Adobe InDesign CS6 Digital Classroom

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-19
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INGN Digital Classroom is like having your own personal instructor guiding you through each lesson while you work at your own speed. This book includes 13 self-paced lessons that let you discover essential skills and explore the new features and capabilities of InDesign. Each lesson includes step-by-step instructions and lesson files, along with video tutorials that complement the topics covered in each lesson. These accompanying files are provided on the included DVD, developed by the same team of Adobe Certified Instructors and InDesign experts who have created many of the official training titles for Adobe Systems. Each tutorial is approximately five minutes long and demonstrates and explains the concepts and features covered in the lesson. This training package demonstrates how design, produce and develop a streamlined workflow for page layout. Jam-packed with information, this book takes users from the basics through intermediate level topics and helps readers find the information they need in a clear, approachable manner.

Author Biography

Christopher Smith is President of American Graphics Institute (www.agitraining.com). Involved with InDesign since its introduction, he has delivered InDesign training to thousands of creative professionals and helped develop the Adobe Certified Expert exams. The AGI Creative Team develops and delivers training programs through the American Graphics Institute.

Table of Contents

Starting up

Prerequisites 1

System requirements   2

Starting Adobe InDesign CS6  3

Resetting the InDesign workspace and preferences  4

Loading lesson files   4

Working with the video tutorials    6

Setting up for viewing the video tutorials   6

Viewing the video tutorials with the Adobe Flash Player   6

Additional resources  7

Lesson 1: InDesign CS6 Essential Skills

Starting up    9

InDesign tools    10

The InDesign workspace   11

The document window   11

Using guides   13

Viewing modes  14

Working with panels    15

The Tools panel  15

Managing panels   17

Saving your workspace 19

Working with the Control panel   20

Navigating through an InDesign document   20

Using the Pages panel    20

Changing the magnification of your document 22

Working with type 24

Entering and formatting type  24

Placing and formatting type    26

Flowing type 27

Using styles 29

Applying paragraph styles  29

Applying character styles 30

Apply styles across a story using Find/Change   30

Applying object styles  32

Working with graphics  34

Placing graphics   34

Positioning graphics within a frame  36

Applying text wrap 39

Understanding layers   40

Applying effects   42

Resources for additional help   44

Self study 46

Review 46

Lesson 2: Building Documents with Master Pages

Starting up 47

Planning your document 48

Creating custom page sizes    48

Creating a new custom-sized document   48

Creating and formatting master pages  51

Formatting master pages   52

Adding automatic page numbers    53

Using text variables    55

Basing master pages on other master pages   59

Overriding master page items    60

Adding layout pages  64

Placing formatted text    69

Creating the classified page   71

Adding images and text to the master frames    73

Applying master pages to multiple pages   75

Self study   76

Review     76

Lesson 3: Working with Text and Type

Starting up  77

Adding text to your document   78

Creating a text frame    78

Changing character attributes    80

Changing font and type styles   80

Adjusting size   81

Adjusting line spacing   82

Adjusting character spacing: kerning and tracking 82

Using a baseline shift   83

Changing paragraph attributes   84

Horizontally aligning text    84

Changing the spacing before and after paragraphs  84

Using tabs   85

Adding rules above or below paragraphs  89

Changing text color 90

Creating drop caps   92

Finding and changing text  92

Finding and changing text and text attributes   92

Finding and changing text using GREP  94

Checking and correcting spelling   98

Checking spelling   98

Adding words to the dictionary  99

Checking spelling as you type    100

Automatically correcting spelling   102

Editing text using the Story Editor  103

Using Track Changes   104

Drag-and-drop text editing   106

Special characters and glyphs  107

Using the Glyphs panel and glyph sets   109

Text frame options  110

Adjusting text inset   110

Vertically aligning text  111

Importing text    112

Flowing text manually    113

Threading text between frames  114

Using semi-autoflow to link several text frames  115

Adobe InDesign CS6 Digital Classroom

Changing the number of columns in a text frame    117

Baseline grid 120

Viewing and changing the baseline grid 120

Adding story jumps   122

Using styles to format text 123

Creating a headline and applying a style 123

Importing styles from other documents  125

Redefining styles   125

Placing text on a path   127

Importing text from Microsoft Word  129

Missing fonts  133

Finding and fixing missing fonts  133

Self study    135

Review    135

Lesson 4: Working with Styles

Starting up  137

Style types  138

Paragraph styles   139

Defining paragraph styles  139

Applying paragraph styles   141

Character styles 142

Defining character styles  142

Applying character styles  143

Using nested styles    144

Updating styles  146

Loading styles from another InDesign document    147

Quick Apply 149

Organizing styles into groups  151

Object styles  152

Creating object styles 152

Applying an object style  154

Changing an object style   155

Finishing up  156

GREP Styles  157

Self study   159

Review   159

Lesson 5: Working with Graphics

Starting up  161

