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InDesign CS3 Essential Training

with David Blatner

Video: Welcome

Covers all InDesign's tool in depth and offers layout principles for new and experienced users.
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  1. 18m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 37s
    3. New features in InDesign CS3
      4m 45s
    4. InDesign workflow overview
      10m 41s
  2. 20m 44s
    1. The Document window
      4m 59s
    2. Navigating your document
      3m 41s
    3. Rulers and measurements
      2m 3s
    4. Positioning panels
      3m 33s
    5. Saving workspaces
      1m 45s
    6. View options
      3m 7s
    7. Opening a new window
      1m 36s
  3. 17m 54s
    1. The Tool panel
      6m 27s
    2. Keyboard shortcuts
      4m 24s
    3. Contextual menus
      1m 37s
    4. Customizing menus
      2m 15s
    5. Quick Apply
      3m 11s
  4. 24m 46s
    1. New documents
      5m 9s
    2. Saving documents
      1m 41s
    3. Using Undo
      1m 34s
    4. Margin and column guides
      2m 9s
    5. Layout adjustment
      1m 37s
    6. Ruler guides
      3m 49s
    7. Libraries and snippets
      4m 33s
    8. Saving for CS or CS2
      1m 16s
    9. Converting QuarkXPress files
      2m 58s
  5. 22m 56s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      3m 53s
    2. Sections, page numbers, and chapter numbers
      4m 59s
    3. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 15s
    4. Overriding master page items
      3m 41s
    5. Parent/Child master pages
      3m 31s
    6. Loading master pages
      1m 37s
  6. 52m 37s
    1. Text frames
      3m 43s
    2. Typing and editing text
      2m 39s
    3. Filling with placeholder text
      2m 19s
    4. Special characters
      2m 43s
    5. Importing text
      5m 51s
    6. Threading text frames
      3m 15s
    7. Text frame options
      4m 10s
    8. Text on a path
      4m 53s
    9. The Story Editor
      4m 35s
    10. Spelling
      4m 15s
    11. Auto Correct
      2m 41s
    12. Finding and changing text
      5m 26s
    13. Text variables
      6m 7s
  7. 29m 54s
    1. Importing graphics
      5m 53s
    2. Importing InDesign files
      2m 22s
    3. The Links panel
      3m 31s
    4. Embedding links
      1m 55s
    5. The Edit Original command
      2m 23s
    6. Frame fitting options
      3m 55s
    7. Transparency and Clipping Paths
      3m 33s
    8. Colorizing images
      1m 58s
    9. Turning image layers on and off
      2m 30s
    10. Copying and pasting from Illustrator
      1m 54s
  8. 38m 16s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 50s
    2. Basic strokes and fills
      4m 37s
    3. Advanced strokes
      2m 32s
    4. Transparency
      4m 8s
    5. Drop shadows
      4m 11s
    6. Feathering
      6m 5s
    7. Other effects
      2m 33s
    8. The Eyedropper tool
      4m 42s
    9. Finding and changing object formatting
      3m 38s
  9. 38m 28s
    1. Stacking objects
      2m 11s
    2. Layers
      4m 31s
    3. Nesting objects
      2m 44s
    4. Editing frame and path shapes
      7m 35s
    5. Corner effects
      2m 41s
    6. Grouping and locking objects
      2m 33s
    7. Aligning and distributing
      3m 52s
    8. Text wrap
      7m 31s
    9. Editing text wrap
      1m 33s
    10. Anchored objects
      3m 17s
  10. 21m 45s
    1. Duplicating
      3m 27s
    2. Rotating
      2m 16s
    3. Scaling
      8m 28s
    4. Skewing
      2m 1s
    5. Mirroring
      2m 42s
    6. The Transform Again command
      2m 51s
  11. 32m 19s
    1. Basic character styling
      8m 52s
    2. Advanced character styling
      6m 1s
    3. Changing case
      3m 39s
    4. OpenType features
      4m 16s
    5. Finding and changing text formatting
      4m 47s
    6. The Find Font command
      4m 44s
  12. 45m 54s
    1. Paragraph formatting
      5m 32s
    2. Drop caps
      4m 44s
    3. Hyphenation
      4m 43s
    4. Justification
      3m 40s
    5. Tabs
      4m 57s
    6. The Align to Baseline Grid button
      4m 37s
    7. The Keep Options command
      3m 11s
    8. Paragraph rules
      3m 44s
    9. Automatic bullets
      4m 28s
    10. Numbering paragraphs
      6m 18s
  13. 32m 16s
    1. Character styles
      7m 40s
    2. Paragraph styles
      10m 11s
    3. Nested styles
      6m 3s
    4. Object styles
      5m 50s
    5. Load styles
      2m 32s
  14. 59m 54s
    1. Creating a table
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      5m 32s
    3. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      5m 58s
    4. Formatting a table
      4m 48s
    5. Formatting cells
      12m 42s
    6. Headers and footers
      4m 9s
    7. Table styles
      8m 2s
    8. Placing graphics in cells
      3m 45s
    9. Working with Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      9m 36s
  15. 24m 11s
    1. Creating color swatches
      4m 39s
    2. Unnamed colors
      4m 51s
    3. Tint swatches
      1m 48s
    4. Gradient swatches
      3m 16s
    5. Applying gradients
      4m 40s
    6. Overprinting
      1m 47s
    7. Separations preview
      3m 10s
  16. 27m 55s
    1. Exporting a PDF
      10m 50s
    2. Snippets and INX
      6m 48s
    3. Exporting stories
      4m 26s
    4. Exporting a JPEG
      2m 11s
    5. Exporting an EPS
      3m 40s
  17. 21m 27s
    1. Preflight
      5m 16s
    2. Packaging for output
      4m 34s
    3. The Print dialog box
      11m 37s
  18. 9m 5s
    1. InDesign and InCopy overview
      7m 1s
    2. Where to go next
      1m 43s
    3. Goodbye

