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Adobe InDesign CC 2014 Book

Step-by-Step Training Workbook:

In this book you'll be taken step-by-step through a variety of exercises that will show you InDesign from the ground up. Including: basic layout, text and graphics manipulation, drawing tools, color creation and application, style sheets, master pages, baseline grid, hyphenation, indexing, libraries, and much more.

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac & PC)
ISBN: 978-1-941333-03-7

Setup & Introduction
Downloading the Class Files
The Tools Panel Expanded, Keyboard Shortcuts, & More
Section 1
Letter Creation
  • Setting preferences
  • The Control panel
  • Text frames
  • Basic text attributes
  • Basic keyboard shortcuts
Large Type Letter
  • More text attributes
More Text Styling
  • Baseline shift
  • Small caps
  • The Line tool
  • Making proper fractions
Magazine Ad
  • Setting up a document bleed
  • Placing images
  • Combining text & images
  • White type on a black background
Advanced Word Processing/Formatting
  • Paragraph spacing
  • Tabs
Section 2
Professional Typesetting Techniques
  • Bulleted lists
  • Hanging bullets
  • Hyphenation
  • Discretionary hyphens
  • Special break characters
  • Optical vs. metric kerning
  • Kerning vs. tracking
  • Manual kerning
2-Page Magazine Ad
  • Facing pages
  • Color swatches
  • Defining colors
Sporktown Brochure
  • Placing text, photos, & illustrations
  • Gradient swatches
  • Drop shadows
  • Alignment
  • Text wrap
Section 3
Drawing Bézier Curves
  • The Pen tool
  • Segments, anchor points, & curves
Multiple Column Ad with Text Wrap
  • Multiple text columns
  • Drop caps
  • The baseline grid
  • Text wrap
Magazine Cover
  • Placing transparent art
  • Defining & using color swatches
  • Type on a path
Section 4
Style Sheets in a Magazine Article
  • Paragraph styles
  • Character styles
  • Nested styles
  • Placing Excel tables (with their formatting)
  • Table headers
  • Formatting tables (fills, strokes, etc.)
  • Reordering table cells
Anchored Frames
  • Anchoring frames so they reflow with text
  • Positioning anchored objects
Section 5
Leaders Magazine: Master Pages & 1st Article
  • Master pages
  • Spanning columns
  • Step & repeat
  • Paragraph & character styles
Leaders Magazine—Libraries & More
  • Libraries
Leaders Magazine: Searches & Spell Check
  • Spell checking
  • Find/change
Section 6
The Lawyer Joke Book: Setup
  • Master pages
  • Automatic page numbering
  • Automatic text flow
  • Running heads
The Lawyer Joke Book: Styling the Text
  • Paragraph rules
  • The baseline grid
  • Find/change with paragraph formatting
Creating a Table of Contents
  • Defining & building a table of contents
  • Formatting & updating a table of contents
Books: Creating
  • Using multiple files to create a book
  • Synchronizing files
Books: Auto Page Numbering
  • Auto page numbering across files
Bonus Material
Apartment for Rent
  • Text formatting
  • The Line tool
  • Rotating text
New York Times Crossword Puzzle
  • Tables
  • Color swatches
Creating an Index
  • The Index panel
  • Creating index references & topics
  • Building an index
  • Updating an index
  • The Layers panel
  • Showing & hiding layers
  • Locking layers
Reference Material
Tips, Tricks, & General Notes
Quick Reference for Drawing Paths
Picas Explained
Professional Typesetting Techniques
Sending Files to the Printer (Packaging)
Creating PDF Files
File Formats Explained

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  • Ideal for smaller screens as the layout reflows to fit the current device (at the type size of your choice).
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  • Using an iOS Device such as iPhone & iPad? The Kindle app for Apple iOS devices requires a specialized format which we do not support. While our MOBI will work in the Kindle app, it will not render well on iOS devices. We recommend using the EPUB format with Apple’s Books app if reading on an iOS device.
Recommended Reading Apps
iPhone, iPad
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Windows PC
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Examples of What You Learn

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.

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