Understanding how InDesign handles graphics  162

Locating missing images   162

Working with the Links panel and the Link badge  163

Customizing the Links panel   167

Adding graphics to your layout   168

Fitting an image within an existing frame  172

Auto Fitting  175

Using Adobe Bridge to import graphics 176

Placing multiple graphics using Mini Bridge  178

Using object styles for images  181

Wrapping text around images  185

Wrapping text around the bounding box  185

Using graphics with clipping paths and alpha channels 186

Removing an image background using InDesign  189

Using anchored objects  191

Advanced importing   196

Importing layered Photoshop files    196

Importing InDesign layouts as graphics  198

Self study   200

Review    200

Lesson 6: Creating and Using Tables

Starting up   201

Creating a table    202

Creating new tables   203

Copying and pasting table information    204

Converting text to a table and a table to text  208

Importing a table  209

Editing tables and table options  211

Changing row height   211

Editing the border   213

Formatting rows and columns   214

Using fills   217

Formatting cells and text   219

Resetting the cell styles within a table   219

Text alignment and inset within a cell   221

Formatting text within a cell and saving paragraph styles 222

Formatting text in tables by column  227

Working with tables in Story Editor   229

Merging cells   230

Defining a header cell     230

Setting column and row dimensions  236

Setting a fixed row height    236

Setting column width    238

Using graphics in tables    239

Placing graphics in cells    239

Cell styles and table styles   243

Cell styles    243

Applying cell styles   246

Creating table styles  247

Applying table styles     249

Self study    251

Review    251

Lesson 7: Using Color in Your Documents

Starting up   253

Applying colors to frames and text  254

Applying color to text  255

Applying color to frames  256

Applying Live Corner Effects   257

Creating and saving a new swatch    260

Applying strokes to text  262

Creating a tint reduction    265

Making a dashed stroke   267

Creating and saving gradients   269

Linear gradients    270

Saving a gradient    272

Adjusting fill opacity   273

Radial gradient   274

Adjusting the direction of a radial gradient  274

One-click edits  276

Using the Eyedropper tool to copy frame attributes   276

Applying colors to multiple objects   277

Updating and editing colors   278

Using and saving spot colors     280

Colorizing a grayscale image   281

Self study   283

Review  283

Lesson 8: Using Effects

Starting up  285

Creative effects  286

Applying opacity to objects    287

Apply effects to stroke or fill only 289

Drop shadow   290

Adjusting effects for objects  293

Bevel and Emboss   294

Object styles with effects  296

Using Find/Change to apply object styles  297

Basic Feather   298

The Gradient Feather tool   301

Converting text to a path    302

Applying blending modes to objects    305

The Screen blending mode  306

The Multiply blending mode   307

Working with imported files that use transparency   309

Applying an alpha channel selection  311

Applying a path selection  314

Self study  316

Review  316

Lesson 9: Advanced Document Features

Starting up   317

Adding text variables   318

Creating a book from multiple files  321

Defining pagination and document order  322

Synchronizing attributes across a book file 325

Creating Captions   330

Creating a Table of Contents    333

Building an index  338

Adding topics  339

Adding cross-references  342

Generating the index  343

Creating PDFs and printing from the Book panel   344

Creating PDFs  344

Printing    345

Self study   346

Review   346

Lesson 10: Preflighting, Printing and Creating PDFs from InDesign

Starting up  347

Package inventory  348

Preflight checks    351

Packaging your document  355

Creating an Adobe PDF     359

Separation preview    363

Printing a proof    366

Self study    368

Review   368

Lesson 11: Introduction to Digital Documents

Starting up   369

InDesign as your Digital Publication Hub  370

Interactive design considerations   370

Importing multimedia content  371

Adding a Hyperlink    374

Creating a Multi-State Object   375

Creating buttons to control multimedia content   377

Adding buttons to control a multi-state object      378

Creating page transitions   381

Creating animations    383

Previewing your document   385

Exporting your document    386

Creating an interactive PDF     386

Creating a SWF file   388

New layout features     391

Auto-Size Text Frames  392

Flexible Width Text Frames  393

Layout adjustments   395

Liquid Layout   395

Alternate Layouts  397

Linked Content   400

The Content tools   404

Creating PDF Forms   406

Adding a Combo Box    408

Creating a Submit button  409

Creating the PDF Form   411

Self study    413

Review   413

Lesson 12: Creating Digital Books

Starting up    415

Preparing your InDesign document for ePub conversion    417

Using styles  417

Controlling Object Export Settings  418

Adding interactive links  419

Adding hyperlinks    419

Creating an interactive Table of Contents    420

Adding document metadata  423

Creating an ePub   424

Specifying Object Export Order   424

Using anchored objects to control object placement      425

Specifying the cover 426

ePub export settings  427

Testing your ePub 432

ePub viewers    432

Distributing ePub files    434

Self study  435

Review   435

Lesson 13: Adobe InDesign CS6 New Features

Starting up  437

About the new features in InDesign CS6 438

Content Collector   439

Linked content   440

Liquid layouts   441

Alternate layouts   443

PDF forms     445

Primary text frame   446

ePub enhancements  447

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