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Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release)

Book Description

Creative professionals who seek the fastest, easiest, and most comprehensive way to learn Adobe InDesign CC choose Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2015 release) from Adobe Press. The 16 project-based lessons in this book show users step-by-step the key techniques for working in Adobe InDesign. Users learn how to create engaging page layouts, flow and edit text, create and use styles, incorporate graphics and tables, and create PDF forms and ebooks.


In addition to learning the key elements of the InDesign interface, this completely revised CC (2015 release) edition covers new features, including paragraph shading, easier and more flexible table creation, graphic cells for tables, and sharing styles, swatches, and settings across Creative Cloud applications.


This thorough, self-paced guide is ideal for beginning users wanting to get up to speed on the key features of this program. Those who already have some experience with InDesign can improve their skills and learn InDesign’s newest tools.


The online companion files include all the necessary assets for readers to complete the projects featured in each chapter as well as ebook updates when Adobe releases new features for Creative Cloud customers. And new to this release, all buyers of the book get full access to the Web Edition: a Web-based version of the complete ebook enhanced with video and interactive multiple-choice quizzes. As always with the Classroom in a Book, Instructor Notes are available for teachers to download.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. How to Get Your Lesson Files
  4. About the Authors
  5. Contents
  6. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. Prerequisites
    3. Installing the software
      1. Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app
      2. Classroom in a Book fonts
    4. Saving and restoring the InDesign Defaults file
    5. Additional resources
    6. Adobe Authorized Training Centers
    7. Checking for updates
  7. 1. Introducing the Workspace
    1. Getting started
    2. Looking at the workspace
      1. Selecting and using tools
      2. Reviewing the Control panel
      3. Reviewing the Application bar
      4. Reviewing the document window and pasteboard
      5. Working with multiple document windows
    3. Working with panels
      1. Opening and closing panels
      2. Expanding and collapsing panels
      3. Rearranging and customizing panels
      4. Moving the Tools panel and Control panel
    4. Customizing the workspace
    5. Changing the magnification of a document
      1. Using the view commands
      2. Using the Zoom tool
    6. Navigating through a document
      1. Turning pages
      2. Using the Hand tool
    7. Using context menus
    8. Using panel menus
    9. Modifying Interface preferences
    10. Exploring on your own
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  8. 2. Getting to Know InDesign
    1. Getting started
    2. Viewing guides
    3. Preflighting as you work
    4. Adding text
      1. Typing and styling text
      2. Importing and flowing text
    5. Working with styles
      1. Applying paragraph styles
      2. Formatting text for the character style
      3. Creating and applying a character style
    6. Working with graphics
    7. Working with objects
      1. Moving and rotating an object
      2. Changing the object stroke and fill
    8. Working with object styles
    9. Viewing the document in Presentation mode
    10. Exploring on your own
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  9. 3. Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating and saving custom document settings
    3. Creating a new document
    4. Switching between open InDesign documents
    5. Working with master pages
      1. Adding guides to the master page
      2. Dragging guides from rulers
      3. Creating a text frame on the master page
      4. Renaming the master page
      5. Adding placeholder frames for text
      6. Adding placeholder frames for graphics
      7. Creating an additional master page
      8. Overriding master items
      9. Modifying a parent master
    6. Applying master pages to document pages
    7. Adding new document pages
    8. Rearranging and deleting document pages
    9. Changing the size of pages
    10. Adding sections to change page numbering
    11. Overriding master page items on document pages and placing text and graphics
    12. Viewing the completed spread
    13. Exploring on your own
    14. Review questions
    15. Review answers
  10. 4. Working with Objects
    1. Getting started
    2. Working with layers
    3. Creating and modifying text frames
      1. Creating and resizing text frames
      2. Reshaping a text frame
      3. Creating multi-column text frames
      4. Adjusting text inset and vertical alignment
    4. Creating and modifying graphics frames
      1. Drawing a new graphics frame
      2. Placing a graphic within an existing frame
      3. Resizing a graphics frame to crop a graphic
      4. Placing a graphic without an existing frame
      5. Placing multiple graphics in a grid of frames
      6. Resizing and moving images within frames
      7. Adjusting the space between frames
