Mike Rankin

98 articles

I guess it all started in 1987, when I traded in my Sears word processor for a Mac 512k. Twenty-one years and many thousands of pages later, MacWrite and MacPaint on the 512k have evolved into the Creative Suite 3 on a MacBookPro, but it's never stopped being fun. I?ve worked in publishing since 1995, mostly making grade 6-12 educational products for history, science, mathematics, and world languages disciplines. I've also worked as an illustrator, drawing for anatomy books, spent a few years as Prepress Specialist using Kodak Prinergy, and as a Software Trainer, training folks in InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator, and Photoshop. I also underwent Six Sigma Black Belt training in business process improvement. Currently I work for a large educational publisher, doing application development (translation: more XML than you can shake a stick at). I am DTP pack rat, treasuring a lot of stuff that most sane people would consider trash. I proudly display a complete Illustrator 88 package on my desk, along with my set of Photoshop 2.5 floppies, and my InDesign 1.0 CD. I've written about InDesign for InDesign Magazine and extensively (some would say obsessively) on my blog,


The Top Ten InDesign DCs (Double-Clicks)

Holiday Text FX, part 3: Fun With Nested Styles

Holiday Text FX, part 2: Wrapping Text in Lights

Holiday Text FX, part 1: Candy Cane Text

Hiding Content Within a Frame

Printing and Exporting Alternate Layouts

Wizard of Oz FX: Ruby Slippers

Auto-Sizing Gradients to Text

Style Highlighting

Pushing the Panic Button (Effect)

The Rough Cut Effect

InDesign to EPUB Text Scaling

The Zero Leading Solution

The Zipper Effect

The Truth About Cell Styles