content Aware Fit option. Let’s say you have a horizontal image, but your image frame is vertical. To solve this problem, select Content Aware Fit. By doing so, Adobe’s software – thank you Adobe Sensei – will detect which part of the photo is the most interesting and which part should be encompassed in your design.
Besides, the Content Aware Fit option can be selected to be the default throughout your entire document. That way, you don’t have to manually adjust images to their respective frames. Adobe InDesign will do it for you!
2. Space Between Paragraphs of Same Style
Before the Adobe InDesign update in the autumn of 2018, whenever you were composing a new design, stylizing paragraphs was a tedious task. When you were planning on including a bulleted list or a block quote, you most likely would need to resort to separate styles. Meaning? A lot of wasted time just for creating the right amount of space above and below your paragraph.
Luckily, that aspect of designing now definitely belongs to the past. With the newest feature, titled Space Between Paragraphs Having the Same Style, setting up your preferred amount of space between paragraphs is now done in the wink of an eye.
With this Adobe InDesign feature, you can now choose to not have any space between paragraphs of the same style such as bulleted lists, numbered lists or blocked quotes. Say goodbye to setting up entire new paragraphs for one fragment of your bulleted or numbered list!
3. Live Font Preview
If you like working with InDesign, it’s most likely you spend a lot of your time picking the right font for the designs you compose. However, since Adobe InDesign’s font database is immense, choosing the perfect font might take a while.
InDesign CC 2019 introduced a new feature: Live Font Preview. With this latest feature, you can now preview fonts very easily. Just hover over any font in the list of fonts and voilà!
In addition, the use of the Live Font Preview feature isn’t limited to just one panel. It can be used in the Control Panel, the Character Panel and in the Properties panel. Having this feature will definitely come in handy. Besides, it will vastly accelerate the production process of your designs!
Bonus? You can check all the fonts Adobe has to offer and see if you’ve activated them already, marked by a checkmark. If not, the font will be marked by a cloud icon, indicating you can still install it!
4. Set Your Own Workspace
When you start Adobe InDesign, the software automatically sets up a workspace called the ‘Start Workspace’. In addition to this workspace, you can also choose other workspaces. Whether you pick ‘Advanced’, ‘Book’, ‘Essentials’ or ‘Typography’, the choice is up to you.
However, it’s very probable that no workspace will suffice or will exactly meet your needs and wishes. Everyone uses Adobe InDesign differently and for diverse purposes. We have an extremely useful solution for this problem.
Firstly, select the workspace that fits most of your needs. Then, go to the ‘Window’ menu. From there, simply select the panel – or panels – that you like to work with, or that you find most essential when composing a design in Adobe InDesign. Next, you can drag and remove panels to and from your dock, so you have an overview of your most used InDesign instruments.
Once you’ve set up the panels to your liking, you can save your personalized workspace. How? Easy. Go to the ‘Window’ Menu, select ‘Workspace’ and click ‘New Workspace’. And there you have it! Your customized Adobe InDesign workspace tailored to your personal wishes and needs.
5. Master Pages
If you want to vastly improve the way you’re working with Adobe InDesign, this is one of favorite features to do so. The feature is called Master Pages and demonstrates that composing a design doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process.
Whenever you’re making a new design, you can make sure a certain design element appears on every page, without having to design it on every page. The Master Pages will help you with that. In short, the pages of your design assigned to your master document will contain the same design elements as your Master Pages.
But how does one do that? Simple. Make a design on your Master Pages to your liking. If you added several design elements, these elements will automatically appear on every page assigned to the master document. Designing has just become a lot faster!
Besides, you can even add additional Master Pages. By setting up a second set of these pages, you can make certain pages of your design look differently. Just select the pages you want to look like your second Master Pages. Then, click and select your second set of Master Pages. And voilà, you now have a design with two different Master Pages. An easy and efficient tool, right?
Clever And Essential InDesign Features
Drastically increasing your efficiency is a must if you want to accelerate the designing process. However, with this list of our favorite features in Adobe InDesign, you can vastly improve the way you work. With just a little guidance, you too can create outstanding designs!
Curious for more tips and tricks in Adobe? Check out our other blog posts. Or do you have any other favorite features in InDesign? Share them with us in the comments! And, make sure to follow us on LinkedIn if you want to improve the way you use printed media.