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Adobe InDesign CS4 Classroom in a Book

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The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe InDesign CS4

Adobe InDesign CS4 Classroom in a Book contains 14 lessons. The book covers the basics of learning page layout with Adobe InDesign and provides countless tips and techniques to help you become more productive with the program. Explore typography and color, and learn more about creating tables and using styles. You can follow the book from start to finish or choose only those lessons that interest you.

Create layouts for magazines, newsletters, and brochures. Learn how to make Adobe PDF files and rich interactive documents. Prepare files for high-resolution printing and the Web.

“Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book is the best way to learn hands-on with real-world examples. You'll gain exposure to good print design as well as efficient workflow techniques.” —Michael Witherell, Adobe Certified Expert, Publishing, Training, and Consulting

Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, helps you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Classroom in a Book offers what no other book or training program does—an official training Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. What’s on the Disc
    1. Lesson files ... and so much more
  3. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. Prerequisites
    3. Installing the software
      1. Installing the Classroom in a Book fonts
      2. Copying the Classroom in a Book files
      3. Saving and restoring the InDesign Defaults file
    4. Additional resources
    5. Adobe certification
    6. Checking for updates
  4. 1. Introducing the Workspace
    1. Getting started
    2. Looking at the workspace
      1. About the Tools panel
      2. Reviewing the Application bar
      3. Reviewing the Control panel
      4. Reviewing the document window
      5. Working with multiple document windows
    3. Working with panels
      1. Expanding and collapsing panels
      2. Rearranging and customizing panels
      3. Using panel menus
    4. Customizing the workspace
    5. Changing the magnification of a document
      1. Using the view commands and magnification menu
      2. Using the Zoom tool
    6. Navigating through a document
      1. Turning pages
      2. Using the Hand tool
    7. Using context menus
    8. Exploring on your own
    9. Finding resources for using InDesign
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  5. 2. Getting to Know InDesign
    1. Getting started
    2. Viewing the lesson document
    3. Preflighting as you work
    4. Changing the View mode
    5. Viewing guides
    6. Adding text
    7. Threading text in frames
      1. Placing and flowing text
      2. Threading text
    8. Fine-tuning the layout
      1. Adding a pull quote
      2. Wrapping text around an object
      3. Adding a stroke to the frame
      4. Changing the frame and text position
      5. Adjusting the size of a graphic
    9. Working with styles
      1. Applying paragraph styles
      2. Formatting text for the character style
      3. Creating and applying a character style
      4. Applying object styles
    10. Working with graphics
      1. Positioning graphics within a frame
      2. Using the Position tool
      3. Targeting layers when placing objects
      4. Cropping and moving the photograph
    11. Exploring on your own
    12. Review questions
    13. Review answers
  6. 3. Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating and saving custom page 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. Creating additional master pages
      6. Creating a placeholder master
      7. Adding a title placeholder frame
      8. Adding placeholder frames for graphics
      9. Wrapping text around a graphic
      10. Drawing colored shapes
      11. Creating text frames with columns
      12. Applying the masters to document pages
    6. Adding sections to change page numbering
    7. Adding new pages
    8. Arranging and deleting pages
    9. Placing text and graphics on the document pages
    10. Overriding master page items on document pages
    11. Viewing the completed spread
    12. Exploring on your own
    13. Review questions
    14. Review answers
  7. 4. Working with Frames
    1. Getting started
    2. Working with layers
    3. Creating and editing text frames
      1. Creating and resizing text frames
      2. Reshaping a text frame
      3. Creating multiple columns
      4. Adjusting text inset within a frame
      5. Vertically aligning text within a frame
    4. Creating and editing graphics frames
      1. Drawing a new graphics frame
      2. Placing graphics within an existing frame
      3. Resizing a graphics frame
      4. Resizing and moving an image within a frame
      5. Replacing the contents of graphics frames
      6. Changing the shape of a frame
      7. Wrapping text around a graphic
    5. Working with frames
      1. Working with compound shapes
      2. Converting shapes
      3. Using the Position tool
    6. Transforming and aligning objects
      1. Rotating an object
      2. Rotating an image within its frame
      3. Aligning multiple objects
      4. Scaling grouped objects
    7. Selecting and modifying grouped objects
    8. Finishing up
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  8. 5. Importing and Editing Text
    1. Getting started
      1. Managing fonts
      2. Finding and changing a missing font
    2. Creating and entering text
    3. Vertically aligning text
    4. Flowing text manually
    5. Working with styles
    6. Flowing text automatically
      1. Resizing a text frame
      2. Adding a column break
    7. Adding a jump line page number
      1. Formatting paragraph text
      2. Changing horizontal and vertical text alignment
    8. Using semi-autoflow to place text frames
    9. Changing the number of columns in a frame
    10. Loading styles from another document
    11. Flowing text into an existing frame
    12. Adding pages while flowing text
    13. Finding and changing text and formatting
    14. Checking spelling
      1. Adding words to a dictionary
      2. Adding words to a document-specific dictionary
      3. Checking spelling dynamically
      4. Automatically correcting misspelled words
    15. Editing text by dragging and dropping
    16. Using the Story Editor
    17. Exploring on your own
