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Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) for Beginners

Join the digital revolution! Learn to create interactive online digital magazines and publications for iPad or tablets
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Created by Joseph Caserto
Last updated 2/2013
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  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
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  • 3 Supplemental Resources
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There’s a revolution happening in publishing, and if you want to stay marketable, you need to learn digital skills, fast. Readers can now touch and interact with magazines and other publications. These digital publications can be produced with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS for short) which is quickly becoming the industry standard. Used with Adobe InDesign, you can make tablet-ready content, and preview it instantly on your iPad, Android device, and computer.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for Beginners is made up of several lessons from my larger course, Create Your Own iPad & Android Publications, which covers other topics, including design principles, interactive pdfs, and eBooks. Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for Beginners is for you if you have knowledge of design fundamentals, and just want to get up and running with Adobe DPS.

Download templates and lesson files if you want to follow along, and re-create the examples shown in the video lectures.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is targeted to students who have established design and production skills, and who want to learn the technical side of digital publishing using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.
  • You'll need to have beginner- to intermediate-level Adobe InDesign skills.
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of this course, you'll be able to create a digital publication with interactive content, and preview it on a device.
In this course, you'll learn how to You'll learn how to Install Adobe DPS and setup files.
You'll also work with folios and articles.
From there, you'll start to create interactive content: scrolls, pop-ups, and slideshows.
Next, you'll add audio, video, and hyperlinks to your publication.
Then, you'll get more advanced, and combine interactive content.
Finally, you'll learn how to preview, share, and manage digital publications.
View Curriculum
  • This course covers Adobe InDesign CS6 and CS5.5. Users of CS5 should be able to follow along fine, but users of earlier versions won't be able to follow along with lessons, hands-on.
  • Lessons are shown in Mac OS, but PC users will easily be able to follow along.
  • If you don't own an iPad or Android tablet, you'll still be able to take the course.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 27 Lectures Collapse All 27 Lectures 02:47:58
1 Lecture 03:42
Installation and Document Setup
3 Lectures 15:51
If you want to work with DPS as you take the course, first download and install these free tools. 
Install Adobe DPS Tools
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If you work in print, the specs for a digital publication may take some getting used to. Size is important, and measurements are given as ratios.
Setting Up a File for Adobe Digital Publishing System I

If you work in print, the specs for a digital publication may take some getting used to. Size is important, and measurements are given as ratios.
Setting Up a File for Adobe Digital Publishing System II

Take this quiz to test your knowledge on setting up a file for digital publishing.

Document Setup
5 questions
Folios and Articles
4 Lectures 36:56
A magazine—or any publication—is called a Folio in Adobe DPS, and the stories inside are called Articles. View this lesson if you're using Adobe InDesign CS6.
Creating Folios and Articles in InDesign CS6

A magazine—or any publication—is called a Folio in Adobe DPS, and the stories inside are called Articles. View this lesson if you're using Adobe InDesign CS5.5.
Creating Folios and Articles in InDesign CS5.5

Sizing a digital publication can get confusing at first. Proportions are important, and resolution is a factor. 
Sizing Tips for Designing Tablet Documents

Preview your work as you make changes, so you can see how your user will experience it.
Changing and Previewing Articles

Test your knowledge on using the Folio Builder Panel.
Setting up Folios and Articles
5 questions
Scrolling Content
5 Lectures 38:47
A long scrolling page is a basic interactive element, and easy to set up.
Creating a Single Scrolling Page

How will your user know to scroll? Some ways to indicate that there's more content.
Design Elements for a Scrolling Page

Add scrolling content to a static page.
Scrolling Content I

Add scrolling content to a static page.
Scrolling Content II

Tips for Troubleshooting Scrolling Content

Test your knowledge on how to set up a page that scrolls, or contains a scroll.

Scrolling Content
5 questions
Multi-State Content
3 Lectures 29:12
Touch a button. Get more info. Make it go away. Master how to set up these simple steps, and you're on your way to being a pro.
Pop Up Content

Add some simple motion to your publication with a slideshow.

Adding sound and video can enhance the user experience, and take full advantage of the tablet medium. 
Audio Video & Hyperlinks

Test your knowledge on creating buttons and slideshows. 

Multi-State Content
5 questions
Combining Content
2 Lectures 18:29
By smartly combining different types of interactivity, you can put a lot of information in a little space.
Adding a Scroll to a Pop Up

Here's a trick to add a pop up to a scroll.
Combining Pop-Up and Scrolling Content

Test your knowledge on getting different types of interactive content to work together.

Combining Content
5 questions
Previewing, Sharing, and Managing Digital Publications
4 Lectures 18:55
Previewing your work on the iPad or other tablet device, is one of the most important steps you need to take. Download and install the free Adobe Content Viewer app to make it happen.
Using the Content Viewer App

We're used to vertical single pages in magazines, but you can also have horizontal pages in a tablet publication. There's no magic button to convert one to the other, but InDesign has some tools to get the process started.
Dual Orientation Publications

It's all or none. Add one page with both orientations to an Article, and you need to do the same for all the other pages, in every Article of your Folio. 
Having Both Vertical and Horizontal Orientations In a Folio

Storing files on Adobe Cloud isn't the only option. You can work on your local system or server, too, and import the files into a Folio, later in your workflow.
Local Folios and Importing Articles

Previewing, Sharing, and Managing Digital Publications
5 questions
1 Lecture 01:16
A brief review of what we've learned.
Preview 01:16
4 Lectures 01:24
Use these template files if you want to follow along with the video demos.
Course Materials: Templates
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Here are the images and files used in the examples.
Course Materials: Lesson Files
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About the Instructor
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I'm Joseph Caserto, a design professional, educator, and consultant. I have over 20 years of experience as a publication art director and designer, and worked on the staffs of several national magazines before starting my own business. Since then, I've worked with many publications, including BusinessWeek, Marie Claire, PC, TV Guide, and Vibe. My projects have included helping to produce several issues of the iPad edition of Fortune, and consulting on the launch of Parents for iOS (Apple iPad) and Android (Samsung Galaxy).

I'm also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Digital Communications and Media, at New York University, School of Professional Studies, Center for Advanced Digital Applications, Department of Design Digital Arts and Film. Formerly, I was an Adjunct Lecturer at the City College of New York, in the Art Department's Electronic Design and Multimedia Program. I have several online tutorials published, and have been a guest critic and speaker at Cooper Union, and SUNY Fredonia.

I've consulted with clients including FP Design, The Archdiocese of New York, and The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York to help them learn and maximize the potential of their software, and to explore graphic design principals.

I earned a BFA, with Honors, in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute, where I completed one of the first classes that explored graphic design produced with a Macintosh. I'm a member of AIGA, Freelancers Union, the Graphic Artists Guild, and The Society of Publication Designers. A lifetime resident of New York State, I've lived in Brooklyn since the late 1980s.

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