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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.
One of the great things about InDesign is that it's so rich, so deep, that there's always more to learn. If you want to go deeper with InDesign, I have several recommendations. First, check out the Web site that I produced with Anne-Marie Concepcion: indesignsecrets.com. There are hundreds of tips, and tricks, and more every week, plus the free InDesign Secrets audio Podcast, video tutorials, live seminars on the Web, and more. I also encourage you to get a subscription to InDesign Magazine, which is a great resource written by InDesign experts all over the world.
It's distributed as a PDF, and you can download a free trial issue at indesignmag.com. If you want a place for a personal connection, Adobe hosts free InDesign user groups in various cities all around the world. These are excellent resources. You can see if there's one near you by going to indesignusergroup.com. Finally, you should definitely check lynda.com's Online Training Library every month to see what new InDesign titles are available. For example, search for the InDesign Secrets title that I did with Anne-Marie; it's chock-full of cool InDesign tips.
Thank you for coming along with me on this wild ride through InDesign CS6. I hope you enjoyed the trip as much as I have. Sure, InDesign is an industrial-strength design and production tool, but it's also a lot of fun. Enjoy playing with it. After all, playing with it yourself is the best way to learn. Have fun, and happy InDesign-ing.
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