Intro to Adobe InDesign

Learn Adobe InDesign with design expert Joseph Caserto
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  • Contents Video: 6 hours
    Other: 5 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2011 English

Course Description

Adobe revolutionized the publishing world when it introduced InDesign over a decade ago, and InDesign is now the publishing industry standard. However, its power isn't limited to producing print and digital magazines. It can be used to create virtually any type of material, such as collateral and packaging. With the release of Creative Suite 5.5, InDesign gained digital publishing capabilities built right in, for easier publication on tablets like the Apple iPad, and the Samsung Galaxy and other Android-based devices.

Learning InDesign is not optional. For the past several years, every working print designer has been expected to learn InDesign. With the explosion of digital publishing, mastering InDesign is even more critical. This InDesign course for beginners will get you up and running, and give you a solid foundation upon which to build your skills. Once you're done, you'll be able to build layouts that contain graphics and large amounts of text that flows between multiple pages. Lectures are shown in CS 5.5, but everything covered works in even the most current version of the software, which is InDesign CC (Creative Cloud).

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Launch InDesign; customize Preferences and Workspaces.
  • Create Documents and Templates.
  • Draw objects and transform them(change size, scale, angle, etc.).
  • Use objects to hold text and graphics.
  • Format text and transform graphics.
  • Work with Swatches and Styles to save time and boost efficiency.
  • and much more...

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
02:28

Instructor bio; a note for users of versions earlier than InDesign CS5; tips for PC users

Section 2: Getting Started
08:59

Opening and setting up the application

10:43

A look around the application

13:39

Preparing to work

Section 3: Working with Objects
09:54

Shapes and Frames

12:39

Changing size, scaling, rotating, skewing

07:01

Applying color to an object's fill and stroke

06:38

Applying formatting to paths

03:20

Applying color quickly

03:54

A brief rundown of this section

Section 4: Exercise 1: Objects
1 page

OBJECTIVES:

• Build a two page document, and add guides to it.

• Draw and position objects of different shapes and sizes.

• Apply colors to object fills and strokes.

10:29

Demonstration of the solution for this Exercise

09:19

Demonstration of the solution for this Exercise

Section 5: Objects Bonus
06:01

Combining multiple objects and changing their order from top to bottom

10 questions
Test your knowledge about getting started and working with objects. Choose the best answer for each of these ten multiple choice questions.

Section 6: Working with Type
11:05

Adding and formatting characters

08:27

Styling blocks of text

14:26

Styling blocks of text

03:56

Making corrections

02:17

A brief rundown of this section

Section 7: Exercise 2: Type
1 page

OBJECTIVES:

• Draw and position text frames and guides.

• Add text to a document: specify font, size, leading, tracking and kerning.

• Apply color to type.

11:01

Demonstration of the solution for this Exercise

Section 8: Type Bonus
02:56

Setting quotation marks and apostrophes correctly

Section 9: Working with Graphics
07:43

Placing and working with Photoshop and Illustrator files

04:42

Placing and working with Photoshop and Illustrator files

05:18

Transforming graphics precisely

10:29

Managing placed graphics

04:12

A brief rundown of this section

Section 10: Graphics Bonus
06:48

Removing an image from its background

10 questions
Test your knowledge about working with type and graphics. Choose the best answer for each of these ten multiple choice questions.

Section 11: Layouts
10:18

Creating multi-page files

09:04

Flowing text between frames and pages

07:45

Combining graphics and text

09:35

Pushing text around an object to prevent overlapping

06:05

Insetting text from the frame edge; adding multiple columns to one frame

06:47

A brief rundown of this section

Section 12: Exercise 3: Layout
1 page

OBJECTIVES:

• Create a multi-page file.

• Add and format text and graphics.

56.4 MB

This .zip archive contains graphic and text files used in Exercise 3. The download time is about five minutes with a high speed connection.

14:57

Demonstration of the solution for this Exercise

Section 13: Layout Bonus
05:25

Shortcuts for placing text and graphics; adding text wrap to a silhouette

10 questions
Test your knowledge about working with pages and building layouts. Choose the best answer for each of these ten multiple choice questions.
Section 14: Swatches and Styles
12:26

Naming and saving colors to allow multiple applications

11:43

Naming and saving paragraph formatting to allow multiple applications

04:17

Naming and saving character formatting to allow multiple applications

03:42

Naming and saving object formatting to allow multiple applications

04:30

Stripping away local formatting from an applied style

12:26

A brief rundown of this section

03:02

A brief rundown of this section

Section 15: Exercise 4: Swatches and Styles
1 page

OBJECTIVES:

• Add and format placeholder text.

• Create and apply styles

• Place a text file; re-apply and edit styles.

8.8 kB

This .zip archive contains a text file used in Exercise 4. Because of the small size, the download is instant with a high speed connection.

14:57

Demonstration of the solution for this Exercise

Section 16: Swatches and Styles Bonus
04:28

The Paper swatch; swapping one swatch or style for another

Section 17: Output
05:34

Printing; exporting to PDF and JPG formats

07:45

Gathering a document and its components for delivery

Section 18: Output Bonus
1 page

How to open CS5 files in CS4, CS4 file in CS3, etc.

10 questions
Test your knowledge about Swatches, Styles, and outputting and packaging files.. Choose the best answer for each of these ten multiple choice questions.
Section 19: Closing
01:17

Thank you, and good luck using InDesign!

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Instructor Biography

Joseph Caserto, Design Professional :: Educator :: Consultant

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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