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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

Getting started


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InDesign CS6 Essential Training

with David Blatner

Video: Getting started

The goal in this section is to get you acquainted enough with InDesign that you can open and edit in InDesign File; this is the basics of the basics, step 0, just the facts ma'am. If your boss handed you a file and you need to open it and do something with it before lunch today, start here. Okay, let's dive in! Everyone knows how to create a New File. You go the File menu and choose New, but InDesign it gives you three different options. In this case we want choose New Document, now the New Document dialog box has lots of options and I am going to cover all of these in the later chapter.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. What is InDesign?
      1m 23s
  2. 2m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 38s
  3. 21m 19s
    1. Getting started
      3m 33s
    2. Adding or editing text
      3m 23s
    3. Adding or replacing graphics
      4m 31s
    4. Moving objects around
      4m 55s
    5. Printing and creating a PDF
      4m 57s
  4. 26m 6s
    1. Exploring the application window
      6m 25s
    2. Navigating and magnifying pages and objects
      6m 24s
    3. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 35s
    4. Working with panels
      3m 58s
    5. Setting the view quality of artwork
      2m 31s
    6. Adjusting view and preview settings
      4m 13s
  5. 27m 52s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 39s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      4m 2s
    3. Saving for CS4 and CS5 with IDML
      2m 24s
    4. Setting the margin and column guides
      4m 29s
    5. Putting ruler guides on the page
      5m 7s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 11s
  6. 23m 37s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      4m 32s
    2. Changing page size
      4m 38s
    3. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 18s
    4. Overriding master page items
      2m 43s
    5. Adding page numbering
      2m 22s
    6. Changing page numbering with sections
      4m 4s
  7. 52m 47s
    1. Understanding text frames
      3m 38s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 48s
    3. Inserting special characters
      4m 1s
    4. Importing text
      3m 47s
    5. Threading text frames
      3m 12s
    6. Setting text frame columns
      4m 31s
    7. Setting text inset and vertical justification options
      3m 48s
    8. Allowing text frames to grow and shrink
      4m 5s
    9. Putting text on a path
      5m 50s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      5m 10s
    11. Checking spelling
      5m 12s
    12. Using Find/Change
      4m 45s
  8. 28m 19s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 20s
    2. Using the Links panel
      7m 17s
    3. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 10s
    4. Fitting graphics to the frame
      5m 1s
    5. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 31s
  9. 35m 49s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 2s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      5m 6s
    3. Colorizing images
      1m 59s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 4s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      3m 33s
    6. Using other transparency effects
      5m 15s
    7. Copying and formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      5m 59s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 51s
  10. 18m 34s
    1. Creating color swatches
      4m 33s
    2. Understanding the danger and power of unnamed colors
      5m 46s
    3. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 53s
    4. Applying gradients
      4m 22s
  11. 15m 27s
    1. Editing frame and path shapes
      5m 8s
    2. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      4m 8s
    3. Making polygons and starbursts
      1m 59s
    4. Creating text outlines
      4m 12s
  12. 37m 56s
    1. Positioning objects with the Gap tool
      3m 54s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 5s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      5m 27s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 33s
    5. Grouping and locking objects
      3m 10s
    6. Nesting objects
      3m 23s
    7. Aligning and distributing objects
      4m 20s
    8. Understanding text wrap
      5m 51s
    9. Using anchored objects
      6m 13s
  13. 26m 16s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 37s
    2. Collecting, conveying, and placing content
      8m 58s
    3. Rotating objects
      2m 22s
    4. Scaling objects
      4m 21s
    5. Skewing objects
      1m 8s
    6. Mirroring objects
      3m 50s
  14. 24m 19s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 31s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 28s
    3. Changing case
      3m 23s
    4. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      5m 3s
    5. Using Find Font
      3m 54s
  15. 32m 51s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 4s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      2m 10s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      1m 52s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 26s
    5. Setting tabs
      7m 36s
    6. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 23s
    7. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 10s
    8. Numbering paragraphs
      6m 10s
  16. 19m 47s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 10s
    2. Using character styles
      4m 45s
    3. Editing and redefining styles
      2m 20s
    4. Using object styles
      2m 47s
    5. Applying styles with Quick Apply
      3m 45s
  17. 39m 59s
    1. Creating a table
      4m 29s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      4m 36s
    3. Adding and deleting rows and columns
      3m 0s
    4. Formatting a table
      4m 32s
    5. Formatting cells
      6m 2s
    6. Applying table styles
      5m 33s
    7. Placing graphics in cells
      3m 1s
    8. Importing Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 46s
  18. 16m 45s
    1. Building a multi-document book
      7m 27s
    2. Creating "continued on..." jump lines
      3m 51s
    3. Constructing a table of contents (TOC)
      5m 27s
  19. 23m 8s
    1. Exporting EPUBs
      6m 12s
    2. Creating an interactive PDF
      12m 49s
    3. Building a Flash SWF
      4m 7s
  20. 28m 1s
    1. Checking a document with the Preflight panel
      5m 26s
    2. Packaging for output
      3m 34s
    3. Using the Print dialog box
      4m 52s
    4. Printing a small booklet
      2m 46s
    5. Exporting a PDF
      7m 56s
    6. Exporting text
      3m 27s
  21. 1m 25s
    1. Next steps
      1m 25s

