- Now before we jump in and start learning about InDesign and how it works with Illustrator and Photoshop, let me say a quick word about the exercise files available for you to use. If you're a premium member of the online training library, you have access to the exercise files that I'm going to be using throughout this training. If you're following along, it's important to watch for which document I have open and then open that same file on your computer. Sometimes the files look similar or they have similar names, but they are in fact significantly different in order to show off or discuss particular features of the program.
Now to open a document, simply double click on it. Actually, I should point out that if you're using an older version of InDesign than I am, you might have trouble opening my files. In that case, open the idml version of the file instead. In this case, I'm going to close that and then double click on this file here. If you see a dialog box like this one that says there are modified links, go ahead and click Update. If you see a missing links message, then you can use the Links panel to relink to the links folder, which is in the same folder as the exercise files.
Now there's a good chance that you're also going to see a dialog box like this saying you're missing fonts. In that case, you can go ahead and replace them with fonts that you have on your system or if you're an Adobe CC subscriber and you have the Adobe Creative Cloud app running, then you can sync the fonts with Typekit just by clicking the Sync Fonts button. In usually less than a minute Creative Cloud will download the fonts and install them on your computer. Then you can click Close and you're ready to go. On the other hand, if you're a monthly or an annual subscriber to the 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 documents.
Here David Blatner, cohost of InDesign Secrets.com, goes over placing images from Illustrator and Photoshop, copying and pasting InDesign artwork, managing color and transparency, and dealing with linked images, vectors, layers, and more. By the end of the course, you should be able to move seamlessly between the three tools, getting the results you want and without losing formatting, sharpness, or quality.
- Placing Photoshop and Illustrator artwork in InDesign
- Copying InDesign artwork into Photoshop and Illustrator
- Sharing color swatches
- Managing transparency in linked artwork
- Keeping Photoshop text and vectors sharp
- Converting images to CMYK