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Adobe InDesign CC for Print and Digital Media Publication: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation

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Used by graphic designers worldwide, Adobe InDesign CC is a layout powerhouse. But that power is easy to harness, as you’ll soon learn. These real-world projects teach you to think like a designer and master the details that set your work apart.

Hone your InDesign skills as you:

  • Produce an advertising poster

  • Design a magazine for print and tablet delivery

  • Build interactive forms

  • Create a comic book page

  • Add controls for video, animations, and more to a digital media publication

  • This study guide uses more than 11 hours of video integrated with text to help you gain real-world skills that will get you started in your career designing publications for print and screen using InDesign CC. It lays the foundation for taking the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification exam and helps prepare you for an entry-level position in a competitive job market.

    Purchasing this book gives you access to valuable online extras. Follow the instructions in the book’s “Getting Started” section to unlock access to:

  • The Web Edition containing instructional video embedded in the complete text of the book with interactive review questions along with product updates

  • Downloadable lesson files you need to work through the projects

  • Table of Contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. Dedication Page
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. About the Authors
    6. Contents
    7. Getting Started
      1. About This Book and Video
      2. Conventions Used in This Book
        1. Operating System Differences
      3. Installing the Software
        1. Adobe Creative Cloud Desktop App
      4. Accessing the Free Web Edition and Project Files
      5. Additional Resources
      6. Adobe Certification
      7. Resetting the Preferences to Their Defaults
    8. Chapter 1. Getting Started with InDesign
      1. Stepping into InDesign
        1. Tools and Panels
        2. Finding Your Way Around a Document
      2. Customizing Your Workspace, Shortcuts, and Menus
        1. Using Shortcuts
        2. Creating Your Own Workspace
      3. Before You Begin
        1. Print
        2. Web
        3. Digital Publishing
    9. Chapter 2. Designing an Event Poster
      1. Starting the Project
        1. Creating a New Document
        2. Using Ruler and Smart Guides
        3. Preferences
        4. Organizing Design Elements in Layers
      2. Adding Design Elements
        1. Adding Shapes and Lines
        2. Creating Combined Shapes
        3. Adding Color
        4. Gradients
        5. Adding Images and Graphics
        6. Adding and Formatting Text
      3. Submitting Your Poster
        1. Submitting Proofs to Clients
        2. Submitting a PDF to the Printer
    10. Chapter 3. A Colorful Magazine Cover Design
      1. Starting a Magazine Cover Design
      2. Capturing Color and Creating Color Themes
        1. Picking Up Colors from a Document
        2. Adobe Color
        3. More Swatches Panel Actions
      3. Fine-Tuning Text Formatting and Text Frame Options
        1. Setting the Leading Amount
        2. Kerning and Tracking
        3. Working with Text Frames
      4. Editing Shapes
        1. Selection Tool Revisited
        2. Direct Selection Tool
      5. Adding Transparency and Effects
        1. Transparency
        2. Blending Modes
        3. Effects
      6. Preflight and Packaging for Print Delivery
        1. Preflight
        2. Packaging Files for the Printer
      7. Creating Alternate Layouts
    11. Chapter 4. Designing a Magazine Layout
      1. Mastering a Multicolumn and Multipage Layout
        1. Understanding Master Pages
        2. Creating and Editing Master Pages
        3. Putting Master Pages to Work
        4. Using Different Page Sizes in a Single Document
        5. Numbering and Sections
      2. Using Spot Colors in Print Designs
        1. Adding Spot Colors
        2. Viewing Color Separations
      3. Creating Stories
        1. Using Dummy Text
        2. Working in Columns
        3. Threading Text Frames
        4. Wrapping Text Around Images
        5. Turning Text into Images
      4. Paragraph Formatting Controls
        1. Drop Caps
        2. Space Between Paragraphs
        3. Indents and Tabs
        4. Bulleted and Numbered Lists
        5. Hyphenation
      5. Creating an Interactive Form
        1. Understanding Form Elements
        2. Designing Form Elements
        3. Creating Form Elements
        4. Adding Buttons
        5. Page Transitions
        6. Creating an Interactive PDF
    12. Chapter 5. Styling a Recipe Book
      1. Styling a Recipe Book
        1. Styling Text with Gradient Swatches
        2. Styling Corners
      2. Object Styles
        1. Creating Object Styles
        2. Applying Object Styles
        3. Duplicating Object Styles
        4. Deleting Object Styles
        5. Managing Object Styles in Style Groups
      3. Adding Text from Other Applications