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InDesign CS3 Essential Training
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Designed for new and experienced InDesign users, as well as those who are migrating from other layout applications, InDesign CS3 Essential Training covers all the bases. From exploring each of its tools in depth to teaching layout principles and techniques, instructor David Blatner covers everything needed to use InDesign productively. He demystifies InDesign's powerful features, including converting QuarkXPress files, formatting characters and paragraphs, setting up style sheets for better productivity, and much more. Exercise files accompany the tutorial.



Welcome to InDesign CS3 Essential Training, I'm David Blatner. And many of you might know me from my many books and articles about InDesign, Photoshop, or QuarkXPress. I'm also the co-host of, and I'm the editorial director of both InDesign magazine and the InDesign conference. In this title I'm going to guide you through everything you need to know to get up and running with Adobe InDesign CS3. Before I do, let me say a little bit about InDesign itself. Adobe InDesign has become the new standard for page layout applications around the world, replacing QuarkXPress, PageMaker, and perhaps even most design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, and book publishers around the world. And there's a reason for this. I've worked with a number of different page layout programs since 1987, and there's no doubt in my mind that InDesign CS3 is simply the best page layout program on the planet.

It's ease of use, combined with its powerful features goes way beyond anything else out there. But, the amazing thing is it's also fun to use. However, I have discovered one problem, or should I say challenge, when teaching about InDesign. Every feature relies on every other feature. So really, to get the most from the program, you might consider watching the whole series through not once, but twice. The first time through, you'll learn plenty. But the second time around, you'll really begin to master InDesign. On the other hand, if you need just a little tidbit of information about a specific topic, you can always jump right to that topic, without having to see all the movies before it. We've tried to make this as easy and flexible as possible for you. I'm glad you're coming along for this ride, because as I always like to tell my students, the more you know, the better it gets.

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