Five Evil Tricks in InDesign (and how to recover from them)

It’s been a while since posted an update. Luckily I recently found the time to write another blogpost for InDesign Secrets. With April 1st around the corner I was wondering how you could pull off a practical joke using InDesign. So I wrote down 5 not-so-obvious tricks you can try, and how to recover from them.

You can read the full article here on the InDesign Secrets blog.

Interactive App Store submission PDF

In my online article on the CreativePro website, I discussed a series of tips on how to effectively organize a DPS project briefing. In that article I emphasised the importance of getting the correct information from your client to publish an app on the app store. This means that your client needs to supply you with info to make up the Apple iTunes product page. Eg. app description, keywords, copyright url, app category etc … And this process just became a whole lot easier!

How to organize an effective Adobe DPS project briefing

When you’re working as a DPS freelancer or an agency you often find yourself struggling to get a decent briefing out of your client. Sure, they know how to handle and organize their print projects by giving you info on deadlines, paper size, folding, spot colours and other important things. But the details of a digital publication are often still too obscure to some people, which can lead to missing information to get the job done (in time). In those cases, it is up to you to help your clients setup a decent briefing to get (and keep) a DPS project on the rails. My article on gives you 9 tips on technical and practical requirements and will help you collect all the information you need from your client.

Read the full article here.

I’m speaking at PePcon in Chicago

It gives me great pleasure to announce that I’ll be speaking at PePcon 2014 in Chicago this year. For those who are unfamiliar with the conference, PePcon (“The Print + ePublishing Conference”), is one of the biggest (if not the biggest) conferences that focus on InDesign, print and digital publishing. It is hosted by David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción, 2 renowned InDesign specialists. This is the second time that I’m able to speak at the conference (first time was in Austin, TX in 2013), after having attended the conference for the very first time in 2012 in San Francisco, CA.

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Adobe DPS workflow infographic

I recently created an infographic to help clarify the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite workflow to clients at City Desktop Training where I work as a trainer. It gives an overview of the production workflow from InDesign to a published iPad application.

You can also download a PDF version here.

If you’re interested in learning more about creating interactive documents or applications using InDesign and DPS  you can always book a training session through them.

Adobe DPS infographic


Reduce the total ink in CMYK images using Photoshop

CreativePro just published a step-by-step tutorial I wrote that describes how to reduce the total amount of ink in your CMYK images.  Having too much total ink in your CMYK document is a pretty common problem. Sure, there is a total ink limit option embedded in your CMYK ICC profile but that doesn’t stop you from boosting the colours a bit more in Photoshop after a conversion to CMYK.

You can read the full article here on the CreativePro website.