Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of InDesign CS6 Essential Training.
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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 lynda .com Online Training Library or if you own this title on disk, you have access to the exercise files that I'll be using throughout the training. The files have been broken down into chapters and if you're following along it's important to open the correct file for each chapter. Many of the files have the same name but are in fact different in order to show off or discuss particular features in the program.
To open this document, simply double-click on it and it opens in InDesign. If you see a dialog box like this one that says there are missing or modified links, go ahead and click Update Links. That way InDesign will automatically link the files to the Links folder inside the exercise files folder. Also if you see a dialog box saying that you're missing fonts, you can go ahead and replace them with fonts that you have on your system. One more thing about these files, at the end of each movie after we've moved objects around or changed text or whatever you should choose Revert from the File menu.
That's what I do, so you'll see a nice clean file at the beginning of each movie. The reason I do this is so that you can jump right to any movie you want, even if it's in the middle of a chapter and you won't be lost. There are a couple of exceptions to this such as in Chapter 1 where each movie actually does build on where we left off in the previous movie. On the other hand, if you're a monthly or annual subscriber to the lynda.com 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.
- Getting started in just 30 minutes: the quick start guide to InDesign
- Understanding your workspace
- Creating and setting up new documents
- Creating and applying master pages
- Entering and editing text
- Placing graphics
- Working with color and gradients
- Editing frame and path shapes
- Working with layers, objects, and groups
- Rotating and scaling objects
- Applying character and paragraph formatting
- Using styles
- Creating and formatting tables
- Exporting to EPUB and interactive PDF
- Packaging, printing, and exporting your final document