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Creating Ebooks with InDesign CS5
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Creating Ebooks with InDesign CS5

with Rufus Deuchler

Video: Welcome

This workshop from design guru Rufus Deuchler helps leverage designers existing Adobe InDesign knowledge to quickly gain a foothold in the rapidly expanding world of ebooks. First learn how to set up an InDesign document that can be smoothly and accurately exported to the EPUB format used by the Kindle and other ebook readers. Then get simple, nuts-and-bolts advice on working with images, hyperlinks, metadata, and more, as well as tips on how to avoid potential pitfalls. Before you know it, you'll be ready to create and publish your first ebook.
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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      2m 3s
  2. 14m 8s
    1. What is an EPUB?
      5m 32s
    2. Software needed for this course
      4m 7s
    3. Creating a new InDesign document with the EPUB in mind
      4m 29s
  3. 48m 22s
    1. Understanding style mapping
      9m 39s
    2. Importing text and applying character styles
      8m 18s
    3. Adding paragraph styles
      10m 57s
    4. The importance of level 1 entries
      1m 47s
    5. Working with notes
      3m 40s
    6. Working with tables
      10m 47s
    7. Defining vertical space
      3m 14s
  4. 13m 11s
    1. Adding hyperlinks
      5m 55s
    2. Adding cross-references
      7m 16s
  5. 18m 12s
    1. Adding graphics
      7m 3s
    2. Creating a paragraph style for images
      5m 17s
    3. Converting graphics created in InDesign to external linked files
      5m 52s
  6. 11m 28s
    1. Using an InDesign story to define the reading order
      4m 12s
    2. Using XML to define the reading order
      7m 16s
  7. 17m 5s
    1. Creating the cover for the ebook
      4m 17s
    2. Using the InDesign Book panel
      3m 46s
    3. Creating the table of contents (TOC)
      5m 25s
    4. Adding metadata
      3m 37s
  8. 21m 2s
    1. Exporting to EPUB
      2m 33s
    2. General export options
      3m 31s
    3. Image export options
      7m 44s
    4. Content export options
      7m 14s
  9. 42m 12s
    1. What's inside an EPUB archive?
      5m 28s
    2. Working with the CSS file
      3m 0s
    3. CSS tags in the EPUB
      12m 1s
    4. Embedding fonts in an EPUB
      2m 3s
    5. Working with the XHTML code
      9m 15s
    6. Fixing the hyperlink bug in InDesign CS5
      5m 0s
    7. Previewing the ebook
      5m 25s

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Creating Ebooks with InDesign CS5
3h 7m Intermediate Jan 12, 2011

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This workshop from design guru Rufus Deuchler helps leverage designers existing Adobe InDesign knowledge to quickly gain a foothold in the rapidly expanding world of ebooks. First learn how to set up an InDesign document that can be smoothly and accurately exported to the EPUB format used by the Kindle and other ebook readers. Then get simple, nuts-and-bolts advice on working with images, hyperlinks, metadata, and more, as well as tips on how to avoid potential pitfalls. Before you know it, you'll be ready to create and publish your first ebook.

Topics include:
  • Creating a new InDesign document with EPUB in mind
  • Working with text
  • Creating hyperlinks and cross-references
  • Working with graphics
  • Defining the reading order of the EPUB
  • Other essential parts of an ebook
  • Exporting to EPUB
  • Customizing an EPUB
Subjects:
Design Ebooks video2brain
Software:
InDesign
Author:
Rufus Deuchler

Welcome

(MUSIC). Hi, there. My name is Rufus Deuchler. I'm a designer, dreamer, and worldwide software evangilist. In this video seminar, I will be giving you an overview of how to create an eBook with Adobe InDesign. And I'll give you a head start on creating your first e-publication. This course was created with graphic designers in mind. And I expect you to have some basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign and some Photoshop for image compression. However, no prior experience creating eBooks is required or expected. If you are a publisher on the other hand, this course may also be interesting as a way to quickly learn about the limitations of the ePub format. And enable you to give correct directives to your layout artists. So what is an ePub, you might ask? An ePub is an electronic version of a publication that has been optimized for on-screen viewing. There are many different types of screens an ePub can be on. From the monitor of your PC, to a range of devices, the size of your cellular phone, to dedicated eBook readers, to tablet computers. Each with different resolutions and sizes. Thankfully, ePub provides a way of easily viewing text and images on any of those devices. In the series of videos, I will guide you through the steps that I took to write my very own eBook on creating ePub with InDesign. In a very short amount of time, I then published it to the Amazon digital text platform where it is selling online. This is tangible proof that you can indeed quickly and easily create and publish ePub documents using Adobe InDesign. I will show you how to manage text and images to have the best possible results for ePub. You'll also learn to look into the code generated by InDesign upon export, and get the basic knowledge required to edit that code to optimize the output. By the time you're done, you'll be able to create and publish your eBook as quickly as I did. So, thanks for taking this course and enjoy the ride.

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