InDesign CS4 Essential Training

with David Blatner
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InDesign CS4 Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 11h 2m Beginner


InDesign is an essential tool for design firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, book publishers, and freelance designers around the world. InDesign CS4 Essential Training presents a thorough explanation of the core features and techniques that make this powerful page layout application fun and easy to use, providing a foundation upon which advanced skills and workflows can be built. 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, and much more. Example files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Adjusting layouts and master pages
  • Working with InDesign CS3 files and snippets
  • Formatting objects, characters, and paragraphs
  • Using the Story Editor
  • Learning keystroke commands for important actions
  • Understanding color and separations
  • Using the Preflight and Package features to ensure successful printing


Hi there! My name is David Blatner and if you have any interest in putting text and graphics on a page I would like to tell you about Adobe InDesign CS4. (Music playing.) Actually, what I really want to do is tell you a lot about InDesign. I love InDesign. Now InDesign is a high-end professional designer layout tool used by most graphic designers, magazine publishers, book publishers, newspapers, and ad agencies around the world. But the good news is it's not that hard to learn.

And my InDesign Essential Training title covers everything you need to know to get up and running with InDesign. For example, I'm going to teach you how to create a new document and build strong and flexible master pages, which can really speed up laying out your file. I'll talk about best practices for importing text and graphics including Photoshop, Illustrator, and even Microsoft Word and Excel documents. I'll discuss printing and exporting your documents to reliable PDF files and I'm going to teach you the most important keyboard shortcuts and techniques for not just getting the job done, but getting it done efficiently.

InDesign is so rich and deep that every feature relates to every other feature. And that's why I have recommend that you watch the Essential Training title once all the way through and then go back and watch specific videos when you need a review. Plus, as with all the other courses you have the power at your fingertips to stop, start, and review the movies as many times as you want as well as having access to these lessons 24/7. Now come with me on an amazing journey through the essentials of my favorite page layout program, Adobe InDesign CS4.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about InDesign CS4 Essential Training .

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Q: Is it possible to load or import pages from one document to another in InDesign CS4?
A: Pages cannot be “loaded”, but they canned be "pushed" from one document to another by choosing Layout > Pages > Move Pages.
Q: When I place an image in InDesign, it is distorted or pixilated to the point of not being usable. I can place or open those same images in Photoshop or Illustrator CS3 and they are fine. What is causing the issue in InDesign?
A: You are likely seeing the low-resolution preview. To see high resolution or vector artwork, choose View > Display Performance > High Quality.
Q: I'm looking for a tutorial that will allow me to use InDesign to create files that can be emailed. They have to be converted to HTML first. Is that possible in InDesign?
A: If you mean making an HTML email, then InDesign really isn't the tool for you. It's HTML abilities are extremely limited. I'd look toward Dreamweaver for that.
Q: Since I upgraded to the new version of InDesign, when I click the "edit original" button in the Links panel, the pictures open in Preview instead of Photoshop
A: Here are two articles about this problem at here and here.
Q: I cannot see files on the desktop when in InDesign.
A: If you are using the Mac OS, you may need to turn off Window > Application Frame in order to see files behind InDesign (such as those on the Finder Desktop). If you are on Windows, you are seeing a difference between Mac and Windows. In Windows, the application is always living inside the application frame. If you un-maximize the windows frame, you can drag it smaller so you see the desktop and drag to or from it.
Q: I am currently working on an InDesign document originally created in Spanish. I am translating it to English and I need to change the language preference to be able to use the spell check in English. I have changed it in Preferences, but when I go to do the spell check on the document it is still in Spanish. There has to be a way. Can you please help me?
A: Changing the language in preferences does not change the document or text language. You need to change the langauge in the paragraph style, or the character style in the Character panel or the Control panel (select the text first).
Q: When I create a text box on the master page, it manifests in red and leaves behind a red number sign (#), not a blue number sign as in the video. What is causing this, and does the color of the number sign affect my document?
A: The reason the text frame is in red instead of blue is that you most likely have a red layer selected in the Layers panel. Just click on a different layer in the Layers panel to switch. The color of the frame and the number symbol is based on the layer color. The color has no effect on how it prints; it's just for document organization purposes.
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