    5. Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
    6. Placing and linking graphics frames
      1. Modifying and updating parent-child graphics frames
    7. Changing the shape of a frame
    8. Wrapping text around a graphic
    9. Modifying the shape of frames
      1. Working with compound shapes
      2. Creating polygons and converting shapes
      3. Adding rounded corners to frames
    10. Transforming and aligning objects
      1. Rotating an object
      2. Rotating an image within its frame
      3. Aligning multiple objects
      4. Scaling multiple objects
    11. Selecting and modifying grouped objects
    12. Creating a QR code
    13. Finishing up
    14. Exploring on your own
    15. Review questions
    16. Review answers
  11. 5. Flowing Text
    1. Getting started
    2. Flowing text into an existing frame
      1. Importing text into an existing text frame
      2. Applying a paragraph style
      3. Resizing text frames automatically
    3. Flowing text manually
    4. Creating text frames while flowing text
    5. Creating threaded frames automatically
    6. Flowing text automatically
    7. Applying paragraph styles to text
    8. Adjusting columns
    9. Adding a jump line page number
    10. Exploring on your own
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  12. 6. Editing Text
    1. Getting started
    2. Finding and changing a missing font
    3. Entering and importing text
      1. Entering text
      2. Importing text
    4. Finding and changing text and formatting
      1. Finding and changing text
      2. Finding and changing formatting
    5. Checking spelling
      1. Checking spelling in the document
      2. Adding words to a document-specific dictionary
      3. Checking spelling dynamically
      4. Automatically correcting misspelled words
    6. Editing text by dragging and dropping
    7. Using the Story Editor
    8. Tracking changes
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  13. 7. Working with Typography
    1. Getting started
    2. Adjusting vertical spacing
      1. Using the baseline grid to align text
      2. Viewing the baseline grid
      3. Changing the spacing between paragraphs
    3. Working with fonts, type styles, and glyphs
      1. Adding a font from Adobe Typekit
      2. Applying a font, style, size, and leading
      3. Replacing a character with an alternate glyph
      4. Adding a special character
      5. Inserting fraction characters
    4. Fine-tuning columns
      1. Creating a straddle head
      2. Balancing columns
    5. Changing paragraph alignment
      1. Hanging punctuation outside the margin
    6. Creating a drop cap
      1. Applying a stroke to text
      2. Adjusting the drop cap alignment
    7. Adjusting letter and word spacing
      1. Adjusting the kerning and tracking
    8. Adjusting line breaks
      1. Applying the Adobe Paragraph and Single-line Composers
      2. Balancing ragged lines
    9. Setting tabs
      1. Aligning text to tabs and adding tab leaders
      2. Creating a hanging indent
    10. Adding a rule above a paragraph
    11. Working with paragraph shading
      1. Applying shading to a paragraph
      2. Adjusting the rule above and updating the paragraph style
    12. Exploring on your own
    13. Review questions
    14. Review answers
  14. 8. Working with Color
    1. Getting started
    2. Managing color
      1. The need for color management
      2. Displaying images at full resolution
      3. Specifying color settings in InDesign
      4. Proofing colors onscreen
    3. Defining printing requirements
      1. Loading a preflight profile
      2. Selecting a preflight profile
      3. Converting a color mode for a swatch
    4. Creating colors
      1. Creating a PANTONE color swatch
      2. Creating CMYK color swatches
      3. Creating a color theme
    5. Applying colors
      1. Applying fill colors to objects
      2. Applying colors to strokes
      3. Applying colors to text
    6. Working with tint swatches
      1. Creating a tint swatch
      2. Applying a tint swatch
    7. Working with gradients
      1. Creating a gradient swatch
      2. Applying a gradient swatch
      3. Adjusting the direction of the gradient blend
    8. Working with color groups
      1. Deleting unused colors
      2. Adding colors to a color group
      3. Previewing the final document
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  15. 9. Working with Styles
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      1. Creating a paragraph style
      2. Applying a paragraph style
    3. Creating and applying character styles
      1. Creating a character style
      2. Applying a character style
    4. Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles
      1. Creating character styles for nesting
      2. Creating a nested style
      3. Adding a second nested style
    5. Creating and applying object styles
      1. Formatting an object for a style
      2. Creating an object style
      3. Applying an object style
    6. Creating and applying table and cell styles
      1. Creating cell styles
      2. Creating a table style
      3. Applying a table style
    7. Globally updating styles
    8. Loading styles from another document
      1. Finishing up
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  16. 10. Importing and Modifying Graphics
    1. Getting started
