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This course is part of the following workflow-oriented and product- or technology-oriented learning tracks: eBook Design & Production, ePublishing & Digital Publishing, General Business, Graphic Design, InDesign, Tablet Publishing, Writing & Editorial

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Adobe InDesign is the worldwide gold standard tool for producing print and digital publications, and Adobe InDesign Training with world-renowned InDesign guru and author Pariah Burke is an essential part of making successful, professional layouts in InDesign.

Adobe InDesign is the world’s standard page layout application. InDesign drives the world of print and electronic publishing by powering everything from daily newspapers to occasional updates to the neighborhood deli’s menu, from print and ebook production for the largest publishing houses and most famous authors to the first-time self publisher to the hobbyist who wants to make a one-off picture book. In an intuitive, streamlined interface InDesign provides professional and amateur publishers unparallelled layout abilities, typographic control, image placement features, and output channels. With InDesign you can send your projects to print, PDF, EPUB ebook, and to iPad and other tablets.

In this class you will be introduced to InDesign, learning your way around it before creating different types of documents, adding text and images, formatting text and images, and then outputting to print, PDF, EPUB ebook, and online.

What You Will Learn

  • Creating documents for different types of publications
  • Creating and Formatting Text
  • Importing Text from Microsoft Word and Other Programs
  • Importing Images
  • Creating and Editing Tables
  • Working with Layers
  • Working with Color
  • Working with Master Pages
  • Formatting with Styles
  • Output and PDF Exporting
  • Working with Long Documents
  • Converting Quark Documents
  • Preflighting and Packaging

Lesson Outline

The following is a list of possible topics for you to use as a guide. Your course will be fully customized to your unique goals, workflow, and learning pace. Because every course we teach is fully customized to each group, the following list of topics to be learned should be considered a guideline, one that will be expanded or altered as required to fit your needs.

Introducing the Workspace

  • Working with panels
  • Learning the Tools Panel
  • Customizing your Workspace
  • Changing the Magnification
  • Navigating the Document
  • Using Context Menus
  • Finding resources for using InDesign

Getting to know InDesign

  • Viewing the lesson document
  • Preflighing as you work
  • Viewing guides
  • Adding Text
  • Working with styles
  • Working with graphics
  • Working with objects
  • Placing Graphics and Text
  • Working with object syles

Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages

  • Creating and saving custom page settings
  • Creating a new document
  • Switching between open InDesign Documents
  • Working with Master Pages
  • Applying master pages to document pages
  • Adding sections to change page numbers
  • Adding new pages
  • Arranging and deleting pages
  • Placing text and graphics on the document pages
  • Overriding master page items on document pages
  • Changing the size of the pages
  • Viewing the completed spread

Working with Objects

  • Working with Layers
  • Creating and Editing Text Frames
  • Creating and Editing Graphics Frames
  • Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
  • Changing the shape of a frame
  • Wrapping text around a graphic
  • Modifying the shape of frames
  • Transforming and Aligning Objects
  • Selecting and Modifying Grouped Objects
  • Finishing up

Flowing Text

  • Flowing text into an existing frame
  • Flowing text manually
  • Creating text frames while flowing text
  • Flowing text automatically
  • Creating threaded frames automatically
  • Adding a jump line page number

Editing Text

  • Finding and changing a missing font
  • Entering and importing text
  • Finding and changing text and formatting
  • Check spelling
  • Editing text by dragging and dropping
  • Using Story Editor
  • Tracking changes

Working with Typography

  • Adjusting Vertical Spacing
  • Changing Fonts and Type Style
  • Fine-tuning columns
  • Changing paragraph alignment
  • Creating a drop cap
  • Adjusting letter and word spacing
  • Setting tabs
  • Adding rule above a paragraph

Working with Color

  • Defining printing requirements
  • Creating and applying colors
  • Working with Gradients
  • Creating a tint
  • Creating a spot color
  • Applying colors to text and objects
  • Using advanced gradients techniques

Working with Styles

  • Creating and applying paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying character styles
  • Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles
  • Creating and applying object styles
  • Globally updating styles
  • Loading styles from another document

Importing and Modifying Graphics

  • Adding graphics from other programs
  • Comparing vector and bitmap graphics
  • Managing Links to Imported Files
  • Updating revised graphics
  • Adjusting display quality
  • Working with clipping paths
  • Working with alpha channels
  • Importing native Adobe graphics files
  • Using a library to manage objects
  • Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics

Creating Tables

  • Creating text to a table
  • Formatting a table
  • Creating a header row
  • Adding graphics to table cells
  • Creating and applying table and cell styles

Working with Transparency

  • Importing and colorizing grayscale images
  • Applying transparency settings
  • Adjusting transparency to settings for EPS images
  • Adding transparency effects
  • Importing and adjusting Illustrator files
  • Applying transparency settings to text
  • Working with Effects

Printing and Exporting

  • Preflighting files
  • Packaging files
  • Creating an Adobe PDF proof
  • Previewing separations
  • Previewing How transparency will be flattened
  • Previewing the Page
  • Printing a laser or inkjet proof
  • Using the Ink Manager

Creating Adobe PDF Files

  • Adding form fields
  • Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file

Creating and exporting an ebook

  • Completing the booklet
  • Choosing the content of an ebook
  • Adding metadata
  • Exporting an EPUB file

Working with long Documents

  • Starting a book
  • Creating a running footer
  • Adding a footnote
  • Adding a cross-reference
  • Synchronizing a book
  • Generating a table of contents
  • Indexing a book

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