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Adobe® InDesign® CS6 Classroom in a Book®

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Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn InDesign CS6 choose Adobe InDesign CS6 Classroom in a Book from the Adobe Creative Team. The 16 project-based lessons show readers step-by-step the key techniques for working with InDesign CS6.

Readers learn what they need to know to create engaging page layouts using InDesign CS6. This completely revised CS6 edition covers the new tools for adding PDF form fields, linking content, and creating alternative layouts for digital publishing. The companion CD includes all the lesson files that readers need to work along with the book. This thorough, self-paced guide to Adobe InDesign CS6 is ideal for beginning users who want to master the key features of this program. Readers who already have some experience with InDesign can improve their skills and learn InDesign's newest features.

“The Classroom in a Book series is by far the best training material on the market. Everything you need to master the software is included: clear explanations of each lesson, step-by-step instructions, and the project files for the students.” –Barbara Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor, Rocky Mountain Training

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 series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. eBook Readers: Find Your Lesson Files
  4. Contents
  5. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. Prerequisites
    3. Installing the software
    4. Additional resources
    5. Adobe certification
    6. Checking for updates
  6. 1. Introducing the Workspace
    1. Getting started
    2. Looking at the workspace
    3. Working with panels
    4. Customizing the workspace
    5. Changing the magnification of a document
    6. Navigating through a document
    7. Using context menus
    8. Exploring on your own
    9. Finding resources for using InDesign
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  7. 2. Getting to Know InDesign
    1. Getting started
    2. Viewing the lesson document
    3. Preflighting as you work
    4. Viewing guides
    5. Adding text
    6. Working with styles
    7. Working with graphics
    8. Working with objects
    9. Working with object styles
    10. Exploring on your own
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  8. 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. Placing text and graphics on document pages
    12. Overriding master page items on document pages
    13. Viewing the completed spread
    14. Exploring on your own
    15. Review questions
    16. Review answers
  9. 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. Finishing up
    13. Exploring on your own
    14. Review questions
    15. Review answers
  10. 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. Flowing text automatically
    6. Creating threaded frames automatically
    7. Resizing text frames automatically
    8. Adding a jump line page number
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  11. 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
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  12. 7. Working with Typography
    1. Getting started
    2. Adjusting vertical spacing
    3. Changing fonts and type styles
    4. Fine-tuning columns
    5. Changing paragraph alignment
    6. Creating a drop cap
    7. Adjusting letter and word spacing
    8. Setting tabs
    9. Adding a rule above a paragraph
    10. Exploring on your own
    11. Review questions
    12. Review answers
  13. 8. Working with Color
    1. Getting started
    2. Managing color
    3. Synchronizing color settings in Adobe Bridge
    4. Specifying color settings in InDesign
    5. Displaying images at full resolution
    6. Proofing colors onscreen
    7. Defining printing requirements
    8. Creating and applying colors
    9. Working with gradients
    10. Creating a tint
    11. Creating a spot color
    12. Applying colors to text and objects
    13. Using advanced gradient techniques
    14. Exploring on your own
    15. Review questions
    16. Review answers
  14. 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
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  15. 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 clipping paths
    8. Working with alpha channels
    9. Importing native Adobe graphics files
    10. Using a library to manage objects
    11. Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics
    12. Exploring on your own
    13. Review questions
    14. Review answers
  16. 11. Creating Tables
    1. Getting started
    2. Converting text to a table
    3. Formatting a table
    4. Creating a header row
    5. Adding graphics to table cells
    6. Creating and applying table and cell styles
    7. Exploring on your own
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  17. 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
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  18. 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
  19. 14. Creating Adobe PDF Files with Form Fields
    1. Getting started
    2. Adding form fields
    3. Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file
    4. Exploring on your own
    5. Review questions
    6. Review answers
  20. 15. Creating and Exporting an eBook
    1. Getting started
    2. Completing the booklet
    3. Choosing the content of an ebook
    4. Adding metadata
    5. Exporting an EPUB file
    6. Exploring on your own
    7. Review questions
    8. Review answers
  21. 16. Working with Long Documents
    1. Getting started
    2. Starting a book
    3. Creating a running footer
    4. Adding a footnote
    5. Adding a cross-reference
    6. Synchronizing a book
    7. Generating a table of contents
    8. Indexing a book
    9. Exploring on your own
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  22. Index
  23. Learn By Video
    1. Titles
  24. Where are the Lesson Files?
  25. 17. Creating an iPad Publication
    1. Getting started
    2. Creating a new digital publication
    3. Adding interactive elements
    4. Review questions
    5. Review answers