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InDesign CS4 Essential Training

with David Blatner

Video: Welcome

Presents a thorough explanation of the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use.
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  1. 10m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 41s
    2. Using the example files
      1m 37s
    3. InDesign workflow overview
      7m 17s
  2. 52m 6s
    1. Understanding the Application window
      7m 41s
    2. Navigating pages
      5m 52s
    3. Zooming and magnifying
      5m 2s
    4. Managing multiple windows
      3m 28s
    5. Setting rulers and measurements
      3m 20s
    6. Positioning panels
      8m 17s
    7. Saving workspaces
      6m 8s
    8. Setting view options
      7m 52s
    9. Rotating spreads
      2m 44s
    10. Using the New Window feature
      1m 42s
  3. 22m 40s
    1. Using the Tool panel
      5m 49s
    2. Learning keyboard shortcuts
      7m 54s
    3. Using contextual menus
      1m 21s
    4. Customizing menus
      3m 10s
    5. Using Quick Apply
      4m 26s
  4. 40m 17s
    1. Creating new documents
      8m 51s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      3m 32s
    3. Using Multiple Undo and Revert
      1m 41s
    4. Setting margin and column guides
      2m 37s
    5. Making a layout adjustment
      3m 41s
    6. Using ruler guides
      5m 33s
    7. Finding libraries and snippets
      8m 57s
    8. Saving for CS3 with INX
      2m 6s
    9. Converting QuarkXPress files
      3m 19s
  5. 39m 33s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      8m 54s
    2. Adding sections and page numbers
      6m 54s
    3. Creating and applying master pages
      9m 46s
    4. Overriding master page items
      5m 44s
    5. Using parent/child master pages
      5m 10s
    6. Loading master pages
      3m 5s
  6. 1h 28m
    1. Understanding text frames
      4m 58s
    2. Typing and editing text
      5m 46s
    3. Filling with placeholder text
      2m 10s
    4. Using special characters
      4m 33s
    5. Importing text
      5m 34s
    6. Threading text frames
      3m 33s
    7. Auto-flowing text
      6m 16s
    8. Setting text frame options
      8m 45s
    9. Using text on a path
      7m 33s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      9m 49s
    11. Spelling in your document
      7m 58s
    12. Using the Auto Correct feature
      3m 51s
    13. Using Find/Change
      8m 46s
    14. Making text variables
      8m 50s
  7. 47m 38s
    1. Importing graphics
      9m 3s
    2. Importing InDesign files
      3m 35s
    3. Using the Links panel
      11m 43s
    4. Embedding links
      3m 9s
    5. Editing original graphics
      2m 58s
    6. Setting frame-fitting options
      6m 8s
    7. Setting transparency and clipping paths
      4m 20s
    8. Colorizing images
      1m 57s
    9. Turning image layers on and off
      4m 45s
  8. 53m 30s
    1. Selecting objects
      7m 34s
    2. Using basic strokes and fills
      7m 4s
    3. Using advanced strokes
      3m 40s
    4. Using transparency
      4m 21s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      4m 44s
    6. Applying feathering
      7m 45s
    7. Using other effects to format objects
      6m 9s
    8. Using the Eyedropper tool
      6m 14s
    9. Finding and changing object formatting
      5m 59s
  9. 50m 46s
    1. Stacking objects
      2m 8s
    2. Using layers
      8m 31s
    3. Nesting objects
      4m 32s
    4. Editing frame and path shapes
      7m 2s
    5. Understanding corner options
      4m 8s
    6. Grouping and locking objects
      3m 1s
    7. Aligning and distributing
      7m 26s
    8. Understanding text wrap
      8m 1s
    9. Editing text wrap
      1m 35s
    10. Using anchored objects
      4m 22s
  10. 27m 50s
    1. Duplicating objects
      4m 38s
    2. Rotating objects
      3m 43s
    3. Scaling objects
      10m 13s
    4. Skewing objects
      3m 3s
    5. Mirroring objects
      3m 39s
    6. Transforming objects again
      2m 34s
  11. 32m 44s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      9m 9s
    2. Applying advanced character styling
      7m 10s
    3. Changing case
      3m 11s
    4. Understanding OpenType features
      6m 15s
    5. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      4m 4s
    6. Using Find Font
      2m 55s
  12. 53m 43s
    1. Understanding paragraph formatting
      7m 34s
    2. Using drop caps
      3m 48s
    3. Applying hyphenation
      5m 8s
    4. Understanding justification
      3m 16s
    5. Applying tabs
      8m 28s
    6. Aligning to baseline grid
      6m 10s
    7. Keeping options
      3m 43s
    8. Applying paragraph rules
      3m 44s
    9. Using automatic bullets
      4m 53s
    10. Numbering paragraphs
      6m 59s
  13. 32m 24s
    1. Applying character styles
      7m 42s
    2. Applying paragraph styles
      8m 50s
    3. Using nested styles
      6m 40s
    4. Using object styles
      6m 21s
    5. Cleaning up imported text
      2m 51s
  14. 51m 38s
    1. Creating a table
      5m 19s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      4m 35s
    3. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      5m 49s
    4. Formatting a table
      4m 8s
    5. Formatting cells
      9m 46s
    6. Adding headers and footers
      3m 43s
    7. Applying table styles
      4m 44s
    8. Placing graphics in cells
      4m 9s
    9. Adding Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      9m 25s
  15. 21m 59s
    1. Creating color swatches
      5m 31s
    2. Using unnamed colors
      3m 55s
    3. Applying tint swatches
      1m 50s
    4. Using gradient swatches
      2m 55s
    5. Applying gradients
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Separations Preview
      2m 9s
  16. 15m 11s
    1. Exporting a PDF
      7m 52s
    2. Exporting a TXT file
      2m 32s
    3. Exporting a JPEG
      2m 49s
    4. Exporting an EPS file
      1m 58s
  17. 19m 56s
    1. Using preflight options
      7m 30s
    2. Packaging for output
      4m 6s
    3. Using the Print dialog box
      8m 20s
  18. 1m 45s
    1. Joining the InDesign community
      1m 23s
    2. Goodbye