        1. Supported Text Formats
        2. Importing Text and Tables
        3. Importing RTF or DOCX Files
        4. Importing Excel Files
      4. Faster Text Formatting with Paragraph and Character Styles
        1. Working with Paragraph Styles
        2. Using Character Styles
        3. Creating Styles for Bulleted and Numbered Lists
        4. Working with Nested Styles
      5. Beautiful Tables
        1. Creating Tables
        2. Adjusting Column Widths and Row Heights
        3. Changing the Table Appearance
        4. Converting Text to Tables
        5. Converting Tables to Text
        6. Adding Header or Footer Rows
        7. Using Table and Cell Styles
      6. Working with Cross-References
        1. Inserting a Cross-Reference
        2. Editing Cross-References
        3. Updating Cross-References
      7. Creating a Table of Contents
        1. Defining the Table of Contents Style
        2. Flowing the Table of Contents Text
        3. Updating a Table of Contents
      8. Combining InDesign Documents
        1. Creating a Book File
        2. Opening a Book File
        3. Synchronizing Files
        4. Exporting Book Files
    13. Chapter 6. Creating a Comic Book Page
      1. Creating Grid-Based Designs
        1. Adding Reusable Page Sizes
        2. Creating Frame Grids
        3. Using the Gap Tool
        4. Fitting Content to Frames
        5. Placing Multiple Images
      2. Placing and Linking Content
        1. Using the Content Collector and Placer Tools
        2. Updating Links
        3. Using Place and Link
        4. Preserving Changes
      3. Making Text Changes
        1. Checking Spelling
        2. Performing Find/Change
      4. Working with Libraries
        1. Working with Object Libraries
        2. Working with the Creative Cloud Library
      5. Creating Freeform Shapes and Lines
        1. Drawing Shapes with the Pencil Tool
        2. Using the Pen Tool
        3. Flowing Type on a Path
      6. Working with Hyperlinks
        1. Creating a Text Hyperlink
        2. Creating an Object Hyperlink
      7. Exporting to a Web Image Format
        1. Exporting as PNG
        2. Exporting as JPEG
    14. Glossary
    15. Index
    16. Chapter 7. Creating an Interactive digital Media Publication
      1. Starting with Digital Media
        1. Document Setup
        2. Interactive PDF
        3. eBooks
        4. Publish Online (Technology Preview)
        5. Digital Publishing Solution
      2. Working with Animations and Timing
        1. Creating Simple Animations
        2. Controlling Animation Timing
        3. Working with Motion Paths
        4. Animation Properties
        5. Adding a Control Button
      3. Embedding Media Files
        1. Adding video
        2. Adding Audio
      4. Creating a Slideshow
        1. Building a Multi-State Object
        2. Apply Interactive Overlay Settings
        3. Adding Control Buttons
      5. Inserting HTML
      6. Exporting the Project
        1. Exporting to EPUB
        2. Publishing Online
        3. Exporting for DPS 2015
      7. Conclusion
    17. Chapter 8. Leveling Up with Design
      1. Creativity Is a Skill
        1. Getting a Creative Workout
        2. Prepping Your Mindset
      2. The Design Hierarchy
        1. Applying the Design Hierarchy
        2. Wrapping up the Design Hierarchy
      3. The Elements of Art
        1. The Element of Space
        2. The Element of Line
        3. The Element of Shape
        4. The Element of Form
        5. The Elements of Texture and Pattern
        6. The Element of Value
        7. The Element of Color
        8. The Element of Type
        9. Wrapping up the Elements
      4. The Principles of Design
        1. The Principles of Emphasis or Focal Point
        2. The Principle of Contrast
        3. The Principle of Unity
        4. The Principle of Variety
        5. The Principle of Balance
        6. The Principle of Proportion or Scale
        7. The Principles of Repetition and Pattern
        8. The Principles of Movement and rhythm
      5. Conclusion
    18. Chapter 9. Working with outsiders
      1. Who You’re Talking FOR and Who You’re Talking TO
        1. Single Voice, Single Message
        2. Ideal Ivan and Danielle Demographic
        3. The Golden Rule for Client Projects
      2. Copyrights and Wrongs
        1. Copyright Happens
        2. Placing a Copyright Notice in Digital Content
        3. Playing Fair with Copyrighted Material
        4. Uncopyrighting
        5. Licensing
      3. Think Like a Boss
        1. Project Management
        2. Learn
        3. Think
        4. Do
      4. Conclusion
    19. Appendix A. Anchoring Objects
    20. Appendix B. Form Elements
      1. List Box
      2. Combo Box
      3. Check Box
      4. Radio Buttons
      5. Signature Field
    21. Appendix C. Adjusting Master Pages
      1. Loading Master Pages
      2. Using Liquid Page Rules to Resize a Page
    22. Appendix D. Building an Index
      1. Adding Index Entries
      2. Generating the Index
      3. Removing an Index Entry
      4. Updating an Index
    23. Appendix E. Understanding SWF Export
      1. Export to SWF
      2. Placing SWF in InDesign
    24. ACA Objectives Covered