You know InDesign, but you want to get faster. You want your hands to move your mouse and fly over your keyboard as quickly as your mind is coming up with ideas. Sound familiar? Well, then, this course is for you! We’ll work on getting repetitious tasks done quickly, so you can spend more time solving the creative problem.
The pace is fast, and it’s assumed that you already know the fundamentals, so if you’re new to InDesign, you’ll need to have them down before you start. The prerequisite knowledge is covered in my course, Intro to Adobe InDesign. No matter what your skill level is, if you find you’re falling behind in a lecture, watch it at least once, and familiarize yourself with the techniques until you feel comfortable enough to work along.
The lessons will be shown in Mac OS, but if you’re a PC user, everything inside InDesign will essentially be the same.
If you're constantly changing Preferences, and options in the Panels you regularly use, you're wasting valuable time. See how you can set them up once, so every new file will have them.
This technique lets you build the foundation of a file in seconds, with only the click of a mouse.
Position a single frame that will become a grid, and use the transform panel to position and transform it.
Transform a single frame, and duplicate it to form the grid.
You'll be surprised at how quickly you can make a grid using this feature.
f you don't know Gridify, it will blow you away when you see it!
Perfectly aligning shapes that will be used to create a checkerboard.
Continuing with the created pattern, the checkerboard gets finished.
How these techniques apply to layouts.
One of the fastest ways to get graphics into your layout.
Note to PC Users: For this to work, you'll have to resize and position your Desktop and InDesign windows, so you can see both side-by-side.
Reveal update, relink, and edit linked graphics using the Links Panel.
Change the size of a graphic frame and its content with this group of menu commands.
Choose an element within a stack of objects, without using tools, or having to move any others and undo work that had already been done.
I'm Joseph Caserto, a design professional, educator, and consultant. I have over 25 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, and an Adjunct Instructor at Pace University in the Masters in Publishing program. 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.