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Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release), First Edition

Book Description

Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe InDesign choose Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2018 release) from Adobe Press. The 15 project-based step-by-step lessons show users the key techniques for working in InDesign. Designers will build a strong foundation of typographic, page layout, and document-construction skills that will enable them to produce a broad range of print and digital publications—from a simple postcard to an interactive Adobe PDF with form fields. The real-world tasks in this comprehensive book are presented in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step format and are designed to train beginning Adobe InDesign users in the program—from fundamental features to powerful layout and output skills. This book will also help experienced InDesign users elevate their skills, understand best practices, and learn about new features.


The online companion files include all the necessary assets for readers to complete the projects featured in each lesson as well as ebook updates when Adobe releases relevant new features for Creative Cloud customers. All buyers of the book get full access to the Web Edition: a Web-based version of the complete ebook enhanced with video and multiple-choice quizzes.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Where are the Lesson Files?
  5. Contents
  6. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. Prerequisites
    3. Installing the software
    4. Online content
    5. Saving and restoring the InDesign Defaults file
    6. Training resources
  7. 1 Introducing the Workspace
    1. Getting started
    2. Looking at the workspace
    3. Working with panels
    4. Customizing the workspace
    5. Navigating through a document
    6. Using context menus
    7. Using panel menus
    8. Modifying interface preferences
    9. Exploring on your own
  8. 2 Getting to Know Indesign
    1. Getting started
    2. Viewing guides
    3. Preflighting as you work
    4. Adding text
    5. Working with styles
    6. Working with graphics
    7. Working with objects
    8. Working with object styles
    9. Viewing the document in Presentation mode
    10. Exploring on your own
  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
    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 and placing text and graphics
    12. Printing to the edge of the paper: using the bleed guides
    13. Viewing the completed spread
    14. Exploring on your own
  10. 4 Working with Objects
    1. Getting started
    2. Working with layers
    3. Creating and modifying text frames
    4. Creating and modifying graphics frames
    5. Adding metadata captions to graphics frames
    6. Placing and linking graphics frames
    7. Changing the shape of a frame
    8. Wrapping text around a graphic
    9. Modifying the shape of frames
    10. Transforming and aligning objects
    11. Selecting and modifying grouped objects
    12. Drawing lines and modifying arrowheads
    13. Creating a QR code
    14. Finishing up
    15. Exploring on your own
  11. 5 Flowing Text
    1. Getting started
    2. Flowing text into an existing frame
    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
  12. 6 Editing Text
    1. Getting started
    2. Finding and changing a missing font
    3. Entering and importing text
    4. Finding and changing text and formatting
    5. Checking spelling
    6. Editing text by dragging and dropping
    7. Using the Story Editor
    8. Tracking changes
    9. Exploring on your own
  13. 7 Working with Typography
    1. Getting started
    2. Adjusting vertical spacing
    3. Working with fonts, type styles, and glyphs
    4. Fine-tuning columns
    5. Changing paragraph alignment
    6. Creating a drop cap
    7. Adjusting letter and word spacing
    8. Adjusting line breaks
    9. Setting tabs
    10. Adding a rule above a paragraph
    11. Working with paragraph shading
    12. Exploring on your own
  14. 8 Working with Color
    1. Getting started
    2. Managing color
    3. Defining printing requirements
    4. Creating colors
    5. Applying colors
    6. Working with tint swatches
    7. Working with gradients
    8. Working with color groups
    9. Exploring on your own
  15. 9 Working with Styles
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating and applying paragraph styles
    3. Creating and applying character styles
    4. Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles
    5. Creating and applying object styles
    6. Creating and applying table and cell styles
    7. Globally updating styles
    8. Loading styles from another document
    9. Exploring on your own
  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
    5. Updating revised graphics
    6. Adjusting display quality
    7. Working with dropped backgrounds
    8. Working with alpha channels
    9. Importing native Adobe graphic files
    10. Using an InDesign library to manage objects
    11. Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
    12. Exploring on your own
  17. 11 Creating Tables
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating a table
    3. Converting text to a table
    4. Changing rows and columns
    5. Formatting a table
    6. Adding graphics to table cells
    7. Creating a header row
    8. Creating and applying table and cell styles
    9. Exploring on your own
  18. 12 Working with Transparency
    1. Getting started
    2. Importing and colorizing a grayscale image
    3. Applying transparency settings
    4. Adding transparency effects to imported vector and bitmap graphics
    5. Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
    6. Applying transparency settings to text
    7. Working with effects
    8. Exploring on your own
  19. 13 Printing and Exporting
    1. Getting started
    2. Managing colors
    3. Previewing transparency effects
    4. Previewing the page
    5. Creating an Adobe PDF proof
    6. Creating a Press-Ready PDF and saving a PDF preset
    7. Printing a proof and saving a print preset
    8. Packaging files
    9. Exploring on your own
  20. 14 Creating Adobe PDF Files with form Fields
    1. Getting started
    2. Set up a workspace for forms
    3. Adding form fields
    4. Setting the tab order of the fields
    5. Adding a button to submit the form
    6. Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file
    7. Testing your form in Adobe Acrobat Reader
    8. Exploring on your own
  21. 15 Creating a Fixed-Layout EPUB
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating a new document for fixed-layout export
    3. EPUB: reflowable versus fixed-layout
    4. Adding animation
    5. Buttons
    6. Adding multimedia and interactive elements
    7. Exporting an EPUB file
    8. Exploring on your own
  22. Index