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Episode 16: If You (Re)build It, You Will Learn

March 30th, 2006 | Michael Murphy

There’s nothing wrong with your monitor. This is not a video episode. In this week’s show, there’s more to talk about than to see as I discuss re-creating old layouts — specifically QuarkXPress layouts — in InDesign, and I talk you through my method for creating and using … (read more)

Episode 10: Learning How to Learn

February 5th, 2006 | Michael Murphy

How does a person go about learning InDesign? What’s the best way? What resources are available? Where do you you start? Do you take a class? Buy a book? Hire a training consultant? There are a number of different approaches … (read more)

Episode 9: I Can See (Through) You

January 28th, 2006 | Michael Murphy

One of the most long-awaited featues for a page layout program has been transparency support — and InDesign’s got it. But making the transparency you see on the screen translate to the printed page requires a process called Flattening. This episode discusses … (read more)

Episode 8: Tales from the InDesign Front Lines

January 18th, 2006 | Michael Murphy

It’s a very unique time of year for me. I’m in the middle of massive annual project that I’m doing for the first time entirely in InDesign. It’s always a battle to meet this deadline, so this episode of the podcast consists of war stories about … (read more)

Episode 7: The Urge to Merge

January 10th, 2006 | Michael Murphy

Inspired by a question from a listener, this week’s episode takes a detailed look at InDesign CS2’s Data Merge function, which allows a level of automated, data-driven publishing and … (read more)

Episode 6: New Year’s Resolutions

January 2nd, 2006 | Michael Murphy

The end of one year and the beginning of another is a time of change in many ways…giving us a chance to make a fresh start. As a designer, I feel that InDesign has given me that fresh start. A chance to learn new things, fix past mistakes, break habits, solve problems and explore options in a way that … (read more)

Episode 5: The Importance of Import Options

December 20th, 2005 | Michael Murphy

As a designer, you know that when you get all the necessary elements onto your page, you can make something great, but getting those elements on that page was a pretty inflexible process back in the Quark XPress days. The fifth episode of the podcast runs down the many options … (read more)

Episode 4: Get Out of Photoshop Free, Part 2

December 10th, 2005 | Michael Murphy

The fourth episode of the podcast is now available. It’s the second installment of “Get Out of Photoshop Free”, in which I cover the good, bad and ugly about drop shadows — how easy they are to create and how to make yours more effective — within InDesign. Also, how to avoid creating clipping paths whenever possible by … (read more)

Episode 3: Get Out of Photoshop Free, Part 1

December 4th, 2005 | Michael Murphy

I love Photoshop as much as anyone, but I don’t love jumping back and forth between my page layout and image editing applications for minor tweaks and adjustments. In the latest episode of the podcast, I explain how to take advantage of features that’ll give you more options in your layout without … (read more)

Episode 2: Four To Be Thankful For

November 25th, 2005 | Michael Murphy

Since it’s a four-day Thanksgiving weekend, I thought I would spend some time covering four things in InDesign that I’m thankful for. In this podcast, I cover … (read more)