    2. Adding graphics from other programs
    3. Comparing vector and bitmap graphics
    4. Managing links to imported files
      1. Identifying imported images
      2. Viewing information about linked files
      3. Showing files in Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac OS)
    5. Updating revised graphics
    6. Adjusting display quality
    7. Working with clipping paths
      1. Removing a white background using InDesign
    8. Working with alpha channels
      1. Importing a Photoshop file with alpha channels
      2. Examining Photoshop paths and alpha channels
      3. Using Photoshop paths and alpha channels in InDesign
    9. Importing native Adobe graphic files
      1. Importing a Photoshop file with layers and layer comps
      2. Creating an anchored graphics frame
      3. Adding text wrap to an anchored graphics frame
      4. Importing an Illustrator file
      5. Importing an Illustrator file with layers
    10. Using an InDesign library to manage objects
      1. Creating an InDesign library
    11. Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
    12. Exploring on your own
    13. Review questions
    14. Review answers
  17. 11. Creating Tables
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating a table
    3. Converting text to a table
    4. Changing rows and columns
      1. Adding and deleting rows
      2. Deleting rows
      3. Rearranging rows and columns
      4. Adjusting column widths, row heights, and text placement
      5. Merging cells
    5. Formatting a table
      1. Adding a fill pattern
      2. Applying a fill color to cells
      3. Editing cell strokes
      4. Adding table borders
    6. Adding graphics to table cells
      1. Converting cells to graphic cells
      2. Placing images in graphic cells
      3. Adjusting the row heights
      4. Anchoring graphics in table cells
    7. Creating a header row
    8. Creating and applying table and cell styles
      1. Creating table and cell styles
      2. Applying table and cell styles
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  18. 12. Working with Transparency
    1. Getting started
    2. Importing and colorizing a grayscale image
    3. Applying transparency settings
      1. About the Effects panel
      2. Changing the opacity of solid-color objects
      3. Applying a blending mode
    4. Adding transparency effects to imported vector and bitmap graphics
      1. Applying transparency to a vector graphic
      2. Applying transparency to a bitmap graphic
    5. Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
    6. Applying transparency settings to text
    7. Working with effects
      1. Applying a basic feather to the edges of an image
      2. Applying a gradient feather
      3. Adding a drop shadow to text
      4. Applying multiple effects to an object
      5. Editing and removing effects
    8. Exploring on your own
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  19. 13. Printing and Exporting
    1. Getting started
    2. Preflighting files
    3. Packaging files
    4. Creating an Adobe PDF proof
    5. Previewing separations
    6. Previewing how transparency effects will be flattened
    7. Previewing the page
    8. Printing a laser or inkjet proof
    9. Using the Ink Manager
    10. Exploring on your own
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  20. 14. Creating Adobe PDF Files with Form Fields
    1. Getting started
    2. Adding form fields
      1. Adding text fields
      2. Adding radio buttons
      3. Adding a check box
      4. Adding a combo box
      5. Adding a description to a form field
      6. Setting the tab order of the fields
      7. Adding a button to submit the form
    3. Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file
    4. Exploring on your own
    5. Review questions
    6. Review answers
  21. 15. Creating a fixed-Layout epub
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating a new document for fixed-layout export
    3. Adding animation
      1. Using a motion preset to create animation
      2. Using a custom motion path to create animation
    4. Adjusting the timing of animations
    5. Adding multimedia and interactive elements
      1. Adding a movie
      2. Adding a sound
      3. Creating a slideshow
      4. Creating a hyperlink
    6. Exporting an EPUB file
      1. Specifying export settings
    7. Exploring on your own
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  22. Index
  23. 16. Creating a Reflowable EPUB
    1. Getting started
    2. Completing the booklet
      1. Adding anchored graphics
      2. Mapping paragraph and character styles to export tags
      3. Adding a table of contents
    3. Choosing the content of an ebook
      1. Adding the cover page
      2. Adding the title page and reordering its content
      3. Adding the remaining content
    4. Adding metadata
    5. Exporting an EPUB file
      1. Specifying export settings
    6. Exploring on your own
    7. Review questions
    8. Review answers
  24. InDesign CC 2015: Publish Online (Preview)
    1. Adobe Creative Cloud Mobile Apps for InDesign
      1. Adobe Shape CC: Create custom vector shapes
      2. Adobe Color CC: Create mobile color themes
      3. Adobe Comp CC: Create design comps using your real assets and fonts
      4. Other mobile and tablet apps for design and illustration