Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video What you'll be creating in this course, part of Creating an InDesign Booklet Using XML.
- Before we dive in and actually start working with XML inside of InDesign, I wanted to give you an overview of what we're going to be creating in this course. So what we're going to be building is a booklet for the Hansel and Petal Seed Company. And what we're going to be doing is creating a 12-page book. And you can see I'm going to be showing you how to build a table of contents out of the information that we import using XML. It's going to contain some advertising material over here, that will be contained inside of this booklet.
And this area here is really the meat of what we're going to be doing. All of this content is going to brought in automatically, and formatted automatically, using XML. I'm going to be going over how to easily apply Master Pages, how to get the text to flow from one page to the next automatically, using some features inside of InDesign. And also, how to utilize the Styles to consistently format the content in this booklet as well. At the very end of this booklet, we've got some other advertising information here.
And then we've got a back cover. And the final product, as I said before, is a 12-page booklet that we're going to be automating from scratch, using Adobe InDesign and XML.
In these tutorials, Chad Chelius explains what XML is and then walks through the entire process in InDesign, from setting up the document and tagging the content, to cleaning the data and fine-tuning the layout. He also offers tips for saving your work in an InDesign template, to regenerate directories when new entries are added, update catalogs seasonally, etc. By the end of the course, you should be able to use this workflow to speed up data-heavy design jobs, big and small.
- What is XML?
- Transforming XML
- Displaying tag markers
- Setting up an InDesign document for XML import
- Creating styles
- Tagging content
- Mapping tags to styles
- Importing XML data in InDesign
- Applying master pages
- Creating a table of contents