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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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Gave me all of the info I would have wanted to know to start down the path of e-publishing… As a novice InDesign user, I feel a lot more confident about being able to design a publication and see it published.

— Sandra Oei, SoVisual


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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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