    18. Review questions
    19. Review answers
  9. 6. 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. Changing fonts and type style
      1. Replacing a character with an alternate glyph
      2. Adding a special character
      3. Inserting fraction characters
    4. Changing paragraph alignment
      1. Hanging punctuation outside the margin
    5. Creating a drop cap
      1. Applying a stroke to text
      2. Adjusting the drop cap alignment
    6. Adjusting letter and word spacing
      1. Adjusting the kerning and tracking
      2. Applying the Adobe Paragraph and Single-line composers
    7. Setting tabs
      1. Aligning text to tabs and adding tab leaders
      2. Creating a hanging indent
    8. Adding a rule above a paragraph
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  10. 7. Working with Color
    1. Getting started
    2. Defining printing requirements
    3. Creating and applying colors
      1. Adding colors to the Swatches panel
      2. Applying colors to objects
      3. Creating dashed strokes
    4. Working with gradients
      1. Creating and applying a gradient swatch
      2. Adjusting the direction of the gradient blend
    5. Creating a tint
    6. Creating a spot color
    7. Applying color to text
      1. Applying colors to additional objects
      2. Creating another tint
    8. Using advanced gradient techniques
      1. Creating a gradient swatch with multiple colors
      2. Applying the gradient to an object
      3. Applying a gradient to multiple objects
    9. Setting up color management in InDesign CS4
    10. A look at Adobe Bridge
      1. Specifying the Adobe ACE engine
      2. Setting up default working spaces
      3. Assigning source profiles
      4. Specifying the rendering intent
      5. Using full-resolution display with color management
    11. Color-managing imported images in InDesign CS4
      1. Assigning a profile after importing an image
      2. Embedding a profile in a Photoshop image
      3. Setting up color management in Photoshop CS4
      4. Embedding the profile
      5. Updating the image within InDesign CS4
      6. Assigning a profile while importing an image
      7. Embedding a profile in an Illustrator image
      8. Setting up color management in Illustrator CS4
      9. Embedding a profile in an image from Illustrator
      10. Placing a color-managed Illustrator file into InDesign CS4
    12. Exploring on your own
    13. Review questions
    14. Review answers
  11. 8. 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. Creating an object style
      2. 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
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  12. 9. 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 view quality
    7. Working with clipping paths
      1. Removing a white background using InDesign
    8. Working with alpha channels
      1. Importing a Photoshop file and alpha channels
      2. Examining Photoshop paths and alpha channels
      3. Using Photoshop alpha channels in InDesign
    9. Placing native files
      1. Importing a Photoshop file with layers and layer comps
      2. Placing inline graphics
      3. Adding text wrap to an inline graphic
      4. Importing an Illustrator file
      5. Importing an Illustrator file with layers
    10. Using a library to manage objects
    11. Creating a library
    12. Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
    13. Exploring on your own
    14. Review questions
    15. Review answers
  13. 10. Creating Tables
    1. Getting started
      1. Creating a spread
      2. Selecting the table’s layer
    2. Importing and formatting a table
      1. Importing a Microsoft Word table
      2. Formatting borders and alternating row colors
      3. Editing cell strokes
      4. Formatting the header cells
      5. Deleting a column
    3. Using graphics within tables
      1. Setting fixed column and row dimensions
      2. Placing graphics in table cells
      3. Placing multiple graphics in a cell
    4. Formatting text within a table
      1. Editing imported paragraph styles in a table
      2. Creating a new cell style
      3. Duplicating a cell style
      4. Dragging to adjust column size
      5. Finishing up
    5. Exploring on your own
    6. Review questions
    7. Review answers
  14. 11. 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. Adjusting transparency settings for EPS images
    5. Adjusting transparency to images
    6. Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency
    7. Applying transparency settings to text
    8. Working with effects
      1. Applying basic feathering 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
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  15. 12. Working with Long Documents
    1. Getting started
    2. Starting a book
      1. Creating a book file
      2. Adding documents to a book file
      3. Specifying page numbering across the book
      4. Customizing page numbering
    3. Creating a running footer
      1. Defining a text variable
      2. Inserting a text variable
    4. Adding a footnote
    5. Adding a cross-reference
    6. Synchronizing a book
    7. Generating a table of contents
      1. Preparing to generate the table of contents
      2. Setting up the table of contents
      3. Flowing the table of contents
    8. Indexing a book
      1. Adding index topics and references
      2. Creating an index cross-reference
      3. Generating an index
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  16. 13. Output and Exporting
    1. Getting started
    2. Preflighting files
    3. Packaging files
    4. Creating an Adobe PDF proof
    5. Previewing separations
    6. Previewing how transparency will be flattened
    7. Previewing the page
    8. Printing a laser or inkjet proof
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  17. 14. Creating Rich Interactive Documents
    1. Getting started
    2. Setting up an online document
      1. Creating a new document for online use
      2. Changing the transparency blend space and measurement system
    3. Adding buttons, page transitions, and hyperlinks
      1. Adding navigation buttons
      2. Adding page transitions
      3. Adding a hyperlink
    4. Exporting as Flash
    5. Exporting as Adobe PDF
    6. Converting a print document for online use
    7. Exploring on your own
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  18. Production Notes
    1. Typefaces used
    2. Team credits