InDesign CS4: Essentials

InDesign CS4: Essentials

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Total Run Time: 6.5 hrs

Get an introduction to Adobe InDesign CS4 with this essential training that introduces you to the basics tools, skills and techniques required to create professionally styled text, layouts and graphics that deliver a powerful impact.

Highlights

  1. Discover how InDesign CS4 provides a platform for communications beyond print. It can make electronic documents as PDF as well as web documents as SWF.
  2. Find out whether your print jobs will cause problems at print shops by using the new Preflight panel.
  3. Learn how design can be more efficient with Text and Object Styles.
  4. See how InDesign CS4 can apply many artistic effects to your placed artwork, without knowledge of other applications like InDesign or Photoshop.
  5. Learn how to use layers to create different versions of your publications, for different languages, different markets, and more.

 

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Description

In this InDesign CS4: Essentials series, you’ll be guided through the techniques needed to work with text and graphics in your layouts. You will also learn how to apply artistic effects to text and placed artwork, without prior knowledge of other applications like Illustrator or Photoshop.

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Course outline

Chapter 1: EXPLORING THE INTERFACE (28 min)

  1. Start Screen, Application Bar & Workspace Menu
  2. Panels, Application Frame & Tab View
  3. Using the Control Panel
  4. Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus
  5. Exploring Workspaces
Chapter 2: CUSTOMIZING APPLICATION PREFERENCES (38 min)

  1. Setting General & Interface Preferences
  2. Setting Type & Composition Preferences
  3. Customizing Units, Grids & Guides
  4. Dictionary, Spelling, Autocorrect & Story Editor Display Preferences
  5. Display Performance & Appearance of Black Preferences
  6. File & Clipboard Handling
Chapter 3: WORKING WITH DOCUMENTS (21 min)

  1. Setting Up a New Document & Saving a Preset
  2. Working with Templates
  3. Replacing Missing Fonts & Updating Links
  4. Converting Documents for Backwards Compatibility
Chapter 4: NAVIGATING & VIEWING DOCUMENTS (21 min)

  1. Navigating Pages & Layers
  2. Links, Edit Original & Rotate Spread View
  3. Zooming, Display Performance & Panning
  4. Changing View Modes & Customizing a Proof
Chapter 5: MARGINS, COLUMNS, RULERS & GUIDES (18 min)

  1. Setting Up Units, Margins & Columns
  2. Using Rulers
  3. Working with Guides
  4. Using Smart Guides to Align & Place Objects
Chapter 6: ADDING TEXT TO YOUR LAYOUT (32 min)

  1. Adding & Formatting Text in a Frame
  2. Exploring Frame Types
  3. Placing Text from a File
  4. Threading Text Frames
  5. Creating Text on a Path
  6. Auto-Flowing Text
  7. Using Smart Text Reflow
Chapter 7: TEXT FORMATTING OPTIONS (33 min)

  1. Choosing Fonts
  2. Controlling Font Size & Leading
  3. Changing Text Color in the Swatches & Color Panels
  4. Adjusting Alignment, Tracking & Kerning
  5. Using the Eyedropper Tool to Sample Text Attributes
  6. Finding & Replacing Fonts
  7. Adding Indents & Spacing
  8. Controlling Hyphenation & Justification
  9. Creating Drop Caps
  10. Using Optical Margin Alignment
Chapter 8: FORMATTING TEXT USING STYLES (20 min)

  1. Creating Paragraph Styles
  2. Applying Styles
  3. Understanding Next Styles
  4. Clearing Style Options
  5. Redefining Styles
  6. Importing & Managing Styles
Chapter 9: TABS, TABLES & LISTS (33 min)

  1. Formatting Text with Tabs
  2. Creating, Selecting & Navigating Tables
  3. Formatting Tables & Cells
  4. Saving Time with Table & Cell Styles
  5. Working with Bulleted & Numbered Lists
Chapter 10: WORKING WITH PLACED GRAPHICS (28 min)

  1. Exploring Bridge & Assigning Keywords
  2. Placing & Scaling Images
  3. Using the Free Transform, Position & Scale Tools
  4. Frame & Content Fitting Options
  5. Placing Multiple Files
  6. Using the Links Panel
  7. Building a Library
Chapter 11: CREATING SHAPES & USING TEXT WRAP (21 min)

  1. Creating Shapes & Frames
  2. Customizing & Transforming Shapes
  3. Aligning & Distributing Shapes
  4. Applying Text Wrap
Chapter 12: WORKING WITH COLOR & SWATCHES (41 min)

  1. Introduction to Swatches
  2. Choosing Colors & Creating New Swatches
  3. Working with Gradients
  4. Using the Kuler Panel
  5. Using Transparency
  6. Transparency Effects
Chapter 13: USING LAYERS (12 min)

  1. Creating Layers
  2. Placing Content on Layers
  3. Moving Content between Layers
  4. Managing Layers
Chapter 14: INTRODUCING OBJECT STYLES (12 min)

  1. Creating New Object Styles
  2. Applying Object Styles
  3. Updating Object Styles
  4. Defining Default Object Styles
Chapter 15: ADDING INTERACTIVITY (26 min)

  1. Making a Table of Contents Interactive
  2. Creating Hyperlinks
  3. Adding Buttons for Navigation
  4. Adding Page Transitions
  5. Exporting for the Web Using SWF & PDF
Chapter 16: PREFLIGHT, PRINT & PDF (19 min)

  1. Introducing New Live Preflighting
  2. Packaging for Output
  3. Understanding Printing Options
  4. Printing Booklets
  5. Exporting to Adobe PDF
  6. Credits

Presenter Info

James LockmanJames Lockman is the owner of James Lockman Consulting, a digital workflow consulting and training company. James holds a degree in physics and applied physics from Yale University, and has years of experience teaching high school and college physics. James joined Working Words & Graphics in 1995 to head its Digital Prepress division. Since then, he has become a technical resource for manufacturers, software vendors, printers, agencies and graphic designers worldwide. His long practical experience with PostScript and PDF workflows, coupled with his teaching skills, make a great fit for training technical subjects.

James is an Adobe Certified Creative Suite Master and Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro Consultant. With customers ranging from large agencies to small boutique newspapers, his expertise in Acrobat and web-based collaboration make them more agile in today’s electronic document workflows. He is a frequent presenter at industry events and online for Adobe Systems. James is also a seasoned instructor. In the early 1990s, he taught physics at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts and at Worcester Academy, Worcester, Massachusetts. He also taught Astronomy and Physics at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, where he studied Physics and Electrical Engineering. On graphics subjects, he is the host of several Total Training series, including Total Training for Acrobat 9 Essentials and InDesign CS4 Essentials, and has more titles in the works. He blogs at www.jameslockman.com/jamesblog/

James lives in Maine with his wife and three sons, and enjoys making maple syrup and playing the tuba.