Join Mike Rankin for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a production manual, part of Creating Long Documents with InDesign.
Clear communication is a key ingredient in the recipe to success.…If your workflow includes a team of design and production people, it's a great…idea to create a production manual, so that everyone working on the pages knows…what they're building and how to do it.…It's a great resource to have, and it's not that hard to create.…I am calling this document a production manual, but some people call these…sample pages, other people call them cheat sheets, spec guides, go-bys, bibles, and so on.…But whatever you call them, the point is that these pages provide a visual guide…to your template pages and elements, as well as rules and procedures to follow.…
To create the pages of your production manual, you need to show each page type…in your template and label each element; what it is,…showing style names,…swatches and any instructions that are needed to create those pages correctly.…So for my chapter opener page, I just have a reminder on the left side that all…chapter opener spreads have this full bleed photo, and they have no folio or no…
- Using text variables
- Creating templates for InDesign, InCopy, and Word
- Employing nested styles
- Creating GREP styles
- Managing color with swatches
- Building page elements with libraries and snippets
- Performing GREP find/changes
- Using InCopy workflows
- Tracking changes
- Adding footnotes and indexes
- Using InDesign book files
- Versioning documents with conditional text or object styles
- Preflighting documents
- Archiving a project
- Finding and installing useful scripts and plug-ins for frequent challenges
Skill Level Intermediate
InDesign CS5 to EPUB, Kindle, and iPadwith Anne-Marie Concepción5h 31m Intermediate
1. Document Construction
3. Using Styles
4. Building and Revising Layouts
6. Long-Doc Infrastructure
8. Working With InDesign Books
9. Customizing Long Documents
10. Outputting Long Documents
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