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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.
Before we jump in and start learning about InDesign's features and how to use them let me say a quick word about the exercise files available for you to use. If you're a premium member of the lynda .com Online Training Library or if you own this title on disk, you have access to the exercise files that I'll be using throughout the training. The files have been broken down into chapters and if you're following along it's important to open the correct file for each chapter. Many of the files have the same name but are in fact different in order to show off or discuss particular features in the program.
To open this document, simply double-click on it and it opens in InDesign. If you see a dialog box like this one that says there are missing or modified links, go ahead and click Update Links. That way InDesign will automatically link the files to the Links folder inside the exercise files folder. Also if you see a dialog box saying that you're missing fonts, you can go ahead and replace them with fonts that you have on your system. One more thing about these files, at the end of each movie after we've moved objects around or changed text or whatever you should choose Revert from the File menu.
That's what I do, so you'll see a nice clean file at the beginning of each movie. The reason I do this is so that you can jump right to any movie you want, even if it's in the middle of a chapter and you won't be lost. There are a couple of exceptions to this such as in Chapter 1 where each movie actually does build on where we left off in the previous movie. On the other hand, if you're a monthly or annual subscriber to the lynda.com Online Training Library you won't have access to these files, but, you can still learn by either just watching what I do or by following along using your own text and image assets.
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