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,


Ghost Frames

Applying Transparency to Text

A Visual Guide to InDesign Preferences

Scripted Style Lists

Secrets of the Control Panel Revealed

License Plate FX

Creating Instant Charts With Chartwell

Why is the Effects Panel Grayed Out?

Water FX

InDesign CS 5.5 Announced: New Features, Subscription Pricing

How to Draw Concentric Shapes

Option-Dragging Back to Default Formatting

Peeling Sticker FX

Preflighting eBooks for Overrides

New Script for Applying Object Styles While Placing Images in CS5