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Library: Creative Design


5 ways to get your design jobs to go more smoothly

Added on Monday 15th of February 2010 04:33 am EST


Searching for missing images and fonts, recreating layouts, correcting errors at press time—this is no way to work. But that’s probably your life if you haven’t taken the time to develop effective production habits. We’ll show you how to turn it all around in five easy steps.

1. Save common settings as presets
There are many things you do in InDesign that you can do more quickly with the use of presets. Presets are external files that house your custom settings for things like:
• NEW DOCUMENTS. Save the settings for your custom-sized documents.
• PRINTING. Save Print settings for your custom print jobs.
• EXPORTING TO ADOBE PDF. Save your custom settings for the various types of PDF files you create.
• FLATTENING TRANSPARENCY. Save your custom Transparency Flattener settings.

To create a document preset
1. Launch InDesign and choose File > New > Document.
2. Set the options in the New Document dialog box as usual.
3. Click Save Preset, enter an identifiable name for the preset, as shown in FIGURE A, choose a central location in which to save the file for easy access, and then click OK twice.
The next time you need to create a document with the same setup, all you’ll have to do is choose the preset from the Document Preset pop-up menu in the New Document dialog box. The procedure for creating and selecting Adobe PDF, Print, and Transparency Flattener presets is much the same.

2. Make the most of templates
Templates are beneficial in so many ways. Imagine the amount of time you can save not having to recreate similar layouts, styles, grids, master pages, etc. Working off a template reduces the risk of error and...