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InDesign CS3 Beyond the Basics

with David Blatner

Video: Introduction

Teaches the intricacies of creating, editing, and publishing professional layouts with InDesign CS3.
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  1. 2m 31s
    1. Introduction
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
  2. 30m 53s
    1. Control panel shortcuts
      8m 34s
    2. Managing panels
      7m 12s
    3. Letting InDesign do the math
      4m 19s
    4. Understanding Selection tool options
      1m 54s
    5. Quick Apply shortcuts
      5m 6s
    6. Setting up Context shortcuts
      3m 48s
  3. 39m 23s
    1. Working with column guides
      6m 45s
    2. Adjusting text frame columns
      3m 59s
    3. Formatting and positioning guides
      7m 27s
    4. First baseline options
      7m 13s
    5. Using the document grid
      3m 56s
    6. Extending into the bleeds
      5m 11s
    7. Understanding slugs
      4m 52s
  4. 46m 37s
    1. Shuffling pages
      3m 0s
    2. Scaling objects to a specific size
      1m 48s
    3. Aligning objects to the page
      3m 46s
    4. Advanced Libraries
      4m 18s
    5. Advanced Anchored Objects
      11m 57s
    6. Non-printing objects
      4m 45s
    7. Adding and using Notes
      4m 47s
    8. Using Data Merge
      8m 11s
    9. Creating and using templates
      4m 5s
  5. 56m 21s
    1. Polygons and starbursts
      2m 54s
    2. Custom stroke styles
      5m 24s
    3. Advanced effects
      11m 48s
    4. Isolate Blending and Knockout Group
      6m 27s
    5. Using Illustrator and InDesign together
      6m 56s
    6. Compound paths
      4m 52s
    7. Advanced clipping paths
      8m 56s
    8. Advanced image transparency
      3m 24s
    9. Importing and viewing metadata
      5m 40s
  6. 1h 14m
    1. Advanced text formatting
      6m 39s
    2. Using other languages
      5m 40s
    3. Advanced text importing
      11m 36s
    4. Advanced paragraph numbering
      3m 31s
    5. Apply Next Style
      3m 32s
    6. Advanced text styling
      7m 32s
    7. Linking to text files on disc
      5m 6s
    8. Using GREP to Find/Change
      7m 4s
    9. Managing glyphs
      5m 9s
    10. Finding and changing glyphs
      4m 39s
    11. Using footnotes
      9m 13s
    12. Creating outlines
      5m 6s
  7. 57m 41s
    1. Building a multi-document book
      4m 13s
    2. Page numbering across books
      6m 54s
    3. Chapter numbering
      5m 30s
    4. Using the Section Marker
      6m 33s
    5. Creating "Continued on page..." numbers
      3m 35s
    6. Synchronizing documents in a book
      5m 30s
    7. Tables of contents
      7m 40s
    8. Indexing documents
      8m 15s
    9. Generating an index
      6m 5s
    10. Printing or exporting a book
      3m 26s
  8. 47m 20s
    1. Hyperlinks
      14m 49s
      5m 59s
    3. Buttons
      10m 46s
    4. Movies
      10m 26s
    5. Sounds
      5m 20s
  9. 24m 59s
    1. Setting up Swatch and Style defaults
      2m 27s
    2. Mixed ink colors
      6m 26s
    3. Working with duotones
      5m 14s
    4. Ink aliasing
      3m 44s
    5. Trapping color
      7m 8s
  10. 40m 49s
    1. Transparency Blend Space
      3m 51s
    2. InDesign Color settings
      7m 30s
    3. Assign vs. Convert to Profile
      4m 4s
    4. Working with RGB images
      3m 42s
    5. Working with CMYK images
      5m 34s
    6. Soft proofing
      3m 59s
    7. Managing color when printing
      6m 6s
    8. Managing color when exporting to PDF
      6m 3s
  11. 38m 56s
    1. Transparency Flattener preview
      4m 21s
    2. Transparency Flattener settings
      7m 13s
    3. Print presets
      4m 1s
    4. PDF presets
      3m 8s
    5. Making PDF files with Distiller
      6m 15s
    6. Printing with spot colors
      7m 34s
    7. XHTML exports
      6m 24s
  12. 29m 53s
    1. Why use XML?
      7m 52s
    2. Structuring InDesign content to use XML
      5m 30s
    3. Importing XML
      8m 17s
    4. Exporting to XML
      8m 14s
  13. 22m 21s
    1. How to run scripts
      5m 39s
    2. Using the scripts that come with InDesign
      6m 52s
    3. Cool (and free!) third-party plug-ins
      9m 50s
  14. 1h 11m
    1. How to use this chapter
      1m 8s
    2. General preferences
      6m 44s
    3. Interface preferences
      3m 14s
    4. Type preferences
      8m 25s
    5. Advanced Type preferences
      1m 58s
    6. Composition preferences
      8m 27s
    7. Units & Increments preferences
      4m 58s
    8. Grids preferences
      1m 5s
    9. Guides & Pasteboard preferences
      2m 50s
    10. Dictionary preferences
      3m 50s
    11. Spelling preferences
      2m 21s
    12. Autocorrect preferences
      2m 6s
    13. Notes preferences
      2m 32s
    14. Story Editor preferences
      3m 37s
    15. Display Performance preferences
      7m 54s
    16. Appearance of Black preferences
      3m 17s
    17. File Handling preferences
      4m 4s
    18. Clipboard Handling preferences
      2m 37s
  15. 31s
    1. Goodbye

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InDesign CS3 Beyond the Basics
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Instructor David Blatner teaches the intricacies of creating, editing, and publishing professional layouts with InDesign CS3, from setting preferences to employing advanced typography and transparency effects. InDesign CS3 Beyond the Basics covers each step in the publishing process, and explores such topics as structuring InDesign content to use XML; setting up preferences for composition, type, and units of measure; avoiding problems with transparency, managing and producing long documents; and exporting files for print. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Working with column guides Scaling objects to a specific size Using Illustrator and InDesign together Building a multi-document book Constructing a Data Merge document Setting up swatch and style defaults Working with CMYK and RGB images Exporting files Creating interactive PDFs with movies and buttons Using the scripts that come with InDesign


Welcome to InDesign CS3 Beyond the Basics. I'm David Blatner and if you've already watched my InDesign Essential Training title from, you know that I am also the cohost of and I'm the editorial director of both InDesign magazine and the InDesign conference. In this title I'm going to start up where I left off and guide you beyond the basics and into dozens of important features that you need to know in order to master this incredible program. Over the course of this title we'll tackle techniques for optimizing your layouts, automating InDesign with data merge, XML, scripts, plug-ins, setting great-looking type, exporting and printing color managed documents and more.

As I always like to tell my students, the more you know, the better it gets. And after you watch the next hundred or so movies you're going to know a lot about InDesign. Let's dive in and start exploring, shall we?

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