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Now available: GREP in InDesign, 3rd Edition

Cover of the new ebook, GREP in InDesign, 3rd edition, by Peter Kahrel

GREP in InDesign, 3rd edition, by Peter Kahrel

We’re pleased to announce InDesignSecrets’ latest publication, the 3rd edition of Peter Kahrel’s seminal ebook, GREP in InDesign. It’s a 129-page PDF, formatted for easy reading on screen, with plenty of screenshots, and fully bookmarked, hyperlinked, and cross-referenced to make navigating it a breeze.

This book is regularly priced at $14.95, but from now until Nov. 27, you can get it for just $11.21! Thats 25% off! Grab your copy now!

Harness the Power of GREP in InDesign

You may have read how GREP can save you time in InDesign. You may have heard the production pros talk about it. You’ve seen the GREP tab in Find/Change, and the GREP Style panel in Paragraph Style Options, and wondered, what is it exactly, and why would I use it, and how?

GREP in InDesign is your answer. Armed with this wonderful guide full of real-world examples of using GREP to fix and format text in InDesign, you can learn the ins and outs of this powerful tool. It starts out with the basics — what’s the difference between Text and GREP Find/Change? How do I use GREP to find patterns of text (e.g., 4-digit years, any text between parentheses) and how do I apply formatting to that, or change what it found, throughout the document? Peter continues with in-depth, more complicated examples, such as swapping first and last names in lists, chaining GREP queries, and using wildcards, lookarounds, and locations in your searches.

Sample page from the GREP in InDesign ebook

A page from Chapter 8, “Replacing with Wildcards”

You’re free to select GREP strings from the PDF to copy and paste into the GREP fields in your own InDesign documents to see the magic happen!

Peter takes care to break down and explain more complicated GREP expressions, increasing your comfort level and understanding of what looks intimidating at first:

From Chapter 14, “GREP Styles,” Peter breaks down a complex expression you can use to automatically format a Table of Contents.

Whether you are a beginner or advanced user, this in-depth guide will give you the tools to supercharge your work. The author, Peter Kahrel, is one of the world’s leading experts on InDesign automation and scripting. GREP in InDesign is the classic textbook you need to not just understand GREP but to use it well.

Anne-Marie Concepcion

Anne-Marie Concepcion

Anne-Marie “Her Geekness” Concepción is the co-founder (with David Blatner) and CEO of Creative Publishing Network, which produces InDesignSecrets, InDesign Magazine, and other resources for creative professionals. Through her cross-media design studio, Seneca Design & Training, Anne-Marie develops ebooks and trains and consults with companies who want to master the tools and workflows of digital publishing. She has authored over 20 courses on on these topics and others. Keep up with Anne-Marie by subscribing to her ezine, HerGeekness Gazette, and contact her by email at or on Twitter @amarie
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4 Comments on “Now available: GREP in InDesign, 3rd Edition

  1. Before you ask, yes, we are planning on publishing an epub and a print version, down the road. But you’ll still want the PDF for easy copy/pasting of the more complicated GREP strings into fields in InDesign.

  2. I bought the original version of this incredible reference sooooo many years ago and it’s always within reach. Peter’s explanations made GREP easy to understand and showed me why I would want to use it as a designer. I credit Peter’s book with giving me the confidence to start teaching other designers to harness—and LOVE—the power of GREP! It sits on my iPad and the glossary is never far when I need to remember what an expression means. I can’t say enough how much I love this book.

    FULL DISCLOSURE: Although I am on the CreativePro team, I’ve been touting this book for years and the opinions here are strictly my own.

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