10 Timesaving Tips for Book Design

Formatting books can be time-consuming and stressful activity, especially if the book contains 100+ pages and you have a short time frame. Luckily, Adobe InDesign has functions that make the whole process run smoother. Here we give you 10 useful tips that you could use in your book assignments.

Tip 1: Text Continuation

To ensure that text continues from one page to the next without hassle, click (with the cursor selected) on the red cross at the edge of the text box . Then click on the new text box, which will transfer the text overflow.

Tip 2: Copying Elements with Ease

You may want to copy elements on your page that give the book a level of consistency, like this snake here. To ensure that they are in the exact same place every time, right click and use "Paste in Place."

Tip 3: Text Wrap

Text wrapping images is a trial-&-error function. Select the 3rd option on the "text wrap" window and play around with the space between text and image with the arrows. Make sure your bound box (blue outline) is tight.

Tip 4: Export Options

When you want to export your book you have the option to set them as spreads or individual pages for viewing. You can also add crop and bleed marks, that are very useful to judge the edge of pages.

Tip 5: Packaging

The "package" option is very handy when you want to transfer files from newer versions of InDesign to older software or an older computer. It packs the fonts and links together, as well as creating InDesign, PDF and Markup files.

Tip 6: Paragraph Styles

Another time-saver is the "Paragraph Styles" function. Say you make the header a different font but would like to repeat this font style somewhere else, save the style and when you want to apply it, highlight text and click the new style.

Tip 7: Type Adjustments

There's a lot of freedom in InDesign when perfecting paragraphs your own way. On here, you can manually adjust the kerning (space between the letters), leading (space between the lines) and of course font size.

Tip 8: Underline Options

A neat trick is the adjustment of underlines. By holding Alt and clicking on the underline option, a window will appear that allows you to change the type of line you use. As well as the colour, the offset and the weight.

Tip 9: Drop Shadow

A drop shadow around a box can bring out text in a dramatic fashion. Venturing into the effects panel next to the drop shadow button allows you to change it's opacity, angle, distance and blending mode.

Tip 10: Corner Options

You can make your boxes more interesting by rounding their edges. Select the box first and click on "Corner Options" on the "Object" panel. You can then adjust the smoothness of the shape and it's edge size.

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