Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2017 release)

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2016-12-12
  • Publisher: PEARSON
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Creative professionals seeking the fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe InDesign choose Adobe InDesign CC Classroom in a Book (2017 release) from Adobe Press. The 16 project-based lessons in this book show users step-by-step 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 skills. This book can also help experienced InDesign users elevate their skills and learn about new features.


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. 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.

Author Biography

Kelly Kordes Anton has written and edited dozens of books and training resources on InDesign, including five previous editions of the Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book. She also writes articles on such diverse topics as youth hockey, service dog training, and financial education. Kelly lives in Littleton, Colorado.


John Cruise has been writing about and using page layout software for more than two decades. He’s coauthored numerous books, including the InDesign Bible, Adobe InDesign HOW TOs: 100 Essential Techniques, and several editions of the Adobe InDesign Classroom in a Book. He’s written articles for numerous publications, including Macworld, MacAddict, MacLife, and Layers magazines. John is also a page layout and design instructor at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Table of Contents

1       Introducing the Workspace                                                                                            

Getting started

Looking at the workspace

Working with panels

Customizing the workspace

Navigating through a document

Using context menus

Using panel menus

Modifying interface preferences

Exploring on your own

2       Getting to Know InDesign                                                                                                

Getting started

Viewing guides

Preflighting as you work

Adding text

Working with styles

Working with graphics

Working with objects

Working with object styles

Viewing the document in Presentation mode

Exploring on your own

3       Setting Up a Document and Working with Pages                                             

Getting started

Creating and saving custom document settings

Creating a new document

Switching between open InDesign documents

Working with master pages

Applying master pages to document pages

Adding new document pages

Rearranging and deleting document pages

Changing the size of pages

Adding sections to change page numbering

Overriding master page items and placing text
and graphics

Viewing the completed spread

Exploring on your own

4       Working with Objects                                                                                                    

Getting started

Working with layers

Creating and modifying text frames

Creating and modifying graphics frames

Adding metadata captions to graphics frames

Placing and linking graphics frames

Changing the shape of a frame

Wrapping text around a graphic

Modifying the shape of frames

Transforming and aligning objects

Selecting and modifying grouped objects

Creating a QR code

Drawing lines and modifying arrowheads

Finishing up

Exploring on your own

5       Flowing Text                                                                                                                              

Getting started

Flowing text into an existing frame

Flowing text manually

Creating text frames while flowing text

Creating threaded frames automatically

Flowing text automatically

Applying paragraph styles to text

Adjusting columns

Adding a jump line page number

Exploring on your own

6       Editing Text                                                                                                                                 

Getting started

Finding and changing a missing font

Entering and importing text

Finding and changing text and formatting

Checking spelling

Editing text by dragging and dropping

Using the Story Editor

Tracking changes

Exploring on your own

7       Working with Typography                                                                                               

Getting started

Adjusting vertical spacing

Working with fonts, type styles, and glyphs

Fine-tuning columns

Changing paragraph alignment

Creating a drop cap

Adjusting letter and word spacing

Adjusting line breaks

Setting tabs

Adding a rule above a paragraph

Working with paragraph shading

Exploring on your own

8       Working with Color                                                                                                             

Getting started

Managing color

Defining printing requirements

Creating colors

Applying colors                                                                       

Working with tint swatches

Working with gradients

Working with color groups

Exploring on your own

9       Working with Styles                                                                                                            

Getting started

Creating and applying paragraph styles

Creating and applying character styles

Nesting character styles inside paragraph styles

Creating and applying object styles

Creating and applying table and cell styles

Globally updating styles

Loading styles from another document

Exploring on your own

10    Importing and Modifying Graphics                                                                           

Getting started

Adding graphics from other programs

Comparing vector and bitmap graphics

Managing links to imported files

Updating revised graphics

Adjusting display quality

Working with clipping paths

Working with alpha channels

Importing native Adobe graphic files

Using an InDesign library to manage objects

Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics

Exploring on your own

11    Creating Tables                                                                                                                        

Getting started

Creating a table

Converting text to a table

Changing rows and columns

Formatting a table

Adding graphics to table cells

Creating a header row

Creating and applying table and cell styles

Exploring on your own

12    Working with Transparency                                                                                           

Getting started

Importing and colorizing a grayscale image

Applying transparency settings

Adding transparency effects to imported vector and bitmap graphics

Importing and adjusting Illustrator files that use transparency

Applying transparency settings to text

Working with effects

Exploring on your own

13    Printing and Exporting                                                                                                       

Getting started

Packaging files

Creating an Adobe PDF proof

Previewing separations

Previewing how transparency effects will be flattened

Previewing the page

Printing a proof and saving a print preset

Using the Ink Manager

Exploring on your own

14    Creating Adobe PDF Files with Form Fields                                                          

Getting started

Adding form fields

Adding a description to a form field

Setting the tab order of the fields

Adding a button to submit the form

Exporting an interactive Adobe PDF file

Exploring on your own

15    Creating a fixed-Layout epub                                                                                          

Getting started

Creating a new document for fixed-layout export

Adding animation

Adding multimedia and interactive elements

Exporting an EPUB file

Exploring on your own



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