Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Getting Started with InDesign (2014).
Before we jump in and start learning about InDesign's features and how to use them, 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 in this title. Here in the Exercise Files folder, you'll find all of the artwork and text that we'll be using and two InDesign files. One called Brochure Intro to start with. And the other one Brochure Intro Final to show the final result.
Now if you're using an older version of InDesign than I am you might not be able to open those INDD files. But you can use the IDML files instead. To open the IDML or INDD file, simply double click on it and it opens up in InDesign. If you see a dialog box like this one that says there's a modified link, you can just go ahead and click update links. In rare cases you might see a dialog box that says that you're missing fonts. If that happens, you can go ahead and replace them with fonts that you have on your system.
Now if you're on a Mac, like I am, and this background color over behind the design is distracting, you can go to the Window menu and choose Application Frame. Then, click the green button in the upper left corner of the application frame, and InDesign fills the whole screen. That's what I do. There's one more thing that I should point out, each movie in this title is one step in a progression. In other words, I start with this Brochure Intro file and then I begin each movie with the document in the same state as it was at the end of the last movie.
Now, 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 text and image assets.
Want to learn more? Check out InDesign CC Essential Training and InDesign Insider Training: Beyond the Essentials for more in-depth tutorials.