Beat the Clock with Scripts for Adobe InDesign | Rene Andritsch | Skillshare

Beat the Clock with Scripts for Adobe InDesign

Rene Andritsch, Graphic and Motion Designer

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27 Lessons (1h 9m)
    • 1. Class Intro

      0:59
    • 2. Installing Scripts

      4:35
    • 3. Editing Scripts

      3:17
    • 4. Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts to Scripts

      3:41
    • 5. Adjusting Baseline Grid, Margins and Columns

      7:35
    • 6. Jumping to Master Pages

      1:17
    • 7. Applying Language Settings

      2:42
    • 8. Cleaning Your Documents of Unused Items

      2:58
    • 9. Saving and Closing Several Open Documents at Once

      1:14
    • 10. Adjusting x-Height and Cap-Height

      5:58
    • 11. Custom Kerning

      8:30
    • 12. Converting Text Columns to Text Frames

      1:06
    • 13. Controlling Text Wrap

      2:14
    • 14. Generating Numbers

      1:58
    • 15. Splitting Text

      1:36
    • 16. Swapping images

      1:43
    • 17. Replacing Pages of Placed Multi-Page Documents

      1:20
    • 18. Creating a Link for an Embedded Image

      1:39
    • 19. Renaming Images Inside InDesign

      1:04
    • 20. Creating an Image Catalogue

      1:05
    • 21. Sorting Tables

      1:57
    • 22. Transposing Tables

      0:42
    • 23. Batch-Setting the Width of Table Columns

      2:23
    • 24. Calculating Table Data

      2:21
    • 25. Creating Crop Marks

      3:36
    • 26. Export PDFs in Blocks

      1:23
    • 27. Good Bye

      0:31

About This Class

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This class is about using free scripts for Adobe InDesign that will help you to streamline your workflow and to get your work done faster. No programming required. With this class I want to encourage you to use scripts in Adobe InDesign more often and enjoy the freed up time with the things you love. 

The content is geared towards InDesign users who want to expand their toolset and ramp up their efficiency in working with the app. Students should have a basic understanding of the core features of InDesign. This is not a course about learning how to use InDesign.

Scripts for InDesign are small programmes which can be run within InDesign to get certain tasks done automatically. InDesign already comes with some scripts preinstalled. There are many additional and useful scripts available for free from developers from all over the world.

You can find all resources four this class in the “Your Project” tab just below the video player. They are located in the zip-file called “SKILLSHARE CLASS.zip”

What you will learn in this class

Category Getting Started

  • Installing scripts in InDesign
  • Editing scripts in the ExtendScript Toolkit
  • Adding keyboard shortcuts to execute scripts

Category Document

  • Adjusting baseline grid and margins in a unified UI
  • Jumping to Master pages
  • Automatically apply the correct language settings to all text frames in a document
  • Cleaning your document of unused items and styles
  • Creating Crop and Registration Marks the easy way
  • Saving and closing several documents at once

Category Typography

  • Calculating the x-height of a font
  • Automatically setting the visual character size of different fonts
  • Custom kerning for a typeface

Category Text

  • Controlling text wrap for a more balanced look
  • Splitting text the way you want
  • Generating numbers
  • Converting multicolumn text frames in separate threaded text frames

Category Images

  • Swapping images in frames
  • Replacing pages of placed multi-page files
  • Creating a link for an embedded image
  • Renaming images directly in InDesign
  • Easily creating an image catalogue

Category Tables

  • Sorting tables
  • Transposing tables
  • Batch-setting the width of table columns
  • Calculating table data

Category Export

  • Exporting PDFs in blocks