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InDesign CS6 Essential Training
8h 24m Beginner May 07, 2012

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InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. This course presents the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use. Author 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, explore creating interactive documents, and much more. He also covers popular topics such as EPUBs and long documents and includes advice on working with overset text, unnamed colors, and other troublesome issues that may arise for first-time designers.

Topics include:
  • Getting started in just 30 minutes: the quick start guide to InDesign
  • Understanding your workspace
  • Creating and setting up new documents
  • Creating and applying master pages
  • Entering and editing text
  • Placing graphics
  • Working with color and gradients
  • Editing frame and path shapes
  • Working with layers, objects, and groups
  • Rotating and scaling objects
  • Applying character and paragraph formatting
  • Using styles
  • Creating and formatting tables
  • Exporting to EPUB and interactive PDF
  • Packaging, printing, and exporting your final document
Subjects:
Design Page Layout
Software:
InDesign
Author:
David Blatner

Getting started

The goal in this section is to get you acquainted enough with InDesign that you can open and edit in InDesign File; this is the basics of the basics, step 0, just the facts ma'am. If your boss handed you a file and you need to open it and do something with it before lunch today, start here. Okay, let's dive in! Everyone knows how to create a New File. You go the File menu and choose New, but InDesign it gives you three different options. In this case we want choose New Document, now the New Document dialog box has lots of options and I am going to cover all of these in the later chapter.

But for right now all you need to know is does your document have Facing Pages that is a left and right-hand page like a book or a magazine? If it does you want to turn on Facing Pages, and if it doesn't, turn it off. Next, you want to make sure that your Page Size the final, what's called the Trim Size of your document is chosen here in the Page Size area and you set their Margins down here, that's about it. When you click OK, InDesign creates a nice clean document for you to work with.

Now you can start with an empty InDesign document, if you want to but I find it is usually easier to start with a Template, something that's partially created, and then change the Text and Graphics as I work. I have a template to work with in my Exercises Folders. So I' m going to switch to that and I can open it right here within the folder just by double-clicking on it, or I'll go back InDesign, go to the File menu, and choose Open, here is that file. And when I choose it, there are three different ways that I can open this, down here at the bottom of the Open dialog box, you'll see that I can open the Normal, Original or Copy.

Generally you'd just use Open Normal, that just opens the document unless you edit it. Open Original is good if you're opening a Template file, which we'll talk about in a later chapter and you want to edit that template itself or Open Copy, this sort of make any file a template. Because if you open this InDesign file, it will open it as Untitled, ready for you to Edit and then Save As with a new name. Now I should mention that the Open dialog box also lets be open QuarkXPress files and PageMaker files.

That is, like the old QuarkXPress3 and 4 files and PageMaker 6 5 - 7 files. If you have one of those files, just select in the Open dialog box and click Open and it'll translate it, convert it into an Indesign file. If you have a QuarkXPress document created in a later version of express, like Express 5 6 7 or 8 you can still open that here, but you need a plug-in from a company called Markzware. The plug-in is called QX2ID. Markzware also makes another plug- in that let's you open a Microsoft Publisher files in InDesign. That's great! But in this case, I am simply going to open up this InDesign file by clicking Open, there it is.

There is that template that I'm going to use; I am going to fill it out by adding some Text and Graphics. Now this Template file comes with the exercise files, but there are lots of InDesign templates available on the web, including dozens of free ones on the site that I run with Anne-Marie Concepcion called InDesign Secrets. Here at http://indesign.com/indesign- tempelates there are dozens of free templates that you can download and use, including ones to create Books, Brochures, menus and more.

Just download them, open them in InDesign and you're good to go. By getting your document open, is just a first step on the adventure called InDesign. Next, we need to learn how to get text in here and make it look the way we want.

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