Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of InDesign: Designing Templates.
- Hi there. I wanted to add a little video to address questions that I commonly hear from my lynda.com viewers. First, though I recorded this title in InDesign CC 2015, 98% of the content, the features, the commands, the advice, the techniques, will work with any version of InDesign back all the way to CS4, maybe even beyond there. Also, for you fellow Creative Cloud users out there I have to tell you I am not a fan of the dark interface that you see here, the default for CC apps.
I think it's really hard to read onscreen. So you'll see that my videos, I have changed the interface and I'll show you how I did that. I went to Preferences, Interface and in the Interface section under Appearance I changed the color theme to Light and I turned off Match Pasteboard to Theme Color. You don't have to do the same but if you're wondering why my interface looks so much brighter than yours, now you know. Finally, this course assumes that you have an intermediate level knowledge of InDesign.
When I'm introducing a topic I do give short refreshers like what's a master page or what's the difference between paragraph and character styles, but then I move beyond that fairly quickly to get to the good stuff about how to use them in your templates. If you need more in-depth instruction on these aspects I occasionally will be referring you to other titles in the lynda.com library. Let me jump there right now and show you some of my favorites that will help you with this course. First of course we have to talk about this wonderful trainer Anne-Marie Concepcion who did this title using Word and InDesign together.
So if part of your deal with creating templates or using InDesign to produce publications is that it's frustrating working with the Word files that you're given, please take a look at this course where I go much more in depth about working with those files, cleaning up those formatting problems and so on, styling them for InDesign. David Blatner's InDesign Insider Training: Beyond Essentials covers a lot of what I talk about as far as object styles, layers, nested styles, all those kind of things that go a little bit beyond the basics of InDesign so if you get lost there check out this title.
Michael Murphy has two great courses, Learning GREP with InDesign, if you're wondering about what a GREP style is I talk about it in the course and show you how to do some GREP but this one goes really in depth, and his other course, InDesign Styles in Depth is wonderful if you want to learn much more about some of the topics that I touch on, nested styles, cascading styles, based-on styles, watch this course. Finally, my friend Mike Rankin did a course called Creating Long Documents with InDesign CC. There is some overlap with this course and the Templates course, you'll see that he also talks about master pages, layers and so on.
Check out his course and also I have to give him a tip of the hat for creating this wonderful book about cheese that I use in some of the lessons in InDesign Templates. That's about it, if you need some help check out these courses.
So what are you waiting for? In this course, Anne-Marie Concepción shows how to use InDesign to find and create templates that fit your needs. By building in the power tools you need for production—flexible master pages, logical layers, object styles, libraries and snippets, and styles—you'll have a template that prepares you for success. Plus, get tips, secret shortcuts, and useful scripts, as well as practice lessons to reinforce your newfound skills along the way.
- Finding free and paid InDesign templates
- Creating templates from existing documents
- Setting up new templates: margins, swatches, grids, and more
- Adding text and image placeholders
- Creating reusable elements
- Making smart paragraph, character, and object styles
- Embedding a custom preflight check
- Adding a style guide
- Working with special EPUB and interactive templates