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Adobe CS6: Intro to InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator Book

Step-by-Step Training Workbook

This book provides an overview of Adobe Creative Suite 6, introducing you to InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. We have taken the essentials from the individual training books for each application and boiled them down into a single book, so you can get up to speed as quickly has possible.

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac & PC)
ISBN: 978-1-934624-89-0

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InDesign Topics
Letter Creation
  • Setting Preferences
  • The Control Panel
  • Text Frames
  • Basic Text Attributes
  • Basic Keyboard Shortcuts
More Text Styling
  • Baseline Shift
  • Small Caps
  • Line Tool
  • Making Proper Fractions
Advanced Word Processing/Formatting
  • Paragraph Spacing
  • Tabs
Professional Typesetting Techniques
  • Bulleted Lists
  • Hanging Bullets
  • Hyphenation
  • Discretionary Hyphens
  • Special Break Characters
2–Page Magazine Ad
  • Facing Pages
  • Color Swatches
  • Defining Colors
Multiple Column Ad with Text Wrap
  • Multiple Text Columns
  • Drop Caps
  • Baseline Grid
  • Text Wrap
Magazine Cover
  • Placing Transparent Art
  • Defining & Using Color Swatches
  • Type on a Path
Style Sheets in a Magazine Article
  • Paragraph Styles
  • Character Styles
  • Nested Styles
Photoshop Topics
Getting Started
  • Zooming
  • Scrolling
  • Getting Around
  • Tools
  • Copy & Paste
Photo Retouching
  • Selections
  • Healing Brush
  • Clone Stamp
  • Red-Eye tool
Replacing Backgrounds
  • Magic Wand
  • Image Compositing
Annual Report Cover
  • Selecting
  • Feathering
  • Layers
  • Using Type
Selecting with Quick Masks
  • Quick Masks
  • Magic Wand
Cropping, Resizing and Blending
  • Patterns
  • Selections
  • Gradient Tool
Preparing Digital Photos for Print
  • Image Size
  • Resampling
  • Saving as PSD
  • Saving as TIFF
  • Document Size
  • Preparing for Print
Saving Photos for the Web as JPEG
  • Saving for the Web
  • Save as JPEG
  • Image Size
  • Resampling
Saving Graphics for the Web as GIF/PNG
  • Comparing GIF and PNG
  • Web Transparency
Adjustment Layers and Masks
  • Color Correction with Adjustment Layers
  • Layer Masks
  • Curves
  • Hue/Saturation
Using Layer Masks for Silhouettes
  • Layer Masks
  • Selection Techniques
  • Magnetic Lasso
  • Refine Edge
  • Color Fill
Illustrator Topics
Straight Lines
  • Using the Pen Tool
  • Adjusting the Workspace
  • Arranging Objects
  • Color Fills
  • Drawing Curves (Pen Tool)
  • Anchor Points and Direction Points
  • Default Fill and Stroke
Corners and Curves
  • Drawing Corners and Curves (Pen Tool)
  • Adjusting Anchor Points
No Smoking Sign
  • Fill and Stroke
  • Basic Shape Tools
  • Grouping Objects
  • Layers Panel
  • Working with Templates
  • Saving Illustrator Files: Options
Super Hero
  • Live Trace and Live Paint
  • Tracing Hand-Drawn Images
  • Coloring Live Paint Objects
  • Brushes
  • Flare Tool
Juggling Colors and Gradients
  • Dashed Lines and Stroke Options
  • Saving Colors as Swatches
  • Blending Modes
  • Gradient Tool
  • Saving Gradient Swatches
Combining Shapes with the Pathfinder
  • Merging Paths (Pathfinder)
  • Transparency Options
  • Grouping Objects
Final Project
Sporktown Brochure
  • Placing Text, Photos, & Illustrations
  • Gradient Swatches
  • Drop Shadows
  • Alignment
  • Text Wrap
Reference Material
Useful Keyboard Shortcuts: PC
Useful Keyboard Shortcuts: Mac

Examples of What You Learn

  • InDesign: Create page layouts with text and graphics.
  • Photoshop: Retouch and color correct photos.
  • Illustrator: Create vector graphics and illustrations.

Why Our Books Are Unique

Our books are packed with step-by-step exercises that walk you through projects. You’ll learn by doing exercises, not reading long explanations. The goal is to give you hands-on practice with the program, getting you started quickly with the things that are most important for real life work.

demonstration of different book formats: print, kindle, & mobile devices

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