InDesign CC: Book Production, Laying a solid foundation
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InDesign CC: Book Production, Laying a solid foundation

What you need to know before you start putting your book together
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Created by David Bergsland
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • 1 Practice Test
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Select book size, margins, column width, and more for the print version of their books
  • Develop typographically excellent paragraph designs coupled with the knowledge needed to make professional decisions
  • Will be able to set up an efficient default set of paragraph styles and character styles
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  • Basic introductory knowledge of InDesign CC
  • A recognition that books increasingly require excellence to reach the readers

This is an essential typography course. Books, almost more than any project, need superlative typography to enable your readers to actually read the book. Without these skills and knowledge, your books will be compromised before you even release them.

You will discover why InDesign is necessary for book production. Word, and word processors in general, do not even have the capability of producing excellent typography.

This course covers the basic concepts you need to understand before you start putting your book together: how to set up your document—size, margins, and column width; Typography: what it is and how you produce excellent, readable typography so you can design your paragraphs to enable your readers to comfortably enjoy reading your book. By the time you finish the course, you will be amazed at all you didn't know about typography, readability, and how to communicate with your readers [or the readers of your clients].

Who is the target audience?
  • An author or graphic designer who needs to produce better quality books and ebooks,
  • The
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Curriculum For This Course
27 Lectures
As we get started
7 Lectures 01:11:29

Just saying hi and covering what you will be covering in the course—what you can expect.

Preview 10:24

The current publishing world and in-demand publishing

This book covers quite a bit more than we do in this course. So, if you feel you need any additional information about a particular lecture, just look it up in the book.

Here's the 500+ page book I wrote about book production. It covers more...

As we get started, you have several decisions to make

First Demo: Starting a new document the dialog box

The single-story concept and the PTF: how crucial this is!

How the PTF [Primary Text Frame] works: Demo

Start a new document. Set it up for your book. Save it as a document preset.
Create a document preset to use for your book
1 question
Section 2: Basic Typography
6 Lectures 57:07
What is typography? You probably don't know...

The basic characters in a font: the 256 character ASCII set

There are many characters which you are expected to use as a typesetting professional. In fact, to not use them is considered a typo. Here we talk about some the more common issues you'll face.

Typographically necessary characters inside and out of ASCII

A demo on finding OpenType features and special glyphs

Fonts and simple classifications

Exploring fonts

You will need a font family for your body copy and content. You need a second font family which contrasts beautifully with the body copy family for your heads and subheads.
Picking fonts for your book
1 question
Paragraph design for global control and readability
13 Lectures 01:35:37
Paragraph design: the core of typography

Paragraph Style Options: the New Style dialog box

Adding the Character Panel options

Taking a quick look at TypeKit

Alignments, Indents, & Paragraph Spacing tips

Tabs & Paragraph Rules

Paragraph shading, tint boxes, and sidebars

Keeping your widows, orphans, & runts under control

Neat, tidy paragraphs: Hyphenation & Justification

Split/span columns, drop caps, and nested styles

Find & Change: GREP

This is a slightly rambling demo designed to show you the workflow as you manipulate a paragraph into what you want. These things are always fluid with many adjustments to get the formatting just right. This will give you a feel for the process—plus it will show you several tips and shortcuts in the process.

Building a list demo

Completing the Paragraph Style dialog box
Building a set of default styles
1 Lecture 11:13
A set of default styles

Follow the instructions from the lecture and produce all the paragraph styles and character styles covered in those instructions.

Produce the default styles covered in lecture 27
1 question
About the Instructor
David Bergsland
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2 Courses
Author, font designer, trainer, & publisher at Radiqx Press
  • I began my art & design career in 1967 doing posters for my psychedelic rock band in Minneapolis
  • Earned my BFA in printmaking & painting in 1971
  • Illustrated for publishers as soon as I was graduated
  • Became a graphic artist in 1979 in West Virginia
  • Grew into Typographer & Art Director in 1983 in Albuquerque at a large commercial printer
  • Began teaching commercial printing in 1991 in a large community college in Albuquerque
  • Started writing textbooks in 1994 beginning with “Printing In A Digital World”—the 1st textbook on the all-digital workflow
  • Began designing fonts to use in my books
  • Developed digital publishing degree in 1996
  • Initiated on-demand publishing house for print & ebooks in 2002—which developed into a full-time effort in 2009