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InDesign CS4 Essential Training
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InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. InDesign CS4 Essential Training presents a thorough explanation of the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use, providing a foundation upon which advanced skills and workflows can be built. David Blatner shows how to navigate and customize the workspace, manage documents and pages, work with text frames and graphics, export and print finished documents, and much more. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting layouts and master pages
  • Working with InDesign CS3 files and snippets
  • Formatting objects, characters, and paragraphs
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Learning keystroke commands for important actions
  • Understanding color and separations
  • Using the Preflight and Package features to ensure successful printing


Hi there! My name is David Blatner and if you have any interest in putting text and graphics on a page I would like to tell you about Adobe InDesign CS4. (Music playing.) Actually, what I really want to do is tell you a lot about InDesign. I love InDesign. Now InDesign is a high-end professional designer layout tool used by most graphic designers, magazine publishers, book publishers, newspapers, and ad agencies around the world. But the good news is it's not that hard to learn.

And my InDesign Essential Training title covers everything you need to know to get up and running with InDesign. For example, I'm going to teach you how to create a new document and build strong and flexible master pages, which can really speed up laying out your file. I'll talk about best practices for importing text and graphics including Photoshop, Illustrator, and even Microsoft Word and Excel documents. I'll discuss printing and exporting your documents to reliable PDF files and I'm going to teach you the most important keyboard shortcuts and techniques for not just getting the job done, but getting it done efficiently.

InDesign is so rich and deep that every feature relates to every other feature. And that's why I have recommend that you watch the Essential Training title once all the way through and then go back and watch specific videos when you need a review. Plus, as with all the other courses you have the power at your fingertips to stop, start, and review the movies as many times as you want as well as having access to these lessons 24/7. Now come with me on an amazing journey through the essentials of my favorite page layout program, Adobe InDesign CS4.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about InDesign CS4 Essential Training .

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Q: Is it possible to load or import pages from one document to another in InDesign CS4?
A: Pages cannot be “loaded”, but they canned be "pushed" from one document to another by choosing Layout > Pages > Move Pages.
Q: When I place an image in InDesign, it is distorted or pixilated to the point of not being usable. I can place or open those same images in Photoshop or Illustrator CS3 and they are fine. What is causing the issue in InDesign?
A: You are likely seeing the low-resolution preview. To see high resolution or vector artwork, choose View > Display Performance > High Quality.
Q: I'm looking for a tutorial that will allow me to use InDesign to create files that can be emailed. They have to be converted to HTML first. Is that possible in InDesign?
A: If you mean making an HTML email, then InDesign really isn't the tool for you. It's HTML abilities are extremely limited. I'd look toward Dreamweaver for that.
Q: Since I upgraded to the new version of InDesign, when I click the "edit original" button in the Links panel, the pictures open in Preview instead of Photoshop
A: Here are two articles about this problem at here and here.
Q: I cannot see files on the desktop when in InDesign.
A: If you are using the Mac OS, you may need to turn off Window > Application Frame in order to see files behind InDesign (such as those on the Finder Desktop). If you are on Windows, you are seeing a difference between Mac and Windows. In Windows, the application is always living inside the application frame. If you un-maximize the windows frame, you can drag it smaller so you see the desktop and drag to or from it.
Q: I am currently working on an InDesign document originally created in Spanish. I am translating it to English and I need to change the language preference to be able to use the spell check in English. I have changed it in Preferences, but when I go to do the spell check on the document it is still in Spanish. There has to be a way. Can you please help me?
A: Changing the language in preferences does not change the document or text language. You need to change the langauge in the paragraph style, or the character style in the Character panel or the Control panel (select the text first).
Q: When I create a text box on the master page, it manifests in red and leaves behind a red number sign (#), not a blue number sign as in the video. What is causing this, and does the color of the number sign affect my document?
A: The reason the text frame is in red instead of blue is that you most likely have a red layer selected in the Layers panel. Just click on a different layer in the Layers panel to switch. The color of the frame and the number symbol is based on the layer color. The color has no effect on how it prints; it's just for document organization purposes.





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