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Author David Blatner provides in-depth training on InDesign CS5, the print and interactive page layout application from Adobe, in InDesign CS5 Essential Training. The course shows how to create new documents with strong and flexible master pages, precisely position text and graphics, prepare documents for print, and export designs as interactive PDF or Flash SWF files. Exercise files are included with the course.
InDesign CS5 is a professional design and layout tool for producing high-quality, engaging documents for both print and on-screen delivery. While it was originally developed for the print magazine market InDesign has become the number one layout application in the world, used by newspapers, book publishers, interactive developers, professional photographers, and designers everywhere to produce content in just about any format. InDesign CS5 integrates with the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite tools including Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Flash Professional, so users from any profession can design, preview, review, and produce professional content quickly and efficiently.
InDesign also works with common word processors such as Microsoft Word and Adobe InCopy the import text and style it with the most advanced typographic tools on the market. Print designers will appreciate the efficient and intuitive tools for layout, such as spanned columns and the ability to have multiple page sizes in a single document. Additional preflight and production features ensure consistency and reduce document areas so that you can be sure your file is ready for the press. Now any designer can develop interactive documents by making use of the animation presets and media options in InDesign CS5. These intuitive and powerful tools build on Adobe's Flash and PDF technologies, letting you move from a static layout to a fully functional user experience in just a few steps.
No matter what your output, print or interactive, you can take advantage of the organization tools in Mini Bridge, which places your hard drive full of images and files at your fingertips. Photographers and production artists will love the Gap tool and Auto-fit features for resizing and adjusting graphics until they look just right on your page. The ultimate job of a layout tool is high quality output, and InDesign offers a wide selection of options here from PDF/X-1a, destined for a printer, to the Flash SWF file format suitable for a Web browser.
Whether your building catalogs, newsletters, or creating powerful presentations using, you can use InDesign's collaboration and editorial tools to review your files and even keep track of changes and comments from your colleagues. Adobe InDesign CS5 is a complete file creation and output solution for any kind of publishing, putting the power to design, develop andw display in your hands.
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